Op-Ed: Defending Democracy 100% of the time, not when it's politically advantageous

Do you think the most wide-sweeping change to the Vermont Legislature should be rushed through in the first 72 hours of the legislative session?

I don’t.

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Corey Parent (’08): Bringing a Touch of Home to the Vermont Senate

“A lot of people still call me Corey, and I like that. I tell a lot of them: I’m the same kid you had in your classroom 20 years ago,” said Corey Parent (’08).   Senator Corey Parent brings this sentiment into his work in the state Senate. 

In an interview with Parent, he explained how he was re-elected on Nov. 3 2020 to the Vermont state Senate on behalf of Franklin County. He served a previous term after being elected in 2018 and served two terms from 2015-2019 in the Vermont House of Representatives. Parent ran as a Republican all four terms, and he is currently employed for the town of St. Albans as the Director of Operations.

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Bucking national trend, Republicans in Vermont back sweeping vote-by-mail expansion

When the Vermont legislature voted to mail ballots to every active voter for the pandemic general election, state Sen. Joe Benning, a Republican, was not on board. Neither was his local town clerk, also a Republican.

"Not that either one of us believed there's going to be widespread fraud but certainly [it] invited the opportunity by placing all of these live ballots out in the world with no restrictions," Benning told ABC News.

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From Vermont to Kentucky, some Republicans expand voting access in 2021

WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) - Vermont's Republican governor on Monday signed a law requiring the state's top election official to send a mail ballot to every eligible voter, becoming one of the few Republican leaders at the state level to buck their party's trend of trying to limit voting access.

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