GOP officials sue Condos over universal ballot plan - Seven Days

A current legislator, a former legislator, and a town clerk are suing Secretary of State Jim Condos because they say his universal mailed ballot scheme will lead to election fraud.

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VPR, PBS to merge - Bennington Banner

Two well-funded (by Vermont media standards) public broadcasting entities voted yesterday to become one even-better funded public broadcasting organization.

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Quarter-ton of hemp plants stolen from farm - Rutland Herald

Hemp may not be as valuable on the black market as THC-strong marijuana, but it’s still got resale value, as a Moretown farmer learned after 50 plants were cut with shears and stolen.

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Scott opposes Trump tariff on Canadian aluminum - St. Albans Messenger

Pres. Trump says the 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum is needed to protect American jobs. Gov. Scott says the tariff will hurt the supply chain of aluminum products to Vermont businesses.

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Scott ‘fair and impartial policing’ order enhances State role in local PD’s - True North

In response to Vermonters’ outrage over the killing of George Floyd, Gov. Scott has issued an executive order aimed at reducing systemic racism in policing. It also gives the Vermont Department of Public Safety sweeping new powers in the hiring, training and oversight of local police departments. In some circumstances, failure to comply can result in a loss of funding.

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Pro-lifers praise hospital’s delivery of preemie triplets, seek end to abortions - Vermont Daily

Vermont Right to Life members plan to give the University of Vermont Medical Center board of trustees two messages at their 2 pm meeting today. First, good job delivering those preemie triplets. Second, why not give “unwanted” unborn children the same chance at life?

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Woman wearing anti-Trump shirt votes topless in NH primary - Valley News

When told her anti-Trump attire at the polls violated NH law, an Exeter woman took drastic action. Although she could have just turned it inside out.

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House passes Global Warming Solutions Act with 102 votes - Fox 44

Will Gov. Scott veto H688, the Global Warming Solutions Act that passed with 102 votes in the House. 100 is enough to override a veto. But in a veto situation, will all House members vote the same?

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Teachers worried about ventilation, “chronic unpredictability” - VPR

Vermont teachers know Commissioner of Health Mark Levine says it’s safe to go back to school. But they’re still nervous about it and want the State to develop a better ventilation plan for all schools.

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Despite hiccups, state calls local voucher program a success - WCAX

It happens every time the government gives away “free” money - people wait in line to get some. But that doesn’t mean the “local voucher” giveaway of $30 went smoothly.

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CNN correspondent says Trump/Fox News alliance “threatens democracy” - VT Digger

In a new book, CNN’s Brian Stelter breathlessly reports that Trump’s friendly relationship with one (and only one) of the nation’s major media networks is an existential threat to our democracy.

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State closing Woodside, placing youthful offenders in private treatment programs - VT Digger

Next month, the State of Vermont will permanently close Woodside, its much-criticized secret facility for youthful offenders. Residents will be placed in “privately run treatment programs” in Vermont, and - if necessary - sent out-of-state (but only as far as New Hampshire).

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Burlington City Council gives BLM protesters tepid support - Seven Days

What the protesters wanted were the professional heads of three Burlington police officers and their own immunity from prosecution for the occupation of Battery Park. What they got was a promise of support for their goals and a path forward to more police department oversight.

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Led by Antifa supporter, VT AFL-CIO backs Progressive slate - True North Reports

Vermont’s 10,000 member AFL-CIO has divorced itself from the Democratic Party and taken up with the Vermont Progressive Party, the Green New Deal, and “anti-facism”. President David Van Deusen is an unapologetic supporter of Antifa, and calls force “a moral imperative” if Trump loses and tries to stay in office.

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Global Warming bill headed towards veto fight - Seven Days

H688, the Global Warming Solutions Act, is likely to be approved in the (pandemic-only?) final session of the 2020 Legislature. It also faces a likely veto from Gov. Phil Scott. Can the bill’s backers muster 100 override votes in the House?

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DMV announces new online registration of vehicles - Vermont Daily

A new, online registration system of vehicles will let Vermonters print registrations from their own printers. If you’re looking for silver linings to the pandemic, there’s this: fewer reasons to sit in a DMV office, waiting for your number to be called.

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Hemp farmers ripped off by middleman - VT Digger

The hemp economic miracle hasn’t happened as farmers hoped. Not getting paid for harvests hasn’t helped. A Waterbury CBD businessman has been arraigned in court for cheating 11 victims.

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Putney official publicly repents of “All Lives Matter” post - Brattleboro Reformer

The Putney Town Manager reposted on FB a photo of a white child shot by a black man and the words, “All Lives Matter. All Lives Matter. All Lives Matter.” The local NAACP complained. A special meeting of the select board was called to discuss the ‘incident’ and the painting of “Black Lives Matter” on a town street.

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16-year-old Derby girls swims English Channel - Newport Dispatch

Sure, Vera Rivard could have taken the Channel. But swimming there is half the fun.

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Vermont’s first art museum turns 125 - Eagle-Times

In the last years of the 19th century, renowned artist T.W. Wood gave dozens of paintings and etchings to his hometown of Montpelier. Those works were the beginning of the T.W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center.

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