Vermonters: Help Us Stop Out of State Prison Transfers

By: Thursday October 9, 2014 2:19 pm

These inmates are among 500 from Vermont who have been shipped to facilities in other states. With CCA’s contract due to expire in July, Firedoglake is teaming up with Grassroots Leadership to demand Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin bring these inmates home and end interstate transfers for good.

If you live in Vermont sign and share our petition: End out-of-state private prison transfers and bring Vermont inmates home.

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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Brad Edmondson, Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 1:59 pm

Like many back in the 1980’s I was an early and enthusiastic convert to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The taste was, of course, great and the funky flavors & funny names couldn’t be found anywhere else. I was charmed by the light-hearted fun, in fact, joyous aura around the products and the business. Pretty soon it sunk in that this ice cream wasn’t just a tasty, belt-busting treat but also it was made at a cool, decidedly un-corporate enterprise in bucolic Vermont, by real people who shared a lot of my values. Furthermore they were actually eager to espouse their (& my) values. How bizarre & refreshing was that?!

Large Majority Backs Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 8:31 am

Vermont can be added to the ever growing list of states where a majority of people support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.

50 Years of Political Puppets

By: Friday December 27, 2013 7:00 pm

The Bread & Puppet Theater turned 50 years old in 2013.

VT Gov. Peter Shumlin Signs Law Decriminalizing Marijuana

By: 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.

Vermont House Sends Marijuana Decriminalizing to Governor’s Desk

By: 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.

Vermont Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

By: 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.

Vermont House Approves Marijuana Decriminalization

By: 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.

Vermont May Soon Decriminalize Marijuana

By: 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.

Peter Shumlin to Lead the Democratic Governors Association

By: 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.

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