Michael Bielawski - Watchdog.org

Michael Bielawski is a freelance reporter for Vermont Watchdog. A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Bielawski has been writing articles for various publications in and around New York City; Seoul, South Korea; and Vermont. He’s a writer for the Hardwick Gazette, keeping track of rising school budgets and rural Vermont issues. He likes to write about energy and the environment, looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home, he’s busy looking after two little boys. During free time, he loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films on Netflix.

Non-malicious bag tampering ends controversial election recount

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Accountability, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

The opening and resealing of a ballot bag that led to Wednesday’s cancellation of the Orange-1 House district election recount was not malicious in nature, according to House Minority Leader Don Turner.

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Town tables gun-noise amendment pending state Supreme Court decision

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of North Country Sportsman's Club

The Selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to table a noise ordinance proposal limiting the number of shooting events that can occur in town until the state Supreme Court rules on a pending case between Williston and the North Country Sportsmen’s Club.

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Telecommunications bill extended indefinitely against towns’ wishes

By   /  February 21, 2017  /  News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

The House Energy and Technology Committee on Friday voted to renew a 2007 telecommunications siting law considered by critics as dismissive of local planning and zoning policies.

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House Republicans fear ‘stolen election’ coming in Frenier recount

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

As the House approved rules for a second recount of a race won by a Republican from Orange County, lawmakers from the Republican caucus accused majority Democrats and Progressives of preparing to steal an election.

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Vermont telecommunications siting law renewal under scrutiny

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

AP file photo

In 2015, Calais spent almost $100,000 on legal and other fees to fight what many residents saw as a poorly sited, intrusive telecom tower project. This week, two town officials went to Montpelier to register their displeasure with the process.

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Democrat-led committee writes recount rules for House race won by Republican

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  News, Politics & Elections, Vermont, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

Photo by The Associated Press

New procedures for a second recount of the Orange-1 district race between Republican Rep. Bob Frenier and Progressive Susan Hatch Davis are headed for a vote in the full House as soon as Thursday.

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