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Story-Video-Podcast: Galbraith brings progressive agenda

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Listen to Peter Galbraith discuss the issues:

MONTPELIER — Peter Galbraith is running for governor with a progressive agenda shaped by his experiences overseas and from the experiences of his parents. The 65-year-old Democrat from Townsend has unveiled an unapologetically progressive platform, calling for, in part, a $15 per hour minimum wage, a ban on corporate campaign contributions and continuing down the path toward a publicly financed, universal health care system. Those ideas, and his quest for social and economic justice, stem from the values he learned from his parents and his experiences as a diplomat in war-torn areas. “From both of my parents come the values that I have and really a sense that we can have a more just society, that public goods like education, the arts, the environment, are things to be valued,” he said. Galbraith’s mother was a fourth generation Vermonter whose life was “shaped by the great events of the 20th century,” Galbraith said. Continue Reading →

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Inaugural Address (chanting and shouting edition)

MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin’s agenda for the year includes job creation and proposals to clean up the state’s waterways. Shumlin took the oath of office Thursday afternoon and delivered an inaugural address that focused on cresting more green-energy jobs and pledged to take action to clean up Lake Champlain. “I heard clearly in the election this fall that Vermonters expect more from me and from the state to improve their lives,” Shumlin said. “From jobs to the environment, I have an agenda for progress that I will partner with you to fulfill in this term and beyond.”

Shumlin touted what he sees as positive steps taken in Vermont this year: the closing of Vermont Yankee, new legislation mandating early childhood education and the steps taken in the clinics and the courts to stem the tide of opiate addiction. Shumlin said his speech outlined the first part of what he called his “Agenda for Progress,” with the second part outlined during his budget address next week. Continue Reading →

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Shumlin elected to 3rd term by lawmakers

MONTPELIER — Vermont Lawmakers have re-elected Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin to a third term, ending months of uncertainty since the mid-term election. Shumlin received 110 votes from the 180 members of the Democratic-led Legislature. Republican Scott Milne tallied 69 votes. The Legislature fulfilled its constitutional duty to elect a governor Thursday morning after no candidate received a majority of the popular vote in November. Shumlin, at the time, edged out Milne by just 2,434 votes, but only garnered about 46 percent of the votes cast. Continue Reading →

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Capitol Beat podcast for Jan. 5, 2015

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Capitol Beat Podcast – Episode 1
Vermont Press Bureau Chief Neal Goswami and VPB reporter Josh O’Gorman preview the upcoming legislative session from the gubernatorial election to sleeper issues. A new episode will be posted every Monday afternoon, as well as a separate podcast featuring Gov. Peter Shumlin every Friday afternoon.  

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Shumlin taps Coriell to head campaign

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Friday that he has tapped Scott Coriell to head his re-election bid, which will have a kick-off event on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Coriell has served as a special assistant to Shumlin since September 2013, and was previously the communications director for Democratic Rep. Peter Welch. Coriell will leave his position in the governor’s office immediately to begin working on the campaign. “My campaign will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing our great state in the years ahead,” Shumlin a vacationing Shumlin said in a statement sent out by his campaign finance director. Continue Reading →

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Shumlin, Milne and Sorrell secure nominations

MONTPELIER — Tuesday’s primary was marked by low voter turnout and slow, tedious counting by election officials as they sorted through many ballots with write in votes. Few Vermonters exercised their right to vote in the state’s primary Tuesday in which candidates looked to secure their party’s nominations for the general election in November. Clerks around the state reported a paltry showing from voters. Most town and city clerks were expected to be counting and tallying results late into the night, well past deadline, thanks to aggressive write in campaigns waged by Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano and Dean Corren, a Progressive running for lieutenant governor. On the GOP ballot, gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne was declared the winner by the Associated Press just after 8 p.m. He defeated Republicans Emily Peyton and Steve Berry, and fended off the write in challenge by Feliciano. Continue Reading →

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Milne launches TV ad

MONTPELIER — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne has launched his first television commercial as the primary approaches next week. The ad, which will be running on WPTZ, Fox 44/ABC 22 and WCAX through the primary, features footage from Milne’s campaign kickoff event last month in Barre. Former Republican Gov. James Douglas is prominently featured, calling Milne the next governor of Vermont. “Internally, I think sort of the campaign family, we’re stoked about it. I think it’s very, very good and I’m appreciative of all the support from Gov. Douglas,” Milne said Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Racine out at AHS

MONTPELIER – Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine is being replaced, the Shumlin administration announced Tuesday, as challenges within the agency mount. According to Shumlin administration officials, current Health Commissioner Harry Chen will replace Racine on an interim basis while a permanent replacement is sought. “I appreciate Doug’s hard work over three and a half years to help Vermont’s most vulnerable,” Shumlin said in a release. Shumlin touted the agency’s move to a data-driven, results-based planning strategy and a revamped mental health system under Racine’s tenure. But the agency has faced significant challenges, too. Continue Reading →

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Deadline for AHS reorganization extended

MONTPELIER — Governor Peter Shumlin’s own Pathways from Poverty Council is asking him to allow for public participation before the Agency of Human Services issues its recommendations on how to address systems, policies and procedures within the agency. As a result, Shumlin’s office says it is planning to extend an Aug. 1 deadline for AHS Secretary Doug Racine to submit a plan to the governor’s office to reorganize the agency. That deadline will now be Oct. 1. Continue Reading →

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Brock bows out

MONTPELIER — Republican Randy Brock, the Vermont GOP’s nominee for governor in 2012, announced in an email Sunday that he will not challenge Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin again this year. Brock, a former state auditor and state senator, had been publicly mulling a run. His decision comes after Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann and former Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman already bowed out this year. Scott Milne, president of Milne Travel, is the only other known Republican considering a run. Milne has said he wants a primary, however. Continue Reading →

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