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Howard Dean, Miro Weinberger rule out runs for governor of Vermont
05-20-2024 4:05 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Two prominent Vermont Democrats who had floated the prospect of challenging Republican Gov. Phil Scott this November have decided against it.Former Gov. Howard Dean and former Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger both announced Monday they would not run...

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Phil Scott to seek 5th term as Vermont governor
05-13-2024 3:56 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Gov. Phil Scott isn’t ready to hang up his hat.In an announcement issued Saturday evening, the four-term Republican governor said he will seek another two-year term in this year’s election cycle. “During my four terms as Governor, my team and I have...


David Zuckerman is seeking reelection to lieutenant governor’s office
05-04-2024 5:01 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman wants to hold onto his gig.The Hinesburg Progressive/Democrat announced his bid for reelection to the state’s second-highest executive office in a press release Thursday morning, writing that he is “not done fighting for...


Sarah Copeland Hanzas launches bid for second term as secretary of state
05-02-2024 4:12 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Vermont Secretary of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas wants another two years in office.The Bradford Democrat announced her bid for reelection at a press conference Wednesday in the Statehouse. She was flanked by dozens of legislators who called her a...


As Vermont House passes budget, Republicans pan spending plans
04-01-2024 3:29 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

“Out of control,” “off the rails,” and “bizarre”: These are just a sampling of the insults Republicans in Montpelier have lobbed at Democrats over the past week leading up to the House’s approval of an $8.58 billion state budget Friday morning.On the...


Dick McCormack to retire after 3-decade Senate career
03-12-2024 3:14 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

After more than three decades representing Windsor County in the Vermont Senate, Dick McCormack plans to retire next January at the conclusion of his term. The veteran Democrat disclosed his decision to constituents on Town Meeting Day last week and...


Ahead of New Hampshire primary, Gov. Phil Scott endorses Nikki Haley for president
01-22-2024 9:39 AM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

In a rare step into presidential politics, Gov. Phil Scott on Friday endorsed fellow Republican Nikki Haley for the GOP nomination. The Vermont governor’s endorsement of the former South Carolina governor was, as much as anything, a rebuke of yet...


After bracing for hard times, Vermont economists predict healthy state revenues
01-21-2024 7:20 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Despite last year’s hand-wringing over an anticipated downturn of Vermont’s economy, one year later, state economists on Thursday were notably optimistic about where the state’s finances stand.“We have no recession in the forecast,” economic adviser...


Vermont selects sports betting operators, allowing for pre-registration ahead of January launch
12-13-2023 11:34 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

With legal, regulated sports betting on track to launch in Vermont next month, the Scott administration has awarded state contracts to three vendors to host mobile sports wagering platforms.DraftKings, FanDuel and Fanatics Sportsbook were selected...


Bernie Sanders votes against Ukraine aid package, citing unconditional funding for Israel
12-08-2023 4:23 AM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

A major foreign aid package designed to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia and Israel’s fight against Hamas failed on a key procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as a united Republican caucus — joined by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. —...


Vermont sues Meta, alleging that Instagram has harmed young Vermonters’ mental health
10-25-2023 10:42 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Vermont is suing the tech giant Meta, alleging that the company designed its social media platform Instagram to be addictive and otherwise harmful to the mental health of young users.Standing before the Vermont Superior Court in Burlington on Tuesday...


Vermont legalizes online sports betting
06-14-2023 5:20 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Vermont joined more than half the states in legalizing online sports betting Wednesday as Gov. Phil Scott signed H.127 into law.The Republican governor has long supported legalization, which had been stalled for years in the Democratic-controlled...


Phil Scott allows gun control bill to go into law without his signature
06-02-2023 6:45 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Republican Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday allowed H.230, a three-pronged gun control bill, to become law without his signature despite concerns over the constitutionality of one of the bill’s provisions.Promised by its stalwarts as a way to curb suicides...


Quechee prosecutor among three appointed as Vermont judges
12-21-2021 9:28 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday filled three of four vacant judgeships on the Vermont Superior Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Elizabeth Novotny, of Jericho, Vt., Heather Gray, of Quechee, and Justin Jiron, of Underhill, Vt., would join the bench.Scott...

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