Government & Politics

Carina Driscoll is pictured here at Burlington's City Hall on Oct. 27 speaking in support of Keep BT Locall, in front of a group on the City Hall steps.
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The stepdaughter of Sen. Bernie Sanders says she's running for mayor of Burlington. Carina Driscoll made the announcement Monday and says she'll run as an independent.

Gov. Phil Scott says he would support a "libertarian approach" to legalizing personal possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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Gov. Phil Scott told Vermont Edition Friday that he will support efforts to legalize the personal possession of marijuana in the opening weeks of the 2018 legislative session.

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Live call-in discussion: Gov. Phil Scott closes out the year with a long to-do list for 2018. Friday on Vermont Edition, we're taking your calls and questions as we ask the governor about budgets, taxes, and his priorities for the coming year.

House Minority Leader Don Turner says House and Senate Republicans stand united in opposition against proposed legislation that would send the minimum wage in Vermont to $15 an hour.
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The political battle lines are taking shape in what will likely be one of the more contentious policy debates of the 2018 legislative session.

Gov. Phil Scott says his adminstration's plan for the Volkswagen settlement money will reduce harmful air emissions from automobiles. But environmental groups want assurances that the money will be used to electrify the state's transportation fleet.
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Gov. Phil Scott presented his plan Wednesday for how to spend money from one of the largest environmental settlements in state history, but the proposal is already drawing fire from some environmental groups.

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, seen here in a 2016 file photo, says he's throwing his weight behind a push to increase Vermont's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe says raising the state minimum wage to $15 an hour will be one of his top priorities for the 2018 legislative session.

Members of Vermont's congressional delegation strongly oppose plans by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back "net neutrality" regulations
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All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation are urging the Federal Communications Commission not to repeal internet policies known as "net neutrality."

Customers of the state's largest utility will pay 5 percent more in rates under a settlement reached between Green Mountain Power and the state department that represents ratepayers.

This week, two different people showed up for the same job as the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Mick Mulvaney is President Trump's pick and also his current budget director. Outgoing director Richard Cordray, an Obama appointee, named his deputy Leandra English for the role.

Christina Nolan was officially the new U.S. attorney for Vermont according to a release from her office, which prosecutes federal crimes in the state.

Discussions about the proposed Federal tax bill have focused almost exclusively on political winners and losers. But I think we should be debating larger questions like whether we should add $150 billion to the deficit each year, especially given the low unemployment rate.

The current issue of "Vermont Life" magazine on a table.
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For decades, Vermont Life magazine has projected a bucolic image of the Green Mountain State. But it has struggled to hold on to subscribers in recent years and racked up over $3 million in debt.

Now nine bidders are in the running to take over the state's signature promotional magazine.

In Vermont, lawmakers are responsible for investigating allegations of sexual harassment against sitting members. Some lawmakers say they need more training to conduct those investigations properly.
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A few years ago, Vermont enacted a law that tries to give the general public a bigger role in the budget writing process, but one legislator says the Scott administration isn’t following the spirit of the statute.

The sign outside the Vermont Department of Public Safety headquarters.
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Vermont's Public Safety Broadband Network Commission was tasked with determining the state's best option for building out a public safety broadband network. The commission is now recommending that Gov. Phil Scott opt in to a federal contract with AT&T.

The AG’s office settled a case this week against Dean Corren. Former Attorney General Bill Sorell filed a case in 2015 saying a email sent by the Vermont Democratic Party in support of Corren’s 2014 lieutenant governor campaign was an illegal contribution
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The Vermont attorney general's office has reached a settlement in a case against a former candidate for lieutenant governor.

Green Mountain Care Board chairman Kevin Mullin is calling on Congress to keep the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act
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In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate will consider a Republican tax plan and it's very likely that the future of the Obamacare individual health insurance mandate will be a big part of that debate.

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