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 18
At 11 a.m., Channel 17 airs its legislative issues show, "Conversations With Your Legislators." Today's guests: Reps. Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) and Patrick Brennan (R-Colchester). Stream it live.
At noon, Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" hosts Burlington-based immigration attorney Leslie Holman discussing the prospects for achieving real immigration reform this year. Listen live.
Gov. Peter Shumlin is in Montréal today. At 2:30 p.m., he's in a private meeting with Québec Premier Pauline Marois, and at 3:20 p.m. both will sign a "cooperation agreement" between Vermont and Québec. Of note: the advisory says the leaders will pose for photos but take no questions. Mon dieu!
Rest of the week after the break...
Tuesday, February 19
At 8 a.m., Shumlin speaks at a breakfast event hosted by WCAX-TV and called "Policy Over Easy: WCAX All-Access Town Meeting" in the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.
At 10:30 a.m., Vermont nurses join with activists from the Healthcare Is a Human Right campaign for a press conference in the Statehouse Cedar Creek Room, at which they will "push to return focus on health care as a public good."
At noon, "Vermont Edition" talks to several Vermont mayors about why they're banding together to get stuff done. Scheduled to appear: Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, St. Albans Mayor Liz Gamache and Rutland Mayor Chris Louras. Listen live.
Wednesday, February 20
Got a question for Hizzoner, Mayor Weinberger? Find him at the Bagel Café on North Avenue at 8 a.m. for his weekly "Mornings with Miro" sesh.
At 9 a.m., the House Health Care Committee will hold a full morning of testimony on H.234, a bill to impose taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. On the roster of witnesses: somebody named Keith Richards.
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition has organized its annual legislative day for today. At 9 a.m., housing and conservation advocates will gather in Statehouse Room 11 to hear from Shumlin,Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Senate President John Campbell and House Speaker Shap Smith. Following that is a full day of testimony on housing investments.
At 11 a.m., Shumlin holds his weekly press conference. Details TBA.
At noon, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is the guest on "Vermont Edition." Listen live.
Thursday, February 21
At 10:30 a.m., the state Senate and House will hold a joint session to elect the next adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard. Four candidates are in the running. One guy isn't. Legislators will also elect UVM trustees.
At 10:45 a.m., Shumlin holds a press conference to launch the Vermont Home Energy challenge. Location in Montpelier TBA.
At noon, "Vermont Edition" discuss the Vermont Gas pipeline through Addison County. The company has declined to participate, but VPR will hear from a range of community leaders on the topic. Listen live.
At 8 p.m., Vermont Public Television airs a special call-in show, "Report From Montpelier" to discuss legislative issues. Host Mark Johnson will be joined by Democratic House Majority Leader Rep. Willem Jewett (D-Ripton), House Progressive Leader Rep. Chris Pearson (P-Burlington) and Republican House Assistant Minority Leader Rep. Brian Savage (R–Swanton). Stream it live.
Friday, February 22
Shumlin, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, is off to Washington, D.C., today for a series of events. At 8 a.m., he'll go head-to-head with RGA chair Bobby Jindal of Louisiana in a Politico-sponsored discussion on challenges facing states. At 10, Shumlin meets with President Obama and Democratic govs at the White House.
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 23
From today until Monday, Shumlin attends the National Governors Association Winter Meeting 2013 at the Marriott in Washington, D.C.
Sunday, February 24
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.