Your Turn: The 2010 Vermont Campaigns

As the election season comes to an end, we solicit your views on the candidates, issues and tone of this year’s campaigns. Also, VPR’s Tim Johnson offers a few observations on the most visible ‘signs’ of the election.  And a UVM biologist extols the virtues of whale poop.

Early Voting Increases In Popularity

The last 24 hours of a political campaign are a very hectic time.  Candidates are holding rallies, firing up their phone banks and organizing their get-out-the-vote efforts. But the last-minute efforts won’t have an impact on roughly a quarter of all voters. That’s because they’ve already cast their ballots.  

Lt. Governor’s Debate

Vermont will elect a new lieutenant governor this year, for the first time in almost a decade.  On Thursday, the three major party candidates for this office will debate the issues and politics of the campaign, and answer listener questions.

Candidates Disagree On Property Tax Burden

The major party candidates for governor can’t agree on whether Vermont has a high property tax burden compared to other states. You’d think it might be easy to measure states against each other to figure out which candidate’s claim is true. But there’s no simple comparison.

Attorney General Says No Violation In Shumlin Event

Vermont’s attorney general says he found no violation of campaign finance law after investigating a complaint against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Shumlin in connection with a news conference attended by members of the Vermont Troopers Association.

Candidates Highlight Commitment To Jobs

Peter Shumlin and Brian Dubie are both highlighting their commitment to creating jobs in the last week of the campaign. At the same time, the attorney general’s office sued outside groups supporting the candidates, claiming ads violated state laws.