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Senator Patrick Leahy: USDA Secretary Vilsack - Lake Champlain Water Quality Initiatives 08/28/2014

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visits Vermont to announce significant funding related to improving water quality through conservation-related practices on Vermont farms.

 

Leahy is the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and one of the architects of the recently enacted Farm Bill, which includes a variety of land conservation and water quality initiatives. Vilsack on Thursday will join Leahy and other Vermont leaders at ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain on the waterfront in Burlington, for the announcement at 9 a.m.

 

Immediately following the announcement Vilsack hosts a national press availability by conference call from the Leahy Center to announce the rollout of the dairy margin insurance program that was created in the 2014 Farm Bill. That initiative was also led by Leahy in the Agriculture Committee’s work on the Farm Bill, in efforts joined by Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch.

Senator Patrick Leahy: Groundbreaking for Waterfront North Improvements 08/05/2014

Senator Leahy, Mayor Weinberger and other officials took part in breaking ground for improvements to the area known as Waterfront North.  Senator Leahy obtained $2.7 million for changes to the infrastructure on the Burlington Waterfront.  Groundbreaking was held near the site for the new skate park, just north of the Moran building and the sailing center’s outdoor boat storage.

F-35 Update 07/29/2014

Rosanne Greco, Jimmy Leas and Attorney Jim Dumont share the status of local opposition to siting the F-35 aircraft at the Burlington International Airport.

Senator Patrick Leahy: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act 07/28/2014

Senator Leahy discusses the benefits consumers will soon see under his legislation, The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which cleared Congress Friday and within days will reach the President’s desk. Leahy’s bill allows consumers to “unlock” their used cell phones to connect to their preferred wireless networks, and makes it easier for organizations such as WHBW to expand programs to help domestic violence victims -- for instance by providing them with used cell phones on which they can summon 9-1-1 emergency help. Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling also in attendance.

NOTE: Leahy at this news conference offers his first scheduled general comments on his breakthrough in negotiations over his USA FREEDOM Act, to end NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ electronic communications.
 

Waldo Jaquith on Government Transparency 07/21/2014

Meet the man dubbed a "Champion of Change" by President Obama and an "OpenGov Champion" by the Sunlight Foundation,Waldo Jaquith. He is a leading expert on Open Data, the practice of publishing government data as a means of creating a more accountable and transparent government.

Campaign for Vermont hosts the first event in our "For Vermont" series. Assembling experts on issues important to Vermonters, the For Vermont series brings together thought-leaders and change makers in a casual, informative evening.

 

On the Waterfront: The Wake Up To Dying Project 07/16/2014

Host Melinda Moulton speaks with Erica Heilman, Story Producer of the The Wake Up To Dying Project, and Board Chair Julie Bond.  For more information: 

http://www.wakeuptodyingproject.org/

Feminist Media Review: Host Peggy Luhrs 07/14/2014

Host Peggy Luhrs speaks to issues of the day.

Senator Patrick Leahy: U.S. Senate Field Hearing In Vermont On Open Internet Rules 07/01/2014

Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, holds a field hearing in Vermont on “Preserving an Open Internet: Rules to Promote Competition and Protect Main Street Consumers.” A panel of four witnesses testify at the hearing, including Michael Copps, a former Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission; Martha Reid, Vermont State Librarian; Cabot Orton, proprietor of the Vermont Country Store; and Lisa Groeneveld, co-owner and Chief Operating Officer of the South Burlington-based Logic Supply Inc.

The Judiciary Committee field hearing focuses on the need to restore open Internet rules to replace FCC rules that were struck down earlier this year by the D.C. Circuit Court, including the rule prohibiting broadband providers from blocking lawful content and the rule barring them from unreasonably discriminating against lawful Internet traffic. The FCC currently is accepting public comments on a new set of proposed open Internet rules.

Leahy recently introduced legislation to require the FCC to ban so-called “paid prioritization” agreements between broadband providers and content providers, to help prevent creation of a two-tiered Internet system. The legislation, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, would ensure that start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses, like the Vermont Country Store and Logic Supply, have ready access to the marketplace.

The Senator is joined by Vermont's sole Representative to Congress, Peter Welch (D).

Burlington Free University: Education for Ignorance - Education for Human Potential 06/19/2014

Community members, Peter Garritano, Sandy Baird, Charles Simpson, Mannie Lionni and Marc Estrin continue their roundtable conversation.

Common Good Vermont: Applications and Lessons Learned in Policy and Community Development 05/30/2014

Facilitator: Tom Barefoot, GNHUSA. Presenters Mark Anielski, Genuine Wealth Inc., John de Graaf, Take Back Your Time, Tony Cortese, Second Nature, Yvette Jarreau, Eileen Fisher, Inc, Anne Lezak, Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, Anthony Pollina, Vermont State Senator. Part of the 'Happiness & WellBeing: Building a National Movement' conference, the fifth North American Conference focused on the topics of Gross National Happiness, well-being as a policy focal point, and measuring what matters. It is inspired by the High Level Meeting: Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm held at the United Nations April 2-4, 2012.

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