The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Vermont in the News

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Vermont Gubernatorial Headlines:
NOVEMBER 2013

Man charged with creating single-payer finance system faces challenge (VT Digger, 12/6/13)
Vermont falls far short of 2012 emissions goals (VPR, 12/5/13)
For $10,000, a chance to dine with Gov. Chris Christie in Vermont (off message, 12/5/13)
COMMENTARY: AUDIO: Faith in government? (VPR, 12/4/13)
‘It’s not over,’ F-35 foes insist as they carry fight to the courts (off message, 12/4/13)
Cashing in: Shumlin dials for dollars as he seeks a third term (Seven Days, 12/4/13)
Documents spotlight state’s escalating fight with exchange contractor (Vermont Press Bureau, 12/4/13)
COMMENTARY: Bruce Lisman: Campaign for Vermont rejects failure, Vermonters deserve better (VT Digger, 12/3/13)
Air Force F-35s coming to Vermont (off message, 12/3/13)
Nonprofit groups, others, brace for hit when Vermont Yankee closes (Rutland Herald, 12/2/13)
Obamacare will be ‘extraordinarily popular’ when exchanges work, governor Shumlin says (Christian Science Monitor, 12/2/13)
‘Milestone’ or millstone? In Vermont Health Connect announcement, there’s good news and bad (off message, 12/2/13)

NOVEMBER 2013

Sugarcoating it: Legislators sour on Vermont’s health care reformers (Seven Days, 11/27/13)
Shumlin urges holding line on school spending (Valley News, 11/27/13)
Speaker Smith faces dilemma with income tax plan (VPR, 11/27/13)
Shumlin celebrates broadband progress, though target is missed (VT Digger, 11/27/13)
High-level discussions between state and Entergy to address litigation, decommissioning of Vermont Yankee (VT Digger, 11/27/13)
Report: Many small Vt. businesses avoiding health care exchange (Valley News, 11/27/13)
AUDIO: Report: Many small businesses avoiding health care exchange (VPR, 11/26/13)
5 cent hike predicted for school tax rates (Burlington Free Press, 11/26/13)
AUDIO: Analysis: Can this man figure out how to fund single-payer? (VPR, 11/26/13)
Bill would make Vt. drop oil stocks (AP, 11/25/13)
Shumlin chastises health care reform official for misleading legislators (off message, 11/25/13)
Peter Shumlin, Shap Smith react swiftly, severely to Larson apology (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/25/13)
DVHA commissioner apologizes for vague answer on exchange security breach (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/25/13)
Larson testimony was contrary to report filed with federal officials (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/25/13)
AUDIO: Gov. Shumlin publicly reprimands health access commissioner (VPR, 11/25/13)
Small business running out of time on health care decisions (Rutland Herald, 11/23/13)
Shumlin: Reform property tax; Vt. governor cites inequity in system (Valley News, 11/23/13)
Shumlin, key lawmakers support $500K for program to strengthen Vermont’s downtowns (The Mountain Times, 11/23/13)
Shumlin joins call for property tax reform (Rutland Herald, 11/22/13)
State says major flaw in health care exchange website has been fixed (VT Digger, 11/21/13)
Lawmakers foresee tax and spending challenges (Rutland Herald, 11/21/13)
With Leahy presiding, Senate goes nuclear (off message, 11/21/13)
Lawmakers foresee tax and spending challenges (Rutland Herald, 11/21/13)
Governor celebrates high-speed Internet in Vermont (Burlington Free Press, 11/20/13)
Vt. lawmakers hear of tight budgets to come (AP, 11/20/13)
General Assembly asked to stay positive amid gloomy predictions (VT Digger, 11/20/13)
90-day contingency plan doesn’t change deadline — Nov. 25 — for businesses (VT Digger, 11/20/13)
Vermont, Planned Parenthood settle campaign complaints (AP, 11/20/13)
Christie fundraiser sells out (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/19/13)
Governor’s statewide school safety conference kicks off Wed. (VT Digger, 11/19/13)
Planned Parenthood to pay $30,000 in campaign finance case (VT Digger, 11/19/13)
Who’s the bonehead?   Shumlin concedes his own comment was boneheaded, but he can’t help himself (Burlington Free Press, 11/18/13)
COMMENTARY: As health-insurance problems keep arising, Vermont offers a ray of hope (MinnPost, 11/18/13)
Shumlin: ‘We can’t build our way out of’ drug-related prison crowding (off message, 11/16/13)
Welch backs Obama on national plan Shumlin on Vermont’s approach (VT Digger, 11/15/13)
Independent study finds state estimate on cost of publicly financed health care too low (VT Digger, 11/14/13)
Report finds single payer costs may be higher than thought (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/14/13)
AUDIO: Report questions feasibility of Shumlin’s single payer plan (VPR, 11/14/13)
Republican legislative leaders call on Shumlin to extend health care exchange deadline by one year (VT Digger, 11/14/13)
VIDEO: Backlash over governor’s ‘bonehead’ comment (WCAX, 11/14/13)
Shumlin calls AOT officials ‘boneheads’ over sign issue (Rutland Herald, 11/13/13)
Democratic PAC settles with state (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/13/13)
GOP pounces on Shumlin’s ‘Everybody in the pool’ remarks (VT Digger, 11/13/13)
DGA docked another $20,000 for 2010 campaign violations (VT Digger, 11/13/13)
Family bid-ness: After snagging a no-bid contract, ex-Shumlin official offers gov’s daughter a job (Seven Days, 11/13/13)
Shumlin to introduce pro-choice crusader at exclusive gathering of liberal donors (off message, 11/12/13)
Legislative preview: House speaker wants to bring down state spending trend (VT Digger, 11/12/13)
Vermont gun-safety advocates focus on state’s suicide rate (off message, 11/12/13)
Shumlin has testy exchange with physician at Boston event (VT Digger, 11/11/13)
Shumlin says he’s ‘hopeful’ health exchange will work by December (off message, 11/11/13)
Democratic lawmakers to hold post mortem on administration’s management of exchange (VT Digger, 11/10/13)
Progressives elect Mulvaney-Stanak chair, outline agenda (VT Digger, 11/10/13)
Hoping to bring moderates into the fold, Vermont GOP elects Sunderland as party chair (VT Digger, 11/10/13)
At boisterous party meeting, Sunderland elected Vermont GOP chairman (off message, 11/9/13)
Details out for new Vermont health insurance options (Burlington Free Press, 11/8/13)
Administration reveals exchange delay plan (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/8/13)
Snelling apologizes to Lisman, but says he believes CFV founder’s gubernatorial hopes are real (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/8/13)
Details emerge on health care exchange extension (VT Digger, 11/8/13)
Shumlin appoints Ryerson to Vermont House; majority caucus has more women than men for first time (Burlington Free Press, 11/8/13)
As Vermont Republicans squabble over leadership, Lindsey exits race for chairman (off message, 11/7/13)
Christie to headline Vermont GOP winter fundraiser (off message, 11/7/13)
Shumlin optimistic for Dems in gubernatorial races (Burlington Free Press, 11/7/13)
Mark Snelling says Bruce Lisman eyeing governor’s seat; Lisman’s people say ‘not true’ (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/7/13)
Patent trolls take on Vermont businesses (Burlington Free Press, 11/7/13)
NJ Gov. Chris Christie to headline Vermont GOP gala (VT Digger, 11/7/13)
Shumlin’s Democratic Governors Association scores in Virginia (off message, 11/6/13)
Developer offers moratorium on Wal-Mart stores (VT Digger, 11/6/13)
Lindley will not seek re-election to Vt. GOP leadership post (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/6/13)
Something-burger: Health care delay puts Shumlin on the grill (Seven Days, 11/6/13)
Lawmakers suggest administration ‘sugarcoated’ problems with exchange (VT Digger, 11/5/13)
Vermont Democrats re-elect Deans as party chair (VT Digger, 11/4/13)
Governor invokes ‘safety valve’ provision for health exchange (Burlington Free Press, 11/3/13)
In-fighting comes to a head as Vermont GOP chooses new party leader (VT Digger, 11/3/13)
In September report, Shumlin administration told of ‘critical’ problems with insurance exchange (Vermont Press Bureau, 11/1/13)
AUDIO: State broadband goal slips past year’s end (VPR, 11/1/13)
When VY stops, so does the tax flow (Burlington Free Press, 11/1/13)

