Shap Smith

David Zuckerman
Vermont Legislature

The candidates and political parties held unity events Wednesday following the Vermont primary this week.  In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, the Democratic primary was won by a state senator from a third party.

Shap Smith
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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith entered the race for governor last August.  But the Democrat withdrew in November after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Yesterday, Smith announced he will seek the Lieutenant Governor’s seat instead.

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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is expressing doubt about whether marijuana legalization will pass this year. Smith tells The Associated Press there are several ways the measure could die. 

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Photos obtained from a whistleblower and published in a Vermont newspaper have renewed calls for stricter oversight of Entergy and its management of the fund dedicated to decommissioning the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor.

Photo of Shap Smith at August gubernatorial campaign announcement
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Speaker of the Vermont House Shap Smith announced in August that he would run for governor.  Three months later, the seven-term state representative stood on the steps of the Statehouse yesterday to tell Vermonters he was withdrawing from the race. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the high-profile Democrat’s exit has shaken up the race for the open seat.

Photo of Shap Smith at August gubernatorial campaign announcement
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith, who announced he would run for Governor in August,  announced Tuesday he is dropping out of the race.

House Speaker Shap Smith
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith has announced he's dropping out of the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination for governor because his wife is being treated for breast cancer.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

What will be a long and unusual campaign for governor of Vermont officially got under way today. Putting to rest weeks of rumors, state House Speaker Shap Smith announced this morning that he is a candidate for the state’s open governor’s seat in 2016.

Pat Bradley

Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith jumped into the gubernatorial race today. Here is his speech as delivered.

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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is expected to announce next week that he's a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Vermont Legislature

The Vermont legislative session began a new biennium Wednesday as new House and Senate are sworn in.  Democrat Shap Smith was re-elected Speaker of the House.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Smith as he prepared for the upcoming session.

Vermont Legislature To Focus On Money And Drugs

Jan 6, 2014

The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to convene for the 2014 session.

The leaders of the House and Senate say the session that is starting Tuesday will focus on erasing a projected $70 million state budget shortfall and grappling with the growing abuse of opium-based drugs that is wrecking lives and driving crime.

Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say committees will begin work Tuesday.

Smith and Campbell say lawmakers will need to work hard to erase the projected budget deficit without raising taxes.

Vt. Lawmakers To Hear About Plant Closing's Impact

Oct 21, 2013

Two Vermont House committees are planning a special trip to the state's southeast corner to hear about the impact of the impending closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

On Oct. 28, the lawmakers travel to Vernon Elementary School to hear from business and other local leaders from 1:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon and from the general public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.