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VT Republicans Belatedly Embrace Ethics Reform (but Not Its Enforcement)

VT Republicans Belatedly Embrace Ethics Reform (but Not Its Enforcement)
There's a bill before the Vermont House to enact new ethical guidelines for state lawmakers, statewide officeholders, and appointed officials. H.846 would also create a state Ethics Commission and prohibit former public officials from lobbying the Legislature for two years after leaving state government.
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VT Republicans Post Education Plan, Grammar Mistakes Included

VT Republicans Post Education Plan, Grammar Mistakes Included
The Vermont Republican Party posted a document outlining their stance on the state's education policy. Problem is, their treatise had three glaring grammatical errors. They probably should have gone to better schools.
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Media, Lobbyists Move Goalposts After VT Health Care Shows Measurable Progress

Media, Lobbyists Move Goalposts After VT Health Care Shows Measurable Progress
Vermont's health care exchange, Vermont Health Connect, is showing great progress after a shaky start. 75% of small businesses are already signed up. This hasn't stopped the media and lobbyists like Darcie Johnston from maintaining their spurious claims that the sky could fall at any moment.
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Issa'll Good: VT's Interpretation of ACA Likely to Withstand House Committee's Attacks

Issa'll Good: VT's Interpretation of ACA Likely to Withstand House Committee's Attacks
So, the inevitable has come to pass. The chief dirt-digger of Congressional Republicans, Darrell "Wrong Way" Issa, has turned his prosecutorial spotlight on Vermont's health care reform process. VTDigger's Andrew Stein dutifully writes up this nothingburger of a story:
Vermont... policy requires residents buying health insurance individually or through small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to purchase coverage on the state-run market. Friday, the House [Com
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VT Teacher Surrenders Loaded Semi-Automatic to Police

Neighbors asked police to do a welfare check on Davis after seeing him carry the rifle to his vehicle Sunday evening. Davis then voluntarily surrendered the gun, telling police he put it in the trunk of his car in order to bring it to a storage unit he recently rented. The weapon was in the case and there were two, 30-round, high capacity magazines loaded.
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Machines Outsmart Humans in VT

Your Secretary of State, Jim Condos, has released the numbers from an audit of optical scanning machines in four randomly-selected Vermont towns. And the results were rather strikingly precise (with one small caveat, which I will get to later): The machines were accurate to within a couple of votes in almost every case.
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VT GOP Chief Consultant Discovers GOTV Data

After spending most of this year siphoning money from Randy Brock's campaign to buy expensive out-of-state political consulting, polling, and advertising services, and to pay herself eight G's a month plus expenses, chief consultant Darcie Johnston has had an epiphany:
It's all about the data.
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Why Wind in VT Protects VT Air Quality

There is a new popular trope about where Vermont's air pollution comes from, that's intended to imply that installing wind in Vermont does nothing to protect our air quality.
Some people are going to ask why I'm being so persistent on this issue. It's simple:
We face an imminent, unprecedented planetary emergency.
Due to the chemical composition of the source of warming gases, at 6 degrees C temperature rise, the earth will have air and water so acidic, it will be incompatible with most life forms - including humans. We are currently on track for 7 degrees C. Every moment we...
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Jack McMullen Discovers Why He's Running for Attorney General

So here it is, less than a month till Election Day, and Jack McMullen has suddenly begun to flog "the key issue in the campaign." Yep, after running for Attorney General for months on what might best be called "watered-down TJ Donovan," Six Teats has finally discovered "the key issue."
And, since he's a Republican running for a law-enforcement office, you get one guess what the issue is.
Crime.
And Jack's new TV ad is the usual Republican Panic In Needle Park stuff, as
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Anti-Abortion Lawyer Parachutes Into VT

The city of Burlington is being sued by a group of pro-life demonstrators who believe that the city's "buffer zone" ordinance is unconstitutional. So reports Seven Days. And the lead attorney who brought the case is one Michael DePrimo of Connecticut.
So who is Michael DePrimo, and why is he bothering with a case in Vermont?
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