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Democratic politicians rally for health care

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The state’s top Democrats converged on Middlebury this Tuesday to exhort the party faithful to keep pressing for a single-payer health care system, the foundation for which was laid during the 2011 legislative session.

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Town Meeting Previews

Posted on February 24, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



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Town Meeting Day 2011 is right around the corner. Brush up on what's on tap for each Addison County town (and Brandon) in our town meeting previews.

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Political breakfast series set

Posted on January 27, 2011 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Bridport Grange No. 303 this week confirmed a 2011 legislative breakfast series that will debut on Monday, Feb. 7, and include a March 7 session with the state’s new governor, Peter Shumlin.

Bridport Grange is once again organizing the Monday morning legislative breakfasts this year, with support from the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce and Addison County Regional Planning Commission. As has been the custom, the breakfasts will begin at 7 a.m., with the political program beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending promptly at 8:45 a.m.

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Shumlin touts ag, health care agenda

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — County lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle found something to like in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s priorities for the next two years outline in his inaugural address at the Statehouse last Thursday. The list includes universal health care, expanding high-speed Internet access and cell phone service throughout the state, no new taxes, and spurring a “renaissance in Vermont agriculture.”

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Shumlin discusses future of dairy in county

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON — One Tuesday late last month, the Addison firehouse was full of dairy farmers — most from Addison County, and some from farther afield — having a long talk with Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin about the future of farming.

“We needed to see what was coming down the pipe,” said Phil Livingston, a New Haven dairy farmer and co-president of the Addison County Young Farmers group, which organized the event.

He, along with his co-presidents John Chamberlain and Derrick Dykstra, hold monthly events for the group, covering a range of topics related to the dairy business.

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Speech: Governor Peter Shumlin delivers inaugural address

Editor's note: Putney Democrat Peter Shumlin was sworn in as Vermont's 81st Governor on January 6, 2011. This is his acceptance speech.

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, fellow Vermonters:

Thank you. It is an honor to stand before you today. Thank you, Governor Douglas, for 38 years of exemplary public service to the Green Mountain state.  We are grateful for your hard work and sacrifice on our behalf and to Dorothy and your family for sharing so much of your life with us.

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Speech: Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott takes office

Editor's note: Middlesex Republican Phil Scott was sworn in as Vermont's 79th Lieutenant Governor on the morning of January 6, 2011. This is his acceptance speech.

Senators, invited guests, fellow Vermonters: it's an honor to be with you here today.

Before I begin, I'd like to recognize some special guests visiting us today from Canada:

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House reps. receive their committee assignments

Posted on January 6, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Most of Addison County’s delegates to the Vermont House will return to familiar committee rooms this biennium — with a few key exceptions.

The Vermont House leadership on Wednesday assigned:

•  Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, to the Health Care Committee, as vice chairman. Fisher during the last biennium served as vice chairman of the Human Services Committee. Health care reform is shaping up as one of the hot-button issues the Legislature will face during the next two years.

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Speech: Douglas looks back on lengthy record of public service

Posted on January 5, 2011 |
By Gov. James Douglas



 

Editor’s note: Gov. James Douglas bade farewell to the people of Vermont and to his colleagues in state government on Wednesday afternoon in a final address to the Legislature. The Middlebury Republican was due to complete eight years in the state’s top elective office on Thursday, when Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin was to be sworn in. Douglas, 59, was first elected to the Vermont House as a representative from Middlebury in 1972, and, except for two years, has served in the Legislature or in the executive branch ever since.

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Governor-elect sets his priorities for term

Posted on December 23, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — Ask Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin what’s on his mind as he prepares to take over the reins of state government on Jan. 6, and he’ll tell you about tackling the biggest battles: getting broadband to every last mile in Vermont; getting health care costs under control; figuring out how to pay for the early education and corrections initiatives he proposed during the campaign; and reducing a projected $150 million deficit so he can balance the next state budget.

He’ll also tell you that none of it will be easy.

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