Vermont Republican Party

H. Brooke Paige won the GOP nomination to six statewide offices in Vermont’s primary election. He has withdrawn from five of the six races he won.
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Republican candidate H. Brooke Paige has withdrawn from five of the six statewide offices he won during primary voting on August 14.

"Vermont Edition" hears from GOP Legislative leaders on some of the key issues that remain to be decided in the final weeks of the biennium.
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The end of the Legislative session looms, but there is still time for movement on a number of key issues. We get input on education funding, financing clean water efforts, the state minimum wage and paid family leave from the Republican legislative leadership.

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The Vermont Republican Party has a new executive director. Jack Moulton replaced Jeff Bartley, who stepped down suddenly in January after three years in the position.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says he doesn't trust the agenda of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
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Secretary of State Jim Condos says that for now he won't send any Vermont voter information to the Presidential Election Integrity Commission.

A Bridport Democrat who’s never run for public office says he’s mounting a “David vs. Goliath” campaign to oust Bernie Sanders from the U.S. Senate in 2018.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for a third term in the U.S. senate. He'll be on the primary ballot seeking the Democratic nomination.
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Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders sent an email to supporters asking them to make contributions to support a seven-state tour. The email also indicated for the first time that Sanders’ will seek re-election to a third term in the U.S. Senate.

Vermont Republican Party Vice Chairman Brady Toensing called on Sen. Bernie Sanders this week to release documents related to the senator’s involvement in a financing deal his wife secured for Burlington College while she was president of the alternative liberal arts college.

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In many respects it appears that the 2016 Republican presidential race has turned into a battle over the heart and soul of the party. How do key Vermont Republicans feel about the current direction of their party? And what approach should the state GOP pursue in the future? We're discussing this issue with a panel of Republican officials including former Governor Jim Douglas.

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There's still a wide field out there on the GOP side of the presidential race.  And with no candidate close to locking down the nomination as of now, Vermont's 16 Republican delegates could make a difference come Super Tuesday. We're taking stock of the field, and looking at what's at stake and what Vermont Republicans are thinking about the candidates.

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St. Albans Rep. Corey Parent arrived at the Statehouse two short weeks ago, full of enthusiasm for the session ahead. After Gov. Peter Shumlin’s budget address on Thursday, however, this first-term Republican says he’s coming to terms with the reality of political life under Democratic rule.

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The three Republican gubernatorial candidates have very different points of view on the future of health care in Vermont. They also disagree on ways to make the state more energy independent. These differences emerged during a debate on Vermont Public Radio.

The VPR debate marked one of the very few times that the three candidates, Steve Berry, Emily Peyton and Scott Milne have been together during this primary election season.

While the candidates have somewhat similar views on education and the economy, they disagree on the future of health care in Vermont.

After more than 200 jobs were eliminated in Vermont over the last two weeks, the Vermont Republican Party is taking political shots at Gov. Peter Shumlin in statements that could be the beginning of the party’s 2014 platform.

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Bruce Lisman says his $10,000 donation to the Vermont Republican Party last month doesn’t reflect a partisan bent at the advocacy organization he founded in late 2011.

“Progress ahead of partisanship” has become a sort of motto at Campaign for Vermont, a group that bills itself as “the state’s fastest-growing statewide advocacy organization.” Lisman says Campaign for Vermont remains nonpartisan, his own political donations notwithstanding.

“It’s nothing to do with Campaign for Vermont,” Lisman said Monday of the $10,000 donation.

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The Vermont Republican Party’s Winter Gala – which featured remarks from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – was upbeat and well-polished with an emphasis on party unity, attendees say.

Democrat Ed Adrian, a former Burlington City Councilor who ran for Vermont Senate in 2012, paid to attend the event. He said he was impressed.

“The scene was wedding-like, or wedding reception-like,” he said. “It was in a big hall, it was lit kind of a bluish purple, so the lights were sort of turned down.”

A Republican candidate who challenged Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2010 suffered another defeat this week when a judge ruled in favor of his former campaign manager.

According to the Vermont Superior Court decision, Len Britton’s 2010 Senate campaign was so low on funds in September of 2010 that Jeffrey Bartley decided he had to stop working or he wouldn’t be paid.

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The newly elected chairman of the Vermont Republican Party got an early start setting the tone for his chairmanship today in an open letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

The letter came in response to statements on Monday when Shumlin said he will attempt to get waivers for the state from the federal Medicare and Tricare programs in favor of getting all Vermonters enrolled in his proposed single-payer health care program.

Vermont Republicans chose to follow a moderate path with the election Saturday of former Rutland Town representative David Sunderland as party chairman.

Sunderland defeated John MacGovern of Windsor 48 to 30 in an election that revealed deep divisions within the Vermont GOP over its future.

MacGovern, who ran against Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2012,  had the support of party conservatives, including outgoing chairman Jack Lindley. Sunderland was backed by many Republican members of the Legislature and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who holds the party’s top elected office.

Vermont Republican Party Chairman Jack Lindley announced to party officials Wednesday that because of continuing health issues, he will not seek reelection as the party chair in Saturday’s election.

“I’m writing to let you know that although my recovery is going well, I will not be a candidate for chairman of the Vermont Republican Party,” he wrote. “My time and energy is best spent working on building my strength and fully recovering.”