Midday Newscast: July 21, 2008

Deadline today for political candidates to get their names on the ballot for this fall’s elections; two gubernatorial candidates raise serious questions about Vermont Yankee operation; cheese aging facility in Greensboro hopes to help artisan cheesemakers; heavy trucks to be banned from the U.S. Route 4 bridge over the Connecticut River.

Pollina will stay in the race

Progressive Anthony Pollina told supporters at a rally this afternoon that he’s committed to his gubernatorial campaign. He rejected suggestions that he run for lieutenant governor.

Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Gaye Symington

Bob Kinzel talks with Democrat Gaye Symington about the politics of a three-way gubernatorial race and the issues that define her candidacy. Also on the program, news analysis with VPR reporters and we listen back to some of the voices in the news this week.

Economy will be major issue in gubernatorial race

Vermont’s economy is likely to be a major issue in this year’s gubernatorial race. The two announced candidates — incumbent Republican Jim Douglas and Progressive Anthony Pollina — share similar goals to stimulate the economy. But they have very different ideas of how to pay for their plans. 

Pollina ‘bewildered’ by response of Democratic leadership

Progressive Anthony Pollina says he’s "a little bewildered" that Democratic leaders have rejected his plan to sit down and discuss the 2008 gubernatorial election. The Democrats say they have a number of candidates still actively eyeing the governor’s race and that it’s too soon to talk with Pollina.

Pollina takes aim at Douglas’s budget plan

Progressive gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina says Governor Jim Douglas’s budget plan will increase taxes for low and middle income Vermonters and will give tax cuts to wealthier people in the state. Pollina says his budget priorities would be very different.