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After serving for 10 years in the Vermont Senate, Phil Scott became the highest-ranking Republican in the state when he was elected Lieutenant Governor. Scott is now seeking re-election against Progressive/Democrat candidate Cassandra Gekas.

We talk with Phil Scott about how he's defined the role of second-in-command, and why he wants your vote in November.

Also on the program, VPR's Steve Zind provides an update on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's recent visit to Middlebury.

AP Photo / Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, and challenger John MacGovern, right.

The major party candidates for U.S. Senate,incumbent Bernie Sanders (I) and challenger John MacGovern (R), met in a live debate Friday, Oct. 12, on Vermont Edition, moderated by VPR's Bob Kinzel.

Listen to the entire debate, or click to specific topics.

Bob Kinzel's questions to the candidates:

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Mares: Map Flap

Oct 11, 2012
Democrat Peter Welch, left; Republican Mark Donka, right

The major party candidates for Vermont's congressional seat, Democratic incumbent Peter Welch and Republican challenger Mark Donka, met in a live debate live Oct. 10, 2012 on Vermont Edition. Listen to the entire debate, or click the topics below to jump to that section.

Jane Lindholm's questions to the candidates:

Courtesy Travis Peckham / Rock climbing is becoming more popular in Vermont now that established routes are better publicized.

AP/Toby Talbot / Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell prepares for a debate during the August 2012 primary.

Bill Sorrell has been elected to seven consecutive terms as Vermont's Attorney General. This summer he faced his toughest campaign yet in a primary battle for the Democratic nomination. Now Sorrell, Republican Jack McMullen and Progressive Ed Stanak are vying for the role as Vermont's top law enforcement officer. VPR's Mitch Wertieb talks with Sorrell about some of the high-profile controversies in the AG's office, including how police shooting and Taser deployments are reviewed and a federal lawsuit over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

http://www.vpr.net/audio/programs/56/2012/10/Greene Zuchini.mp3

Fiscal Cliff Looms

Oct 5, 2012
Sen. Patrick Leahy says he regrets calling for the resignation of senator Al Franken before the Senate Ethics committee had a change to fully investigate the matter
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Congress put off decisions about several tax and budget issues when it adjourned last month. If those bill aren't passed soon after the election, the tax burden on the average Vermont household will go up 6 percent, about $3,500, starting January 1, 2013.Our guest on Vermont Edition is Senator Patrick Leahy to discuss the stalemate over these bills, and what it will take to resolve these critical issues during Congress' lame-duck session after the November election.

AP/Alex Brandon / Gourds and pumpkins are part of fall's garden bounty.

The air is brisk, the nights are getting colder are the leaves are changing. Soon it will be time to putaway your garden gloves and spades for the winter.

Before you do, horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi joins us for Vermont Edition's annual fall gardening show to share tips on fall lawn care, storing the harvest, saving seeds, fall planting and getting ready for next season. He also discusses planting bulbs, cover crops, shrubs and trees and how to put your garden to bed for the long months ahead.