Government & Politics

Secretary of State Jim Condos and others are right to call for transparency and open government. But they’re wrong about calling for an Ethics Commission.

Toby Talbot / AP File

It’s turning into a busy week for big political announcements. A day after the GOP got its first official candidate for governor, Democrats saw the entry of a second gubernatorial hopeful. And Hartland resident Matt Dunne says his executive experience makes him the person for the job.


As of Tuesday afternoon, Vermont's largest city has a new top cop. Brandon del Pozo was sworn in as Burlington's police chief earlier today.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Newly announced GOP candidate for governor Bruce Lisman says a Virginia-based opposition-research firm working on his behalf is responsible for records-requests filed in Vermont last month seeking information about Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Even as state and federal officials direct new money and staffing to water quality efforts across the state, the networks of pipes that bring water to and from Vermont homes and businesses are crumbling beneath their feet.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Hiring an employee is an expensive proposition. Workers' compensation, social security and other expenses can run thousands of dollars a year, so it's no surprise that companies often try to reduce expenses keeping workers off the payroll, calling them independent contractors instead.

But sometimes they do so in violation of state law. And in a new report, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says the state isn't doing enough to stop a practice known as "misclassification."

As a new member of the Vermont House of Representatives in 1987, I was stunned to realize that smoking was allowed in the Statehouse, so I asked our Legislative Council for an opinion as to why a 1985 law banning smoking in the workplace wasn’t being enforced there.

In email announcement sent out Tuesday morning, Bruce Lisman said he's running for governor, as a Republican, "to lead the state in a new, better direction."

Alison Redlich / AP

Backers of a plan to legalize marijuana in Vermont have received some significant legislative support from House Speaker Shap Smith.