Town Meeting Day

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On Town Meeting Day in March, Burlington voters passed a resolution that asked city officials to request the cancelation of the basing of F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.   Although the mayor refused to sign it, the city council approved forwarding the resolution to the Secretary of the Air Force.  In the following weeks,  two other city councils passed similar resolutions.  On Tuesday, members of the business community were at the airport to warn of what they believe are the negative implications of losing the fighter jets.

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Republican Governor Phil Scott's administration says school budgets need to be reduced more in order to avoid property tax hikes.

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On Town Meeting Day in Vermont, Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was re-elected to a third term.  During his victory speech Tuesday evening, he told supporters it had been a hard-fought campaign — one in which he learned from his two challengers.  The mayor spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the results and his plans for the city over the next three years.

A number of local officials were elected and ballot questions decided across Vermont on Tuesday. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at some of the results.

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Democratic Burlington, Vt. Mayor Miro Weinberger won re-election to a third, three-year term on Tuesday. He beat Carina Driscoll and fellow independent candidate Infinite Culcleasure.

How sustainable is the idea of a community-wide gathering to discuss and decide town issues?  It’s something Vermont is grappling with as residents across the state participate in today’s Town Meeting Day tradition.

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One of the most traditional forms of democratic government is occurring in Vermont today.  It is Town Meeting Day and voters are choosing local officials, determining budgets and policies and weighing in on resolutions.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (file photo)
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The campaign is into its final days for the three candidates vying to become mayor of Vermont’s largest city, including incumbent Miro Weinberger.  In the last of our candidate profiles, the Democrat speaks was at the Burlington waterfront. Weinberger says there are a number of reasons he’s running for a third three-year term.

On Town Meeting Day some Vermont towns will vote on resolutions that address climate change.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
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Just over two weeks before voters in Burlington, Vermont go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, the three candidates for mayor faced off in another forum Thursday evening.

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At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated a citizen resolution for the Town Meeting Day ballot that would ask residents if the F-35 fighter jets should be based in Vermont’s largest city.  Their primary concern is the resolution’s wording.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
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The three candidates running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont came together at a forum at City Hall Monday evening.

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Burlington, Vermont residents will cast votes on whether F-35 fighter jets should be based at Burlington International Airport.

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During the Burlington City Council’s meeting this week, leaders passed a resolution to place a question on the Town Meeting Day ballot asking voters if the legal age to purchase tobacco products should be raised.

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The Vermont Progressive Party in Burlington is endorsing the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for mayor.

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Over the past week,  two candidates have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger in the election on Town Meeting Day in March.  On Monday, former city councilor and state legislator Carina Driscoll announced she will run as an Independent.  The lifelong Burlington resident, who is the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders, hopes to run a grassroots campaign that brings people together to build a new vision for the city.

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Local elections in Vermont are held on Town Meeting Day in March.  In the past few days, two individuals have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.  The first to announce is community activist Infinite Culcleasure.  He says will run as an Independent and seek support of the Progressive Party.

Huntington Town Meeting 2006
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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.

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.

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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.

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Residents approved five school district consolidation plans around Vermont during Tuesday's Town Meeting Day voting.

Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is quickly approaching. It’s next Tuesday.  The day that personifies democracy in action coincides with the national Super Tuesday primaries this year.  Vermonters are expected to have a heightened interest this year as some schools look at merging and a native son appears on the presidential primary ballot.

Vermont officials are urging state residents to cast their ballots next week when the state’s Town Meeting Day coincides with the presidential primary.  But to do that, Vermonters must have registered by today. The presence of a hometown Senator on the ballot could boost turnout.

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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.

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The Burlington city races are gearing up now that the Democrats and Progressives have chosen their slate of candidates for March’s election. A key race is for mayor, with the incumbent facing a former city employee.

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The gun control measures passed by Burlington voters on Town Meeting Day must also be approved by legislators in Montpelier. But it appears unlikely lawmakers will take up the measures before the end of this session.

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Vermonters in at least 34 communities are opposing school budgets this year, according to a new tally.

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Vermonters went to their town halls yesterday to discuss and vote on town issues and budgets.

Voters in the towns of Cornwall and Shoreham are saying "no" to a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through their communities.

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