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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Milne stands outside a polling place on primary election day Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014, in Barre, Vt. Milne is considered the establishment GOP candidate seeking the nomination to run in November against incumbent Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Republican Milne Wins Vt. Gubernatorial Primary

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montpelier — Republican businessman Scott Milne defeated two fellow GOP hopefuls and a Libertarian’s write-in bid Tuesday for the chance to face two-term Democratic incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin in November. Shumlin easily defeated H. Brooke Paige, of Washington, who also ran and lost to incumbent William Sorrell in the Democratic primary for attorney general. Milne defeated the two other declared …

Parties Exchange Fundraising Complaints

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Concord — In dueling complaints, both major political parties on Tuesday asked the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate what they call improper fundraising, spending or campaign finance reporting in the governor’s race. Democrats have said Republican hopeful Walt Havenstein spent $24,000 before he was legally allowed to, accepted $3,000 from political committees that aren’t registered in the state and didn’t properly report …

Vermont 10-Year Plan For Telecom Is Bold

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Montpelier — Telecommunications is an essential part of the lives of most people. If you own a telephone, use the Internet or subscribe to cable television, how does the state make sure those services are up-to-date, reliable and affordable in the future? That’s a question the Department of Public Service is posing in a series of public hearings this week. The department’s draft …

Sununu Touts Perry in N.H.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stratham, N.H. — Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s swing through a key early presidential voting state continued Saturday with a boost from a Republican with direct ties to the Oval Office. John H. Sununu, a former New Hampshire …

New Train Rails Being Installed in Western Vermont

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Montpelier — Work on installing new rails in the western Vermont rail corridor will begin soon as part of the long-term goal of restoring passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington. Quarter-mile-long sections of rail were delivered earlier this month to Burlington ahead of their installment on the …

Sen. Warren Disavows PAC Urging Run for President

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Boston — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday issued a “formal disavowal” of a new political organization urging her to run for president in 2016. In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, lawyers for the first-term Massachusetts …

Maine Bills Would Aid Oldest Population

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Augusta, Maine — Building more affordable housing for Maine seniors and boosting Medicaid reimbursements to home care workers were among several policy ideas rolled out by House Speaker Mark Eves last week. The proposals are designed as a way to tackle challenges facing the state with the country’s …

Obama Taking Less Vacation, But Still Too Much For Some

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chilmark, Mass. — President Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing …

As a Leader, Havenstein’s Focus Is Teamwork

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Alton, N.H. — Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting …

Local & Regional Briefs: Saturday, Aug. 23

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Woodstock, Chelsea Courthouses Celebrate Improvements Woodstock — Two Upper Valley courthouses are celebrating improvements to their facilities. Following an eight-month, $2.2 million renovation, the Windsor County Courthouse in Woodstock will resume all court operations on Sept. 2, according to a news release. The day begins with a ribbon …

In Portsmouth, Perry Doesn’t Commit to Run

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Portsmouth, n.h. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if …

Vermont Plans New Regulation for Painkillers

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Montpelier — Two years ago, lawmakers asked the Vermont Department of Health to come up with rules to prevent the abuse of narcotic painkillers. Now, health officials want to impose new regulations on doctors prescribing the drugs. Health department officials say they don’t want to tie doctors’ hands …

Vermont’s ‘Faithful Servant’

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rutland — As the children of former U.S. Sen. James Jeffords listened to speaker after speaker laud their father at his funeral Friday, they knew a few things were left unsaid. “My dad enjoyed a lot of simple …