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.

Vermont court postpones Selectboard run-off election over absentee ballots

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Vermont, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

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Three judges at the Essex County Superior Court postponed an April 5 run-off election in the town of Victory, saying absentee ballots weren’t made ready 20 days ahead of the date as required by statute.

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DHS: Montpelier violating federal immigration law

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Immigration, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Vermont’s capital is on a list of cities whose policies violate federal immigration law, according to a document released last week by the Department of Homeland Security.

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EPA cuts could push environmental activists, regulators to reconsider priorities

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent will force Vermont’s green energy groups to rethink how to tackle Vermont’s various environmental challenges.

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Vermont environmental bills die at crossover week

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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In what was anticipated to have been a big year for environmental bills promoting a climate change agenda, no significant green energy bill managed to pass the legislative session’s “crossover week.”

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Vermont gun confiscation bill heads to House floor

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Legislature, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

A bill that would allow police to remove guns from a domestic violence situation without due process was approved by a House committee.

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Vermont carbon tax in limbo while neighboring states pick up the effort

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Connecticut, Energy and Environment, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, News, Rhode Island, State Budgets, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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While hopes of passing a carbon tax in Vermont are dimming by the day, a development in nearby Connecticut could breathe new life into the initiative.

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