Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

Ways to Connect

401(K) 2013/Creative Commons

Officials from the AARP recently discussed their concerns about the GOP health care overhaul proposal known as the American Health Care Act.  The group opposes the legislation and calls some of its provisions an age tax.

Boreas Ponds interim access map
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing classification options for the recently obtained Boreas Ponds tract in the central Adirondacks.  Many expected the agency’s board to consider final classification during its March meeting and then make a final decision in April. But the board did not discuss the Boreas Ponds classification, spurring further debate over use of the lands near the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.

New Hampshire welcome sign
Hollis1138/Public Domain/Wikimedia

The snow storm predicted for the Northeast has caused some confusion about the scheduling of town elections in New Hampshire.

Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says his administration is planning to accelerate the release of documents related to a visa program connected to a massive fraud case against the owner and former president of the Jay Peak ski resort.

unemployment application

The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of 1 percent in January to 3.1 percent.

Vermont has been tapped to join a national criminal justice reform effort.

Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources Julie Moore
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources oversees three departments: Fish and Wildlife; Forests, Parks and Recreation; and Environmental Conservation.  In December, then Governor-elect Phil Scott announced Julie Moore would be appointed secretary of the agency.  She is the former Director of the Clean and Clear program in Governor Jim Douglas’ administration and chair of the Vermont Community Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain.  Secretary Julie Moore explains why one of her first actions was to undertake her recently completed statewide listening tour.

Police are investigating the death of a Bennington man who was pulled out of a river.

A team of firefighters has come to the aid of a dog that was struggling to keep his head above water in an icy Vermont river.

401(K) 2013/Creative Commons

Vermont's top health care official says the Republican-led plan to repeal the Obama-era health care system could drive up the cost of health insurance for many Vermonters.

scam caution signs
Pixabay/Public Domain

Vermont State Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Thursday warned residents of a tax collection scam involving fake Internal Revenue Service callers.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington City Council recently approved a nearly $158,000 contract to purchase 110 body cameras for the Burlington City Police Department.  Deputy Chief of Police Jannine Wright says that although some officers have body cams, the new contract will outfit every officer and replace aging technology.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan
T.J. Donovan/Facebook

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has issued a new pamphlet for municipalities across the state.  Produced by his office and the state’s Immigration Task Force, the “Guidance to Vermont Cities and Towns Regarding Immigration Enforcement” provides information regarding localities’ “ability to prohibit and restrict certain actions with respect to working with the federal government on enforcing federal immigration law.”  Donovan explains why he felt it was important to provide the information to Vermont’s municipalities.

Vermont Supreme Court

The Vermont supreme court reviewed several cases as it gathered Wednesday in a Vermont Law School lecture hall packed with observers.

Main Street, Montpelier
John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons

The city of Montpelier, Vermont, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a master plan for public art and commission the city's first major public art work to be installed at a redevelopment project.

Huntington Town Meeting 2006

Vermonters come together on Town Meeting Day to elect local officials and decide school budgets.  It’s also a time when residents discuss a number of binding and non-binding questions.  We look at some of the items that came up during Tuesday’s meetings across the state.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
Sfoskett/Wikimedia Commons

Voters in Rutland, Vermont have ousted their long-time mayor. In the four-way race on Town Meeting Day, city councilor David Allaire defeated five-term incumbent Christopher Louras.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Vermont's attorney general is asking to intervene in the state Public Service Board's review of the sale of the closed Vermont Yankee power plant, saying significant environmental and financial issues are at stake.

Joseph Smith
Public Domain/Flickr

Voters in two small Vermont towns have opposed a massive development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith.

Picture of Heroin
Adobe Stock

A new report by Vermont's Health Department shows that drug overdoses from both heroin and prescription drugs spiked in the state last year.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Vermont has joined more than 30 other states in a national lawsuit that alleges a group of pharmaceutical companies conspired to fix the prices of generic drugs.

John McClaughry is an old hand in Vermont political circles.  The founder of the conservative think tank The Ethan Allen Institute, he served in both the Vermont House and Senate. He worked in Washington in the 1960’s for the late U.S. Senator Winston Prouty and served as a policy advisor in the Reagan White House in the 1980’s.  For 51 years, John McClaughry has also moderated the Town Meeting Day gathering in Kirby, Vermont.  He says one of the nation’s founders is an inspiration behind Vermont’s annual tradition, which is wrapping up this evening.

Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Today is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, the original and traditional town hall that brings residents of communities across the state together to discuss issues, choose local leaders and decide school budgets.  Former Republican Governor Jim Douglas has moderated the meeting in Middlebury for 31 years, including the years he served as governor.  Now an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College, he explains that the tradition goes back to when the first town in the state was chartered.

Guidance Pamphlet cover
Vermont Attorney General's office

Vermont's new attorney general has provided guidance to towns to help them navigate legal issues created by President Donald Trump's immigration orders.

Middlebury College
Mark Goebel/Flickr

An author who was targeted by Middlebury College protesters thinks students who shouted down his talk last week should be sanctioned.

New Hampshire Statehouse
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

New Hampshire's Republican House leadership is looking to stall legislation that adds protections for transgender people over fears that it would let men use women's bathrooms.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

Rutland voters will go to the polls tomorrow on Town Meeting Day to elect a mayor.  Three challengers are running against incumbent Christopher Louras.  We take a look at the candidates and some of the issues.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has gathered many of the state's most powerful environmental leaders to rail against reports of deep cuts across the federal budget, especially to the Environmental Protection Agency.


A Vermont center dedicated to LGBT issues says the owner of a new Winooski gay bar that's expected to open soon should change its name.

Congressman Peter Welch meets with immigrant and refugee community
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable discussion in Winooski this morning with refugees and immigrants who have settled in the Burlington area.  The Democrat wanted to learn about their challenges during the resettlement process and what contributions they feel they are making to their new home.  The roundtable comes at a time of national debate over immigration policy.