By Guy Page
Charity Clark, Asst. Attorney General and chief of staff for departing Attorney General T.J. Donovan, this morning told WVMT’s The Morning Drive she may run for AG. The office employs 90 attorneys. She “has a lot of respect for [Chittenden State’s Attorney] Sarah George” and supports criminal record expungement and legalizing the overdose reversal drug buprenorphine.
Who’s running: Sens. Dick McCormack (D-Windsor), Dick Mazza (D-Grand Isle/Colchester) and Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) have told VDC they’re seeking re-election. Reps. Jim Masland (D-Thetford), Mike Yantachka (D-Charlotte), Scott Campbell (D-St. Johnsbury), Martin Lalonde (D-South Burlington), Peter Anthony (D-Barre) and Republican Reps. Jim Harrison (Killington) and Bill Canfield (Fair Haven) also will run.
Who’s not: Sen. Alice Nitka (D-Windsor) and Rep. John Killacky (D-South Burlington). He’s turning 70 and wants to pursue artistic opportunities, the filmmaker and former executive director of the Flynn said in a recent column.
State police safely dealt with a WWII-era Japanese hand grenade found in the basement of a West Rutland home Sunday. No-one was injured. It will be handed over to the VT National Guard.
A newly-painted portrait of Alexander Twilight, first African-American lawmaker in Vermont (1836) and perhaps in the nation, was hung in the lobby of the Vermont State House last week. He is the first African-American man known to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an American college or university, graduating from Middlebury College in 1823. He was ordained as a Congregational minister and worked in education and ministry all his career. In 1829 Twilight became principal of the Orleans County Grammar School. There he designed and built Athenian Hall, the first granite public building in the state of Vermont.
Search efforts involving a helicopter and the Vermont State Police Scuba Team in the Connecticut River are scheduled to resume today for Richard Gammell, 84, of St. Johnsbury. The public should expect to see a low-flying helicopter and increased police presence in the area.
Ben & Jerry’s yesterday announced a plan to bring greenhouse gas emissions on 15 dairy farms to half the industry average by the end of 2024. Once proven, pilot project initiatives will be expanded to farms across Ben & Jerry’s global dairy supply chain.
H548, establishing retail cannabis in Vermont, will go to a conference committee in an effort to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill. The House bill limits THC concentration to 60%, while the Senate has no THC cap.
Mayor Miro Weinberger and Gov. Phil Scott both oppose S234, an Act 250 ‘reform’ bill they say will make development regulations more cumbersome and housing development even more scarce. “The current Act 250 bill would make it more difficult to build homes in Vermont, just when we need it most,” Gov. Scott said in his press conference today – a point emphasized by Weinberger. The bill fails to exempt urban growth areas from Act 250 review.