Government & Politics

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially kicks off his campaign to become the Democratic nominee for President with a big event on the Burlington waterfront Tuesday afternoon. Live at noon, we talk to politics watchers about Senator Sanders' career, chances, and the campaign to come.

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Secretary of State Jim Condos says he's optimistic that the passage of a same-day voter registration bill this session will help increase turnout in Vermont.

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Vermont's Independent senator and Democratic presidential hopeful will be kicking off his campaign in earnest on May 26 in Burlington — and his speech may have a familiar ring to it.

Through his 1980s tenure as the mayor of Burlington, his 15 years as a U.S. congressman and his past two terms in the U.S. Senate, on many issues — income inequality, health care, education — Sanders has echoed, well, himself.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says Republican Senate leaders are using pressure tactics to try to win approval for the reauthorization of the Patriot Act. Leahy's proposal to rein in the government's electronic surveillance program is at the heart of the dispute in Washington.

A provision of the school district merger bill that seeks to lower education spending could end up having the opposite effect.

Just hours after the staff of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced plans for his kickoff event, Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted his intention to support Hillary Clinton for president.

Shumlin says he stands by his decision and that the timing of his support was purely coincidental.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Strange. Weird. Bizarre. Lawmakers, pundits and lobbyists have used all these words, and more, to describe the past 18 weeks in Montpelier. Amid all the drama, however, the Legislature managed to get some work done.

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In his inaugural address, Governor Peter Shumlin focused on the cleanup of Lake Champlain and a renewed focus on the expansion of renewables like small-scale solar. He promoted a .7 percent payroll tax in his budget address to help reduce the Medicaid cost shift.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

The future of Vermont’s health insurance exchange depends on the Shumlin administration’s ability to meet a looming deadline. Still unanswered, though, is the question of how to proceed if the milestone goes unmet. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and top lawmakers think the solution might be in Connecticut.

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