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Democratic PAC settles with state

MONTPELIER — A Democratic PAC must may a $30,000 penalty for violating the state’s campaign finance law during the 2010 election. Green Mountain Future, a political action committee created by the Democratic Governors Association has settled with the state for the $30,000 penalty, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced Wednesday. The settlement, which has been approved by the Vermont Superior Court, requires GMF to pay the state a civil penalty of $20,000 for failing to include its address on its website or in television ads that ran during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign. GMF must also pay a $10,000 penalty the court had previously imposed for not registering as a PAC and filing campaign finance reports. “Voters are legally entitled to know who is seeking to influence them,” Sorrell said a statement. Continue Reading →

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Christie to headline GOP fundraiser

MONTPELIER — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be the featured guest at the Vermont Republican Party’s “Welcome Winter Gala” fundraiser next month. The event, hosted by Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, will be held at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction on Dec. 11. The invitation, which went out Thursday morning, promises Vermont food, beverages and entertainment. Christie won re-election on Tuesday by a comfortable margin over his Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. Continue Reading →

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Moretown landfill won’t be recertified

MORETOWN — The state released a letter to the management of the Moretown landfill Friday morning, indicating it will not recertify the landfill’s operating certificate. The draft decision affects Cell 2 and 3, not the Cell 4 expansion, but the state has noted the expansion shares similar issues. The state intends to open a 30‐day public comment period beginning today. Comments should be
focused on whether the facility’s design and operations are sufficient to prevent nuisance odor conditions. The comment period will end on Jan. Continue Reading →

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Long-term disaster recovery funds move forward, but some projects rejected

State officials and the Vermont Community Development Board, which have more than $21 million in federal money to distribute, recommended approval of four projects across the state Wednesday and denied two Waterbury projects. The unsuccessful projects included a plan to study reusing the flood-damaged heating plant at the Waterbury state office complex, which board member Sarah Carpenter questioned due to the delayed rebuilding there, and a local development corporation the town has been seeking to create. A $100,000 grant to study options for building a new municipal complex in Waterbury and to help with pre-building site work was recommended for approval, though. Another $100,000 grant to study rebuilding or renovating options that could affect three Brattleboro Housing Authority sites that involve elderly tenants or tenants with disabilities. One housing site there, Melrose Terrace, is located in a severe flooding area that normally wouldn’t be eligible for rebuilding funds, but the federal government has given a special exemption. Continue Reading →

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Scott retains the key Republican stronghold seat

Shortly after 11 p.m., Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said he accepted Gekas’ concession in the race. “We were a well-oiled machine,” he said, calling his campaign creative, positive and issues-driven. He said although he was successful and other Republican candidates weren’t, they should hold their heads high as they left the building. Continue Reading →

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Brock ends his campaign for governor

Republican Randy Brock conceded the race just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Before the speech, he had been unable to reach Gov. Peter Shumlin, but he said he planned to wish him success as governor. “This is the final chapter in the greatest experience that I’ve had in my entire life,” he said. He plans to remain in public policy in Vermont. Continue Reading →

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Local lawyer and candidate bring up electronic voting issues

MONTPELIER — A retired lawyer from Plainfield and a Norwich University faculty member who is a Washington County State Senate candidate expressed their concerns Friday and Saturday, in emails to Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, over the possibility of electronic voting problems on Election Day. Alexandra Thayer, the Plainfield lawyer, and Norwich technology professor Jeremy Hansen both sent emails to the Secretary of State’s office, offering recommendations to ensure that checks and balances are in place for any issues with optical scanner memory cards and Accu-Vote tabulators. Condos said he thought most of the recommendations were already being implemented by the state. He also said the concerns were brought to his attention with fewer than two business days remaining before the election, and he questioned why the issue wasn’t addressed sooner. “This is not rocket science in terms of how you want to run things,” said Thayer. Continue Reading →

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