Government & Politics

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Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, gave a shout out to Rutland during a speech Wednesday on the global refugee crisis.

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The Attorney General's office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission have launched a public education campaign to alert consumers and businesses about the existence of gender-based pricing for goods and services in the state.

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The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has reached a $5.95 million settlement with the securities firm Raymond James and Associates over the firm’s handling of investments at Jay Peak, officials announced Thursday.

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Vermont lawmakers are about to spend $250,000 on an independent study of the state’s online health insurance marketplace, and legislative leaders say the assessment will help determine the fate of Vermont Health Connect.

New Hampshire democratic representative Annie McLane Kuster said in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House last week that she’d been assaulted three times as a young woman, including once 40 years ago “on a cold winter night at a prestigious college campus.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne says he'd like to raise Vermont's capital gains tax rate in order to fund expanded access to college for Vermonters.

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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they support a bi-partisan gun control compromise offered by Maine Sen. Susan Collins. And the delegation views the Collins proposal as just the first step in restricting access to firearms.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says he still plans to cast his superdelegate for Bernie Sanders at Democratic convention next month. But he also wants Sanders to endorse Hillary Clinton soon.

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Anyone looking for a place to live in a Chittenden County downtown knows the rents tend to be steep and the housing prices high. Officials say the housing crunch is hurting economic development in the region, and a new coalition wants to build its way out of the problem.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined fellow Democrats in a protest on the House floor that ultimately stretched 25 hours, and put a spotlight on the national debate over federal gun laws. He joins us on Vermont Edition on Monday to explain why he participated in the sit-in, and what he wants to happen next.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR

While the terms “GMO” and “genetic engineering” carry some stigma for certain audiences, to scientists simply agreeing on a definition of what counts as genetically engineered — and what doesn’t — isn’t so straightforward.  

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Bruce Lisman, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, joined Vermont Edition for a one-on-one discussion. This interview is part of VPR's "Meet the Candidates" series, where we address a range of topics, but also want each participating candidate’s thoughts on four specific issues: gun control, taxes, marijuana legalization and health care.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders acknowledged this morning that he is unlikely to win the Democratic nomination and says he will vote for Hillary Clinton.

Nina Keck / VPR

In Rutland, residents and city officials are divided over whether to allow voters to weigh in on a proposal to bring in 100 Syrian refugees.

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On Wednesday, Seven Days reported that the Franklin County state's attorneys office dropped sexual assault charges against Sen. Norm McAllister after learning new information that posed an "ethical dilemma" for prosecutors, requiring them to abandon the case.

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A bipartisan deal has been reached by two key members of the U.S. Senate’s Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on a national GMO labeling law that would nullify Vermont’s labeling law set to take effect on July 1.

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Matt Dunne is one of three Democratic candidates for governor heading into the primary, and he joined Vermont Edition for a one-on-one discussion.

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An EB-5, foreign investor-funded project at the base of Okemo Mountain Resort has come under new regulatory scrutiny over statements in its financial prospectus to investors. 

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