OCTOBER 2013

AUDIO: Some companies eye self-insurance to avoid exchange (VPR, 10/31/13)
Acknowledging health website failures, Shumlin extends deadline (off message, 10/31/13)
Shumlin announces major health care exchange delay (VPR, 10/31/13)
Shumlin discusses health exchange delay (VPR, 10/31/13)
Shumlin extends deadline for health care exchange (VT Digger, 10/31/13)
Vermont Health Connect, explained (VPR, 10/30/13)
Towns want more local input in energy project permitting (VT Digger, 10/30/13)
COMMENTARY: The ship of state is on the right course (VT Digger, 10/30/13)
AUDIO: Longtime Vermont Progressive leader steps down (VPR, 10/30/13)
Can’t we all just get along? Vermont’s divisive ‘debate’ over F-35s (Seven Days, 10/30/13)
Burlington City Council shoots down two anti-F-35 resolutions (off message, 10/29/13)
Windham County seeks $2.2M in state aid to recover from Yankee closing (VT Digger, 10/29/13)
Lawmakers to talk about government accountability (VPR, 10/28/13)
Cuts mean less assistance for vulnerable Vermonters (VPR, 10/28/13)
State: Entergy must set aside $60 million for Vermont Yankee site restoration (VT Digger, 10/28/13)
$50-$70M budget gap is state’s ‘new normal’ (VT Digger, 10/27/13)
AUDIO: Lt. Governor Phil Scott wants to delay health care exchange (VPR, 10/25/13)
AUDIO: Phil Scott and the exchange (VPR, 10/25/13)
Shumlin defends implementation of Health Insurance Exchange, sees signs of progress (off message, 10/24/13)
Business group criticizes Progressives’ resolution on F-35 (VT Digger, 10/24/13)
Shumlin keeps health care exchange contingency plan under wraps (VT Digger, 10/24/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin promises exchange glitches will be resolved soon (VPR, 10/24/13)
COMMENTARY: Abbott – The Vermont Progressive Party — a model for change (VT Digger, 10/24/13)
Two announce run for GOP chairmanship (VT Digger, 10/24/13)
New tactic to restrict F-35 gets City Attorney approval (VPR, 10/23/13)
Why Bernie should run: Sen. Sanders and the 2016 presidential campaign (Seven Days, 10/23/13)
Updated: As Lindley recovers, two candidates challenge him for Vermont GOP chairmanship (off message, 10/23/13)
Abbott prefers Mulvaney-Stanak as new Progressive Party leader (VT Digger, 10/23/13)
Abbott to step down as Prog Party Chair; Mulvaney-Stanak seeking to replace her (off message, 10/23/13)
Obamacare’s Vermont Fail (The Daily Beast, 10/22/13)
COMMENTARY: The making of a fiscal shipwreck (VT Digger, 10/22/13)
COMMENTARY: Smart investments will move Vermont forward (VT Digger, 10/20/13)
At ‘Autumn Harvest’ event, Vermont Dems rake in the bucks, sound rally cry for 2014 elections (VT Digger, 10/20/13)
State projects more Vermonters will qualify for Medicaid (VT Digger, 10/18/13)
AUDIO: State defends use of DC firm to steer health exchange news coverage (VPR, 10/17/13)
Leahy says shutdown fight encouraged him to stay in office (VT Digger, 10/17/13)
Sorrell to seek re-election as Attorney General (off message, 10/17/13)
City Attorney: Burlington can’t stop the F-35s (WPTZ, 10/17/13)
State contract with DC consulting firm larger than previously reported (Vermont Press Bureau, 10/16/13)
What Vermont Health Connects could learn from the state’s previous IT blunders (Seven Days, 10/16/13)
Full court press: Vermont’s health care reformers spend half a million dollars wooing reporters (Seven Days, 10/16/13)
Lisman’s Campaign for Vermont drops $60K on new ads (off message, 10/15/13)
The $3 million message: DC spin-doctors go to work on health care exchange (VT Digger, 10/15/13)
Morning read: State pays DC firm for Vermont media intel (off message, 10/14/13)
Newly insured, Burlington ready for F-35 debate (VPR, 10/12/13)
Sanders to travel south with Democratic Super PAC (off message, 10/11/13)
Politics of perception: Beltway reporters discuss Vt. (VPR, 10/11/13)
In executive branch memo, Shumlin administration seeks level-funded budget (Rutland Herald, 10/11/13)
Dairy farmers hurt by govt shutdown and expiration of farm bill (Addison County Independent, 10/10/13)
New website looks to tackle Vermont’s high-tech ‘brain drain’ (VT Digger, 10/10/13)
In the weeds: Vermont considers a path to marijuana legalization (Rutland Reader, 10/9/13)
State weighs what conditions to place on Vermont Yankee closing (VT Digger, 10/9/13)
Should the owners of Vermont’s 8,800 tax exempt property owners pay (something)? legislators ask (Burlington Free Press, 10/9/13)
Too much of a good thing? Inside Vermont’s solar standoff (Seven Days, 10/9/13)
Flying south: Shumlin warns of shutdowns ‘huge impact,’ then skips town (Seven Days, 10/9/13)
AUDIO: Former Gov. Jim Douglas: Shut down (VPR, 10/8/13)
AUDIO: Paper application added for health insurance website (VPR, 10/8/13)
Vt. GOP: compromise in DC; Vt. Dems: there is no compromise (vt.Buzz, 10/8/13)
Vermont could see fiscal effects of shutdown soon, state officials say (VT Digger, 10/7/13)
AUDIO: Marijuana policy on the horizon (VPR, 10/7/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin: Prolonged shutdown will harm thousands in Vermont (VPR, 10/7/13)
State resorts to paper forms for health exchange, but they’re incomplete (VT Digger, 10/7/13)
AUDIO: State works to improve health care exchange (VPR, 10/4/13)
Vermont wins renewal of Medicaid waiver (Burlington Free Press, 10/4/13)
Shumlin aide leaves post for Mass. campaign (VPR, 10/4/13)
Marijuana policy on the horizon (VPR, 10/4/13)
In health exchange roll-out, Shumlin distinguishes between ‘nothing-burgers’ and ‘something-burgers’ (off message, 10/4/13)
Burlington Council grounds F-35 vote due to ‘gap’ in insurance coverage (off message, 10/3/13)
VIDEO: Governor want storage centers for guns seized from domestic violence suspects (VT Digger, 10/3/13)
AFSCME wins vote to represent Vermont home-care workers (off message, 10/3/13)
AUDIO: New study fuels debate over F-35 safety (VPR, 10/3/13)
Shumlin calls for tougher enforcement of protection orders, gun bans (VPR, 10/3/13)
Vermonters for Health Care Freedom and Vermont Public Interest Group spar (vt.Buzz, 10/2/13)
The undertaker’s daughter: Darcie Johnston wants to kill Vermont health care reform (Seven Days, 10/2/13)
Shumlin, Stenger call EB-5 trip to Asia a success (off message, 10/2/13)
Government shutdown hits Vermont residents, programs (Burlington Free Press, 10/1/13)
Vermont cushioned against shutdown, but not for long (VT Digger, 10/1/13)
AUDIO: Governor fills House seat with experienced administrator (VPR, 10/1/13)
VIDEO: Some sign up, others struggle to gain access as health care exchange opens (VT Digger, 10/1/13)

