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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