Democratic Caucus - Rising Prescription Drug Prices 01/12/2016

Ahead of the State of the Union, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-CA-34) and Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and Peter Welch (D-VT) hold a press call to discuss new plans to investigate rising prescription drug prices in 2016.

Under the Dome: 2016 LCRCC Legislative Breakfast Series on the Future of Vermont and the Four Year Term 01/11/2016

The first of the 2016 Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast Series features Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) providing an update and laying out his priorities for the year. Then former Governors Howard Dean (D) and Jim Douglas (R) will join the discussion on the future of Vermont and the four year term.

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The 2016 Legislative Breakfast Series is sponsored by NEFCU. 

Senator Patrick Leahy: Effort Towards Lowering Vermont Utility Bills 01/08/2016

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Governor Peter Shumlin announce new multi-million dollar loan fund aimed at helping Vermont residents and small businesses improve their energy efficiency and lower their utility bills. USDA is making the investment through its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, supported by Senator Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Leahy is a leading member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which oversees USDA. The project will be carried out by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and this is the largest investment USDA has made through the EECLP.

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Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump Rally 01/07/2016

The front runner Republican Candidate Donald J. Trump rallies at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on his first trip to Vermont -- and the community responds.

Rally for Love and Unity (Let's Not Let Trump's Hate Divide Our Community) 01/07/2016

Donald Trump's visit to Burlington, VT spurs this counter celebration of the new 1Love Initiative for Racial Justice & Safe Communities across the street from where candidate Trump will speak. Community leaders and members share and learn about current initiatives for more just communities and celebrate the work we need to build an independent political movement for change. This event is coordinated by Rights & Democracy VT, with participation of groups involved with the 1Love Initiative and others working for more just communities to share their work including, Peace & Justice Center, Vermont Interfaith Action, Vermont Workers' Center, Justie For All, Champlain Area NAACP, Vermonters For Criminal Justice Reform and Justicia Migrante Migrant Justice. If you want to help email James Haslam at

Representative Peter Welch: Importance of Advance Care Directives 01/05/2016

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) unveils his bipartisan legislation offering an incentive to Medicare beneficiaries for completing advance care directives which specify preferred medical treatment should they become unable to make their own decisions. Welch is joined by Cathy Frank, former chair of the Vermont Ethics Network, Dr. Bob Macauley, Director of Clinical Ethics at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, and Asaad Trina, a third year UVM medical student. The legislation has been endorsed by a broad coalition, including the American College of Physicians, the National Right to Life Committee, the American Nurses Association, and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.

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Judge Ben: Why the Judiciary Matters 12/16/2015

Judge Ben Joseph speaks with Vermont attorney Vanessa Kittell, on the Vermont Judiciary.

True North Reports TV: Syrian Refugees 12/14/2015

Host Robert Maynard, editor of True North Reports speaks to this timely issue:  'The security risk is being overestimated and the potential plusses in waging the ideological side of the WOT (War On Terrorism), as well as the possibility of intelligence gathering from refugees who are admitted, is hardly even being discussed.'

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A Moral Call - People of Faith Confronting the Tragedy of Gun Violence 12/13/2015

Chittenden County faith communities join together in prayer, remembrance, contemplation, and action with a moral call to people of all faiths to work together to address this prominent and deadly symptom of our country's culture of violence.  This event coincides with a National Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence Sabbath Weekend.

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For more information on this specific event contact Vermont Representative to the Northeast Justice Council of the Sisters of Mercy, Jean Markey-Duncan:

Every year an average of 31,537 Americans are killed by guns, which includes murders (11,583),
suicides (18,783), accidents (584), police action (334), and those whose cause is indeterminate (252).

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