SEPTEMBER 2013

Health reform opponents to robo-call 30,000 Vermonters Tuesday (off message, 9/30/13)
AUDIO: State braces for federal shutdown (VPR, 9/30/13)
Vermont businesses want to see patent troll legislation go national (VT Digger, 9/30/13)
Morning read: VT Health Connect’s bumpy ride on the yellow brick road (off message, 9/30/13)
COMMENTARY: The wonderful wizard of health care software (VT Digger, 9/29/13)
High court rules against Dem. group (Times Argus, 9/28/13)
Questions and answers on Vermont Health Connect (Burlington Free Press, 9/28/13)
Supreme Court upholds ruling against Democratic PAC (Burlington Free Press, 9/27/13)
Builder of state’s health care exchange misses key deadlines (VT Digger, 9/27/13)
State hate? Why a Vermont charitable giving program funds anti-gay groups (Seven Days, 9/25/13)
Vermont remains ‘preferred alternative’ to host F-35, Air Force says (off message, 9/25/13)
New group looks to get more women into elected office (Times Argus, 9/25/13)
Survey: Most Vermonters have never heard of health care exchange (VT Digger, 9/25/13)
Energy prices bound to rise without Vermont Yankee, grid operator says (VT Digger, 9/24/13)
More female Democratic candidates wanted, needed (Burlington Free Press, 9/23/13)
AUDIO: Some towns face health care premium ‘rate shock’ (VPR, 9/23/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin says state deserves ‘compensation’ for Yankee waste storage (VPR, 9/23/13)
Vermont ranks high in health care for low-income residents (VT Digger, 9/23/13)
Vermont GOP chairman Jack Lindley hospitalized, in critical condition (off message, 9/23/13)
Vt. Health Connect snag worries industry (Times Argus, 9/22/13)
Spring training? The ritual of Dem, Prog and GOP reorganization meetings (off message, 9/20/13)
Shumlin: Health exchange glitch is ‘nothing burger’ (VPR, 9/20/13)
Shumlin appoints Judge Geoffrey Crawford to Vermont Supreme Court (Vermont Press Bureau, 9/20/13)
Shumlin joins pro-pot legalization ‘strategy’ session; reporters excluded (off message, 9/19/13)
Administration personnel changes announced: Shumlin names ‘chief performance officer’ (VT Digger, 9/19/13)
Drive to require paid sick days kicks off (VT Digger, 9/19/13)
New Vermont education secretary calls funding system most progressive in US (Burlington Free Press, 9/19/13)
Governor makes staff changes (Burlington Free Press, 9/19/13)
Health care exchange website won’t be fully functional by Oct. 1 (VT Digger, 9/18/13)
Shumlin appoints Hoyt to fill Cheney seat (Vermont Press Bureau, 9/18/13)
AUDIO: Was Vt. health CO-OP undermined by push for single-payer? (VPR, 9/18/13)
Guns, planes and missiles — Oh, my! (Seven Days, 9/18/13)
Untangling the complexities of Vermont’s new health insurance exchange (Seven Days, 9/18/13)
After feds pull funding, Vermont Health Co-op folds (off message, 9/17/13)
Unions rally for state college brethren (Times Argus, 9/17/13)
Shumlin taps Cheney, a Norwich Democrat, for Public Service Board (off message, 9/16/13)
State Republican Party turns eye toward 2014 elections (VT Digger, 9/15/13)
Vermont Public Service Dept backs Shumlin on support for VTGas pipeline (VT Digger, 9/13/13)
Lindley facing likely challenge for leadership of Vt GOP (off message, 9/12/13)
State revenues hug targets for now, budget deficit looms for 2015 (VT Digger, 9/12/13)
Burlington’s Front Porch Forum expands statewide (Vermont Tech Jam, 9/12/13)
Shumlin awards solar deal to firm of campaign supporter (VT Digger, 9/11/13)
Hotel lobbyists: Shumlin hosts a DGA smooze-fest. but reporters aren’t allowed (Seven Days, 9/11/13)
National group to push for legalized pot in Vermont (Rutland Herald, 9/11/13)
Front Porch Forum to go statewide (Rutland Herald, 9/11/13)
Vermont, Maine governors at odds over Canadian pipeline idea (AP, 9/10/13)
Entergy may be closing Vermont Yankee, but litigation goes on (VT Digger, 9/10/13)
Cut-off in federal loans leave Vermont Healthcare CO-OP in precarious spot (VT Digger, 9/10/13)
Health CO-OP’s fate could be decided soon (AP, 9/10/13)
Shumlin plan to use payroll tax to fund single-payer unpalatable to many businesses (VT Digger, 9/9/13)
Democratic governors set to meet, greet and retreat in Manchester (VT Digger, 9/6/13)
Shumlin to rely on payroll tax hikes (Times Argus, 9/6/13)
Shumlin ‘open’ to discussion on marijuana legalization (Rutland Herald, 9/4/13)
State to choose fourth medical marijuana vendor from five applicants (VT Digger, 9/4/13)
State says health insurance exchange is ‘on track’ for Oct. 1 launch (VT Digger, 9/4/13)
F-35 battle moving to Burlington Council as key state Dem joins the opposition (off message, 9/4/13)
Legalize it? Shumlin welcomes new cannabis debate in Vermont (Vermont Press Bureau, 9/3/13)
Vermont Yankee’s closing next year to leave a hole in state budget (VT Digger, 9/3/13)
Forbes calls Vermonters ‘stupid’ for closing Vermont Yankee (off message, 9/3/13)
Involuntary medication: Shumlin wants changes to state law (Brattleboro Reformer, 9/2/13)
Who told Vermont to be stupid? (Forbes, 9/1/13)

AUGUST 2013

Governor welcomes challenge in new standardized testing for students (VT Digger, 8/30/13)
Governor Lisman? Deciphering Bruce Lisman and his ‘Campaign for Vermont’ (Seven Days, 8/28/13)
Nuclear expert says it’ll take at least 20 years — and more money — to clean up Vermont Yankee (off message, 8/27/13)
State regulators say universal broadband is within reach (VT Digger, 8/24/13)
Protesters demand Planned Parenthood records (Burlington Free Press, 8/22/13)
Unemployment numbers in Vt. aren’t as rosy as they seem (Times Argus, 8/22/13)
Shumlin appoints Tim Briglin to Vermont Economic Progress Council; 4 current members requested (VT Digger, 8/22/13)
Vermont Legislature looking into new model for making financial decisions (VT Digger, 8/21/13)
Group launches effort to repeal physician assisted-death law (VT Digger, 8/21/13)
AUDIO: Some small businesses overwhelmed by health care switch (VPR, 8/20/13)
vt. Buzz: Ad calls for repeal of end-of-life law (Burlington Free Press, 8/19/13)
Vermont unemployment rate rises to 4.6% in July (Vermontbiz.com, 8/19/13)
Some utilities try to put brakes on solar boom (AP, 8/19/13)
In VY loss, Sorrell sees political redemption — and jabs Donovan (off message, 8/15/13)
AUDIO: Court rules against state in Vt. Yankee federal preemption case (VPR, 8/14/13)
AUDIO: Key health care player returning (VPR, 8/14/13)
Miles to go: Shumlin seeks travel savings while jetting to DC (Seven Days, 8/14/13)
Gimmer shelter: In Vermont, sequestration leads to homelessness (Seven Days, 8/14/13)
East Montpelier man gets property back from governor (WCAX, 8/13/13)
Passions flare on a summer’s night as locals debate the F-35 — again (off message, 8/13/13)
After resignation, Rader Wallack returns to Vermont health care (Vermont Press Bureau, 8/13/13)
Health insurance exchange ahead: State prepares for the exchange (Vermont Press Bureau, 8/12/13)
Progs seem eager to take on Shumlin… if they can find the money and the candidate (off message,  8/11/13)
Fletcher Allen: Death law policy could take months (Burlington Free Press, 8/11/13)
State orders $2.5M cuts in OT, travel, temp staffing (Burlington Free Press, 8/9/13)
Will a Prog run for gov? Nope. (off message, 8/8/13)
Future of Vermont health insurance co-op hinges on re-do (Vermont Press Bureau, 8/8/13)
Can a shrimp-counting restaurateur fix Vermont’s health care system? (Seven Days, 8/7/13)
Grid operator tells Shumlin state knows why wind energy cutoff is required (VT Digger, 8/7/13)
Governor to choose from 3 finalists for secretary of education (VT Digger, 8/7/13)
Should Progs challenge Shumlin in ’14 (vt.Buzz, 8/6/13)
Should Progressives challenge Shumlin in 2014? (Burlington Free Press, 8/5/13)
Cost-sharing among ways Vermont cities and towns could save money (VT Digger, 8/5/13)
Reduction in federal funding will result in job cuts at many Vermont hospitals (VT Digger, 8/5/13)
Federal program cuts could last a decade (VT Digger, 8/4/13)

