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On Monday, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced he will not be seeking a fourth term in office. Shumlin still has about a year and half left in his current term, and he says he made his announcement now because he wants to spend the rest of his time in office focusing on his agenda.

Eric Davis, Middlebury College professor emeritus of political science, helps us read the tea leaves.

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Vermont will have a new governor in 2017.

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Monday afternoon that he won’t seek a fourth term in office. The Democrat says he’ll leave the state in far better shape than he found it. But his Republican critics argue otherwise, and the open seat for governor has made for an early start to the 2016 campaign. 

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The Vermont National Guard has broken ground on a new maintenance facility in North Hyde Park. The Guard says the new building will be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin has put his signature on an economic development bill designed to provide incentives to both businesses and workers.

The bill signing ceremony took place at Darn Tough Socks in Northfield, which is planning a major expansion.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont finally has the elusive piece of technology it needs to resolve problems on the state’s troubled health insurance exchange. 

It could still be months, however, before all Vermont Health Connect customers will enjoy the benefits. And critics aren't convinced this new fix will be the silver bullet Shumlin says it is. 

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Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he's considering a run for governor in 2016.

Responding to questions from listeners on VPR's Vermont Edition, Scott said that he's doing some soul searching.

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On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill that removes Vermont’s “philosophical exemption” to mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren. The move was a major reversal for the governor who said in no uncertain terms that lawmakers should “leave it alone” when asked about the philosophical exemption this February.

Just hours after the staff of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced plans for his kickoff event, Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted his intention to support Hillary Clinton for president.

Shumlin says he stands by his decision and that the timing of his support was purely coincidental.

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Two years to the day after Vermont made it legal for terminally ill patients to get a prescription from a doctor to end their own lives, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill to extend the law.

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In his inaugural address, Governor Peter Shumlin focused on the cleanup of Lake Champlain and a renewed focus on the expansion of renewables like small-scale solar. He promoted a .7 percent payroll tax in his budget address to help reduce the Medicaid cost shift.

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It's become a tradition for the governor to hold a slew of public bill signings around the state after legislators adjourn in the spring, declaring victory on some of the year's major policy agendas.

Two of Shumlin's top priorities this year were job growth through a revamped business incentive program and a beefed up water quality plan for Lake Champlain.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders will kick off his 2016 presidential run in Burlington next Tuesday. Gov. Peter Shumlin apparently won’t be participating in the festivities.

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A deal on a tax bill Saturday afternoon finally ended a long – some would say, strange – legislative session in Montpelier. It started with lawmakers electing a governor, and wound up with a different set of accomplishments than what many observers might have predicted.

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined VPR to debrief the session.

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A showdown over taxes between the Democratic governor and lawmakers from his own party finally ended Saturday afternoon when a grand bargain eliminated the prospect of a veto, and paved the way for the fall of the gavel on the 2015 legislative session.

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One issue that could derail the planned adjournment of the Legislature this weekend is the tax bill that's needed to balance the state budget. Legislative leaders and Gov. Peter Shumlin have some fundamental disagreements about several key elements of this tax package.

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A bill lawmakers say will reduce pollution in Lake Champlain and other Vermont waterways is on its way to the governor’s desk. Supporters call the legislation an overdue attempt to improve water quality. But critics worry the funding source could harm the economy.

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In the final days of the session, a major fight is developing between the Shumlin administration and Legislative leaders over a tax package to help balance the state budget. And the issue must be resolved before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

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Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said Monday morning that he's been told Franklin County Senator Norm McAllister will resign within 24 hours.

McAllister was arrested Thursday on charges of sexual assault against three different women. He has entered a plea of not guilty on all six charges against him.

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Last week, Gov. Peter Shumlin surprised lawmakers with a plan to cut another $8 million from next year’s budget. Shumlin says the proposal would reduce the need for new taxes without hurting low-income Vermonters. But critics say the plan could damage an affordable housing sector that keeps roofs over the heads of some of the state’s poorest residents.

Gov. Peter Shumlin privately signed new gun legislation Friday afternoon without any fanfare. His office announced the move in a statement.

The new law, which passed the Legislature as S.141, creates a new misdemeanor state-level crime for possession of firearms by people with certain criminal convictions. The law also requires the reporting of names to a federal database when people are found by a court to be in need of mental health treatment and are deemed to be danger to themselves or others.