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Monday, April 16, 2018

Burlington City Council Votes to Re-Redesign City Hall Park

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 11:53 PM

CIty Hall Park design - SUISMAN URBAN DESIGN
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  • CIty Hall Park design
Trees destined for removal at Burlington City Hall Park may get a second chance.

The Burlington City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday that would reopen the design process in an effort to alter the plan to add and preserve more trees.

The measure, introduced by Councilor Jane Knodell (P-Central District), came in response to opposition by the citizen group Keep the Park Green, which has argued that too many trees are slated to be cut down under the current redesign of the downtown park.

The renovations are set to begin in 2019 — and Knodell said the project would remain on track.

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Sanders Raises $1.26 Million for Senate Reelection Campaign

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:02 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders - FILE: PAUL HEINTZ
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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) reelection campaign brought in more than $1.26 million in the first three months of 2018, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission.

That's more than five times what the senator raised during the same period last year, but it's less than the $1.29 million he collected in the second quarter of 2017 and the $1.95 million he raised in the third quarter of that year.

Sanders, who was first elected to the U.S. House in 1990 and the Senate in 2006, has not said whether he will seek reelection this November. No other contenders had filed reports with the FEC as of Monday afternoon.

The vast majority of Sanders' donations this year came from individual contributors, though the campaign accepted $10,000 from labor and environmental political action committees, such as the Climate Champions PAC and the National Nurses United PAC.

During the same three-month period, Sanders spent nearly $533,000. That left him, at the end of March, with nearly $6.9 million in his Senate reelection fund. But Sanders, who has declined to say whether he would mount a second presidential campaign in 2020, isn't using the money simply to stump in Vermont.

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Welch: Trump Should Be Impeached If He Fires Mueller

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 2:27 PM

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  • Rep. Peter Welch
Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said publicly for the first time Monday that President Donald Trump would be committing an "impeachable" offense if he were to seek the removal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Asked what Congress should do if Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in order to remove Mueller, Welch said, "That would be grounds for Congress taking up the impeachment questions."

In recent weeks, Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller, whom Rosenstein appointed last May to investigate alleged ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russia. While Trump cannot directly terminate the special counsel or end his investigation, he could order the acting attorney general — at the moment, Rosenstein — to do so.

But, according to Welch, "That would be obstruction of justice. The president is not above the law. No citizen is above the law."

Asked whether he would personally file articles of impeachment, Welch said, "I think it would be impeachable, and I would very likely support impeachment if he interfered with the investigation by firing [Mueller]."

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