JULY 2013

Vt. finalizes rates for health care policies sold on exchange (VPR, 7/31/13)
Exchange rates: Feds pony up for a health-care ad blitz (Seven Days, 7/31/13)
Howard Dean on the Green Mountain Care Board: ‘I don’t think it works’ (VT Digger, 7/31/13)
SEIU drops bid to represent 7000 home-care workers, clearing way for AFSCME (off message, 7/31/13)
Vermont should lead on climate change adaption plans, lawmakers and business people say (VT Digger, 7/31/13)
AUDIO: Vermont becomes first state to set rates for health care exchange (VPR, 7/31/13)
Shumlin asking lawmakers to appropriate $2M to Vermont Veterans Home (Brattleboro Reformer, 7/31/13)
Shumlin administration gears up for the nitty-gritty of single payer (VT Digger, 7/29/13)
Entergy replaces radiation monitors; state asks NRC to investigate ‘spurious’ radiation spikes at Vermont Yankee (VT Digger, 7/28/13)
Shumlin meets with Grafton group to discuss wind turbines (Brattleboro Reformer, 7/26/13)
Hot-button legislation attracted lion’s share of Statehouse lobbyists’ dollars (VT Digger, 7/26/13)
In Norwich, Shumlin gets friendly reminder on guns (Valley News, 7/26/13)
Governor names Gosselin, Driscoll to key economic development posts (VT Digger, 7/25/13)
AUDIO: State launches huge public education campaign on health care exchange (VPR, 7/25/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin praises Obama’s speech on economy (WAMC, 7/24/13)
Shumlin: FEMA to decide soon on Waterbury offices (VPR, 7/24/13)
Catamount health insurance rates rise nearly 12% (VT Digger, 7/24/13)
In VSEA counter-coup, Mitchell’s back and his opponents are out (off message, 7/23/13)
vt.Buzz: Shumlin: Climate change and funding shortages to impact transportation work (Burlington Free Press, 7/23/13)
Revenue forecast modest this year, hopeful for next (VT Digger, 7/23/13)
Shumlin to transportation audience: Get ready to cope with climate-change events and funding shortages (vt.Buzz, 7/22/13)
Update: VSEA director Mitchell reinstated, lawyers involved in his ouster resign (VT Digger, 7/22/13)
Lt. Gov. Scott says it’s unlikely he’ll run for governor (VPR, 7/22/13)
COMMENTARY: A Rusty DeWees candidacy would be entertaining, enjoyable, unsuccessful (VT Digger, 7/22/13)
Vermont’s $171.6M health insurance exchange is ambitious and expensive (Burlington Free Press, 7/20/13)
Vermont officials fear ‘collateral damage’ from marijuana decriminalization (Brattleboro Reformer, 7/20/13)
State ends fiscal year with $26M more than expected (VT Digger, 7/19/13)
VIDEO: Labor Dept – IBM laid off 419 in Vt. (WCAX, 7/18/13)
Vermont Yankee owner: ‘Expect workforce reductions’ (VT Digger, 7/18/13)
F-35 defenders aim to move off the defensive in debate on local basing (off message, 7/18/13)
Shumlin, Dodge reach agreement in land deal (Times Argus, 7/18/13)
Gov. Shumlin helps kick off next stage of Brooks House project (Brattleboro Reformer, 7/18/13)
IBM drops objection to releasing number of jobs lost: 419 (Burlington Free Press, 7/18/13)
Gov. Shumlin, business owners: ‘Vermont is open for business’ (The Mountain Times, 7/18/13)
VIDEO: Details on the governor’s land deal with Jerry Dodge (WCAX, 7/18/13)
AUDIO: Agreement reached on governor’s land deal (VPR, 7/18/13)
Dodge can buy back property from Shumlin for about $30,000, lawyers say (VT Digger, 7/18/13)
Gov. Shumlin reaches deal in land dispute (AP, 7/18/13)
Shumlin’s East Montpelier neighbor strikes ‘A good deal’ with the governor (off message, 7/18/13)
Shumlin urges IBM to go public with layoff numbers (WCAX, 7/17/13)
Shumlin to IBM: ‘Peel the Band-Aid’ and release layoff figure (Burlington Free Press, 7/17/13)
AUDIO: IBM seeks to prevent state form releasing job cut number (VPR, 7/16/13)
Finance report shows Shumlin back in the black (VPR, 7/16/13)
Shumlin land deal gone sour could come to a head (Times Argus, 7/15/13)
AUDIO: State officials respond to health care exchange challenge (VPR, 7/15/13)
Campaign finance: Shumlin banks more than $700K for probable re-election bid (VT Digger, 7/15/13)
Shumlin rebuilds warchest with more than $700K cash on hand (Times Argus, 7/15/13)
vt.Buzz: Shumlin well-situated for a 2014 campaign he won’t talk about (Burlington Free Press, 7/15/13)
Shumlin campaign cuts $275,000 check to gov, forgiving 2010 debt (off message, 7/15/13)
Vermont health officials respond to GOP criticism of exchange plan (VT Digger, 7/15/13)
Shumlin-Dodge land deal ‘maybe’ imminent (VT Digger, 7/15/13)
Air Guard sticking to its guns on basing F-35 in Vermont (off message, 7/11/13)
Feds pump another $42.7M into state’s health insurance exchange (VT Digger, 7/11/13)
Shumlin touts public-private partnership to fund pre-K education (VT Digger, 7/10/13)
Welch, Shumlin tell business owners that health reform is a cooperative effort (VT Digger, 7/9/13)
F-35 foes pile on the data as battle builds over local basing plan (off message, 7/9/13)
Battle over fighter jets in Vermont heats up (New York Times, 7/4/13)
AUDIO: Obama decision won’t affect Vermont Health Care Exchange (VPR, 7/3/13)
Vermont officials defend health exchange against Republican attack (VT Digger, 7/2/13)
Sequester hits Vermont Guard, Head Start (VT Digger, 7/2/13)
Shumlin congratulates Texas state senator for thwarting anti-abortion bill (VT Digger, 7/1/13)
Inside the Golden Bubble: And then there were 98 (bills enacted into law to be exact) (VT Digger, 7/1/13)
Vermont pays off federal loan that bailed out unemployment insurance trust fund (VT Digger, 7/1/13)
Shumlin marks repayment of unemployment loan (VPR, 7/1/13)
US House GOP leaders question legality of VT Health Care exchange (VPR, 7/1/13)

JUNE 2013

Expecting severe floods, Shumlin urges Vermonters to ‘prepare for the worst’ (Burlington Free Press, 6/27/13)
State provides tax relief for businesses hit by natural disasters (VT Digger, 6/26/13)
Protective Services probe into Shumlin-Dodge affair might never be disclosed (VT Digger, 6/26/13)
Vermont political leaders praise court ruling on DOMA (VPR, 6/26/13)
State makes contingency plans for technical problems in exchange (VT Digger, 6/25/13)
Shumlin writes Kerry to oppose reversal of pipeline flow to pump tar sands (VT Digger, 6/24/13)
Scott Brown message to Vermont GOP: Unify the party or bust (VT Digger, 6/23/13)
Morning Read: CNN reports Howard Dean ‘open’ to another presidential bid (off message, 6/21/13)
Fleischer steps aside in shake-up at Vermont Health CO-OP (off message, 6/19/13)
Which side are you on? The State Employees Union airs its dirty laundry (Seven Days, 6/19/13)
How Gov. Peter Shumlin built a $5M real estate empire (Seven Days, 6/19/13)
In reversal, VSEA reinstates Mitchell, calls for independent investigation (off message, 6/18/13)
Vermonters to get answers about health insurance exchange (Burlington Free Press, 6/16/13)
If Progressives challenge Shumlin in 2014, it’s the governor’s own fault (VT Digger, 6/14/13)
Ousted union leader defends himself as charges fly (off message, 6/13/13)
Vermont State Employees Association fires executive director (off message, 6/13/13)
Vermonters fire questions at health care exchange forum in Waterbury (VT Digger, 6/13/13)
VIDEO: How IBM cuts could trigger other Vt. job losses (WCAX, 6/12/13)
Shumlin says IBM layoffs will affect Vermont (off message, 6/12/13)
Air Force: We overstated F-35 support for Burlington (Burlington Free Press, 6/11/13)
Dodge chooses GOP-connected lawyer for property negotiations with Shumlin (VT Digger, 6/11/13)
Shumlin’s neighbor gets lawyer who is a familiar foe of the governor (Burlington Free Press, 6/11/13)
Toensing’s arrival ushers in new chapter to Shumlin/Dodge land dispute (Vermont Press Bureau, 6/11/13)
High-profile attorney with ties to RGA to represent Jeremy Dodge in fight with Shumlin (Vermont Press Bureau, 6/11/13)
Vermont board begins review of rates under exchange (AP, 6/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Shumlin’s big political mistake (VT Digger, 6/7/13)
National unions compete to organize under new Vermont law (AP, 6/7/13)
AUDIO: New laws contains immunity measures for drug overdoses (VPR, 6/6/13)
Flight of the discords (Harper’s, 6/6/13)
Bill reducing penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana signed into law (VT Digger, 6/6/13)
Shumlin offers to sell back property to Dodge (VT Digger, 6/5/13)
Lawyer: Shumlin willing to sell land back to neighbor (Burlington Free Press, 6/5/13)
Fighter flight: Will the new F-35 noise report become a political bombshell? (Seven Days, 6/5/13)
Lawmakers tweak Shumlin on Dodge deal; ask administration to help low-income property taxpayers (VT Digger, 6/5/13)
With promise of driver’s licenses, migrant farmworkers hope for the best (off message, 6/5/13)
Shumlin offers to return land as Republican legislators take him to task (off message, 6/5/13)
Why Vermont’s health co-op is on life support (Seven Days, 6/5/13)
Summer Study Committees: Legislation-in-training or a graveyard for controversial bills? (Seven Days, 6/5/13)
New law offers migrant farm workers in Vermont the privilege to drive (VT Digger, 6/5/13)
Contract dispute reveals dysfunction in Britton 2010 campaign for US Senate (VT Digger, 6/4/13)
Vermont’s first economic summit takes on perception problem (VT Digger, 6/4/13)
Both sides of Shumlin-Dodge land deal lawyer up (VT Digger, 6/3/13)

