TV: Spotlight on Issues

The Vermont League community access TV series presents Vermont's movers and shakers talking about issues of interest to all of us.  Video is available online after broadcast.  ORCA media logo, host of Vermont League Spotlight On Issues Series

https://www.orcamedia.net/series/spotlight-vermont-issues

Recent Programs

First Amendment Five Freedoms Series

https://www.orcamedia.net/show/freedom-press

https://www.orcamedia.net/show/freedom-assembly

Privacy: James Duff Lyall, Vermont ACLU

https://www.orcamedia.net/show/privacy

Vermont Health Care

Moderator, Tony Klein

  • Deborah Richter
  • Lindsay DesLauriers
  • Susan Barrett

https://www.orcamedia.net/show/vermont-health-care

Refugees in Vermont

Amila Merdzanovic, Dir, US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program https://www.orcamedia.net/show/refugees-0

Electoral College

Betty Keller interviews Paul Gillies, Vermont lawyer/historian.  https://www.orcamedia.net/show/electoral-college

New Immigrants and Refugees: The Vermont Story

Panel on the Vermont experience of new Immigrants and refugees, moderated by Keisha Ram. Panelists:

  • Yocouba Bogre, Exec. Dir Association of Africans living in VT; 
  • Lori Pietropaoli, USCIS NE Regional Director;
  • Amila Merdzanovic, Dir, USCRI VT Refugee Resettlement Program;
  • Susan Sussman, Caseworker, Office of Sen. Patrick Leahy

 https://www.orcamedia.net/show/new-immigrants-refugees

Election Process

Panel presented at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, moderated by Sue Raconelli

  • Jim Condos, Secretary of State
  • Mark Johnson, Vermont Digger Senior Editor
  • Susan Clark, Middlesex Town Moderator

https://www.orcamedia.net/show/election-process

Human Trafficking

In May 2016, Claudette Sortino talked with Heather Ross, Heather Ross, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Co-Chair Vermont Human Trafficking Task Force and Edith Klimoski, Director, Give Way to Freedom Foundation, to learn more about Human Trafficking in Vermont. That interview can be seen at <http://www.orcamedia.net/show/human-trafficking-0>

The 2016 Spring Lecture hosted by the LWVVT presented LWVUS Board member and Observer at the United Nations Rosalee Keech, and Det. Lt. Lance Burnham of the Vermont State Police to talk about Human Trafficking on the local and international level. See the program at <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=270820>.

Amending the US Constitution

For two years, the National League of Women Voters has conducted studies of Money in Politics and Amending the Constitution by Convention. A public discussion of the former was held in November, and can be seen here: <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=255051>.

Later, study committee member Ann Luther, LWV-Maine, discussed the pros and cons of amending the Constitution by convention. The Constitution provides for this, but gives no guidelines, and there has been no such convention since the first one. That discussion can be seen at <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=254601>.

Ethics Commission

Kate Rader interviews Jim Condos about the proposed Ethics Commission for the State of Vermont.  (The title card at the beginning of the video is mislabeled "Amending the Constitution with Sortino and Luther, but when the program starts 18 seconds in it will be Kate Rader and Jim Condos.)  https://www.orcamedia.net/show/ethics-commission

Vermont's Universal Recycling Law

Sonja Schuyler speaks with Bryn Oakleaf of the Agency of Natural Resources, once again explaining the Universal Recycling Law, which went into effect in July, 2014 and will be fully implemented by July, 2020. The interview can be viewed at < http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=247712>. For more information about the law, go to <http://www.recycle.vt.gov>.

Back in the ORCA studio in Montpelier in August, Jean Hopkins talked with Josh Kelly of the Agency of Natural Resources about Act 148, Vermont's new universal recycling law. Learn about it at <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=207019>.

Vermont Campaign Finance

Atty Gen. William Sorrell gave the keynote address at the LWVVT Convention in June, where he spoke on campaign finance issues. This talk can be found at <https://www.orcamedia.net/show/attorney-general-william-sorrell>

Highway Funding

Sonja Schuyler interviews Sec. of Transportation Sue Minter, about highway funding issues: <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=237178>.

Peter Levine on Civic Engagement

Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE, Tuft University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and engagement spoke at a League of Women Voters of Vermont conference on March 21, 2015. He is a nationally recognized activist and author for civic renewal. His talk can be found at https://www.orcamedia.net/show/peter-levine

Montpelier City Clerk John Odum: Voting Registration

September 24 is National Voter Registration Day, and Susan Clark talked to Montpelier City Clerk John Odum about the importance of voting and civic participation in general.  https://www.orcamedia.net/show/john-odum-0

Publicly Funded Healthcare for All

Following the withdrawal from single payer health care at the beginning of the 2015 Legislative session, in March Jean Hopkins talked with Dr. Deborah Richter on publicly funded primary health care for all (H.207/S.88). See it at  <http://vp.telvue.com/previewid=T01221&video=229733>.

Rep. Tony Klein: Energy Bill, Dental Practitioners Bill

The new year brought us full circle with Kate Rader interviewing Rep. Tony Klein on this Legislative session's energy bill (H.40) and dental practitioners (H.1). Watch it at <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=227339>.

Secretary of State Jim Condos; Money in Politics

In December the topic was Money in Politics. Kate Rader interviewed Sec. of State Jim Condos about information on campaign contributions and expenditures no available on the SoS website: <https://campaignfinance.sec.state.vt.us/>. See the interview at  <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=220051>

Candidate Debate: Washington County Candidates for State Attorney

Campaign season brought a debate between Washington County State's Attorney candidates Tom Kelly and Scott Williams, moderated by Lindy Biggs, LWVCEN. See it at <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01221&video=212800>

Federal Food Safety Regulations and Vermont's Farms

In December Janet Cramer of the SE (Brattleboro) MAL Unit spoke with House Agriculture Committee Chair about the proposed new federal food safety regulations and their potential impact on Vermont's small farms. It can be seen at <http://vp.telvue.com/player?autostart=true&height=240&id=T01304&noplaylistskin=true&video=179821&width=320>.

Food Deserts

Sonja Schuyler was back in August, this time at the studios of CCTV in Burlington. She talked with with Linda Berlin, Director, University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture on developing food networks and how to improve the farm to consumer connections while improving nutrition. Watch it at <http://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/food-deserts>.

Mental Health and Collaborative Care

In July, the League of Women Voters took the series to the BCTV Studio in Brattleboro. In this episode, host Janet Cramer focuses the discussion on "Mental Health and Collaborative Care in Vermont." Her guest, Peter Albert, is the Senior Vice President for Governmental Relations at the Brattleboro Retreat, and the President of Vermont Collaborative Care. It can be seen at <http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01304&video=162679>.

The Home Energy Challenge

Kate Rader was back in May, talking with Keil Corey of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Paul Markowitz of Energy Vermont about the Home Energy Challenge to weatherize 3% of VT homes/year.  https://www.orcamedia.net/show/paul-markowitz-and-keil-corey