GMO labeling not about money for organics, says Vermont organic farmer-senator

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  National, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The fresh flow of money in politics usually signals that someone has something to gain from a change in laws and policies. But a Vermont senator and organic farmer claims when it comes to mandatory GMO labeling laws, supporters of the policy — typically organic activists — stand to lose. Or at least break even.

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Vermont bans brownies, turns kids on to kale, gluten-free paleo lemon bars

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Education, Government Regulation, Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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It’s a best-seller at bake sales, a king of American confections, even a mandatory munchie of marijuana users. But the iconic chocolate brownie, that perfect blend of cake and cookie, is banned in Vermont schools.

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Citizen poll watchers expose need for scrutiny of elections

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, State Elections, Vermont, Voter Fraud, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

FAIR ELECTIONS?: Citizen poll watchers say elections aren't being administered properly.

Counting votes behind closed doors, letting uncertified voters vote, stacking wards with majority party poll workers — questionable activities at Burlington polling places reveal a need for greater scrutiny of elections, two citizen poll watchers say.

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Sum Of Us, Ceres Trust push VT anti-GMO fund to quarter-million mark

By   /  September 8, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

OR: Protest Against Monsanto

Donations from out-of-state activists have pushed Vermont’s anti-GMO legal defense fund to the quarter-million mark just three months after its launch.

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Report: Vermont uses ‘budget shenanigans’ to hide $2.6 billion in liabilities

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  News, Pensions, State Budgets, Transparency, unions, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont’s legislative bean counters are engaged in highly misleading accounting practices, especially when it comes to what the state owes on employee pensions and health benefits.

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Common Core optional but embraced by some VT independent schools

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, School Choice, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Heads of Vermont’s independent schools say federally mandated Common Core tests are optional, but that hasn’t stopped one head of school from going full speed ahead into the new, new math.

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