Former Governors present opposing views of 4-year term

(Host) Two former Vermont Democratic governors presented very different points of view (today / yesterday) on a proposed constitutional amendment to extend the governor’s term to four years. Howard Dean, who’s now chairman of the National Democratic Party, returned to Vermont to testify about his own reversal. Dean supported the idea when he was governor, but told the Senate Government Operations committee that he now opposes it. Democrat Madeleine Kunin lent her support to the plan. VPRs Bob Kinzel reports: (Kinzel) The public hearing room at the Statehouse was packed to hear the testimony of the former governors.  Vermont is one of just two states in the country that still has a two year term for governor – New Hampshire is the other.

Decriminalization of marijuana

A bill in the Vermont Senate would reclassify possession of 4 ounces of pot as a civil offense, not a criminal one. We talk with people on both sides of the issue about whether marijuana should be decriminalized. Also, a Stowe movie director prepapres to release his documentary about Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, and an audio postcard from Athens, Vermont.

Internet and Presidential Campaigns

The Internet’s role in the presidential campaign is breaking new ground with candidates gathering dollars and supporters online, and the advent of the YouTube Debate. We talk with Garrett Graff, author of the book, "The First Campaign," about new media in politics. Also in the program, Dr. Robert Shapiro explains the science of a migraine, and VPR’s Tim Johnson reflects on the genre of medical TV shows.

VPR Evening News November 2nd, 2007

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy will oppose the nomination of Michael Mukasey to be the next Attorney General; Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean would like to see a system of rotating regional primaries; There was a wave of violence in Rutland and Bennington counties over the past day; The police chief in Brattleboro has been fired; Authorities report a fatal fire in Newfane; Leaders from a variety of fields believe education is a key way to expand Vermont’s growing environmental economy; and commentator Jeff Shields remembers federal Judge James Oakes of Brattleboro.

Former Governor Howard Dean

We talk with Howard Dean about the chaotic primary schedule and how the presidential candidates are getting focused in the weeks before Iowa and New Hampshire. Also, analysis of week’s news and a student theater production about hate crimes and the legacy of Matthew Shepard.

Changes in Policing and Public Safety

We talk with Public Safety Commissioner Kerry Sleeper about the changes he’s seen in his 30 year career in policing, public safety and homeland security. Also, news analysis with Vermont reporters and a listen back to voices in the week’s news.

Interview: Howard Dean, Burlington, DNC meeting

Former Governor Howard Dean is in Burlington this weekend for meetingswith the executive committee of the Democratic National Committee. As head of the DNC, Dean will be discussing issues ranging from voter protection in next year’s Presidential elections to the best strategies for Democrats winning back the White House.