MAY 2013

Air Force releases revised F-35 study for Vt. (AP, 5/31/13)
Health co-op discusses certification effort (Times Argus, 5/31/13)
Vermont lags in state support for higher education but, hey, we’re not New Hampshire (VT Digger, 5/31/13)
Jerry Dodge sours on property sale to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (AP, 5/30/13)
Remedies available to delinquents Vermont property owners like Dodge after all (VT Digger, 5/30/13)
vt.Buzz: The full Shumlin land deal interview (Burlington Free Press, 5/30/13)
Shumlin signs spending bill in unused state office complex (AP, 5/29/13)
AUDIO: Vermont Health Cooperative fights state rejection (VPR, 5/29/13)
Formerly allies, two unions now to compete for health-care workers’ votes (VT Digger, 5/29/13)
Seller’s remorse: Shumlin bought a house  – and a whole lot of trouble (Seven Days, 5/29/13)
F-35 opponents cite safety, health and environmental concerns (VT Digger, 5/29/13)
Shumlin property assessed at $672,500, including Dodge parcel (VT Digger, 5/28/13)
Shumlin signs  budget bill (VT Digger, 5/28/13)
AUDIO: Democratic leaders & governor disagree on tax reform (VPR, 5/28/13)
Creating a more functional Vermont Senate (Burlington Free Press, 5/27/13)
“Routine tip” spawned FBI interest in Shumlin land deal (Vermont Press Bureau, 5/27/13)
COMMENTARY: Campaign finance problem is not the money, it’s finding the data (VT Digger, 5/26/13)
Shumlin: Deal meant to help (Rutland Herald, 5/25/13)
Shumlin scurries to repair image over land deal (Burlington Free Press, 5/24/13)
AUDIO: The future of Vermont GOP (VPR, 5/24/13)
In letter to Jeremy Dodge, Shumlin offers money to pay for lawyer, renegotiate terms (Vermont Press Bureau, 5/24/13)
Shumlin offers help to neighbor unhappy with land deal (VPR, 5/24/13)
Shumlin calls opiate use state’s biggest threat (VPR, 5/24/13)
Douglas: GOP must shed Tea Party influence (VPR, 5/24/13)
VIDEO: Dodge family vows to fight Vt governor for land (WCAX, 5/23/13)
Governor grants Jeremy Dodge reprieve on July 15 deadline for vacating East Montpelier home(Vermont Press Bureau, 5/23/13)
Jeremy Dodge’s income was below the federal poverty level, so why was his tax bill $5K? (Vermont Press Bureau, 5/23/13)
Vt. Gov. signs novel law against false patent claims (AP, 5/22/13)
Divided we brawl: The fight to unionize Vermont’s home care workers (Seven Days, 5/22/13)
Vermont enacts the nation’s first patent trolling law (Forbes, 5/22/13)
Latest Shumlin land deal leaves seller feeling ‘jilted’ (Vermont Press Bureau, 5/22/13)
Shumlin signs ‘patent troll’ bill aimed at protecting Vermont businesses against false claims (VT Digger, 5/22/13)
After sale to governor, regrets for Dodge (Times Argus, 5/22/13)
Vermont Health CO-OP denied chance to sell health insurance through exchange (VT Digger, 5/22/13)
Shumlin’s commitment to single-payer health care questioned (VT Digger, 5/21/13)
Shumlin signs end-of-life bill after ’successful’ session (Brattleboro Reformer, 5/21/13)
AUDIO: End-of-life bill signed, but physicians taking cautious approach on implementation (VPR, 5/21/13)
Assisted suicide: Vt governor signs death with dignity measure (MSNBC, 5/20/13)
Vermont governor signs death with dignity measure (LA Times, 5/20/13)
Legislative wrap-up: Economic development (VT Digger, 5/20/13)
Legislative wrap-up: Marijuana decriminalization (VT Digger, 5/20/13)
Legislative wrap-up: Bills we could see next year (VT Digger, 5/19/13)
From nickel candies to Vermont’s budget (Rutland Herald, 5/19/13)
Hospitals to delay on aid-in-dying (AP, 5/17/13)
Lawmakers to examine lobbyists for publicly funded groups (VT Digger, 5/16/13)
Shumlin taps Dupre as mental health commissioner (VT Digger, 5/16/13)
Session comes to an end: Lawmakers leave citing social changes, conservative budget (VT Digger, 5/15/13)
COMMENTARY: This isn’t the end of Dems’ income tax reforms efforts (VT Digger, 5/15/13)
The scoreboard: Winners and losers of the 2013 legislative session (Seven Days, 5/15/13)
Tax evasion: Vermont legislators dodge final fight with Shumlin (Seven Days, 5/15/13)
Budget-writers find $10M in reductions (VT Digger, 5/14/13)
Campaign finance reform failure means caps on donations unlikely to occur until 2016 campaign cycle (VT Digger, 5/14/13)
Lawmakers vote to end moratorium on cloud computing tax (VT Digger, 5/14/13)
House, Senate poised to withdraw controversial tax plan, pave way for copacetic adjournment(Vermont Press Bureau, 5/13/13)
Marijuana decriminalization bill heads to governor’s desk (VT Digger, 5/13/13)
State troopers, Shumlin administration reach new contract deal (VT Digger, 5/13/13)
Lawmakers put off fight with Shumlin (VT Digger, 5/13/13)
House passes end-of-life bill, 75-65, after rejecting handful of amendments (VT Digger, 5/13/13)
House decides GMO labeling lawsuit worth the risk (VT Digger, 5/10/13)
With adjournment nigh, one last tax battle looms (off message, 5/10/13)
Child care worker unionization bill rejected again by Senate (VT Digger, 5/9/13)
Amid calls for campaign finance reform, the Vermont Legislature is poised to make it worse (off message, 5/9/13)
By 17 to 13 vote, Senate backs end-of-life choices compromise (off message, 5/8/13)
Deal with it: Shumlin and the Legislature say (almost) no new taxes (Seven Days, 5/8/13)
Vermont Senate debates end-of-life bill; fate still uncertain (VPR, 5/7/13)
Shumlin, Smith, Campell seal deal over tax bill (Vermont Press Bureau, 5/7/13)
Senate says ‘no’ to ‘death with dignity,’ but hope for deal in the works (Vermont Press Bureau, 5/7/13)
AUDIO: House backs migrant license bill (VPR, 5/6/13)
House Speaker says May 11 adjournment for Vermont Legislature is in view (VT Digger, 5/5/13)
Vt. Legislature’s push to address concerns about wind power projects sputters, splinters (VT Digger, 5/4/13)
Rosy revenue forecasts could impact budget negotiations (VT Digger, 5/3/13)
Senate passes $5.2B budget, tweaks Reach Up language (VT Digger, 5/3/13)
Agreement on taxes in the offing; tax conferees announced (VT Digger, 5/3/13)
Emotional end-of-life bill faces uncertain end as Senate and House try to iron out differences (VT Digger, 5/3/13)
AUDIO: Tax disagreement highlights different views on economy (VPR, 5/3/13)
Vt. House approves union for homecare workers (AP, 5/3/13)
State signs last major IT contracts for health benefits exchange (VT Digger, 5/2/13)
As it passes tax bill, Senate debates how progressive is progressive enough (off message, 5/2/13)
AUDIO: House, Senate budget proposals diverge on welfare-to-work funding (VPR, 5/2/13)
AUDIO: Senate approves tax package, looks at budget (VPR, 5/2/13)
Legislature faces debates on licenses, drugs, GMOs (VPR, 5/2/13)
Welfare caseworkers oppose governor’s plan to cut positions (VT Digger, 5/2/13)
Attempts to scuttle death with dignity bill fail; Vt. House passes legislation on second reading (VT Digger, 5/1/13)
AUDIO: Signed without fanfare, gas tax becomes political target (VPR, 5/1/13)
Marijuana decriminalization bill approved by Senate Judiciary; bill moves to Senate floor for debate(VT Digger,5/1/13)
Financing plan for Vt. health care exchange up in the air (VT Digger, 5/1/13)
How many lobbyists does it take? Vermont’s $8M influence machine (Seven Days, 5/1/13)
AUDIO: House passes end-of-life bill; Senate deal eyed (VPR, 5/1/13)
Justices for all? Why Vermont Supremes sit out so much (Seven Days, 5/1/13)

