Vermont Governor Turns Focus to "Rising Tide of Drug Addiction" in Bid to Move Attention From Botched Obamacare Roll Out

State of the state address focused on single topic


"Well, what's there to oppose in that?" a reporter asked me a moment after Gov. Peter Shumlin concluded his 34-minute State of the State address Wednesday afternoon.

What, indeed?

For the second time in as many years, the second-term governor dispensed with tradition and focused his legislative session-opening remarks on a single topic: in this case, what he called "the rising tide of drug addiction and drug-related crime spreading across Vermont."