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Bruce Parker is a reporter and editor for Watchdog.org. His stories have been featured at FoxNews.com, Bloomberg, Politico, The Daily Caller, the Washington Times, Human Events and Thomson, among other outlets. He can be reached at [email protected]

Accounting group puts Vermont’s debt at $3.9 billion

By   /  September 27, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A new report from a government accounting watchdog group finds that Vermont has a debt of $3.9 billion, despite claims of having a balanced budget.

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Mayor gets sweeping authority over Rutland from a comma

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Rutland’s charter says the Board of Aldermen has governing authority over all affairs of the city, but a creative interpretation of a single comma has given the mayor sweeping powers that no one knew he had just a few days ago — especially with regard to refugees.

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Vermont town clerk not told about vote tabulator machine vulnerabilities

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vote tabulation machines can be hacked to switch votes without officials knowing it, but one town clerk in Vermont says she’s never heard of the vulnerability and received no guidance from the Secretary of State’s office for how to spot it.

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Is Vermont’s election safe from hackers?

By   /  September 16, 2016  /  Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s secretary of state says the election system is secure after hackers breached databases in Arizona and Illinois, but the ballot-counting machine at the center of the state’s voting process offers little reason for confidence.

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Renewable energy lobbyist touts $500 million carbon tax as ‘tax reform’

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A renewable energy lobbyist in Vermont is calling a $500 million carbon tax a clever “tax reform” idea to grow jobs and the economy.

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Bernie Sanders’ fundraising help not ‘express advocacy,’ AG says

By   /  September 6, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A fundraising email from Bernie Sanders that netted $80,000 for a state senatorial candidate did not violate campaign finance laws because it could not be interpreted as an appeal to vote for the candidate, according to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell.

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