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Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is running for his third term as Vermont’s second in command and as the highest-ranking Republican in the state.

He shares his thoughts on single-payer health care, school funding, renewable energy, job creation and stimulating the Vermont economy. And we’ll get his reaction to the IBM sale of the Essex plant.

Also on the program, we talk with Christine Ryan, executive director and lobbyist for the Vermont State Nurses' Association, about the shortage of psychiatric nurses in the state.

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Property tax reform has become a key issue in the race for lieutenant governor. Although the two leading candidates have very different plans to reduce tax burdens on the middle class, they both see an expanded role for state government in education funding.

Republican incumbent Phil Scott and his Progressive and Democratic challenger Dean Corren do agree on one thing: Many middle class families are getting hammered by higher property tax burdens.

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The lieutenant governor’s race is the one to watch this election season. And this weekend, both candidates hit the campaign trail. Or at least the campaign track.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott was in the middle of a race this weekend. Well, two races actually.

“For some of my competitors, they think being lieutenant governor is somewhat of an interesting hobby for a race car driver,” said Scott.

Scott had just completed a time trial to qualify for the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre. It’s one of the biggest stock car races in Vermont.

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A new poll shows Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott with a commanding lead over his main challenger. But the Progressive/Democratic fusion candidate Dean Corren thinks that Scott’s views on abortion will cost him some of that support.

In an otherwise ho-hum election season, political pundits had pegged the race for lieutenant governor as the contest to watch. But according to a new poll from Castleton Polling Institute, Scott, the incumbent, isn’t exactly fighting for his political life.

Gov. Peter Shumlin over the past two weeks has increased what was already a substantial financial advantage over Republican challenger Scott Milne.

Shumlin collected more than $31,700, spent only $767, and now sits on $1.16 million with only about nine weeks until Election Day, according to a disclosure filed with the secretary of state Tuesday.

Milne, meanwhile, has raised $9,950 since Aug. 15, spent $33,400, and is sitting on about $16,000. The positive balance in Milne’s campaign is thanks only to the $25,000 he loaned his campaign last Friday.

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The race for lieutenant governor is shaping up to become one of the most expensive contests for that office in Vermont history. And Republican incumbent Phil Scott and Progressive Party challenger Dean Corren are raising their money in very different ways.

Among the more onerous tasks of any political campaign is raising the cash needed to fund the effort. On this count at least, Progressive Party candidate Dean Corren is enjoying an operational advantage over the Republican incumbent.

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne says the campaign finance filing due from him before 5 p.m. this evening will show he’s raised “a little north of $20,000” toward his effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin.

Shumlin has yet to reveal how much he’s raised since March 15, the last time candidates for elected office had to disclose how much money they’d raised, and where it came from. But the last filing showed Shumlin sitting on a $1 million war chest, a sum to which he has no doubt added.

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The race for lieutenant governor is shaping up to be the most competitive electoral contest of 2014. But one candidate’s prospects hinge largely on his ability to secure the Democratic nomination. And at least one Democratic power broker isn’t so keen on seeing him succeed.

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When Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott was sworn in two years ago, he asked lawmakers to keep in mind the economic impacts of the bills they pass. He said that Vermont has continued to struggle to get revenues to match the need for government spending on programs.

Now that the session has drawn to a close, we'll ask the state's top ranking Republican for his reflections on the 2014 legislative session.

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Vermont’s top Republican politician weighed in on the upcoming party leadership election, endorsing challenger David Sunderland for the GOP chairmanship over incumbent Jack Lindley.

In an email statement Friday, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott endorsed Sunderland with a call for unity, both within the state Republican Party and among Vermonters as a whole.

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Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott joins us to discuss the rollout of the state's health insurance exchange. We'll also ask his opinion about his fellow Republicans' maneuverings in the Federal government shutdown.

Fri 10/25/11 Noon & 7PM

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