Monday morning news round-up

It's a big week, both in Vermont and Washington, D.C. Here's a few news items that have my attention this morning.

– There's a new president coming tomorrow. A crowd of 50 residents from Montpelier leave in a bus for D.C. this evening. Expect lots of coverage about Vermonters and this historic inauguration in the Times Argus and Rutland Herald this week.

State Auditor Thomas Salmon wants to open up casinos at Vermont ski resorts.

– The Vermont House Committee on Appropriations will hold a public hearing on Gov. James Douglas' budget adjustment proposal on Wednesday, Jan. 21. That takes place in Room 11 on the first floor of the Statehouse in Montpelier from 1:15-3:15 p.m. For more information, drop Theresa Utton-Jerman a line at 802-828-5970 or at

Al Franken, who really does appear to be the new senator from Minnesota, chatted with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at a D.C. fundraiser over the weekend. I bet they will get along great.

– Want a quick laugh? Here's a fictional Blog by Vermont plumbers.

– It's also President Bush's last full day in office. I'm working on a story about what Vermont Republicans think his legacy might be. And truth be told, I'm having a hard time to find Republicans to say anything about him – let alone anything nice.

-Dan Barlow 

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