APRIL 2013

Two VT medical marijuana dispensaries slated to open in June; a third in July (off message, 4/29/13)
State Rep urges Burlington Council Committee to recruit allies on gun control (off message, 4/29/13)
Hemp bill cruises through Vermont Legislature, but DEA stands its ground (VT Digger, 4/29/13)
Beverage industry spent more than half a million on soda tax ad blitz (off message, 4/26/13)
Senate Finance gives initial nod to $10M tax package (VT Digger, 4/26/13)
House debate likely next week on controversial ‘Death with Dignity’ bill (VT Digger, 4/26/13)
Vermont Law School professor warns lawmakers not to risk another campaign finance court battle(VT Digger, 4/26/13)
GOP official renews demand for independent investigation into Sorrell’s primary campaign (VT Digger, 4/26/13)
Farmers raise last-minute concerns over migrant drivers’ ID bill (VPR, 4/25/13)
Shumlin touts education agenda successes, acknowledges legislative resistance to EITC proposal (VT Digger, 4/25/13)
VT House approves mandatory fees on non-union members (VT Digger, 4/25/13)
Who will Shumlin appoint to the Vermont Supreme Court? (off message, 4/25/13)
Compromise struck on gas tax (VPR, 4/24/13)
Shumlin-brokered compromise transportation package breezes by House and Senate in same day(VT DIgger, 4/24/13)
Public Assets Institute takes to airwaves to counter governor’s EITC proposal (VT Digger, 4/23/13)
Vt. House rewrites end-of-life bill (VPR, 4/23/13)
Vermonters First hits House Democrats with anti-tax mailer (off message, 4/22/13)
AUDIO: Bankers fight boost in franchise tax (VPR, 4/22/13)
In brazen about-face, Vermont Senate nixes corporate donation ban it approved weeks before (off message, 4/19/13)
RGA, Dubie settle with state in campaign finance violations (WCAX, 4/19/13)
VT Senate Finance Committee concerned with fairness (WCAX, 4/17/13)
Vt. Republican Party battles over its future (Times Argus, 4/17/13)
Obamacare and the exchange could make health care unaffordable for some Vermonters (Seven Days, 4/17/13)
VIDEO: Clock ticking on Vt. transportation budget (WCAX, 4/16/13)
Spring offensive: With an eye on adjournment, Shumlin makes a counter offer (Seven Days, 4/16/13)
Marijuana decriminalization bill passes in House after lengthy debate (VT Digger, 4/16/13)
Vermont Alliance for Ethical Health Care says its poll shows Vermonters very much divided on physician assisted suicide bill (VT Digger, 4/16/13)
Inside the Golden Bubble: Shumlin officials offer compromise budget proposal (VT Digger, 4/16/13)
House Ways and Means passes bill to curb school spending (VT Digger, 4/15/13)
Subsidies for state health care programs could see boost from Senate (VT Digger, 4/15/13)
Selection of Vermont Guard base for F-35 jets was based on flawed data, raising questions of political influence (Boston Globe, 4/13/13)
Senate reforms campaign finance rules, ends corporate donations (VT Digger, 4/13/13)
House votes to decriminalize marijuana (VT Digger, 4/13/13)
Single parents would see sharpest increase in health care premiums under House subsidy plan (VT Digger, 4/13/13)
At raucous caucus, Dems revisit ban on corporate contributions to candidates (off message, 4/12/13)
VIDEO: House approves pot decriminalization (WCAX, 4/12/13)
Senate supports campaign bill with ban on corporate donations (VPR, 4/12/13)
AUDIO: House votes 98-44 to decriminalize marijuana (VPR, 4/12/13)
AUDIO: State says more money needed from Vermont Yankee for emergency response (VPR, 4/11/13)
Vt. House panel advances pot decriminalization (Bennington Banner, 4/11/13)
Vermont’s gun-control dodge leaves Burlington in the crosshairs (Seven Days, 4/10/13)
Vermont’s ACLU director is sounding the alarm about government intrusion. Is anyone listening?(Seven Days, 4/10/13)
Covert caucus: Senate Democrats debate behind locked doors (Seven Days, 4/10/13)
Shumlin administration to eliminate 14 job counselors in the Reach Up program (VT Digger, 4/9/13)
Childcare unionization bill to get another shot in the Senate, this time as an amendment (VT Digger, 4/8/13)
Shumlin forms business council to advise on single payer financing (VT Digger, 4/8/13)
Providers, advocates urge Senate to resurrect Shumlin’s plan for child-care subsidies (VT Digger, 4/8/13)
Shumlin wants more women in politics and elected office (VT Digger, 4/8/13)
Shumlin: We need more women in governorships (Huffington Post, 4/8/13)
AUDIO: Financing plan divides child care advocates (VPR, 4/8/13)
AUDIO: Doctors concerned about rate-setting authority (VPR, 4/8/13)
AUDIO: Analysis: Good chance state will decriminalize marijuana (VPR, 4/6/13)
With 27-2 vote, Senate backs bill allowing undocumented migrant workers to drive in Vermont (VT Digger, 4/5/13)
AUDIO: Vt. Senate advances immigrant license bill (VPR, 4/5/13)
Doctors, supporters protest rate-setting provision; legal challenge possible (VT Digger, 4/4/13)
Shumlin finalizes divorce (off message, 4/3/13)
Doyle poll shows support for wind power, Shumlin’s likability slipping (VT Digger, 4/3/13)
Shumlin chats up health care reform on MSNBC’s morning show (VT Digger, 4/3/13)
No laughing matter: In the Vermont Senate, the joke’s on campaign-finance reform (Seven Days, 4/3/13)
Study: States can learn from Vermont’s health care reform (VPR, 4/3/13)
Shumlin chats up health care reform on MSNBC’s morning show (VT Digger, 4/3/13)
Committee drills into details of marijuana decriminalization bill (VT Digger, 4/3/13)
Vermont GOP hires political director, seeks to build staff (off message, 4/3/13)
Pre-K bill stirs constitutionally questions (VT Digger, 4/2/13)
Vermont Senate to consider immigrant licenses (AP, 4/2/13)
Shumlin Administration facing staff exodus (off message, 4/1/13)
VIDEO: Lawmakers consider the cost of incarceration (WCAX, 4/1/13)
Campaign finance reform bill in jeopardy (Times Argus, 4/1/13)

MARCH 2013

House passes $27 million tax proposal (VT Digger, 3/29/13)
House GOP pitches amendment to cut budget growth (VT Digger, 3/29/13)
Is this the year for legalizing hemp production in Vermont? (off message, 3/29/13)
COMMENTARY: In House vote on welfare limit, a right turn on a left issue (VT Digger, 3/29/13)
In marijuana decriminalization bill, it’s all about ounces, plants and where to draw the line (VT Digger, 3/29/13)
COMMENTARY: Inside the Golden Bubble: When politics trump process (VT Digger, 3/28/13)
AUDIO: House committee appears set to approve marijuana decriminalization (VPR, 3/28/13)
Tax bill opponents in VT House have numbers to support a veto (Burlington Free Press, 3/28/13)
Higher taxes in Vermont make Shumlin suicidal — but not in New Jersey (off message, 3/27/13)
House Republicans gear up behind the scenes for ‘Big Bill’ debate (VT Digger, 3/27/13)
Tax to grind: Will Speaker Smith stand up to Gov. Shumlin? (Seven Days, 3/27/13)
Green Mountain Care Board chair Wallack announces resignation (VT Digger, 3/27/13)
Chair of Green Mountain Care health board resigns (VPR, 3/27/13)
Vermont Supreme Court shoots down request to close Vermont Yankee (Brattleboro Reformer,3/27/13)
AUDIO: Vt. House budget would cap welfare benefits (VPR, 3/26/13)
AUDIO: Vt. Senate passes modified renewable energy bill (VPR, 3/26/13)
House panel approves budget bill in partisan vote; five year cap on welfare benefits supported by lawmakers (VT Digger, 3/26/13)
Behind the scenes: Shumlin administration frets over National Life (Burlington Free Press, 3/25/13)
VT House panel agrees on FY’14 state budget, clear differences with Gov. Shumlin (WPTZ, 3/25/13)
Tar sands oil pipeline bill advances in VT Senate, in spite of warning from petroleum industry (VT Digger, 3/24/13)
Vermont House plans call for $27M in new taxes (Burlington Free Press, 3/23/13)
$23.3M meals, sales and income tax proposal approved by House panel (VT Digger, 3/23/13)
How Vermont’s ‘Civil’ war fueled the gay marriage movement (NPR, 3/23/13)
Arizona, Vermont top list of gun-friendly states (Washington Times, 3/20/13)
VT House gives first approval to gas tax in transportation bill (Burlington Free Press, 3/20/13)
Shumlin signs pension reform bill into law (Burlington Free Press, 3/20/13)
Media Note: Shumlin whacks AP report at press conference (off message, 3/20/13)
Vermont House backs gas tax rise despite Republican objections (VT Digger, 3/20/13)
Gov. Shumlin signs pension reform bill into law (WCAX, 3/20/13)
VIDEO: Vermont’s equal pay law put to the test (WCAX, 3/19/13)
Lawmakers to make Hobson’s choice on tax increases this week (VT Digger, 3/19/13)
U.S., out of Vermont! (The American Prospect, 3/19/13)
Business blowback over proposed wind and energy bill (VT Digger, 3/18/13)
Crossover redux: Lawmakers scramble to meet deadline; key bills given exemptions (VT Digger, 3/16/13)
Equal pay legislation questioned by business community (VT Digger, 3/14/13)
The Vermont Commission on Women opposes governor’s plan to cap welfare (VT Digger, 3/14/13)
Single moms can’t afford Shumlin cuts, says Vermont Commission on Women (Vermont Press Bureau, 3/14/13)
Perkinson to resign as chairman of Vermont Dems (off message, 3/13/13)
Broad coalition presses for universal sick leave legislation (VT Digger, 3/13/13)
Senate committee votes down child care unionization bill (VT Digger, 3/12/13)
No public hearing planned for gun legislation; lawmakers say colleagues fear political retaliation(VT Digger, 3/12/13)
Critics say campaign finance bill has gone of the rails (Vermont Press Bureau, 3/12/13)
AUDIO: House committee recommends restructuring gas tax (VPR, 3/12/13)
Speaker says most of governor’s budget proposals will be rejected by the House (VT Digger, 3/11/13)
Gun business is booming in Vermont… and around the country (Brattleboro Reformer, 3/11/13)
AUDIO: Analysis: Shumlin’s effort to control health care costs (VPR, 3/11/13)
House panel to take up governor’s plans (AP, 3/11/13)
Vermont state finances: The puzzle gets tougher (AP, 3/11/13)
Shumlin welcomes Chafee to join Dems (AP, 3/8/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin wants to forgive $6M from cities and towns (VPR, 3/7/13)
City room: Has town meeting run its course? (Times Argus, 3/7/13)

