After more than 100 years as a newspapering fixture on Main Street, the Montpelier office of The Times Argus is relocating Sept. 1 to 3 Pitkin Court.
The office serves the three-member Vermont Press Bureau, whose prize-winning content is shared by The Times Argus and Rutland Herald. The VPB reporters include Bureau Chief Louis Porter and reporters Daniel Barlow and Peter Hirschfeld. The office also serves Times Argus Montpelier reporter, Thatcher Moats.
Editor Steven Pappas said now that circulation and business transactions can be done online at timesargus.com or at the Barre office, located at 540 North Main St., the Main Street space in Montpelier is “too big for our present needs.” The Times Argus stopped using the storefront space nearly a year ago.
Pappas said the move “keeps the reporters in the hub of downtown Montpelier.”
“They rely on running into people on the street and picking up news tips by virtue of being downtown,” Pappas said. “This keeps them at the center of what’s going on. It keeps them where news is happening.”
The Democratic primary between Sen. Ed Flanagan and Doug Hoffer – leading into the November election against incumbent Republican Thomas Salmon – could be the race to watch this year. It seems, anything could happen.
MONTPELIER — A Democrat running for state auditor says his opponents’ campaign finance reports don’t add up.
That’s not a good thing for the men who want the job of keeping tabs on state government’s financial reporting, Doug Hoffer said Monday.
Citing clerical oversights, contributions counted twice and lack of documentation, Hoffer blasted fellow Democrat state Sen. Ed Flanagan and Republican incumbent Thomas Salmon for mistakes that he said give auditors and CPAs headaches.
Flanagan blamed his brain injury for the sloppy paperwork of past years. Salmon never returned calls.
Megan DeMers, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, announced today that she is stepping down from her role.
But she is not going far.
DeMers is moving over to Leahy's reelection campaign and will be based out of Burlington for the rest of the year.
Leahy is facing a Democratic primary opponent this year: Wilmington resident Dan Freilich. But the Leahy camp seems to have no reason to be worried; In addition to his years of service and familiarity with voters, Leahy's camp has $3.2 million in the bank for his campaign.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne took aim at Republican Brian Dubie Thursday, criticizing the Lieutenant governor for his statements about the alleged poor business environment of Vermont.
Dubie has run advertisements pointing out a poor business-friendly ranking that Vermont got. Some of the Democrats were critical of Dubie's approach here, saying it essentially paints a bad picture of the state to outsiders.
In a press release today Dunne makes the case that the debate over the ranking is a distraction from the real discussion over the future of Vermont's economy.
Here's what he had to say:
“Our approaches could not be more different. Brian’s vague proposals have focused only on reducing taxes and eliminating red tape. However, during his tenure, Vermont has fallen to the bottom of the list in terms of states who use the Internet to engage its citizens and nearly last in transparency. During my experiences leading businesses in Vermont, I have found that Regional Development Corporations and Planning Commissions are currently head and shoulders above the current state government in terms of responsiveness. Yet the Lt. Governor’s position in supporting Challenges for Change was to cut funding dramatically to these advocates for jobs.”
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne has launched a series of YouTube videos pushing home a line that he has been using on the trail: He's the guy who will convince the "lost" generation of Vermonters to return home. – Dan Barlow
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