Government & Politics

When President Donald Trump signed his latest travel ban this week, questions arose in Rutland about how it will affect refugee resettlement there. The city had expected to take in 100 mostly Syrian refugees this year, but only two families have arrived.

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Racial discrimination in Vermont can be an isolating experience — partly because the state has such a small percentage of people of color, and also because the problem often goes unnoticed by Vermont's overwhelmingly white majority.

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Conservative author Charles Murray has faced heavy criticism for his controversial theories about race, economics, and intelligence. Last week, Murray was shouted down by protesters as he attempted to give a guest lecture at Middlebury College.

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Voters in many communities gave their approval to their local school budget on Town Meeting Day. Roughly 200 budgets were up for consideration, and 91 percent were supported.

Free speech versus disorderly conduct was one of several issues presented in front of the Supreme Court of Vermont at the Vermont Law School on Wednesday.

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Vermont’s top health care official says the Scott administration is working quickly to assess the impact a GOP health care plan in Washington would have on the state if enacted.

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On Town Meeting Day, local politics went national as a number of Vermont towns weighed in on presidential campaign ethics. 

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In Vermont's 251 towns, citizens are casting votes in an annual exercise of truly local self-government: Town Meeting Day. By Wednesday,Vermont Edition will have a statewide picture of how towns across Vermont weighed in on critical issues.

Canada’s in our DNA, literally.

Canadians, blue collar and white, have always been drawn south to the United States by economic opportunity. Between 1840 and 1930, nearly one million French Canadians migrated to New England’s mill towns; and knowledge workers like physicians, engineers and entertainers, drifted south thereafter.

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A number of Vermont communities took up Town Meeting resolutions in response to intensified deportations of undocumented immigrants and President Trump’s new order suspending all refugee resettlement and barring visas for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.

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In Rutland, the third time was a charm for challenger David Allaire, who unseated longtime mayor Christopher Louras in a surprise upset. 

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VPR News is tracking the 2017 Town Meeting Day votes on town and school budgets from around Vermont. Find statewide results here and share the results from your town with us.

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Vermonters are taking to town halls and school gymnasiums to vote on local measures and choose candidates, and VPR is tracking decisions throughout the state.

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Wilmington has decided to keep its traditional town meeting. On Tuesday, voters debated an article that would have moved all future voting to the ballot box.

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A panel of reporters joins Vermont Edition on this year's Town Meeting Day for an overview of issues being considered around the state.

Volunteer lawyers in Boston are standing by Monday in anticipation of the impact of President Donald Trump's revised executive order halting travel for immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations. The president's existing order was put on hold by federal courts. The new order was signed on Monday, and goes into effect on March 16.

A hand holds a smoldering cigarette between two fingers.
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There's a bill at the Vermont Statehouse that would raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 years old to 21 years old.

The number of refugees, asylum seekers and other foreign-born people who settled in Maine last year was the largest in recent years.

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There was standing room only at Rep. Peter Welch’s town hall meeting in White River Junction on Friday night.

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