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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne is a GOP candidate for governor.
Angela Evancie VPR

Steve Berry, Scott Milne and Emily Peyton are the three candidates on the Republican ballot running for governor of Vermont.

In advance of next Tuesday’s primary election, they debate their positions and platforms in the hope of becoming the GOP candidate to face incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

Post your questions for the candidates here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Broadcast live on Friday, August 22 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

VPR News
5:12 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Businesses Give Big To Shumlin Campaign

Gov. Peter Shumlin has raised over $1 million for his campaign, and some say big donations are buying some donors undue influence over the political process.
Angela Evancie VPR File Photo

Political campaigns in this state are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult.

Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. So VPR decided to dig in to the numbers.

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VPR News
5:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Primary Election Hasn't Excited Voters; Turnout May Hit Record Low

Secretary of State Jim Condos says voter turnout is driven largely by highly competitive statewide races.
Bob Kinzel VPR

While there seems to be some interest in two write-in campaigns for statewide office in next week’s primary election, state officials think that overall voter turnout will be extremely low. There are also concerns that the write-in efforts will complicate the vote counting process.

By most accounts, this has been an extremely quiet primary season in Vermont. It’s not a presidential year and it’s an off year for U.S. Senate campaigns.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Lots Of Choice In Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Races

The Essex County Courthouse in Guildhall is an historic venue for trials. The State's Attorney, Vincent Illuzzi, faces a challenge from Julianne Woolard in the August 26 primary.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Voters in the Northeast Kingdom will have some clear choices in the upcoming primary election for state’s attorney. In Orleans County, the incumbent faces three challengers, and two of them have served as his deputies. In Essex County, the race pits a veteran of state politics against a juvenile defense attorney who wants to find alternatives to litigation.

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The Frequency
1:32 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Scott Milne Up With First TV Ad Of 2014 Elections

With seven days until the primary election, the first television ad of the 2014 election cycle hit the airwaves Tuesday.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Phil Scott Closes Money Gap, While GOP's Milne Still Lags Behind

Liutenant governor Phil Scott raised more than $50,000 during the last month, according to disclosures filed Monday, bringing his total for this cycle to $113,000.
Bob Kinzel VPR

The race for lieutenant governor is shaping up to become one of the most expensive contests for that office in Vermont history. And Republican incumbent Phil Scott and Progressive Party challenger Dean Corren are raising their money in very different ways.

Among the more onerous tasks of any political campaign is raising the cash needed to fund the effort. On this count at least, Progressive Party candidate Dean Corren is enjoying an operational advantage over the Republican incumbent.

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Vermont Edition
4:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Legacy Of Jim Jeffords

From left, Sen. Jim Jeffords, Rep. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy celebrate the passing of the Northeast Dairy Compact in Montpelier on Nov. 22, 1999.
Toby Talbot AP

Jim Jeffords was a GOP stalwart in Vermont, serving seven terms as a Republican in the House before moving to the Senate. Jeffords made headlines in 2001 when he renounced his Republican Party affiliation and became an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats. His decision shifted the balance of power in the Senate and made him a target of national devotion and disdain.

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VPR News
2:46 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Jim Jeffords' Career, In Sound And Pictures

In this Sept. 13, 1988, file photo, Jim Jeffords celebrates his primary victory for the U.S. Senate with his family in Montpelier. Shown, from left, are Jeffords' son, Leonard, his wife, Liz, his daughter, Laura, and Jeffords.
Toby Talbot AP

Following the Monday morning death of former Vermont U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, VPR dug into its archives for recordings of the pivotal moments in Jeffords' career – including his bombshell 2001 announcement that he would leave the Republican party.

We also dusted off the tape of Jeffords' announcement, in 2005, that he would retire from the Senate, re-digitized The Jeffords Effect, a five-part series we created in 2002, and collected photographs of Jeffords' time in Washington and Vermont.

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The Frequency
11:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former Senator Jim Jeffords Dead At 80

In 2001, Jim Jeffords separated from the Republican party, taking away the GOP majority in the Senate.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords has died. A lifelong moderate Republican, Jeffords earned national fame in May 2001 when he abandoned his party and became an independent, single-handedly shifting the balance of power in the Senate.

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VPR News
5:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Corren Stresses Write-In Campaign At Kickoff Event

Lietenant governor candidate Dean Corren used his campaign kickoff event to emphanize his Democratic write-in campaign.
Annie Russell VPR

Vermont will choose a lieutenant governor in November. It’s shaping up to be the race to watch this fall.

Saturday at the statehouse, Progressive candidate Dean Corren officially kicked off his campaign for the office. There, Corren emphasized his Democratic Primary write-in campaign.

The kickoff was hosted by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Yes, that Ben and Jerry.

“Some say the incumbent has the advantage,” Cohen said, introducing the event. “That's what they said about Häagen Dazs.”

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