Elections

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senate

It’s less than a month until the first votes will be cast in the presidential primary campaign, with the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a staunch supporter of Hilary Clinton’s bid.  In September, she endorsed the former Senator and Secretary of State. Clinton won in New Hampshire in 2008, but Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is right next door and popular in the state.  Shaheen is one of the Clinton campaign’s most stalwart spokespeople. With the polls tightening in Iowa and New Hampshire, Senator Shaheen discussed the race with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Matt Dunne for Vermont/Facebook

In June, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced he would not run for reelection in 2016, providing a rare opening for the state’s top seat.   A number of people are considering running for the position and several have announced their campaigns.  In August, Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith made his formal announcement.  This week, a Democratic primary shaped up as former state senator Matt Dunne emailed supporters that he too was running.  Dunne, a Google executive, has unsuccessfully run for statewide office twice before, including the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary.  He explains to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he’s running again.

Fourteen months before the election, candidates have begun to announce their plans to run for Vermont governor.  This week two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Vermont U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to meet with supporters across the country tonight through a video link. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, boosters expect big crowds across our region.

Pat Bradley

Financial disclosures show that Bernie Sanders is at the low end of earners among candidates for president in 2016.

Brandon Riker
Riker for Vermont

Despite being new on Vermont’s political scene, 28-year-old Democrat Brandon Riker has already raised more than $100,000 for his campaign for lieutenant governor.  He began thinking about running for office in January when the Shumlin administration pulled back its universal health proposal and committed to the race in May.  Riker tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he decided to run for lieutenant governor because it’s an office with great potential.

Matt Dunne for Vermont/Facebook

Campaign finance reports filed Wednesday at Vermont’s Secretary of State’s office show two candidates aggressively fundraising in advance of the 2016 statewide elections — a campaign cycle that has started early with Governor Peter Shumlin declining to seek a fourth term.  One is Democrat Matt Dunne.  A former member of the Vermont House and Senate and a 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, he has raised more than $100,000.  While Dunne has yet to formally announce,  he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is gauging public support for a gubernatorial campaign.

Campaign finance reports were due at the Vermont Secretary of State’s office Wednesday. While many candidates have yet to gear up for the 2016 campaign — which features a rare open gubernatorial seat — there a few are aggressively fundraising for the state’s top offices.

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Vermonters participated in an annual tradition Tuesday, discussing and voting on community issues on Town Meeting Day. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reviews some of the key results.

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It is Town Meeting Day in Vermont — when voters in communities across the state discuss and decide issues, budgets and pick community leaders.

Loyal Ploof

On Town Meeting Day Tuesday, Burlington voters will choose a new council and mayor in a newly redistricted city. Four people are running to lead Vermont’s Queen City. In the last segment of our series with the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with Libertarian candidate Loyal Ploof.

Greg Guma

On Town Meeting Day Tuesday, Burlington voters will choose a new council and mayor in a newly redistricted city. Four candidates are running to lead Vermont’s Queen City. In the next segment in our series with the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with Independent candidate Greg Guma.

Steve Goodkind for Mayor

On Town Meeting Day Tuesday, Burlington voters will choose a new council and mayor in a redistricted city. There are four candidates running for mayor in Vermont’s Queen City. In the next segment in our series with the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with the Progressive-endorsed hopeful Steve Goodkind.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

On Town Meeting Day next Tuesday, Burlington voters will choose a new council and mayor in a redistricted city. There are four candidates running for mayor in Vermont’s Queen City. Today, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley speaks with incumbent Democrat Miro Weinberger, who is seeking his second term to run Vermont’s largest city.

milneforvermont.org/Shumlin for Governor

Vermont Republican legislative leaders say their party members can vote their consciences in the upcoming balloting to choose the next governor.

Thursday was the deadline for candidates desiring to be on Vermont’s August primary ballot to file their nominating petitions. The deadline is particularly important because a candidate must be on the primary ballot in order to appear on the general election ballot in November.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

In early February, 11 of the 12 Republican county chairs in New York’s 21st House district announced their endorsement of Elise Stefanik in the race to replace the retiring Bill Owens. Stefanik was the first candidate to announce her intent to challenge the incumbent Democrat, joining the race in August before he announced his retirement. Now, Stefanik faces a Republican primary challenge from Matt Doheny, who lost two close elections to Owens.   Today, in our continuing series looking at the candidates for the sprawling district seat, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Elise Stefanik.

