Lawmaker admits ballot harvesting is legal - True North

As VPIRG is poised to exploit voting-by-mail with massive ballot harvesting during the 2020 General Election, a key House chair confirmed that the practice is legal.

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Opinion: Listen - Vermont Daily

America isn’t listening. Caught in a full-blown pandemic of willful deafness, the connections between the ear and the heart no longer fire.

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Scott says K-12 schools will reopen - Brattleboro Reformer

Public schools will reopen as usual in the fall - but what will instruction and prevention look like? TBA. But schoolbus stop screenings will be part of it.

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Moose wallows in North Avenue, Burlington sinkhole - Burlington Free Press

So maybe it’s a good thing that the City of Burlington blocked off so many roads during the pandemic? Sink holes have been sprouting up all over town. See photo of moose standing in one on North Avenue in front of Lakeview Cemetery.

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House brushes aside fraud concerns, approves voting-by-mail - Seven Days

The majority of the Vermont House of Representatives voted yesterday against an amendment to the universal voting-by-mail bill that would have set fines and required investigations of any voter fraud that occurs in the 2020 General Election. The bill is up for a final vote later this week.

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Cash-flush VPR to get “only” $100K in state recovery money - VPR

VPR - with $2 mil in bank, no staff cut during pandemic, and $960,000 Paycheck Protection already received - still wanted almost $900K in state-controlled federal recovery funds. The Legislature cut that number down to a mere $100,000, reports VPR’s John Dillon.

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Citing difficulty of operating in Vermont, Fayston wedding barn to close - Valley Reporter

A perfect storm of over-regulation and pandemic lockdown have forced a Waitsfield wedding venue to close.

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Three dead from crowd at UVM hoop game - VT Digger

A diagram of where March 10 UVM basketball game fans sat shows a big cluster of Covid-19 positive cases in one section, and a positive test in the media booth, too.

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Strapped Burlington budget will include more $$ for racial justice - Fox 44

Details to come on Monday - but Burlington won’t be defunding its police department, Mayor Miro Weinberger said.

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Utilities offer incentives to buy electric lawnmowers - VT Business Magazine

Okay, so you have been driving to work less….now it’s time to tackle the lawn with your new, subsidized electric lawnmower. 

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Sanders mocks McConnell as worse than Nero - VT Business Magazine

Sen. Bernie Sanders said the Republican Senate leadership has done nothing to solve the crises of 2020. Fortunately, he has a plan.

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Have you seen this Prius? Police looking for BLM poster vandal - WCAX

A vandal approached South Burlington’s middle school in a silver Prius and then damaged a Black Lives Matter poster. School and police officials have declared their opposition to racism and their determination to find the vandal.

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Legislature voting on vote-by-mail fraud; homeless bill dead - Vermont Daily

Consumed with pandemic legislation for months, the Vermont Legislature is returning its attention to pre-pandemic bills. Is that a good thing?

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Transgender candidates seeking Dem nominations in House primaries - WCAX

Winooski, Milton and Manchester voters will have the opportunity to vote for openly transgender candidates running for the Vermont House.

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Kennedy takes second run at Washington Senate nomination - Times Argus

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Theo Kennedy, the likable lawyer and owner of the Gelato ice cream shop on State Street in Montpelier, will once again try to unseat one of the three Democratic incumbents for Washington County Senate.

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House leaders outlines 2019-20 racial justice legislation - VT Business Magazine

The Vermont Legislature has already approved cutting-edge racial justice legislation and is poised to pass more, said House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington).

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State colleges will need $30 million to operate next year - VT Digger

Deficits of up to $46 million are staring Vermont state colleges - and legislators - in the face. Where will the money come from? No-one knows.

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How Global Foundries makes microchips during pandemic - Seven Days

Anyone who has ever donned the booties, gown and mask at Global Foundries (formerly IBM) knows that making microchips has always been an uber-clean process. Now the Essex Junction manufacturer is taking ‘clean’ to new heights.

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Newspaper receives 1,500 donations totaling $155,000 - Valley News

In mid-April the Valley News, a daily for Windsor County and the Lebanon, NH area, asked readers to dig deep and give more. 1,535 readers responded.

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Zoom congestion, variety of opinions delay Burlington use-of-force decision - Seven Days

Hundreds of interested citizens have been wanting to be heard as Burlington city boards ponder tightening restrictions on police use of force. Ah, democracy.

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