VPR Evening News October 15, 2008

Energy issues have generated some heat in this year’s gubernatorial race; Vermont volunteers for Barack Obama are heading to New Hampshire, where the presidential race with John McCain is tighter;Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was returned to power, but not with the majority he’d hoped to win;and commentator Bill Seamans anticipates tonight’s final presidential debate.

Reaction to Vermont Primary and School Budget Votes

Political analyst Eric Davis joins Jane Lindholm for a final analysis of Vermont’s outcome in yesterday’s Democratic contests. Also, the directors of the School Boards Association and the Superintendents Association assess how school budgets faired across the state. And we listen back to some of the sounds of Town Meeting Day.

Heated battle for Democratic nomination

Vermont voters went to the polls today in a presidential primary given new relevance by a heated battle for the Democratic nomination. For the first time in recent memory, the state’s primary held the same day as primaries in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island was expected to play a role in the selection of the Democratic candidate.

Chelsea Clinton sweeps through Burlington

Chelsea Clinton swept through Burlington today to drum up enthusiasm for her mother’s presidential campaign. Clinton dropped in at downtown cafes and stores before taking questions from students at University of Vermont.

Chelsea Clinton to visit Vermont

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton will be in Vermont on Friday stumping for the presidential campaign of her mother, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Interview: NPR’s Ron Elving on Vermont and the Democratic presidential nomination

This Tuesday, March 4th, four states, including Vermont, are holding Presidential primaries or caucuses. On the Democratic side, the main focus by the media and the candidates has been on delegate-rich Texas and Ohio. Here to talk about the Democratic race is Ron Elving. Elving is the senior Washington editor for NPR News, where he directs coverage of national politics. He spoke with VPR’s Neal Charnoff.

Undecided Primary Voters

One week from now, Vermonters will go to the polls and choose which party and which candidate to vote for the presidential primary. But some Vermonters are still weighing which candidate will get their vote. We talk with political analyst Eric Davis and take your calls. Also, a controversy over when it’s appropriate to relocate an old cemetery, and we listen to the sounds of winter necessity for those who take the ice: getting your skates sharpened.

Vermont’s primary may have some clout

(Host) With a close race in the Democratic presidential contest, voters in Vermont’s March 4th primary may have some clout. The campaigns for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are gearing up for the Town Meeting Day vote. They say they’re ready to make the transition from a volunteer effort to one that may be staffed by campaign organizers. VPR’s John Dillon reports. (Dillon) 444 Democratic delegates are up for grabs.

Vermont’s primary could play important role in Democratic race

It’s starting to look like Vermont’s presidential primary could play an important role in the selection of a Democratic candidate. That’s because many political observers believe senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will still be locked in a close race when Vermonters go to the polls on March 4th.