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Vermont’s congressional delegation backs SCOTUS nominee

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s congressional delegation is strongly backing President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and urging the GOP to abandon its promise to prevent the confirmation process from taking place. Obama announced the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, chief judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, at the White House Wednesday. Garland, 63, is seen as a moderate, consensus pick, but faces extreme opposition from Republicans in the Senate who believe the next president should be the one to nominate a justice. The president did his best Wednesday to undermine the Republican position. “I have fulfilled my constitutional duty. Continue Reading →

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Vermont officials react to SOTU

resident Barack Obama delivered the final State of the Union address of his presidency Tuesday night. The president delivered a strong defense of his presidency and sought to shape his legacy. He urged Americans to reject rancor and discord in America’s politics and instead work collectively to boost the country’s economy and security. Vermont’s two senators and Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statements in response to the speech: (more…) Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders boasts 2 million contributions, major labor endorsement

en. Bernie Sanders has made presidential campaign history — notching more than 2 million contributions for his campaign. The campaign reported Thursday that more than $3 million was raised since launching a final online push Monday to reach the 2 million mark. More than half — about $1.6 million — was raised Wednesday into Thursday. “What our vision of a political revolution has already accomplished is to show that we can run a strong, and we believe winning, campaign without a super PAC, without contributions from millionaires and billionaires,” Sanders said in a statement. Continue Reading →

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Release: Disaster declaration approved

February 3, 2015
Vermont Federal Disaster Declaration Approved

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced that President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration for Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Windsor, and Washington counties. Those 10 counties suffered nearly $4-million in damages during a severe storm in December that caused widespread power outages. The Public Assistance disaster declaration allows communities and public utilities in those counties to receive 75% reimbursement for storm response and recovery. Those costs include debris removal and repairs to the power grid, public roads, bridges, and other infrastructure that was damaged during the storm. “I want to thank the President for approving this assistance for Vermont,” Gov. Shumlin said. Continue Reading →

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Shumlin seeks disaster declaration

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin made a formal request Friday for federal disaster relief to help 10 of Vermont’s 14 counties pay for repairs to the power grid and other public infrastructure damaged in a winter storm last month. The administration said Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties have damages that meet federal standards to qualify for a Public Assistance disaster declaration. The disaster declaration, if granted, would allow communities and public utilities in impacted counties to receive a 75 percent reimbursement for storm response and recovery. Those costs include debris removal and repairs to the power grid, public roads, bridges and other infrastructure damaged during the storm. A preliminary assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that started on December 17 has identified nearly $4 million in damages in Vermont during the storm between December 9 and 12. Continue Reading →

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Vermont’s no presidential battleground, but troops abound

In a second-floor office on Burlington’s College Street, the campaign of one well-known candidate has been toiling under the radar for months. Of course Barack Obama won’t have to sweat election-night results in Vermont, where voters in 2008 delivered him a more lopsided victory than in anywhere but his home state of Hawaii. So why is Obama for America pouring precious resources into a paid staffer and office rent here? It’s all about that swing state directly to our east. “Want to make sure we have an apparatus in place to organize volunteers and get out the vote in places where it’s going to be closer,” says Mike Czin, spokesman for Obama for America. Continue Reading →

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