Vermont

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

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"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."