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, February 4
At 7:10, Gov. Peter Shumlin is the guest on "Charlie, Ernie and Lisa" on WVMT 620 AM.
At 11 a.m., Gov. Shumlin drops by the Trinity Children's Center in Burlington for a press conference on his calls for more early childhood education funding. Then at noon, the guv speaks to the Burlington Rotary Club's conference at the Hilton. And presumably plays some break-open tickets.
Also at 11 a.m., Channel 17 airs its live state politics call-in show "Conversations With Your Legislators." On the hot seat for week two: Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson (D-Essex Junction) — the sponsor of a new gun-control bill in the House — and Rep. Kristy Spengler (D-Colchester). Stream in here.
At noon, Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" is about the federal Violence Against Women Act, and Jane Lindholm interviews main sponsor U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy. Listen live.
At 7:10 a.m., Vermont Liquor Control Commissioner Mike Hogan and DLC's director of education, Bill Goggins, are on "Charlie, Ernie and Lisa" to talk about — what else? — break-open tickets. WVMT 620 AM.
At noon, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce hosts a luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier with Gov. Shumlin, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and other big shots.
Two legislative committees — House Commerce and Economic Development, and House Transportation — take a field trip to Newport to tour the future sites of Bill Stenger's big economic development project and a Walmart in Derby, and to learn more about the EB-5 immigrant investor program. At 12:30 p.m., there's a public hearing on all that at the North Country Career Center in Newport.
Wednesday, February 6
Gov. Shumlin leaves for a three-day trip to Miami today, for meetings to promote Stenger's big Jay Peak project and explain EB-5 developments to potential investors.
At 9 a.m., the House Transportation Committee hears from Richard Boes, commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation about the Hewlett-Packard DMV computer system debacle. Take a number, commissioner.
At 11:30, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is holding a press conference — and as usual, the topic is TBD.
At 2 p.m., Human Services Secretary Doug Racine appears before the Senate Finance Committee to defend Shumlin's controversial plan to siphon $17 from the earned income tax credit to pay for child care programs.
Thursday, February 7
At 7:10 a.m., Lt. Gov. Scott is the guest on "Charlie, Ernie and Lisa" on WVMT 620 AM.
At 9 a.m., the House and Senate meet for a joint assembly on "results based accountability" with RBA bigwig Mark Friedman of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute.
At noon, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is the guest on "Vermont Edition" and will discuss gas prices, a proposed state moratorium on wind power and Senate filibuster rules. Listen live.
Friday, February 8
As always, get your VT politics fix with Stewart Ledbetter and crew on "Vermont This Week," 7:30 p.m. on Vermont Public Television.
Saturday, February 9
At 10:30, Lt. Gov. Scott will judge the "best damn chili cookoff" at Wilkins Harley-Davidson in South Barre. Uh, don't you mean best darn chili, Phil?
Sunday, February 10
Sunday talking heads! "You Can Quote Me" airs at 11 a.m. on WCAX-TV. Check the station's website later this week for guests.
In case you missed it, watch the rebroadcast of "Vermont This Week" at 11:30 a.m. on VPT.