A first: Vermont GOP governor backs Trump impeachment probe
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's governor became the first Republican chief executive to support an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump but cautioned that he wants to know more...
Ex-education secretary running for governor as a Democrat
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's former Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe announced Tuesday that she's running for governor.
Holcombe is seeking the Democratic nomination, raising the...
Proponents say veto of gun waiting bill will cost lives
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Proponents of a Vermont bill that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns say the veto by the Republican governor was a political move that will cost the...
Vermont Dems call GOP gov.’s family leave plan ill-conceived
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Democratic Party is calling a voluntary family leave plan by Republican Gov. Phil Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu "inadequate" and "ill-conceived."
In a statement released Thursday, Vermont Democratic Party Chair Terje Anderson accused Scott of "engaging in photo-op politics" with Sununu, also a Republican.
GOP governors of Vermont and New Hampshire to meet
LITTLETON, N.H. (AP) — The Republican governors of Vermont and New Hampshire are going to be holding a rare joint appearance in the North Country town of Littleton.
The offices of Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu say they will make an announcement about a bistate initiative on Wednesday that will be focused on "maintaining the high quality of life in the Granite and Green Mountain States."
The governors' offices have not publicly said what the announcement will be.
Vermont Legislature welcoming largest new class in decades
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lawmakers are back in Montpelier for the start of the 2019 session of the Vermont Legislature.
The Statehouse is welcoming its largest freshman class in more than half a century with overwhelming Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate.
There are 43 Republican members in the 150-member House of Representatives and six Republicans in the 30-member state Senate. They are all being sworn in on Wednesday.
Governor appointee to assess, help struggling hospital
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott has appointed a former hospital executive to evaluate, monitor and help Springfield Hospital as it deals with financial troubles, that the governor calls "a very serious situation."
Scott said in a statement Wednesday that Tom Huebner, the former chief executive officer of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, will work with Springfield officials as they determine what went wrong and how to fix it.
Transgender gubernatorial nominee reflects on campaign
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The country's first major-party transgender candidate for governor said Thursday she doesn't know what she will do next now that she's lost the election in Vermont — but Christine Hallquist is keeping all of her options open.
Hallquist, a former utility executive who was a relative unknown at the start her Democratic campaign, won 40 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election against Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who took 55 percent.
Democrats, allies appear to gain veto-proof majority
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democrats and their allies in the Vermont Legislature made gains in Tuesday's elections, and are claiming a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate that could make it easier for them to pass liberal legislation that has been vetoed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
Vermont’s statewide elected officials all win easily
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Progressive Party lieutenant governor is headed for a second term.
In Tuesday's voting, one-term Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman easily defeated Republican Don Turner by almost 20 percentage points.
Other statewide office holders to win re-election were all Democrats: Treasurer Beth Pearce, Secretary of State Jim Condos, Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer, and Attorney General T.J. Donovan.
Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott heads to second term
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott is headed for a second term as the state's top executive after fending off a challenge Tuesday from a former utility executive who had become the first transgender major party gubernatorial nominee in history.
Scott defeated Democrat Christine Hallquist, who had campaigned with a Bernie Sanders-esque promise of a $15 per hour minimum wage, universal health care and paid family leave.
Vermont governor Phil Scott defeats Democratic challenger
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Phil Scott was elected to his second term as Vermont's governor Tuesday by relying on his promises to keep the state affordable and outpacing the Democratic former utility executive who was first transgender major party gubernatorial nominee in history.
The Latest: Vermont’s GOP governor fends off Democrat
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Election Day in Vermont (all times local):
Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott is headed for a second term as the state's top executive after fending off a challenge from a former utility executive whose had become the first transgender major party gubernatorial nominee in history.
Vermont voters to elect statewide officials, Legislature
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont voters will be electing Tuesday a governor, U.S. senator, U.S House member and all 180 members of the Vermont Legislature.
As of mid-week there were almost 483,000 people registered to vote in the off-year election, which is higher than the 2016 figure for the same day.
Vermont governor’s race heating up as it heads into October
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Heading into October, the Vermont governor's race, which pits a former utility executive making her first bid for elected office against a popular Republican incumbent in a liberal state, is starting to heat up as both sides begin airing ads and holding debates and other events.
