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Greg Dennis: Restoring Congress' tarnished name

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Can Congress be saved?

No one is talking about abolishing this once august institution. But Congress is suffering from a well-deserved reputation for partisan bickering and gridlock, which have resulted in little recent action to address the nation’s challenges.

And as for global issues such as the environment — well, let’s just say the solutions are not going to emerge anytime soon from Capitol Hill.

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Editorial: President's speech frames the political debate for 2016

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The brilliance of President Obama’s state of the union speech Tuesday night was that it set the political stage for the presidential election two years from now in terms favorable to Democrats.

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Greg Dennis: Optimism after the elections

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



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Rep. Peter Welch talks Ebola, ISIS, dysfunction in Congress

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Peter Welch is running in more ways than one. The four-term Democrat took some time out before a jog in the Middlebury area last week to discuss some foreign and domestic issues during his run for another two years as Vermont’s lone representative in the U.S. House.

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Leahy cell phone unlocking bill passes Congress

Posted on August 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — In what he said is a victory for consumers, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has authored legislation that will allow Americans to switch wireless carriers while keeping their cell phone or tablet.

The process, known as “unlocking,” affords consumers more freedom to choose the wireless carrier and mobile device that best suits them.

On Friday, President Obama signed the legislation, formally titled the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.

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Editorial: Highway funding stalemate highlights nation's undoing

Posted on July 17, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Recent headlines tell the story of Congressional Republicans fighting with Democrats over highway funding. Republicans, who control the House, are holding funds to the states hostage in the hopes of forcing reductions in spending — or, at least, transferring more of the cost onto states. (How that helps taxpayers we’re not sure, but Republicans could at least claim they reduced federal spending.)

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BREAKING: Leahy to chair hearing on proposed constitutional amendment

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Thursday announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next month on a proposed constitutional amendment in response to the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decisions.

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Opinion: Greed, government corruption sustain poverty

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Morris Earle Jr.



The failure of foreign aid and the damage caused by corrupt governments are highlighted in Paul Theroux’s latest book on Africa, “The Last Train to Zona Verde.”

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Two-year farm bill marathon ends in a sprint

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Peter Welch is not among the taller members of the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Vermont Democrat can hoof it. I’ve got about five inches on him, but I’m struggling to keep up as we wind through the tunnels and alleys somewhere beneath the Longworth House Office Building.

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Farm bill promises relief for dairy businesses

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — After years of wrangling, delays and setbacks, Congress appears to be on the precipice of completing a new farm bill, which Addison County dairy farmers say will protect their thin profit margins.

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