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Bruce Parker is a reporter 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. Contact him at bparker@watchdog.org or follow him on Twitter @WatchdogVT.

AARP and WHO bringing globalization to Vermont streets

By   /  May 20, 2016  /  News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont is known for its homegrown, keep-it-local attitude, but increasingly many aspects of the Green Mountain State are being shaped by international interests — even down to its local roads.

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AGs battle each other over free speech in Exxon oil company probe

By   /  May 18, 2016  /  First Amendment, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A plan by Democratic attorneys general from 15 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands to launch climate change investigations into fossil companies is being opposed by attorneys general of other states.

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Gun rights group calls for veto of animal cruelty investigation board bill

By   /  May 10, 2016  /  News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A gun rights group wants Gov. Peter Shumlin to veto a bill that creates an animal cruelty investigation board potentially staffed with members from anti-hunting organizations.

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Vermont’s economic outlook 49th in nation, report says

By   /  May 6, 2016  /  Economy, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont is the second worst state in the nation when it comes to tax and regulatory policies that foster economic growth, according to a recent report on economic competitiveness between states.

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Vermont’s marijuana legalization dreams go up in smoke

By   /  May 3, 2016  /  Legislature, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Efforts at legalizing recreational marijuana use and cultivation in Vermont went up in smoke Tuesday as the House defeated proposals put forth by Democratic and Progressive lawmakers.

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Independent contractors’ hopes dashed by sneaky procedural move

By   /  May 3, 2016  /  Labor, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Independent contractors working in Vermont lost their best chance at independence on Monday when a bill defining their status reached the House floor after months of delay.

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