VIDEO: Gov. Shumlin on Vt. Town Meeting Day results (WCAX, 3/6/13)
Is Vermont’s secessionist movement still relevant? A new book argues Yes (Seven Days, 3/6/13)
Warring words: Issue advertising seeks to sway Vermonters — and lawmakers (VT Digger, 3/5/13)
Study: Beneficiaries forced off welfare in Maine face ’severe hardships’; Officials say Vermont’s cap will have more safeguards (VT Digger, 3/4/13)

FEBRUARY 2013

Pot decriminalization bill will miss crossover deadline, but live to toke another day (off message, 2/28/13)
Not-quite-breaking: Shumlin says he’s not running for president (off message, 2/28/13)
Crisis fuel runs out on Friday; Shumlin says administration will find $900,000 for low-income heating program (VT Digger, 2/27/13)
House panel passes beverage tax (VPR, 2/27/13)
Child care workers testify for and against unionization (VT Digger, 2/27/13)
Vermonters First Super PAC airs TV ads attacking Dems on gas, property taxes (off message, 2/27/13)
COMMENTARY: A conspiracy of silence (VT Digger, 2/26/13)
Racine tries to sell ‘tradeoff’ proposals to skeptical Democrats (VT Digger, 2/26/13)
Gun rights supporters rally at Vt. Statehouse (AP, 2/25/13)
Pre-K bills are in motion; price tag is main concern (VT Digger, 2/24/13)
Small business: Vermont’s economic engine (Times Argus, 2/24/13)
Sequester cuts would put Vermont $15M in the red, lead to Guard furloughs and hurt 6,000 federal employees (VT Digger, 2/24/13)
Lawmakers vote to end soda tax (Bennington Banner, 2/23/13)
Castleton Poll: Majority of Vermonters support gun-control measures (off message, 2/22/13)
Critics say Shumlin aides buried health care tax plan (AP, 2/22/13)
VIDEO: Peter Shumlin: GOP holds nation ‘hostage’ (Politico, 2/22/13)
Vermont House panel advances soda tax (AP, 2/21/13)
Peter Shumlin: Look to states for progressive action (Politico, 2/21/13)
Inside the Golden Bubble: Public plane for private gain? (VT Digger, 2/20/13)
House speaker lays out legislative timetable (VT Digger, 2/20/13)
Republican lawmaker pitches ban on teachers’ strikes (VT Digger, 2/20/13)
Compassionate or compromised: Doug Racine sells Shumlin’s welfare cuts (Seven Days, 2/20/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin sour on sweetened beverage tax (VPR, 2/20/13)
Shumlin opposes pipeline transport of tar sands oil; governor is lukewarm about state regulation (VT Digger, 2/20/13)
House committee votes to double health care costs for low-income, chronically ill Vermonters (VT Digger, 2/19/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin’s tax initiatives face opposition (VPR, 2/19/13)
Should parties be put on par with Super PACs? Lawmakers weigh campaign finance reform options(VT Digger, 2/19/13)
AUDIO: Jump in gas prices may force lawmakers to rethink tax plan (VPR, 2/19/13)
Governor, premier sign Vermont-Quebec agreement (VT Digger, 2/18/13)
Shumlin traveled to campaign event in state airplane, failed to reimburse state (off message, 2/17/13)
Senate passes stripped-down doctor-assisted death bill (off message, 2/15/13)
Shumlin pitches education proposal (AP, 2/15/13)
Progressives and Democrats offer alternatives to governor’s money raising plan (Burlington Free Press, 2/15/13)
Progressives counter Shumlin budget with $50 million of taxes on companies and the rich (VT Digger, 2/14/13)
Gov. Shumlin defends break-open ticket tax (Addison Independent, 2/14/13)
VIDEO: Gov. Shumlin unveils education initiative (WCAX, 2/14/13)
Shumlin: Education leads to good jobs (Addison Independent, 2/14/13)
Gov. Shumlin defends possible gas tax hike (WCAX, 2/14/13)
Progressives to roll out tax proposals to counter Shumlin administration’s cuts to programs for the poor (VT Digger, 2/14/13)
Lt. Governor breaks tie in Senate, pushing drastically altered assisted death bill to Thursday vote(VT Digger, 2/13/13)
Vt. lawmakers tackle revolving  door between state, private sector jobs (WCAX, 2/13/13)
Vermont Senate approves amended death bill (AP, 2/13/13)
Vt. Senate moves forward on assisted death bill (AP, 2/12/13)
Shumlin administration proposes to make cloud computing tax exemption permanent (VT Digger, 2/12/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin administration will restore some mental health cuts (VPR, 2/11/13)
Vt. Senate will hold tell-tale death-bill vote Tuesday (vt.Buzz, 2/11/13)
Vermont governor: Don’t ban windmills (Brattleboro Reformer, 2/9/13)
Lawmakers want Legislature to weigh in on F-35 basing decision (VT Digger, 2/8/13)
Senate Judiciary sends death with dignity to Senate floor without its blessing (VT Digger, 2/8/13)
Vermont bill would hold nuke to shutdown promise (AP, 2/7/13)
Senate approves mandatory fees on non-union members (VT Digger, 2/7/13)
Administration cuts low-income subsidy for health exchange (VT Digger, 2/7/13)
Lawmakers pondering new taxes (Times Argus, 2/7/13)
Reach Up beneficiaries push back on Shumlin’s proposed cuts (off message, 2/7/13)
Death-rithmetic: The vote count on physician-assisted suicide (off message, 2/7/13)
COMMENTARY: Shumlin administration make case against its own proposal (Times Argus,2/7/13)
Feds deal blow to Shumlin’s plan for health insurance subsidies (VT Digger, 2/6/13)
Shumlin pushes childcare, early education reform (Brattleboro Reformer, 2/6/13)
Shumlin hopes to drum up investors on Fla. trip (AP, 2/6/13)
Lawmakers hit Shumlin on mental health cuts (AP, 2/6/13)
Tax and spin: Shumlin resets his child-care pitch (Seven Days, 2/6/13)
Shumlin proposal on welfare limits rebutted by 2012 report (VT Digger, 2/6/13)
‘Death with dignity’ bill faces key votes, unclear future (VT Digger, 2/6/13)
Marijuana decriminalization bills filed in Statehouse (VT Digger, 2/6/13)
In report, financial firm forecasts that Entergy may close Vermont Yankee (VT Digger, 2/6/13)
AUDIO: Vets, Fiscal Office question break-open ticket tax (VPR, 2/5/13)
COMMENTARY: Peculiar taxing priorities (Bennington Banner, 2/5/13)
After Sandy Hook, gun control may finally have a shot in Vermont (Seven Days, 2/5/13)
Lawmakers: Don’t bet on governor’s plan to raise $17 million from ‘break open’ ticket sales (VT Digger, 2/5/13)
Shumlin to court Kingdom project investors in Miami (Burlington Free Press, 2/5/13)
AUDIO: On the road, Shumlin seeks support for his budget proposals (VPR, 2/4/13)
Shumlin: ‘Compassion’ is at the heart of his plan to divert money from tax credit program to childcare subsidies (VT Digger, 2/4/13)
Sign of things to come? Republicans dig in heels on school lunch expansion (VT Digger, 2/4/13)
Montpelier a-buzz over Shummy’s Gucci-gate (off message, 2/1/13)

