Lou Varricchio is bureau chief for Vermont Watchdog. He has 20 years experience in print and broadcast journalism, including newspaper work in Pennsylvania and also in Vermont, where he was formerly managing editor of multiple New Market Press newspapers. He was a senior science writer at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, and appeared as the co-host on “Our Changing Planet,” a mini-series produced by the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium and distributed by Prairie Public Television. Lou has written, produced and hosted several science documentaries distributed nationwide through Public Radio International and American Public Radio. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

House Democrats squash Scott’s executive order merging liquor and lottery agencies

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to merge the state liquor and lottery agencies sounded like a good way to streamline government, but on Wednesday House Democrats said no.

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Lawmakers turning against Scott’s $35 million housing bond

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Governor, News, State Budgets, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Phil Scott’s proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing seemed to have broad support only months ago, but now the proposal appears to be on life support.

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Vermont governor supports deporting some illegal aliens

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Immigration, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he would consider deporting some criminal aliens residing in Vermont illegally.

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Town clerk says Selectboard ‘on a power trip’ in alleged voter fraud case

By   /  April 6, 2017  /  News, Vermont, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

A Vermont town clerk at the center of a voter fraud lawsuit claims that two members of the local three-person Selectboard are “on a power trip” to get her.

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Why a lone Republican voted ‘no’ on Vermont’s $5.8 billion House budget bill

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  News, State Budgets, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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It took just one legislator to rain on the parade of Vermont House members’ 143-1 vote on the state’s $5.8 billion fiscal year 2018 budget plan last week.

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Attorney: Vermont’s lax residency laws play a role in alleged voter fraud case

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  News, Vermont, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

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The attorney who successfully petitioned Essex Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Mann to stop the town of Victory’s upcoming Selectboard runoff election said Vermont’s lax residency laws are partly to blame for the alleged fraudulent voting in the small Northeast Kingdom community.

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