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Scott: Senate health care vote is ‘disappointing’

MONTPELIER — Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday he is disappointed the U.S. Senate has voted to begin debating a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a clearly defined path forward. Scott, in a telephone interview from Aspen, Co., where he is attending the Republican Governors Association quarterly meeting, said health care has dominated the two-day summit. “Suffice it to say, there are lot of differing opinions on what’s happening and what’s best for our individual states,” the governor said. Some states, like Vermont, have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and stand to lose significant federal funding under the plans pushed by Republicans in Congress. As a result, Scott said there is no consensus among the 33 GOP governors on whether Congress should be moving forward with efforts to repeal the ACA. Continue Reading →

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Douglas vouches for Scott in new RGA ad

MONTPELIER — Former Republican Gov. Jim Douglas is vouching for Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott in a new ad released Wednesday by the Republican Governors Association. The 30-second ad features Douglas discussing his “good friend” Scott, the state’s incumbent lieutenant governor. “Ever since he came to the State Senate, Phil has been able to reach across the aisle,” the former governor says in the ad. “He’s not one of these ivory tower politicians who doesn’t relate well to the people he serves.”

Douglas, who served four terms as Vermont’s top officeholder, has been absent from the campaign trail. But in the RGA’s ad, which it is funding through its Vermont-based PAC, A Stronger Vermont, he labels Scott “somebody the people can trust.”

“Phil is the epitome of a small business owner in Vermont – someone who has seen the economy rise and fall, but has been able to persevere,” he says. Continue Reading →

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RGA changes tack, attacks Minter

MONTPELIER — The Republican Governor’s Association has shifted tactics from boosting Phil Scott’s image to attacking his Democratic rival. The Republican Governors Association released a new television ad Wednesday through its Vermont-based super PAC, A Stronger Vermont, that seeks to tie Democratic gubernatorial nominee to outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. The ad refers to Shumlin as Minter’s mentor. “It’s no secret Sue Minter’s mentor is Peter Shumlin,” a narrator says in the ad. “They worked together, raised taxes together, and now their allies are running negative ads against Phil Scott.”

The ad, which is paired with a website, claims Shumlin has failed and is now “pushing Sue Minter to continue their bad policies of higher taxes on us and fewer Vermonters working.”

“Sue Minter has spent years working alongside, raising taxes with, and learning from her mentor Peter Shumlin,” RGA Communications Director Jon Thompson said in a statement announcing the ad. Continue Reading →

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Minter, Leahy launch general election ads

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1:15 p.m.

MONTPELIER — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter is on the airwaves with her first general election television ad, while Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy has launched his first two television ads of the Senate campaign. Minter, a former secretary of the Agency of Transportation, launched an ad Tuesday that looks to highlight her management skills. It focuses on her work helping the state recover from Tropical Storm Irene and and serving on President Barack Obama’s Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force. A narrator lays out what Minter’s goals as governor will be. “As Governor, Sue Minter will make sure our children can stay and succeed here in Vermont with affordable education and livable wage jobs, a governor who will put Vermont families first,” the narrator says. Continue Reading →

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Minter raises more than Scott but is being outspent

MONTPELIER — The Democratic nominee for governor out-raised her Republican opponent in the last few weeks, but was heavily outspent as the general election campaign began, according to financial disclosure reports filed by candidates and political groups Thursday. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter reported raising $102,000 in the 16 days since the last mandated reporting deadline on Aug. 15. She spent about $68,000 in the same time frame and now has about $85,000 cash-on-hand. Among Minter’s donors since winning the Democratic nominee are Jake and Donna Carpenter, of Burton Snowboards, who donated $2,700 each. Continue Reading →

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RGA launches first ad supporting Phil Scott

MONTPELIER — The Republican Governors Association wasted little time inserting itself into Vermont’s gubernatorial campaign, launching a television ad supporting Lt. Gov. Phil Scott in his race against Democrat Sue Minter. The RGA’s quick response — just hours after Scott was declared the GOP’s nominee over former Wall Street executive Bruce Lisman, is a sure sign that Republicans and Democrats are ready to spend big on the race. The RGA purchased the ad, titled “Back on Track,” through a super PAC it funds known as A Stronger Vermont. Reports were not yet filed with the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday afternoon indicating how much the RGA is spending. The ad features a narrator saying Scott is “working hard to make Vermont better for everyone by working hand-in-hand with leaders of all parties.”

“As governor, Phil Scott will restore trust in state government, bring new jobs to Vermont, and focus on solving problems, not playing politics,” the female narrator says. Continue Reading →

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