The race between Democrat Christine Hallquist and Republican Gov. Phil Scott has been largely quiet since the August primary; the two candidates have so far only met once.
Vermont Republican governor urges FBI investigation
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott says if the U.S. Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations "it will cast a dark cloud over the Senate, the Court, and our nation."
Scott is among a handful of Republican governors facing re-election who called on the Senate Thursday to delay a confirmation vote.
Scott urged the Senate to require an FBI investigation into the accusations.
Independents candidates feel frustrated, seek more exposure
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The independent candidates for Vermont governor say they are frustrated and feel that voters are forgetting they exist.
Vermont’s 2 main gubernatorial candidates debate at fair
TUNBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's two main gubernatorial candidates went head to head in their first debate of the general election season Friday, with each making their pitches about why they were in the best position to help the state move forward.
With a background from the Tunbridge World's Fair of squawking geese and bleating lambs, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said his vision remains making Vermont more affordable for the people who live here.
Gubernatorial candidates report war chests ahead of November
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates are reporting their war chests ahead of the November election.
Republican governor Phil Scott reported Friday he has raised about $357,000 through August, while Democratic nominee Christine Hallquist has raised $243,000.
Scott, meanwhile, reported spent roughly $304,000. Hallquist reports having spent $214,000.
Vermont’s transgender candidate getting death threats
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's transgender gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday she's been getting a steady stream of death threats and other personal attacks since her candidacy began to draw attention from across the country and the world.
Scott outspent Hallquist leading up to their primary wins
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott spent more than Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist, the nation's first transgender political candidate to win a major-party gubernatorial nomination, leading up to their primary wins this week, campaign finance records show.
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The race between Democrat Christine Hallquist and incumbent Phil Scott, a Republican, should prove to be an interesting and historic matchup. Hallquist is the first transgender candidate to appear in a governor's race in U.S. history.
1st transgender candidate for governor focused on the issues
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Six months ago, Christine Hallquist was leading one of Vermont's rural electric cooperatives, her transgender status causing nary a ripple as she took part in policy debates about renewable energy and the reliability of the electric grid.
Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.
Vermont Governor Faces Transgender Opponent
The Latest: Scott thanks Republicans who stuck with him
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Vermont's primary election. (all times local):
Republican Gov. Phil Scott is thanking those Republicans who he says have stuck with him "through thick and thin" after winning his party's primary despite a backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported.
4 Dems seek Vermont gov nomination; GOP incumbent challenged
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The opportunity to challenge a sitting Republican governor in liberal Vermont would normally be a tempting opportunity for a Democratic politician. But, with no prominent Democrat in the primary to challenge Republican Gov. Phil Scott, the slate is made up of unconventional, mainly first-time candidates.
But before he can defend his post, Scott must defeat a Springfield businessman in his own primary contest against Springfield businessman Keith Stern.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott has signed a sister state agreement with the governor of a Japanese prefecture.
Scott welcomed Gov. Shinji Hirai of Tottori prefecture to Montpelier on Wednesday. The signing was celebrated with a ceremony where traditional Japanese musicians performed.
Scott said he hopes the agreement will facilitate future trade and tourism.
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott and members of his cabinet will be spending the day in Rutland County talking with residents, lawmakers, local partners and state employees as the governor launches a new initiative called Capitol for the Day.
Scott says the intention is to give Vermonters access to the administration leadership and to allow cabinet members a chance to visit businesses, schools, community organizations and municipal offices.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced on Thursday he is running for re-election, filing the necessary paperwork to appear on the August primary ballot where he will face a challenge from a Republican businessman.
"There is still so much to do to build on this progress," Scott said in a statement distributed by his campaign. "Growing the economy and making Vermont a stronger, more prosperous state will remain my top priorities."
Vermont Legislature reconvenes for special session
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers arrived back in Montpelier on Wednesday for a special legislative session to address a stalemate over the state budget and property tax bills.
Vermont GOP governor reconfirms veto plans; Dems stand firm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate appeared on Wednesday to be headed toward a contentious special session after the governor reconfirmed his plan to veto the budget bill and the property tax bill.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — One of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor of Vermont is kicking off his campaign with an event in Barre.
James Ehlers, of Winooski, the executive director of the environmental group Lake Champlain International, is launching his "people-first campaign" at the Old Labor Hall in Barre.
