Two weeks until Election Day. (Yes, this too shall pass). Here's what's happening in Vermont politics and news this week. Got a newsworthy event for next week's calendar? Email us by Friday to submit.
Monday, October 22
Today at 11 a.m., Champlain College is making a "major announcement." Folks there wouldn't give any hint, but promised reporters it'd be worth their while to attend. Check back on Off Message to see what the big surprise was.
Also at 11 a.m., in the Statehouse Cedar Creek Room, the Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society holds a press conference calling for just immigration policies.
At 7 p.m., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Gettleman, the East Africa bureau chief for the New York Times, speaks at St. Michael's College. Details here. Read Kevin J. Kelley's interview with Gettleman here.
At 9 p.m., it's the third and final presidential debate. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama tussle over foreign policy, from a seated position.
Rest of the week after the jump...
Tuesday, October 23
At 7:10 a.m., Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is the guest on "Charlie, Ernie and Lisa" on WVMT 620 AM.
At 3 p.m., Gov. Peter Shumlin drops by the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, which is, like, right next door to Seven Days' office. So we should probably go see him.
Wednesday, October 24
At 7:10, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) is the guest on "Charlie, Ernie and Lisa" on WVMT 620 AM.
At 10 a.m. in Burlington, Gov. Shumlin holds a campaign publicity stop — sorry, press conference — at Spectrum Youth & Family Services to talk about positive outcomes of the "Rapid Referral Program."
At 11:30 a.m., independent candidate for governor Emily Peyton is planning to demonstrate outside the Burlington Free Press offices on College Street to protest her exclusion from a debate sponsored by the paper between Gov. Shumlin and Republican candidate Randy Brock. Stream the debate — but not the protest — live here starting at 12 noon.
At 12 noon, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Progressive-Democratic challenger Cass Gekas debate live on Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition." And take questions from you. Stream it here.
From 5 to 7 p.m., the Burlington School Board of Commissioners will host a "community dialogue on diversity, equity and inclusion" at the ECHO Center. That subject blew up in a big way at Burlington High School last year.
Live at 5:25 p.m., Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger takes your questions on Channel 17 (CCTV). Stream it here.
Thursday, October 25
At 10 a.m., Gov. Shumlin holds his weekly press conference, with details to be announced later. We're guessing questions about his real estate holdings will not be the topic.
At 7:30 p.m., Vermont Public Television hosts a U.S. Senate debate with all the candidates. That's right — in addition to Sen. Bernie Sanders (independent) and John MacGovern (Republican), the debate stage with feature Peter Diamondstone (Liberty Union Party), Cris Ericson (United States Marijuana), Laurel LaFramboise (VoteKISS) and Peter Moss (Peace and Prosperity). Stream it here.
Friday, October 26
At 12 noon, "Vermont Edition" hosts a state treasurer's debate between Democratic incumbent Beth Pearce, Republican Wendy Wilton and Progressive Don Schramm. Stream it here.
Saturday, October 27
Starting at 10 a.m., there is a two-day event called "Going to Waterbury — an Elegy" that is billed as an art installation, public forum and closure ceremony for the now-shuttered state hospital in Waterbury. It culminates Sunday at 7 p.m. with a closure ceremony at St. Andrew's Church featuring the music of ME2/orchestra.
At 6:30 p.m., Gov. Shumlin marches in the Rutland Halloween Parade. Costume suggestion: Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie.
Sunday, October 28
At 1 p.m., Lt. Gov. Phil Scott will be racing his stock car in the 50th annual Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre. Did Scott mention he's a race car driver?