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Sanders makes SNL debut

ermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made his debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend, appearing alongside Larry David, the creator of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” in one sketch. The actor has made waves portraying Sanders because of their likeness. Sanders’ campaign took advantage of David hosting the show to give Sanders a national platform in a different light than the campaign trail. You can watch Sanders’ appearance below:

David also resurrected his own Sanders imitation to portray the senator in an SNL digital short. You can watch that segment below:

Sanders briefly left the campaign trail in New Hampshire to appear on the show. Continue Reading →

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WATCH: Capitol Beat — Week 1 at the State House

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Vermont Press Burea chief Neal Goswami sits down with Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, to discuss the suspension of Franklin County Republican Sen. Norm McAllister. House Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton, also joins the program to discuss Gov. Peter Shumlin’s State of the State address. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers mull electronic privacy

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MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are mulling ways to protect personal privacy in the face of technological advances. The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing an omnibus privacy bill that seeks to limit the ways law enforcement can gather and use electronic data on the public. “The goal is clearly to prescript law enforcement access to electronic communications, and what time will they need a warrant, and what time they could call AT&T and say, we want all of Sears’ phone records,” said Sen. Richard Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which took up the bill Wednesday. Sears said the bill is one the three most-important bills expected to come through his committee this session, along with marijuana legalization and increased protections for Department for Children and Families workers. Already, there is agreement among the committee members on some facets of the bill, such as requiring law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using an unmanned aerial device — or drone — to gather information on an individual. Continue Reading →

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Video: Sanders campaign manager downplays data issue

Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign manager  Jeff Weaver, speaks during a news conference at the Bernie 2016 Campaign Office in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.  Weaver says the Democratic National Committee is "actively attempting to undermine" Sanders' White House bid.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders, downplayed the impact of the dispute between the Sanders campaign and the Democratic National Committee that erupted Friday. The DNC temporarily blocked the campaign’s access to its voter data after several Sanders campaign staffers accessed the proprietary data of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The Sanders campaign filed suit in federal court and the DNC granted access to the campaign again around late Friday night. https://youtu.be/KB7CLghcwdE Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders says Trump’s ‘crap’ won’t cut it

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onald Trump and his plan to ban Muslims from traveling to the U.S. are not high on the list of things Sen. Bernie Sanders likes. “That kind of crap won’t work in the United States of America,” Sanders told The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon Tuesday. Sanders, the 74-year-old democratic socialist seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, has not been shy about his disdain for Trump’s style. He has denounced several of Trump’s positions and comments. In recent days, Trump has increased ramped up his anti-Muslim rhetoric in response to Syrian refugees seeking safe haven in the U.S., and the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., allegedly carried out by a husband and wife team that had become radicalized supporters of ISIS. Continue Reading →

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Watch: Vermont PBS’ Vermont This Week

Vermont Press Bureau chief Neal Goswami joins the panel on Vermont PBS’ Vermont This Week. HEADLINES:
Syrian Resettlement Opens Vermont Divide
Smith Ends Campaign for GovernorSanders Defines Democratic Socialism
Marijuana Legalization Bill Taking Shape
Lawmakers Consider Revising Act 46
Swanton Voters Reject Turbines
PANEL:
Stewart Ledbetter, Moderator
Paul Heintz, Seven Days
Neal Goswami, Vermont Press Bureau
Robin Smith, Caledonian Record Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: A tightening race in New Hampshire

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en. Bernie Sanders’ support is slipping in New Hampshire, according to the latest polling average by realclearpolitics.com. Sanders, who appeared on a Las Vegas stage last week for the first Democratic presidential debate, has seen a mix of poll results since the nationally televised debate. Of the five New Hampshire polls released since the Oct. 13 debate, three show Hillary Clinton edging out Sanders. Continue Reading →

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State employee union holding strong to 5-percent salary increase

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MONTPELIER — The Vermont State Employees Association is walking back a claim that it offered an alternative proposal during recent labor negotiations with the state. The union has declared an impasse in its contract negotiations for approximately 3,000 state workers and has called for an outside mediator; in response, Gov. Peter Shumlin issued a statement claiming the union has not budged from its initial proposal of of a 5 percent cost of living increase, a claim refuted Wednesday by union Executive Director Steve Howard. Howard said that, prior to walking away from the table Tuesday, labor negotiators had proposed a cost of living increase of 2 percent, a statement contradicted Thursday by Maribeth Spellman, commissioner of the state Department of Human Resources. “I was really surprised to see what Steve Howard said because it’s not true,” Spellman said. “At no time did the VSEA move off of their proposal of 5 percent a year, and if he is proposing 2 percent, that is news for us.”

On Thursday, Howard acknowledged his statement regarding the 2 percent proposal was incorrect. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders wins debate on Twitter

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ho won Tuesday night’s debate — Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? The answer, it seems, is both. And Democrats. Both Clinton, the presumed nominee for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, and Sanders, the oft-gruff insurgent aiming to usher in a political revolution, performed ably. There were moments of despair for both, too. Continue Reading →

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