Gun control may keep stock-car-racing governor off track
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's stock-car-racing governor is questioning whether to race this season at a local speedway where many spectators are hunters after an outcry from gun owners over gun restriction legislation he signed.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott changed his stance on some gun restrictions after the arrest of an 18-year-old former Fair Haven Union High School student who had bought a shotgun and ammunition and was accused of plotting to shoot up his former school.
Vermont Gov. Scott, a Republican, to lead governor group
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is the new chair of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors.
Scott, a Republican, was unanimously selected to lead the panel that includes the governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
The non-partisan group encourages intergovernmental cooperation on issues affecting the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Northeast.
Governor, legislators announce steps to prevent gun violence
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic legislative leaders on Thursday announced steps to reduce gun violence, with the governor saying his stance on gun restrictions has changed since the arrest last week of a Vermont teen accused of plotting to shoot up his former high school.
Utility CEO wants to become nation’s first trans governor
JOHNSON, Vt. (AP) — The chief executive officer of a Vermont energy company wants to become the first transgender governor in American history.
WPTZ-TV reports Vermont Electric Cooperative CEO Christine Hallquist is formally entering the race for governor of her state. Vermonters are due to vote on a governor this year, with Republican Gov. Phil Scott as incumbent.
Vermont office to post public record requests, responses
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Public record requests to Vermont state government could become more accessible after Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that those requests to his office and the responses will be posted on the attorney general's website.
Other state agencies are considering similar moves.
Leahy, Scott recommend Essex police chief for US Marshal
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Republican Vermont Governor Phil Scott have recommended to President Trump the Essex police chief as the state's next U.S. Marshal.
The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for capturing fugitives and sex offenders, managing federal prisoners, and protecting federal courthouses. The service has offices in Burlington, Rutland and Brattleboro.
Vermont Republican governor rejects GOP’s health care bill
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov Phil Scott has joined a bipartisan group of governors urging U.S. Senate leaders not to take up the latest push to repeal the "Obamacare" health care law.
The plan sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would undo the central pillars of former President Barack Obama's affordable care act.
Maine gov to Canadians: Trump ‘truly believes’ in free trade
Maine's Republican governor reassured Canadian leaders Monday that President Donald Trump "truly believes" in having free trade and they shouldn't read too much into what they hear.
The Latest: Vermont governor open to primary seatbelt talks
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Vermont police working to reduce traffic fatalities.
While Vermont police are conducting extra patrols to promote highway safety, Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he's open to discussing whether Vermont should change its seatbelt law so police can stop drivers for not using seatbelts, known as primary enforcement.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont environmentalist who leads a group pushing for the cleanup of Lake Champlain says he's going to challenge Republican Gov. Phil Scott in next year's election as a Democrat.
James Ehlers filed his candidacy with the Vermont Secretary of State's office on Thursday. Ehlers is the first candidate to announce he's running for governor in 2018.
Vermont’s governor is also one of its top stock car racers
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott ducks into a trailer, trades his business suit for a racing jumpsuit, climbs into his modified Chevrolet and heads for Thunder Road.
When his security detail drives him into the pits at the banked, quarter-mile track, he is no longer Phil Scott, the chief executive of Vermont. He is Phil Scott, long one of the state's most popular stock car racers.
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Vermont lawmakers are due back in Montpelier this week for what's scheduled to be a two-day session to deal with vetoes issued by Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
The clock is ticking for Vermont Lawmakers and Governor Phil Scott, but there's still no agreement in Montpelier surrounding how to cut teachers' health care costs without cutting benefits.
Vermont governor: Marijuana legalization deal still possible
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he thinks it will be possible to reach an agreement with lawmakers on a proposal to make Vermont the ninth state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana ahead of next week's two-day session for the Legislature to act on bills the Republican governor has vetoed.
Scott said negotiations between his administration and legislative leaders are continuing and both sides are trying to resolve the differences.
WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) — An outdoor power tools company says it plans to close its Winooski facility and lay off 67 employees.
The layoffs announced this week are planned for the end of February. Country Home Products said it plans to close its Winooski assembly plant by year's end.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott says the state Department of Labor is working to assist impacted employees with finding new jobs and training.