Here's what's happening in Vermont news and politics this week. Got a newsworthy event for next week's calendar? Email by Friday to submit.
Monday, December 10
At 10:15 a.m., U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a press conference in his Burlington office to discuss fiscal cliff negotiations and — what else? — gas prices. Stay tuned for Off Message updates.
At noon, homelessness is the topic on Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition," and the guests are COTS director Rita Markley and Angus Chaney, director of housing at the Vermont Agency of Human Services. Read Kathryn Flagg's story on the record number of homeless Vermonters living in motels.
At 1 p.m., Campaign for Vermont — retired Wall Street exec Bruce Lisman's self-funded "policy campaign" — will release a set of proposed education reforms at the offices of Capital Connections, CFV's lobbyists.
At 3:30 p.m., activists from Action.org say they'll be "connecting with" U.S. Rep. Peter Welch's staff at the congressman's Burlington office to "thank him for his support of a balanced approach to the fiscal cliff debate." Uh, don't you want to save that until he's actually voted?
Today is International Human Rights Day and the Vermont Workers' Center is celebrating by unveiling its own financing proposal for Shumlicare. More info here.
Rest of the week after the break...
Tuesday, December 11
At noon, Gov. Shumlin speaks to the Vermont Bankers Association legislative meeting at the Capital Plaza. No word on whether credit unions were invited. At 1 p.m., the gov holds his weekly press conference at the Pavillion Building.
At 5:30 p.m., Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen will give a talk at UVM on Vermont's health care reform efforts. In Rowell Conference Room 107.
At 6 p.m., the Burlington City Council holds a special meeting on ward redistricting — you know, that thing that seems really boring but is actually pretty important.
Wednesday, December 12
Today's the day Gov. Peter Shumlin, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Winooski Mayor Michael O'Brien go on their one-day junket — er, fact-finding mission — to Florida's Eglin Air Force Base to observe first-hand the F-35 fighter planes that the Air Force wants to base at BTV.
With Miro in the Sunshine State, a surrogate handles "Mornings With Miro" duty at the Bagel Café in the New North End. Got a question for new parks and rec director Jesse Bridges? Find him there and ask him.
Thursday, December 13
Winooski Mayor Michael O'Brien will be the guest on "Charlie, Ernie and Lisa" on WVMT 620 AM to talk about his junket to Florida to hear the F-35s.
Friday, December 14
Gov. Shumlin, newly elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, will be on another junket. The gov's going to Rome, Italy, for a conference of European leaders discussing the "new challenges of the glocal economy, economic growth and job creation, and progressive development policy." Send us a postcard!