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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

In Vermont’s gubernatorial election, no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote. The state Constitution requires in such cases that the Legislature then choose a winner when it convenes in January. While at the Statehouse in Montpelier, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the key players as the legislative vote looms.

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The co-chair of the Vermont Legislature's special Committee on Child Protection says the group is going to propose a number of new laws that members hope will close gaps in the child  welfare system identified in the aftermath of the deaths of two toddlers.

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Vermont Republican leaders say they're eager to work with Democrats to solve the challenges facing the state. for Governor

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

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Democrats in the Vermont House have lost their working veto-proof majority, but Democrats still have two-thirds plus one in the Senate.

Vermont’s governor has signed a number of bills into law over the past week and a half, including measures on energy efficiency, the minimum wage and tasers.

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Participants in Vermont's Reach Up welfare-to-work program will be seeing longer-lasting child care subsidies and an increase in the amount of income the program will disregard when calculating benefits.

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned over the weekend after passing budget and tax bills and legalizing some first in the nation measures.