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Grafton, Windham residents fear flooding from turbine project

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermonters for a Clean Environment

Residents in the flood-prone communities surrounding the proposed 28-turbine, 96-megawatt Stiles Brook wind project are unhappy about what the project will do to the aesthetics of nearby ridgelines. But they’re more worried about what it will do to the risk of flooding.

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Rutland’s new zoning administrator attended secret refugee talks with mayor

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Mayor Christopher Louras included Rutland’s new zoning administrator in his secret refugee talks, appointing her for the job months after refugee resettlement negotiations began.

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Mayor gets sweeping authority over Rutland from a comma

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Rutland’s charter says the Board of Aldermen has governing authority over all affairs of the city, but a creative interpretation of a single comma has given the mayor sweeping powers that no one knew he had just a few days ago — especially with regard to refugees.

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Vermont town clerk not told about vote tabulator machine vulnerabilities

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vote tabulation machines can be hacked to switch votes without officials knowing it, but one town clerk in Vermont says she’s never heard of the vulnerability and received no guidance from the Secretary of State’s office for how to spot it.

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Toting up the winners and losers under Minter’s sales tax expansion

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  News, State Government, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter says she wants to expand the sales tax to services while lowering the rate, a move critics say could be both inefficient and costly.

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Aldermen struggle to combat federal overreach in refugee resettlement

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Federal Government, Immigration, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Emma Lamberton

After nearly two hours of executive session, the Rutland Board of Aldermen voted Monday night to release the city attorney’s report on the mayor’s actions for refugee resettlement.

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