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Friday, August 24, 2018

Longtime Broadcaster, State Rep. Jim Condon Dies After Cancer Battle

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 7:18 PM

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  • Jim Condon
Jim Condon, a longtime state representative from Colchester and local radio personality known for his "golden pipes," died Thursday of esophageal cancer.

He was 60.

"Smart, witty, thoughtful — just a guy you want to be around," his wife, Ginny McGehee, said on Friday. "I lost the smart half of me, I have to say."

Born in Connecticut, Condon moved to Vermont in the early 1980s when he took a job as news director of several radio stations. He met McGehee at WJOY in 1984; the couple married in 1993. They have a son, Tom, who is a journalism student at Syracuse University.

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Lead Labor Negotiator for UVM Medical Center Nurses Resigns

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 6:46 PM

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  • Julie MacMillan, center, with labor leaders
Updated on Monday, August 27, 2018.

Julie MacMillan, the lead negotiator for the University of Vermont Medical Center nurses, stepped down from that role Friday, saying union leaders asked her to resign.

MacMillan announced her decision in a public post on Facebook. MacMillan sat at the bargaining table with hospital administrators throughout lengthy negotiations since July, when the nurses went on strike for 48 hours. They have since been working without a contract.

After the hospital's August 18 offer of a 15 percent pay increase over three years, she "felt that we had not only made great strides, but had potentially reached a compromise," she wrote in the post.

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Bill Norful Is Back in Chittenden Probate Judge Race — As a Republican

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 6:15 PM

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  • Bill Norful
Bill Norful will again face incumbent Greg Glennon in the race for Chittenden County probate judge. This time, Norful, a lifelong Democrat, will run as a Republican.

The attorney and former Winooski mayor lost the Democratic primary to Glennon earlier this month, getting votes on 22 percent of the ballots cast, as opposed to 44 percent for Glennon.

But Norful also got 95 write-in votes in the Republican primary.

Last Friday, Chittenden County court clerk Anne Williams confirmed the vote count and found that Norful had bested Republican National Committee member Jay Shepard, who got 71 write-in votes. (Glennon received 66 GOP votes.) Most GOP voters left that spot on the ballot blank.

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Bernie Sanders' GOP Opponent Drops Out of Senate Race — and Four Others

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 5:07 PM

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  • H. Brooke Paige
Updated at 5:37 p.m.

The Republican nominee for six statewide offices in Vermont dropped out of five of them Friday, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

In last week's GOP primary, Washington resident and perennial candidate H. Brooke Paige won the nominations for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer and state auditor. But on Friday, he formally withdrew from all but the secretary of state's race, according to elections director Will Senning.

Paige said he’d chosen to continue challenging Democratic Secretary of State Jim Condos because he was frustrated with the state’s electoral system. “They’re the people in charge of this chaos,” Paige said.

The candidate's decision scrambles Vermont's general election ballot and could lead to new opponents for top statewide officeholders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). According to state law, the Vermont Republican Party now has seven days to replace Paige in the contests.

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