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Newport Mayor Paul Monette on Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

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Below is a statement from Newport Mayor Paul Monette regarding the city council’s decision to ban a marijuana dispensary in Newport. Please keep in mind that this is taken from his response through Facebook, which he has agreed to be posted at Newport Dispatch. It is not a prepared statement on the issue, just a…

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Bernie Sanders Statement on UN Climate Change Warning

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said today that the latest report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is another jolting wake-up call for nations around the world. The report by the U.N. panel said the effects of global warming already are occurring on every continent and across the world’s oceans. The scientists warned that…

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Senator Leahy’s Statement on CIA Interference with Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Investigation

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I commend Chairman Feinstein for speaking so forcefully in defense of the indispensable role that Congress plays under our Constitution in overseeing the executive branch, and in particular the intelligence community. Chairman Feinstein described a troubling pattern of interference and intimidation by the CIA that raises serious questions about possible violations of the Constitution and…

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Kevin Paquet Movie Review: The Lego Movie

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“The Lego Movie” is rated PG, and is now showing at Waterfront Cinemas in Newport. by Kevin Paquet When children’s entertainment fails, it’s usually because the people telling the story started with a tale for adults and then stripped away the objectionable bits until only the most inoffensive and disjointed components remain. A good work…

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Sec. Chuck Ross on Farm Bill and How Vermont is Impacted

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After a long and difficult deliberation, the Senate has passed a Farm Bill, which will arrive on the President’s desk, for his signature, at the end of the week. Although some compromises were made, overall, this is a win for agriculture both in Vermont, and on a national level. Locally, our dairy farmers will benefit…

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Senator Sanders Statement on Farm Bill

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders issued the following statement yesterday after the Senate voted 68-32 to pass and send to President Barack Obama a new five-year farm bill: “This was a difficult vote on a bill which has some positive provisions but also some very negative ones. “This bill will bring greater stability to Vermont dairy…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Statement on State of the Union

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement yesterday after President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress: “I welcome President Obama’s focus on reducing inequality and helping working families in America. The American economy is not sustainable when so few have so much…

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Support the Child Care Workers Bid to Unionize by Pam Ladds

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Written by Pam Ladds Thirty years ago I watched a friend, a working mother, pay the kid who cut her hedge more than she paid the woman who took care of her 2 children. This woman, a registered child care provider working in her own home, spent at least 8 hours a day in the…

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Gov. Shumlin Bags a Buck Over the Weekend, and Twitter Goes Wild

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Saturday marked the start of rifle deer hunting season in Vermont, and Governor Peter Shumlin’s weekend hunting played out across Twitter like a soap opera. Last year, WCAX tweeted that WCAX reporter Susie Steimle followed Shumlin into the woods to find out more about Vermont’s 81st governor. “In the end, we saw no deer or…

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