Vermont Water Cooler aggregates top news headlines from all over Vermont in one easy-to-find place.

Scott wants mail-in ballots for Town Meeting - Vermont Daily

 

The pandemic will be with us through March, so it makes sense to Gov. Phi Scott to hold mail-in voting for Town Meeting as well. That idea didn’t sit too well with the Legislature - maybe they are worried about leaving the fate of the school budget in the hands of 100% of the voters?

 

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Global Warming Solutions Act council appointed - Manchester Journal

Before the new Climate Council thinks up ways to drastically reduce carbon emissions, it must inventory what’s already being done.

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Stiffing Judge Barrett - Ethan Allen Institute

The Girl Scouts of America decided the appointment of only the fourth woman to serve on SCOTUS just wasn't worth it.

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State Ed board punts Kurn Hattin probe to Agency of Education - VT Digger

Now they tell us. The same state board that decided it could, and would, force unwilling towns to merge their school districts now says it lacks the authority to investigate sex abuse at a school for the hearing-impaired.

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First Covid-19 death since July- WCAX

Cases in Vermont are up, and last week saw the first fatality since midsummer. Restrictions on the way?

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Lawmakers bash Walmart for not drawing govt $$ for essential workers - Brattleboro Reformer

A state program pouring federal Covid $$ into the hands of low-paid essential workers - including retail store employees - is being ignored by Wal-Mart. That has some Vermont lawmakers incensed.

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Bernie warns ‘authoritarian’ call for recount trying to destroy faith in democracy - Newsweek

The former Democratic primary candidate added that the commander-in-chief was trying to undermine "the legitimacy of an election" as he sought to halt the counting of ballots in several battlegrounds by pursuing lawsuits in state courts.

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Thursday has most new Covid cases since June - guv to discuss today - WCAX

Yesterday, Vermont saw another big jump in new Covid cases. Last week, the governor warned of possible action if transmission continued to spread. Monday, Gov. Charles Baker of Massachusetts announced strict new controls. Will the shoe drop at the governor’s press conference today?

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Winooski approves non-citizen voting - VT Digger

Non-citizens will be able to vote in local elections in the City of Winooski, Vermont’s most ethnically diverse community.

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Election analysis: for Dem/Prog loss of supermajority, GOP can thank Scott & Klar - Vermont Daily

Ding, dong the Dem supermajority is dead, wilting under the cold water splashed on it by both Phil Scott and grassroots campaigner extraordinaire John Klar. (Unpopular bills like the Global Warming Solutions Act and marijuana legalization didn’t help, either.)

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Vermont Dems blame Trump for three lost House seats - VPR

Vermont Democratic Party leaders are doing a post-mortem on the 2020 election in which they lost the guv race, their House supermajority, and one Senate seat. Takeaways: we need better outreach, and Trump hurt us in key towns.

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Trump voters voted in-person, liberal Dems by ballot - VT Digger

The reporter calls it a “red mirage,” but whatever you call it, it’s true that Trump voters generally disdained the absentee ballot and went to the polls in person in the time-honored way. The results however were the same as 2016 - 30%. Once again the president won towns in northern Franklin, Orleans and Essex counties, and a handful elsewhere - including three towns that helped Republican conservative House candidates upset liberal incumbents.

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Burlington eyes former Macy’s downtown as temporary high school - VT Digger

From the “Ignored News Stories of 2020 File”: the biggest high school in the state is shuttered because the State of Vermont’s air quality standards are a bit higher than the feds’. Now Burlington school officials are considering retrofitting a downtown department store as a temporary home for Burlington High School. Advanced Placement on Aisle 9!

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Who writes those corny ‘don’t text’ signs on the Interstate? You do - Colchester Sun

Cheryl Murray of Benson, Vermont submitted the winning message for the State of Vermont highway safety message.

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Dems/Progs lose supermajority in Vermont House - Seven Days

The official supermajority is gone, but Dems and Progs can still muster 100 votes if a few independents come their way. If anything the “independent caucus” just became a fulcrum of political power in the Legislature.

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Seven takeaways from VT 2020 election - Seven Days

Scott did well in every corner of the state. Zuckerman won a majority of the vote in just four towns and cities: Burlington, Brattleboro, Putney and Marlboro.

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Bundle of good news for VT GOP - VT Daily

When the Democrat for governor is even less popular with Vermont voters than Donald Trump, that’s a good election for the Vermont Republican Party. But that’s just the start of the long list of good news, as provided by party prez Deb Billado.

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GOP resurgent in NH, too - Valley News

Vermont and New Hampshire: “always neighbors, never close.” But this year our Cousin to the Right also A) rejected Donald Trump and B) sent more Republicans to the State House.

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“Count every vote” demonstrations in 10 cities, towns - VT Digger

Biden-leading advocacy groups have organized demonstrations across Vermont calling for every vote to be counted. Here in Vermont, not much of a problem - but elsewhere, fair elections are the talk of the nation.

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GOP senator takes staff position with Town of St. Albans - St. Albans Messenger

A Franklin County state senator who won re-election Tuesday was hired yesterday to work for the Town of St. Albans.

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