VERMONT PRESS ASSOCIATION HOLDS LIVE DEBATES

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Sue Minter, left and Phil Scott, right, participate in the Vermont Press Association debate at Saint Michael’s College. Photograph by Gregory J. Lamoureux

The Vermont Press Association is holding a debate at St. Michael’s College with the candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Continue reading “VERMONT PRESS ASSOCIATION HOLDS LIVE DEBATES”

ST. ALBANS POLICE SEARCH FOR ASSAILANT

Just before 2 am this morning, a St. Albans Police Officer was patrolling the city when he came upon an assault victim lying in the road in front of BFA St. Albans, according to Police Chief Gary Taylor.

The man was unconscious from his injuries, but later regained consciousness as the officer tended to his injuries.

Few details were made public this morning, but police did say that the man “sustained significant head trauma and lacerations to the right side of his head.” Continue reading “ST. ALBANS POLICE SEARCH FOR ASSAILANT”

SANDERS TO PROMOTE CANDIDATES IN ST. ALBANS ON SUNDAY

One of Vermont’s two U.S. Senators, Bernie Sanders, will be in St. Albans on Sunday stumping for the Democrats and Progressives.

It’s all part of a six-town rally to get out the Democratic vote. Sanders will hold rallies Friday in Montpelier; Saturday in Vergennes, Bennington and Rutland; and Sunday in Burlington and St. Albans City. Minter will attend all six events, and state Sen. David Zuckerman, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, will attend five of the rallies.

The rallies are said to revolve largely around Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter, but will also include Progressive David Zuckerman.

This comes as Minter finds herself in a tight battle with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R). A Castleton Polling Institute survey released over the weekend showed Scott leading Minter by a statistically insignificant margin.

Scott, who has served three terms as lieutenant governor, is winning a surprising 24 percent of Democratic voters, the poll showed. Minter, who won a competitive Democratic primary earlier this year, is only getting 5 percent support among Republican and leans-Republican voters. Twenty-two percent of Democrats remain undecided in the race.

Despite Vermont’s liberal nature, the state has a long history of electing Republican governors. The last Republican governor in Vermont, Jim Douglas, won four elections until he retired in 2011. Republicans controlled the governor’s mansion continuously from 1854 to 1963.

ENOSBURGH FARMER SOLD OUT OF STATE MEAT AS “VERMONT GROWN”

According to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, buyers of meat from Gregory Finch’s Vermont’s Family Farm in Enosburgh thought they were buying anti-biotic free Vermont pork, and consumers paid a premium price for it. But Finch cannot prove his pigs were born and raised in Vermont or were anti-biotic free for their entire lives – and the Attorney General’s evidence indicates otherwise. So Finch, who is no longer farming or living in Vermont, and the Attorney General have settled for a civil penalty of over $140,000. “Vermonters are willing to pay extra for meat raised in Vermont. We won’t let their money pad the pockets of those making fake claims,” said Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Continue reading “ENOSBURGH FARMER SOLD OUT OF STATE MEAT AS “VERMONT GROWN””