Government & Politics

The Democratic National Convention has seen a second night of rousing speeches in efforts to unify the party and rally around Hillary Clinton, now the official Democratic nominee for president and the first woman ever to hold that designation in U.S. history.

On Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Sen. Bernie Sanders put an official end to his presidential candidacy by formally moving to nominate Hillary Clinton as the nominee.

Who do Vermonters favor in the presidential race? How do Vermonters view the candidates for the key statewide offices? And what are the most important issues facing our state today?

A new VPR poll finds that Secretary Hillary Clinton may have a tough time winning the last 30 percent of Senator Bernie Sanders supporters to her camp.

“Soon the Boomers will be gone and we’ll get what we want. We’ll disrupt the status quo and change the political landscape.” So spoke a young activist lamenting Bernie Sanders’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Democrats opened their national convention in Philadelphia by front-loading some of their highest profile speakers on the event's first night.

First Lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned speech; Massachusetts Senator and progressive darling Elizabeth Warren spoke as well. But there was no more anticipated speaker on stage Monday night than Vermont's own Bernie Sanders.

All eyes were on Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night, and perhaps no contingent of supporters was more engaged than the group Vermonters who traveled to Philadelphia to support their hometown senator.

“Unity” seems to be the one-word mantra that Democratic National Committee officials are using to frame this week’s national convention in Philadelphia. But many Vermont delegates aren’t ready to hold political hands with their party’s presumptive nominee quite yet.

What shook me most about the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by the police was their execution-style. Then, to complicate the violence, five police officers were killed in a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration a few days later.

In my experience as a college professor, a student who plagiarizes doesn’t have the luxury of a speechwriter taking the fall.

A Huntington woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Vermont Public Service Board Friday in an effort to force the board to allow the public into an upcoming hearing related to the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County.

The 2016 Democratic presidential primary was in some ways as much as referendum on the nominating process as it was on the candidates themselves. A key committee at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has now moved to curb the influence of so-called superdelegates on the primary process, and several Vermonters helped lead the push for the changes.

The Republican National Convention ended last night, and the main event on the final evening was the speech by nominee Donald Trump. VPR's John Dillon has spent the week with the Vermont delegates at the RNC in Cleveland. Before flying home, Dillon spoke to Vermont Edition and shared reactions to Trump's speech.

President Obama is expected to sign a federal GMO labeling bill into law soon. This would nullify Vermont's labeling law, as well as laws passed by Connecticut and Maine that have not been enacted yet — effective immediately.

Some Vermont attorneys have been doing pro bono work representing detainees in the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This week, attorneys David Sleigh and Robert Gensburg were informed that their client Abdul Zahir has been cleared for release, 14 years after he was imprisoned in the controversial facility.

Efforts to create a new refugee resettlement community in Rutland have stirred up passionate debate. While many want to welcome Syrians into the city, others fear Muslim refugees won’t assimilate, will become a threat or burden taxpayers.

For a Syrian couple who are raising their children in Rutland this debate has hit especially close to home.

As Donald Trump takes the stage in Cleveland Thursday night to formally accept the Republican nomination for president, delegates from around New England will cheer for the candidate who has run largely on an anti-establishment platform.

Debate continues over what state officials knew when about the alleged EB-5 fraud in the Northeast Kingdom.  Four guests join us today to discuss the situation.

For 32 Vermonters, it’s been a momentous few days at the Republican National Convention. They are the state’s delegates and alternates to the convention, and they bring a variety of backgrounds and levels of political experience to Cleveland.

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.

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