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.

While some want to 86 Act 46, reform is more likely than repeal

By   /  July 29, 2016  /  Education, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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At a pro-school choice caucus on Thursday morning at the Statehouse Rep. Mike Hebert, R-Vernon stated he thinks that for next legislative session modifications to the largely divisive school consolidation bill Act 46 are more likely than an outright repeal.

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Gun-rights advocates scrutinize Minter’s gun-control ad

By   /  July 29, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Governor, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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An ad put out last week by Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter makes some bold claims on gun violence statistics, particularly regarding domestic violence. Now two pro-gun advocates, Vice President of Gun Owners of Vermont Bob DePino and Lawrence Hamel, candidate for State Representative and professional gun trainer, offered scrutiny of Minter’s claims.

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Vermont Lt. Gov. candidates debate health care, guns, carbon taxes

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Governor, Health Care, Jobs + Growth, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

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As candidates for Vermont’s next lieutenant governor met to debate hot issues, Democrats called for gun control, carbon taxes and universal government health care, while the sole Republican stood opposed to all three.

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Former state auditor Randy Brock challenges Democrats on ‘free’ college

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Economy, Education, Governor, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates are promising free college in return for votes, but a former state auditor and candidate for lieutenant governor says the numbers don’t add up.

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Europe’s wind energy failures a bad omen for Vermont

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

WHIRLWIND OF SUBSIDIES: The heavily subsidized wind-energy industry could find itself becalmed if Congress doesn't extend a "temporary" tax-credit program by year end.

As Vermont continues its quest to source 90 percent of energy from renewables by 2050, fresh problems with Europe’s alternative energy sector may spell trouble for wind energy in the Green Mountain State.

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Galbraith’s $15 minimum wage proposal met with skepticism in Vermont

By   /  July 15, 2016  /  Labor, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont gubernatorial candidate Peter Galbraith is making a $15 minimum wage a centerpiece of his campaign, but Republican opponents and one local economics professor say the wage could hurt Vermont’s economy.

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