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Editorial: Senate can tweak H.361, but must keep ball rolling

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the Senate takes up the House passed education bill, H.361, the goal in the legislation is to take small steps toward progress, allow for local control and not threaten schools or communities with repercussions that cause undue hardship. The legislation does this, ironically, by being purposely imprecise. But it’s that imprecision that critics have attacked.

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Opinion: Senate gun bill passage is a public health imperative

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Sally Kerschner et al.



The Vermont Public Health Association is greatly concerned about gun violence death and disability and its profound and lasting negative effect on families and communities. Thus we support the 2015 Legislature’s efforts to create legislation that will minimize Vermonters’ exposure to ill-intended or accidental gun violence.

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Bray to chair Senate Natural Resources Committee

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Sen. Chris Bray had hoped Senate leadership would appoint him to the Natural Resources and Energy Committee this session. The sophomore senator is an avid outdoorsman and he believes the state’s long history of good environmental stewardship should be perpetuated.

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Mt. Abe's Moody to represent Vt. at Senate program in Washington

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A Mount Abraham Union High School senior was selected from a pool of Vermont high school students to represent the state at a nationwide conference in Washington, D.C., this spring.

Isabelle Moody of Monktonand a Brattleboro student will form Vermont’s delegation to the United States Senate Youth Program, a conference created by the federal government in 1962 for exceptional students interested in careers in public service.

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Eric Davis: Much depends on Leahy's plans

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



With about three weeks remaining until Election Day, most nonpartisan analysts believe that Republican candidates are likely to gain the six or more seats they need to have a majority in the U.S. Senate. How would a Republican majority affect Sen. Patrick Leahy’s decision whether or not to run for an eighth term in 2016?

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Eric Davis: Pols wrong to ask Ginsburg to retire

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



As the U.S. Supreme Court comes closer to the end of its term in late June, some Democratic elected officials and progressive law professors are calling on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to announce her retirement when the term concludes. Their argument is that Ginsburg, the Court’s oldest member at 81 and the leader of the Court’s liberal wing, should retire in time to allow President Obama to nominate her successor while the Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate.

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Editorial: Wage hike deserves Senate approval

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Shumlin’s call for an increase in the minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour by 2017 is not only the right thing to do, it also makes economic sense.

No reasonable person can argue that a lower wage is good for business or the nation’s economy. The economic goal of the nation should be to create and nurture a vibrant and thriving middle class, which includes those at the lower end of the wage scale who see the merits of hard work yield a lifestyle that, at the very least, can put food on the table and shelter overhead.

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Editorial: Solar power/town aesthetics? It's not an either-or proposition

Posted on March 24, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Vermont Senate killed a bill on the floor last week, 21-8, that would have provided towns some control over how solar power projects were sited. Among other things, the bill, S.191, sought to require ground-mounted solar installations to comply with the same town zoning and screening requirements as does other commercial development.

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Eric Davis: 2014 Senate race bears watching

Posted on March 5, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



There will not be a U.S. Senate race in Vermont in 2014. However, the results of Senate campaigns in other states could significantly affect politics in Vermont.

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Sen. Leahy remains a workhorse after four decades in D.C.

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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Editor’s note: Democrat Patrick Leahy, now 73, was the state’s attorney for Chittenden County when he was elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate in 1974. Now the longest-serving active senator, he has the perspective, the connections and the power to accomplish a lot for his state and his country. Our reporter spent a day with Sen. Leahy last week, watching the veteran politician hard at work in the nation’s capital.

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