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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.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch announced Friday that he will run for re-election, rather than seek the state’s open governor’s seat in 2016.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, who narrowly survived his reelection bid last November, announced Monday at the Statehouse that he will  not seek re-election to a fourth two-year-term. As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the state’s political class is now feverishly looking ahead to an open race in 2016.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is scheduled to deliver his budget address Thursday afternoon. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley takes a look at what’s expected.

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Legislators were busy at the Statehouse in Montpelier Thursday.  A joint session of the House and Senate formally elected the governor in the morning and in the afternoon met again to hear the inaugural address.

Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont, says he'd have an administration up and running quickly if he's elected by the Legislature this week.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he'd like to see an amendment to the state Constitution under which a statewide candidate who wins a plurality over 40 percent is deemed elected. for Governor

Governor Peter Shumlin says he will not be campaigning in the days leading up to the special January 8th  vote in which the Legislature picks Vermont's next governor. for Governor

Depending on who you ask, the Vermont gubernatorial campaign was either decided in November or is still up for grabs. Because no one received 50 percent of the vote, the state Constitution requires the Legislature to choose the winner when it convenes in January. A new ad campaign is starting today that hopes to convince legislators to elect Republican Scott Milne over incumbent Peter Shumlin, even though Shumlin got more of the popular vote. for Governor

The second-place finisher in Vermont’s gubernatorial race says he will ask the legislature to elect him governor instead of the incumbent who received more votes.