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LIMPIA: A pesar de las ambiciones radicales de Obamacare, el seguro dental seguirá siendo el mismo.

Dental therapy nation is just a matter of time

Published on: May 1, 2017
NATURE'S WAY: Goats, sheep and other animals graze at Paris Farm, which has become a battleground over a "conservation easement." (Photos by Pamela Mullin)

Animal rights group gives Vermont D-plus for animal slaughter practices, state cries foul

Published on: April 11, 2017
Photo by Emma Lamberton

Vermont AG passes buck on 41-conviction hit-and-run driver

Published on: April 10, 2017

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AP photoSUBSIDIZED HOUSING: Gov. Phil Scott wants a new $35 million bond to boost housing, but critics say the money's not there to support it.

Lawmakers turning against Scott’s $35 million housing bond

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Gov. Phil Scott's proposed $35 million bond for affordable housing seemed to have broad support only months ago, but now the proposal appears to be on life support.
Published on: April 10, 2017
Photo courtesy of Flickr

Vermont AG’s office admits it blocked public records release based on requesters’ politics

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A lawsuit has revealed that the Vermont AG's office chooses which public records requests to honor after Googling for political biases.
Published on: April 7, 2017
Photo courtesy of Department of Vermont Health AccessNAVIGATE THIS: Thousands of Vermonters have required emergency help from navigators to overcome sign-up glitches related to Vermont Health Connect.

Experts warn no good options as Scott moves to shut down Vermont Health Connect

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Gov. Phil Scott is prepared to finally shut down Vermont Health Connect, the state's failing health care exchange, after years of Democrats passing the buck
Published on: April 7, 2017
AP file photoDIVIDING LINES: Demonstrators confront each other, Friday, July 4, 2014, outside a U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., over illegal immigration.

Vermont governor supports deporting some illegal aliens

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Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he would consider deporting some criminal aliens residing in Vermont illegally.
Published on: April 7, 2017
Photo by Bruce Parker

House Democrats squash Scott’s executive order merging liquor and lottery agencies

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Gov. Phil Scott's plan to merge the state liquor and lottery agencies sounded like a good way to streamline government, but on Wednesday House Democrats said no.
Published on: April 13, 2017
Photo courtesy of Job Tate

State Rep. Job Tate’s replacement won’t be as conservative as he is

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Rep. Job Tate, R-Mendon, has resigned after notification of deployment. Tate was the only Republican in the House to not back Gov. Phil Scott's candidacy.
Published on: April 5, 2017

Town clerk says Selectboard ‘on a power trip’ in alleged voter fraud case

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A Vermont town clerk at the center of a voter fraud lawsuit claims that two members of the local three-person Selectboard are "on a power trip" to get her.
Published on: April 6, 2017
Photo by Bruce Parker

Candidates seek to replace conservative Rep. Job Tate

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Three candidates have been tapped as possibilities to replace Rep. Job Tate, R-Mendon, who will soon be deploying with his U.S. Navy reserve unit.
Published on: April 5, 2017
US Dept of Energy photoSOLAR PROJECT TAKES HEAT: Opponents of a utility-scale solar project in Bennington say towns will continue to be ignored unless the Legislature mandates local control of projects.

Giant Vermont solar array may curtail other, cheaper renewable energy projects

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A new solar project spanning about 150 acres and generating 20 megawatts of capacity stands to become the largest solar installation in the Green Mountain State, but it may curtail cheaper renewable energy projects.
Published on: April 4, 2017

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CATCH AND RELEASE?: An attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suing the government, alleging that politics are undermining the agency's mission and demoralizing its employees.

DHS: Montpelier violating federal immigration law

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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.
Published on: March 27, 2017
Photo courtesy of Rutland City HallMORE SECRECY?: Rutland Mayor Chris Louras said the availability of the city's refugee resettlement application is proof that he is being transparent, but members of the Board of Aldermen say they have never seen the document.

Rutland voters unseat secretive mayor after year-long refugee fight

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Voters ousted controversial Mayor Chris Louras after a year of turmoil stemming from his secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community.
Published on: March 7, 2017
Photo by Lou Varricchio

Middlebury College students shout down speaker in display against free speech

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Middlebury College students turned their backs and shouted down political scientist and “Bell Curve” author Dr. Charles Murray.
Published on: March 3, 2017

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Haupt: Identity politics handcuffs democracy

By   /  May 10, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Commentary, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. During the height of the Cold War, everyone was seeking refuge from the Communist “curtain of fear.” The principal at our parochial school demanded our parents […]

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Guest Voice: How the New York Times misrepresents the U.S. Supreme Court

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

A recent New York Times story, titled “A Polarized Supreme Court, Growing More So,” illustrates how left-of-center media distort perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The story’s problems begin with the lead paragraph’s assertion that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment is “a conservative replacing another conservative.” What the Times probably intended to say is that the […]

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Study: Income tax rate has major impact on pro sports teams win-loss record

By   /  May 4, 2017  /  California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, General, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Taxes, Tennessee, Texas, Uncategorized, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Upset that your favorite basketball or hockey team is watching the playoffs from their sofas? A UIC professor says a state’s tax burden shares some of the blame. University of Illinois at Chicago professor Erik Hembre has released a working draft that shows a professional team in a state with high income taxes could win up […]

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Dental therapy nation is just a matter of time

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington  /  No Comments

Dental therapy is nearing a tipping point in the United States, whether “Big Dentistry” likes it or not. That’s according to Kristin Mizzi Angelone, a dental policy expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts. “There is an unprecedented level of activity in states across the country and from across the political spectrum, with more and more […]

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Plaintiffs say Act 39 suit dismissal a victory for religious liberty

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Accountability, First Amendment, Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  1 Comment

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Plaintiffs of a recently dismissed District Court case say the judge’s decision on Act 39 was a win for moral and religious liberty.

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House Democrats squash Scott’s executive order merging liquor and lottery agencies

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Bruce Parker

Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to merge the state liquor and lottery agencies sounded like a good way to streamline government, but on Wednesday House Democrats said no.

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