T.J. Donovan

Green Mountain Care Board chairman Kevin Mullin is hopeful that a new payment reform plan wll help control future health care costs in Vermont
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The head of the Green Mountain Care Board is calling on Congress to restore the individual subsidies to the Affordable Care Act that have been eliminated by President Donald Trump.

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More than a thousand Vermonters who hoped to get their driving privileges restored turned out Friday at a courthouse in Burlington.

People began lining up in the early morning dark – long before courthouse doors opened. By midday, the line snaked around a city block as hundreds waited in a biting wind for a chance to drive legally again.

Robert Robbins from Burlington hoped to pay off 15 tickets at $20 dollars apiece, instead of the $4,500 he owed for multiple offenses for driving with a suspended license. Tickets, he says, he couldn't afford to pay off.

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Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan won’t be asking voters for a promotion this year, he said.

After a hard-fought primary campaign in 2012 in which he came within 1,000 votes of beating sitting Attorney General Bill Sorrell, Donovan said he isn’t seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 2014.

“It was a decision that was obviously difficult given how close we came last time,” Donovan said.

One year after the fight of his political life, Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced this week that he’ll run for reelection again in 2014. Vermont’s longest-serving Attorney General, Sorrell was appointed by then-Governor Howard Dean in 1997.

For more than a decade, Sorrell was easily reelected every two years ­– until 2012. Last year, Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan mounted an aggressive primary campaign against Sorrell. Sorrell ultimately won, but by a slim 714-vote margin.