JANUARY 2013

Republicans break out badges in move to become health care police (Vermont Press Bureau, 1/31/13)
AUDIO: Gun display at Statehouse to educate lawmakers in ‘Firearms 101′ (VPR, 1/31/13)
Activist to Vt. lawmakers: Act now on climate change (Bennington Banner, 1/31/13)
Hundreds pack Vermont House for death bill (USA Today, 1/30/13)
McKibben pushes climate change action plan at Vermont Statehouse (Burlington Free Press,1/30/13)
vt.Buzz: Shumlin administration pushing hard for two social service initiatives (Burlington Free Press, 1/30/13)
Democrats take their turn blasting campaign finance disclosure laws (VT Digger, 1/29/13)
vt.Buzz: Is it suicide? Is it dignified? Or do you have a better phrase for it? (Burlington Free Press,1/29/13)
Shumlin officials defend plans to cut benefits for low-income Vermonters (VT Digger, 1/29/13)
Sanders says Vt. wind moratorium would send ‘terrible’ message to nation (VPR, 1/28/13)
The Shumlin budget: Removing ‘disincentives,’ or a blow to the poor? (Burlington Free Press,1/28/13)
Vt. Republicans rip health care report (AP, 1/28/13)
AUDIO: Analysis: Gov’s budget contains new and higher taxes (VPR, 1/26/13)
‘Fair share’ fees legislation passes out of committee (VT Digger, 1/25/13)
Shumlin proposal aims to cushion cost increases of health insurance exchange (VT Digger, 1/25/13)
AUDIO: Withdrawal of gun control bill disappoints community advocates (VPR, 1/25/13)
Gov. Shumlin wants to tax break-open lottery tickets (AP, 1/25/13)
AUDIO: State sees big  bill to clean up waters, but no funding in sight (VPR, 1/25/13)
Vermont gov. wants more time on $1.6B health plan (AP, 1/25/13)
In budget address, Shumlin ‘breaks open’ new funding schemes (off message, 1/25/13)
Administration wants to change and raise gas tax (Burlington Free Press, 1/24/13)
AUDIO: Shumlin proposes $60M in new revenue to support spending growth (VPR, 1/24/13)
AUDIO: Gov. Peter Shumlin lays out his budget proposals (VPR, 1/24/13)
Shumlin’s budget fills $67M gap; cuts welfare benefits; hits ‘break open tickets’ with 10% surcharge(VT Digger, 1/24/13)
Administration proposes 4% sales tax on gas to raise $36.5M for transportation (VT Digger, 1/24/13)
Wind-power opponents question favorable poll numbers (Seven Days, 1/23/13)
Vermont revenue forecast downgraded slightly (AP, 1/23/13)
AUDIO: Increase in gas tax could lead to more federal transportation money (VPR, 1/22/13)
VT employers face new federal tax after state fails to pay bill (WCAX, 1/21/13)
OneCare gets federal approval: Accountable care organization will serve Medicare patients in Vermont (VT Digger,1/21/13)
Campaign for Vermont blasts growth in government spending as ‘unsustainable’ (VT Digger, 1/21/13)
Senate Majority Leader Baruth to withdraw bill banning assault weapons (off message, 1/20/13)
Hundreds protest Vt. gun controls (Times Argus, 1/20/13)
Transportation funding gap widens as gas tax revenues weaken (VT Digger, 1/18/13)
House speaker voices ’strong’ reservations about Shumlin’s child-care funding plan (off message,1/18/13)
AG Sorrell, ACLU clash over open records legislation (off message, 1/17/13)
VT Republicans roll out campaign finance proposals, Dems balk (off message, 1/17/13)
What’s Shummy up to with his $17 million switcheroo? (off message, 1/16/13)
Shumlin hit on funding source for child care (AP, 1/16/13)
Shumlin, developer announce Walmart is coming to Derby (Orleans Record, 1/16/13)
Telecom czar’s departure raises questions about Montpelier’s revolving door (Seven Days, 1/16/13)
Appellate judges hear Vermont Yankee case (VT Digger, 1/15/13)
AUDIO: Opposition develops to Shumlin’s plan for funding child care (VPR, 1/15/13)
Progs slam Shumlin over plan to fund childcare by cutting benefits to poor (Vermont Press Bureau, 1/15/13)
Irene funding stripped out of Sandy relief bill (WCAX, 1/15/13)
COMMENTARY: Shumlin, schlepping and expanded school choice (VT Digger, 1/14/13)
Vermont Yankee closure centers on financial concerns, not safety, state argues (Brattleboro Reformer, 1/14/13)
VIDEO: Vt Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs looks to educate ahead of possible gun legislation (WPTZ, 1/14/13)
Vermont fights ruling it can’t shut Entergy nuclear plant (Bloomberg, 1/14/13)
Legislative preview: Health care committee to look at insurance subsidies, financing for single payer, role of Green Mountain Care Board (VT Digger, 1/14/13)
Shumlin looks to Windham County for education ideas (Brattleboro Reformer, 1/12/13)
In second inaugural address, Shumlin pivots to education (off message, 1/11/13)
Gov. Peter Shumlin’s second inaugural address (VT Digger, 1/11/13)
The governor’s inauguration in pictures (VT Digger, 1/11/13)
Governor would take from the poor to give to the poor (Public Assets Institute, 1/11/13)
Six new Senate chairs appointed (VT Digger, 1/10/13)
Behind the pomp on opening day, theatrics and a little intrigue (VT Digger, 1/10/13)
COMMENTARY: Shumlin’s education plan big and bold — and probably expensive (VT Digger, 1/10/13)
Advocates to Vermont lawmakers: ‘Put people first’ (AP, 1/10/13)
Vt. gov. inaugural address stresses education (AP, 1/10/13)
Senate leaders radically revamp committee chairmanships (off message, 1/10/13)
As Air Force delays F-35 basing decision, opponents unveil petition to starve BTV of money (off message, 1/10/13)
AUDIO: Activists press for their issues to be heard (VPR, 1/9/13)
House GOP to push for statewide teacher contract, eliminating education property tax for seniors(VT Digger, 1/9/13)
Smith elected to third term as House Speaker (VT Digger, 1/9/13)
As Legislature convenes, Snelling drops Pro Tem bid; Campbell re-elected (off message, 1/9/13)
Some Vermonters can’t afford to serve in the ‘Citizen Legislature’ (off message, 1/9/13)
As new legislative session starts, a look at the old Statehouse (Burlington Free Press, 1/9/13)
Vermont Legislature opens today, advocates make voices heard early (Burlington Free Press, 1/9/13)
Gun sales soar in Vermont (Burlington Free Press, 1/8/13)
Legislative preview: Government Operations chairs tackle transparency, elections, public records(VT Digger, 1/8/13)
The nickel in play this legislative session (Burlington Free Press, 1/8/13)
Law enforcement groups hesitant on marijuana, driver’s license bills (Burlington Free Press, 1/7/13)
vt.Buzz: You’ll have to wait, Shumlin tells business crowd; Maclean headed to work on NEK project(Burlington Free Press, 1/7/13)
Train to gain: The governor renews quest for jobs and qualified workers (Burlington Free Press,1/6/13)
Senate Dems pick Baruth for Majority Leader, Ayer for Asst. Majority Leader (off message, 1/5/13)
The battle over the fate of Vermont Yankee (Brattleboro Reformer, 1/5/13)
Vermont officials seek to open police files (Valley News, 1/5/13)
Analyst: ‘Unlikely’ Entergy will continue Vermont Yankee (Brattleboro Reformer, 1/4/13)
In the Vermont Senate, the real fight is for chairmanships (off message, 1/4/13)
2 Vt. senators want halt to wind development (AP, 1/4/13)
At Shumlin’s request, NRA releases Gov’s endorsement questionnaire (off message, 1/4/13)
Federal uncertainty means late Vt. budget delay (AP, 1/3/13)
Shumlin’s stance on federal assault weapon ban: ‘What I think doesn’t matter.’ (Vermont Press Bureau, 1/3/13)
Shumlin taps Vilaseca for Ed. Secretary, announces more appointments (off message, 1/3/13)
PSB reaffirms Vermont Yankee operating in violation of state orders (Brattleboro Reformer, 1/3/13)
New Prog Party Executive Director to focus on fundraising, brand-building (off message, 1/2/13)
Push to prevent scofflaws from getting Vt. pensions (WCAX, 1/2/13)
Vermont lawmakers face debates on taxes, death and pot (AP, 1/2/13)

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