Commentary: pandemic has taught ‘orthodox conservative’ error of his ways - Fractals of Change

Tom Evslin, longtime economic conservative, says the pandemic has taught him that Vermont should “substantially raise the minimum wage” because it’s better for both small business owners and workers than unionizing. What heresy is this?!

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Burlington police chief quits over “unconscionable” defunding - WCAX

The revolving door continues. Burlington has lost its third police chief in less than a year. Jenn Morrision is leaving to care for an ailing family member and because the Burlington City Council no longer supports the police department - e.g. the 30% funding cut.

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Zeal for the deal pushes House, Senate compromise on commercial cannabis - VT Digger

In the interests of passing a commercial cannabis bill, the Senate is okay with the House demand that towns “opt in” before commercial operations can begin. And the House is releasing its demand that police be allowed to pull over drivers not wearing seat belts. Differences over taxation and revenue remain.

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Universal election ballots to be mailed Sept. 21 - Oct. 1 - VPR

Is the “real” Election Day sometime around Sept. 21? Campaign gurus are scrambling for solutions to get out the vote and win elections. The key is motivating typically non-voting but registered Vermonters to mark the “right” names on their ballots, and then return them.

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VT real estate contracts up 136% in July - Green Light Real Estate

2020 began as a promising year for the real estate industry, but nothing out of the ordinary. Then by mid-summer the escape value of an internet-connected home in low-pandemic, riot-free Vermont became recognized nationwide. The landrush was on. At least that’s one way to look at it.

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NAACP leader leaving Wallingford, says family being harassed - VT Digger

The stress of leading the struggle for racial justice has become too much for Rutland County NAACP leader Tabitha Moore and her family. They’re leaving Wallingford.

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Hartford, CT drug dealer “Cash” gets 9 years for Windham County ring - Brattleboro Reformer

A 22-year-old man will go to federal prison for (up to) nine years after being convicted of illegal gun possession and sale of fentanyl, heroin and other drugs.

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Former state trooper jailed on domestic assault charge; guns taken - Newport Dispatch

A former Vermont State Trooper is in jail for domestic assault charges. Also, his guns were removed from his home after a search prompted by a temporary restraining order.

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Championship Rutland High cheerleaders “fight, fight, fight” through Covid - Rutland Herald

A team that has won local, state and national championships is now taking on a pandemic that has inhibited practice time and drills.

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Commentary: Power grid expert warns VT to not imitate California - Meredithangwin.com

Meredith Angwin of Wilder, author of “Shorting the Grid,” says Vermont must avoid the trifecta of energy policy errors that have led California to unnecessary power blackouts.

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VT unemployment up after steady decline - VT Business Magazine

Once the lowest unemployment in the nation, Vermont is now in the middle of the pack, with the rate slowly on the rise.

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Blaming fed pressure, State of Vermont to enforce 3-acre runoff rule - VT Digger

The EPA is happy and won’t find the State of Vermont “out of compliance.” But the state decision to enforce the three-acre runoff rule will mean financial disaster for any business with a big parking lot, critics warn.

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Only 12 Covid-positives at UVM, but students staging a “die-in” to protest cuts - UVM

UVM students will stage a “die-in” to show “radical solidarity” with the oppressed, “demonized” faculty and staff facing budget cuts due to declining enrollment, pandemic measures, etc.

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Health Dept. press release restates Levine position on “6%” CDC report - VT Business Magazine

Apparently the media play of Health Commissioner Mark Levine’s comments about “armchair epidemiologists” misunderstanding a recent CDC report on Covid fatalities wasn’t satisfactory. The Health Department has issued a press release providing, in detail, what Levine said about the “6%” report at Monday’s press conference.

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Racial justice activists resigns from Burlington Police Commission - WPTZ

The Burlington Police Commission is backing the cops and white privilege, so Justice for All executive director Mark Hughes is resigning his position on the board overseeing Burlington police, he explained yesterday. Good reporting by Cambridge, VT native David Schneider of News 5.

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Burlington hopes sampling wastewater will help spot next Covid outbreak - WCAX

The coronavirus shows up in poop of infected, even asymptomatic people. So the City of Burlington will be testing wastewater to (it hopes) determine the next Covid-19 outbreak.

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GOP hopes popular guv, numerous candidates mean election success - Seven Days

The VT GOP has seen years of slow decline in the Legislature. This year, it hopes to turn that around thanks to a popular GOP governor and a record number of candidates running for state office.

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Sign up online for $30 to spend at Vermont businesses - VT Digger

You can’t buy tobacco, fireworks, alcohol, cannabis, or lottery tickets with it, but $30 of “free money” is still $30. But you have to spend it at a Vermont business, the Stae of Vermont says.

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Legislature ponders pandemic-driven space needs for next session - VPR

Just like Vermont schools, the Legislature is looking at hybrid and/or a new in-person arrangement if Covid-19 social distancing is still required when it reconvenes in January.

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Lead paint scammer busted - Rutland Herald

The federal government requires that lead paint be removed before remodeling Now a Woodstock man has allegedly used that requirement to scam thousands of dollars from customers.

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