Michael Bielawski - Watchdog.org

A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Michael has been writing freelance articles for various publications in and around New York City, Seoul in South Korea, upstate NY and Vermont for ten years. He currently is a staff writer at the Hardwick Gazette keeping track of rising school budgets and other rural Vermont issues. He likes best to write about health, economics, and geopolitics generally looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home he's very busy looking after two little boys and during free time loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films off Netflix.

Vermont GOP warming up to Trump

By   /  May 22, 2016  /  Governor, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s Republican leaders appeared to be warming to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump as they voted Saturday to send 13 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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Renewable siting legislation may restrict wind energy developers

By   /  May 19, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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About a year and a half after towns in Vermont began signing the “Rutland Resolution” for better renewable energy siting, lawmakers responded by passing S.230. Critics of the bill are divided over what the legislation means for Vermonters, especially those affected by wind turbine noise.

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Gun control bills fail in Vermont

By   /  May 13, 2016  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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In the ongoing battle over gun rights in Vermont, the 2016 legislative session will be remembered as another loss for gun grabbers.

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Dental community split over mid-level ‘dental therapist’ idea

By   /  May 12, 2016  /  Health Care, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Cedar Rapids dentist allegedly improperly bills Medicaid.

With dental care costs on the rise and Medicaid payments unable to keep up, one bill awaiting the governor’s signature would create a mid-level “dental therapist” who can do basic dental work for less money. Not everyone in the dental community is on board with the idea.

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Energy siting bill heads to governor’s desk despite turbine noise controversy

By   /  May 9, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Lawmakers agreed to send a controversial renewable energy siting bill to the governor’s desk, but opinions on what difference the bill makes — especially with regard to wind turbine noise — are mixed.

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Disagreements over wind turbine noise limits threaten renewable energy siting bill

By   /  May 6, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s renewable energy siting bill may have hit a roadblock in the final days of the session, as the chair of the House Energy Committee and Gov. Peter Shumlin are opposing retroactive wind turbine noise limits passed by the Senate.

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