The Bread & Puppet Theater turned 50 years old in 2013.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 6, 2013 12:00 pm|
Starting next month possession of marijuana will be decriminalized in Vermont. Thursday afternoon Governor Peter Shumlin (D) officially signed into law a bill significantly reducing the penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The bill, H 200, was approved by large majorities in both the House and the Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 14, 2013 2:30 pm|
Vermont is just one small step away from decriminalizing marijuana. On Monday the Vermont House of Representatives gave the final approval to H. 200, sending it to Governor Peter Shumlin (D). Shumlin is a strong supporter of marijuana decriminalization who has been pushing for this change. He is expected to sign the bill.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:40 pm|
Vermont took another important step towards decriminalizing marijuana. The Vermont Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to H. 200 in a voice vote. The bill was previously approved by the House but it was amended by the Senate so it will need to return to the House for another vote.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 16, 2013 5:14 pm|
Marijuana reform efforts took an important step forward today in Vermont. The state’s House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would decriminalize marijuana for adults. The measure, H. 200, passed in a vote of 92 aye to 49 nay.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 6, 2013 12:22 pm|
Vermont may soon follow its New England neighbors in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. A tri-partisan bill has recently been introduced in the state House that would make the penalty for adults caught with less than two ounces of marijuana simply a $100 fine. A similar bill was also introduced in the state Senate but it would set the limit at one ounce.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 6, 2012 5:52 am|
This is good news for progressives given that Gov. Shumlin is one of the most liberal Democratic governors in office. He is both strongly pro-choice and pro-marriage equality. Shumlin helped lead the fight for Vermont’s marriage equality law while in the state legislature and was the first sitting governor to preside over a same-sex wedding.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 27, 2012 1:20 pm|
One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as is done throughout the world. The idea appears to have some traction at the state level, especially in states like Vermont and California that have already considered the idea.
|By: Gregg Levine Thursday May 17, 2012 2:40 pm|
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting tonight (Thursday, May 17) on the safety and future of the Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC), a nuclear power plant located in Buchanan, NY, less than 40 miles north of New York City. The Tarrytown, NY “open house” (as it is billed) is designed to explain and answer questions about the annual assessment of safety at IPEC delivered by the NRC in March, but will also serve as a forum where the community can express its concerns in advance of the regulator’s formal relicensing hearings for Indian Point, expected to start later this year.
And if you are in the area–even as far downwind as New York City–you can attend.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday April 25, 2012 10:00 am|
The government of Vermont continues to chug along with their multi-year plan to establish a universal health care system modeled on single payer. The most recent step is that the two chambers of the legislature have approved a new bill creating the health care exchange required by the Affordable Care Act and to require everyone to purchase insurance through the Exchange.