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.

Scott urges fiscal conservatism and citizen participation to boost state economy

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

Gov. Scott urged more voter participation as well as level-funding school budgets, streamlining state government and reducing costs.

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Middlebury College students shout down speaker in display against free speech

By   /  March 3, 2017  /  Campus Culture, Free Speech, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Lou Varricchio

Middlebury College students turned their backs and shouted down political scientist and “Bell Curve” author Dr. Charles Murray.

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Scott administration blasts $31 million water cleanup taxes, fees

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Governor, News, State Budgets, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Higher taxes on rooms, meals, booze and car registrations would fund the cleanup of Lake Champlain.

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Trump to governors on immigration: Our focus is ‘the bad ones’

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Governor, News, Vermont, Washington  /  No Comments

As far as President Trump’s immigration policy is concerned, “(he) dialed back his rhetoric,” the governor told reporters.

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Republicans await AG’s response to alleged Democrat campaign finance law violation

By   /  February 24, 2017  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont Republicans allege that Democratic House leader Jill Krowinski violated state campaign finance law.

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Immigration policy clash hanging over Scott visit to Trump White House

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Governor, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Gov. Phil Scott is set to attend a White House dinner on Sunday with President Donald Trump, whose immigration enforcement stance is at odds with the governor’s agenda — an agenda that potentially could make Vermont a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

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