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Justin Marsh is joined every Monday with folks from their team to update you about everything that happened in the Vermont State House the week before, and what to expect throughout the upcoming week. Listen to exclusive interviews with legislators and environmental allies, and go deeper on policy initiatives affecting our air, water, open space, democracy, and quality of life.
New podcast episodes launch every Monday during the Vermont Legislative Session.
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Senator Nader Hashim (D-Windham), Representative Golrang “Rey” Garofano (D-Essex), and Representative Mary-Katherine Abdel-Ghany Stone (D-Burlington) share the stories of their journeys to Vermont, campaigning, their experiences with assimilation, as well as being visible leaders for other Iranians and Egyptians living in Vermont.
State Treasurer Mike Pieciak talks about the honor of serving in a statewide office, his role as a top elected LGBTQ+ official, and how his background in law helps shape his work as Treasurer. We discuss his ‘slow and thoughtful’ approach to divestment from fossil fuels in state funds, and the impact his role has on climate-related decisions at the state level.
Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman discusses his day-to-day duties, his political career path, and the challenges and opportunities of being a member of the Progressive Party. He also reflects on incremental change, the pace of lawmaking, and what may be next for him.
Secretary of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas shares more about the role of Secretary of State, what the office has done in recent years to expand and protect democracy, and the goals she has for her tenure, including the advancement of ranked choice voting in Vermont.
Attorney General Charity Clark, the first woman to ever be elected to the position in Vermont, talks about her upbringing, how the intimacy of Vermont’s politics allowed her access to role models where she could see herself reflected and her passion for Vermont’s climate and environment.
With the legislature on break for Town Meeting Day, Lauren Hierl discusses the policy priorities outlined in the 2023 Environmental Common Agenda and provide a progress report on each.