Scott Milne

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Sen. Patrick Leahy has won an eighth term representing Vermont in Washington, D.C. The incumbent senator, who was widely expected to win, garnered more than 60 percent of the vote.

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Republican Phil Scott will be Vermont's next governor. Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman won the race for lieutenant governor, and T.J. Donovan will be Vermont's first new attorney general since 1997.

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According to the latest VPR Poll, Vermonters have been following the races for president and governor very closely. But the rest of the Vermont races, not so much. It's OK — that's where we come in.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Republican candidate for Senate Scott Milne got his first and only chance at a one-on-one debate with incumbent Democrat Patrick Leahy. He used the occasion to level some blistering criticism at his opponent, but Leahy says voters won’t respond favorably to the “negative” campaign tactics.

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We continue our final week of political debates with a meeting between the two major-party candidates for U.S. Senate.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy is seeking an eighth term in office. He is challenged by Republican Scott Milne.

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The winner of this race joins Bernie Sanders in representing Vermonters for a six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

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About 60 percent of Vermonters polled say they'd vote for Democratic incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy, who has held the office since 1975. His challenger, Republican Scott Milne, has held steady in recent months with about 22 percent of polled voters.

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This week on Vermont Edition, we’re bringing you interviews with the candidates for U.S. Senate. Next up is Republican candidate Scott Milne.

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Scott Milne is renewing his call on Patrick Leahy to release Senate records related to the alleged EB-5 scandals in Jay Peak. Leahy, meanwhile, says he’s growing tired of his opponent’s tactics, and that it’s becoming evident that Milne lacks the grasp of policy needed to be an effective member of Congress.

An article in VTDigger this week revealed that Sen. Patrick Leahy’s daughter is a lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America, and Leahy’s GOP challenger, Scott Milne, is seizing on the news as evidence of his opponent’s ties to corporate interests.

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On Saturday, Republican Scott Milne will formally launch his campaign for the U.S. Senate. It’s an awfully late start for a candidate who’s looking to unseat a popular seven-term incumbent in Patrick Leahy. But Milne says his low-budget, old-school approach to campaigning is exactly what voters are looking for.

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New campaign filings in the race for U.S. Senate tell a tale of two war chests.

Sen. Patrick Leahy has more than $3 million to work with in his bid for reelection. Republican challenger Scott Milne meanwhile has all of $83. Milne, however, insists that his stark financial disadvantage will be his chief political strength.

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne hopes to unseat incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy in the November election. Two years ago, Milne challenged incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin and almost won that race. Now he hopes to defeat seven-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy.

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It now looks very likely that Scott Milne, the 2014 Republican candidate for governor, will challenge Sen. Patrick Leahy in the November election.

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Pomfret travel executive Scott Milne will announce his political plans for 2016 in May, he said Friday. In a deal announced this week, Milne sold the majority stake in the travel agency founded by his parents to New York City-based Altour International Travel.

A 10-year battle over the proposed Quechee Highlands project isn’t over yet, as the members of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission have voted to continue the fight against the would-be developer in Vermont’s Supreme Court.

To the developer, travel executive and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne, the plan to build more than 100,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space in 10 buildings on a 168-acre parcel near Interstate 89’s Exit 1 interchange would be a boon to the local economy and workforce.

The dome of the Vermont Statehouse on a cloudy day with the Vermont flag flying.
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On Wednesday morning, House Speaker Shap Smith will kick off the 2016 campaign season when he announces his bid for governor. While Smith will become the first candidate to declare his candidacy, however, he certainly won't be the last.

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An open seat for governor doesn’t come around very often. On the rare occasion it does, politicians have a tough time resisting the temptation to compete for it. 

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When lawmakers vote on Thursday to elect Vermont's next governor, it's likely that an effort will be made to change the voting system from a secret, written ballot to an open roll call, but this change will not be allowed.

Members of the House and Senate will receive a paper ballot with the names of the top three vote getters in November's gubernatorial election; Democrat Peter Shumlin, Republican Scott Milne and Libertarian Dan Feliciano.

House lawmakers gave final approval to a wide-ranging gun bill Tuesday night. The legislation heads now to the Vermont Senate, which is expected to hold a final vote before the end of the week.
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It's safe to say that Vermont lawmakers have a list of unenviable tasks waiting for them when they return to Montpelier on Wednesday. There's that $100 million projected budget gap they'll have to close, the rising education property taxes they want to reign in, and let's not forget that little business about electing a governor.

Neal Goswami, the Montpelier bureau chief for the Vermont Press Bureau, helps sort through the to-do list for the 2015 legislative session.