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Vermont Celebrates Clean Water Today, not Beer

Vermont Celebrates Clean Water Today, not Beer
There is one item on that agenda that is so absolutely essential to human survival that we must not set it aside even to attend to other problems. That essential is clean water. Without it, life, human or otherwise, will simply be over... in relatively short order.
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A Company of 3: Koch Bros. Find a Willing Shill in Mr. Rob Roper

The weekend edition of the Messenger carries an editorial by Rob Roper of the right-wing Ethan Allen Institute advocating for Vermont to join 24 other states in passing a so-called "Right-to-Work" law. The timing is odd since this red-flag originally saw the light of day way back in August, when it was carried by Vermont Digger.
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The Sun Sets On Vermont Yankee

The Sun Sets On Vermont Yankee
Many will heave a sigh of relief that, after a stressful decade of mysterious leaks and other concerns, the flawed Vermont Yankee reactor will go out with a whimper rather than a bang.
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Wacky Vermont. Auditor Wins Not Only Progressive, but Dem and GOP Primaries, Too

Wacky Vermont. Auditor Wins Not Only Progressive, but Dem and GOP Primaries, Too
Doug Hoffer, Vermont State Auditor, ran in the primaries as a Progressive. He must really be well-liked. Not only did Progressives elect him – so did Democrats and Republicans in each of their primaries.
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A Circular Firing Squad: VT's GOP Intraparty Fighting Explodes

A Circular Firing Squad: VT's GOP Intraparty Fighting Explodes
Talk about your circular firing squads – the already-measly ranks of Vermont conservatism are in danger of being decimated from within, as various worthies battle for pieces of a very tiny pie.
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Odd Bipartisan Cronyism in the Vermont Senate

Odd Bipartisan Cronyism in the Vermont Senate
The Democrats rule the Vermont Senate with a supermajority, and Republicans are hoping to win no more than two or three seats next year. So why have a few key Dems endorsed a Republican for one of the state's highest offices?
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Finally Got Their Bigotry Badge: VT Town Bars Scouts from Fundraising at Parade

Finally Got Their Bigotry Badge: VT Town Bars Scouts from Fundraising at Parade
The Boy Scouts were given an option – plead their case in front of Montpelier, Vermont's City Council for why they continue their anti-gay stance, or be barred from fundraising during their Independence Day parade. The Scouts decided not to show up at all, forfeiting their concession spot in the process.
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ALEC Tries to Bully Its Way Into Independent Vermont

ALEC Tries to Bully Its Way Into Independent Vermont
The American Legislative Council, the far-right lobbying group that is the clearinghouse and writer of much of the pro-corporate legislation sweeping the nation today, is trying to break into traditionally independent-minded Vermont. Republican state Rep Bob Helm is pushing ALEC's agenda as his own in a new op-ed.
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Improper Taser Use Costs VT Tax Payers $269,500 Since 2006

Improper Taser Use Costs VT Tax Payers $269,500 Since 2006
In the debate over the use of tasers one of the claims made by taser proponents is that the use of tasers saves police departments money because their people are less likely to be injured, and that as a consequence they save money on their workers' comp premiums. However, a report just completed by the Vermont chapter of the ACLU demonstrates that Vermont's taxpayers are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the improper police deployment of tasers.
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The Rent Is Too Damn High: VT Grapples with Towering Cost of Living and Low Minimum Wage

The Rent Is Too Damn High: VT Grapples with Towering Cost of Living and Low Minimum Wage
Like many places across the country, there is mismatch between the average rent and a worker's income in the Green Mountain State. You might not be surprised to learn that a recent report demonstrates, once again, that Vermont is one of the hardest places to afford housing. Without rent control in place, some legislators are looking at a minimum wage increase and sick leave guarantees to help balance the equation.
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