Senate President Peter Shumlin

The leader fo the Vermont Seante discusses the key issues that chamber will address this session.  Also, analysis of the governor’s budget address, and the history of legislators’ antique wooden desks.

Governor Douglas delivers his State of the State Address

Governor Jim Douglas gave his view of the political lay of the land when he delivered his State of the State address from the Statehouse. VPR’s Steve Delaney and Bob Kinzel anchored live coverage of the speech. (photo: AP/Toby Talbot)

Lobbying the Legislature

We go "behind the scenes" and examine the role that lobbyists play in shaping the legislative agenda, and informing lawmakers about the issues. Then we talk with a veteran speechwriter about crafting a State of the State Address. And we check in with the new legislative pages.