Green Party of the U.S.

As the primary nears in New York’s 21st Congressional district race, the number of candidates is tightening. Two Republicans have dropped out, leaving two-time candidate Matt Doheny challenging former White House aide Elise Stefanik, who has party backing.
In the Democratic race, Stephen Burke is challenging endorsed candidate Aaron Woolf. And there may be a primary among the Green Party candidates. Matt Funicello is facing off against St. Lawrence County farmer and environmental advocate Donald Hassig.  In our continuing series, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Hassig about his campaign.

Matt Funicello for Congress

The decision of New York Democratic Congressman Bill Owens to retire from his 21st district seat has piqued interest from a number of candidates. There are primary races in the Republican, Democratic and the Green parties. In our continuing series meeting the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Green Party candidate Matt Funicello.

Matt Funicello for Congress

The decision of New York Democratic Congressman Bill Owens to retire from his 21st district seat has piqued interest from a number of candidates. There are primary races in the Republican, Democratic and the Green parties. In our continuing series meeting the candidates, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Green Party candidate Matt Funicello.

GOP-Democratic logos: DonkeyHotey/Flickr, 21st District Map: U.S. House

Long considered a Republican stronghold, in 2009, the dynamics of New York’s northernmost Congressional district shifted. In today’s installment of WAMC’s special series The Vote, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley assesses the win by Democrat Bill Owens and the political winds affecting one of the largest districts in the East.

Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Vermont Secretary of State's office. They indicate that incumbents spent far less than challengers and that Political Action Committees were not very successful in getting their candidates elected in the state.

New campaign finance reports show that Vermont Republican gubernatorial challenger Randy Brock spent more than $806,000 in his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

In campaign finance reports filed Thursday, Brock said he spent $806,647, which included a $300,000 loan he made to his campaign.

Shumlin's finance report says he spent $320,761 and he still has $932,975 on hand.

Thursday was a deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's office.

Vermont's Liberty Union Party has again joined the ranks of the state's major political parties.

To be recognized as a major party in Vermont, a statewide political candidate must receive at least 5 percent of the votes in a statewide election.

On Tuesday, Liberty Union candidate Mary Alice Herbert won 13 percent in her race against Democratic Secretary of State Jim Condos. The party lost its major party status in 2008.

In 2014 Vermont will have four major parties: Democrat, Republican, Progressive and Liberty Union.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren met with Governor Deval Patrick Thursday as she prepares for her new job in Washington.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill report.

After a closed door meeting that lasted for nearly an hour, senator-elect Warren told reporters she was grateful for what she called the “ good counsel” of the governor.

Brad Hays, Professor of Political Science at Union College, spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about the president’s successful strategy in his re-election campaign and the outlook over the next four years.

Amedore/Tkaczyk Race Goes to the Courts

Nov 8, 2012

In a race that could end up deciding which party controls the New York State Senate, the final vote count may not be in for two or more weeks. 

The new 46th senate district is nearly deadlocked with Republican Assemblyman George Amedore trailing Democratic School Board member Cecilia Tkaczyk by 139 votes with 7500 absentee and affidavit ballots due to be counted in the coming weeks.

  Dutchess County Republican Chairman Michael McCormick says State Senator Stephen Saland isn’t out of the running just yet even though he lost on Election Day.

Democrat Terry Gipson was the top vote getter in a three way race, but McCormick said on Wednesday that Saland could still win when absentee ballots are counted.

“He’s down about 1,400 votes or so, plus or minus, and there are about 8,000 absentee ballots out there, so that’s considerable and I’m just hopeful that they break the right way for Steve Saland,” McCormick said.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is insisting he will serve out his current term and not leave to take a job in the Obama administration.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

Governor Patrick, who served as a campaign surrogate for his friend the president, was asked Tuesday night what role he might play in the second Obama term.

Patrick said Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is a great senator and would make a terrific secretary of state. But Patrick said it is  wild speculation that Obama will appoint Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton. 

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Democrats saw a near sweep of election wins in Vermont on Tuesday.

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