Evening Newscast: Aug. 28, 2008

Governor Jim Douglas says it’s critical for Republican presidential candidate John McCain to pick a running mate who has gubernatorial experience; Vermont delegates to the Democratic National Convention aren’t just rallying and partying this week. Some are busy blogging – giving their take on the party – and the media covering it. Commentator Deborah Luskin has devised her own fashion protocol for what to wear after Labor Day.

Gubernatorial candidates disagree on tapping rainy day fund

In Vermont, budget cuts have been proposed in higher education, the judiciary and child care. Some political leaders say the state should tap into its rainy day fund to avoid the cuts.   The three main gubernatorial candidates have different points of view. VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports.

Douglas outpaces Symington, Pollina in raising money

As Vermont’s 3 major party gubernatorial candidates prepare for the general election, their new finance reports show that they enter the 9 weeks before the election with very different financial bases. It’s a situation that could dictate the kind of strategies the candidates will use during their campaigns. VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports.

Welch says he supports releasing oil from national reserve

Congressman Peter Welch says he supports efforts to release oil from the nation’s strategic reserve as a short term way to help reduce gas prices. In the long term, Welch says the country must make significant investments in renewable power sources as part of an overall energy independence plan.  

State’s prosecutors offer package of reforms to sex offender laws

Attorney General Bill Sorrell and most of Vermont’s state’s attorneys are backing a package of criminal justice reforms designed to make it easier to prosecute sex crimes. The package doesn’t include longer mandatory minimum sentences for convicted child sex offenders because some members of the group believe this issue needs more study.

Republican leader Sara Gear Boyd dies at 67

Sara Gear Boyd is being remembered as a trail blazing, common sense political leader who had a strong impact at both the state and national level. During her state legislative career, she was the first woman in the country to serve as majority leader of both the House and the Senate. Gear Boyd died of cancer Tuesday morning at the age of 67. VPRs Bob Kinzel has more.