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Eric Davis: Might Scott follow Jeffords' path out of GOP?

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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The state of Republican politics in Vermont is illustrated by a series of tweets sent last Saturday.

Sen. Patrick Leahy started the day by tweeting that he and his wife “spent my birthday at the American Cemetery at Normandy. Like all who come here, we’re so moved by the sacrifices of those who fought for democracy. We’ve been to these gravesites many times, and as I laid a wreath here today I gave my thanks again.”

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Eric Davis: Choosing the right time to step down

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Earlier this month, Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, told his constituents that he would not seek another term in this year’s election. Sharpe, first elected in 2002, currently serves as chair of the House Education Committee.

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Eric Davis: Don't play politics with critical infrastructure

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



Pennsylvania Station in New York City, opened in 1910, was one of the great civil engineering accomplishments of the early 20th century. Covering three square blocks in midtown Manhattan, Penn Station sits above a complex of 21 tracks, with tunnels extending eastward to Long Island under the East River and westward to New Jersey under the Hudson River.

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Eric Davis: Court to decide on politicking at polls

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



May a state prohibit voters from wearing campaign T-shirts, buttons or other politically-related clothing at a polling place on election day? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider this question in a case to be argued on Feb. 28.

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Eric Davis: Media asks wrong question on candidate

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



Christine Hallquist is the CEO of Vermont Electric Co-operative, a Johnson-based utility serving over 30,000 customers in eight Vermont counties. Hallquist told reporters last week that she is giving serious consideration to running for governor as a Democrat this fall, and that she would make an announcement about her plans later in the month.

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Eric Davis: Education is struggling in Vermont

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



Education has been the subject of much Vermont news in recent weeks. Considerable attention was devoted to the Scott Administration’s proposals to restrain K-12 spending growth by establishing caps on per-pupil spending and student-to-staff ratios. These proposals will be the focus of much debate in Montpelier.

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Eric Davis: First Vt. woman legislator made a mark

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



Gov. Phil Scott devoted the end of his State of the State Address this past Thursday to the need to preserve civility in politics, to treat others with dignity, and to end the era of hyper-partisanship, bitterness, hate and anger. The governor referred to a number of figures in Vermont’s history “who served our state and nation with dignity and humility” and continue to be role models today. One of these figures was Edna Beard, the first woman elected to the Vermont Legislature. Her story deserves to be more widely told.

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Eric Davis: Trump tax cut will affect Vermont

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



The Vermont Legislature will reconvene next week for the second session of the 2017-18 biennium. Responding to the impacts of recent changes in tax and health care policy enacted by the Republican Congress or announced by the Trump Administration will be a major item on the Legislature’s agenda for 2018.

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Eric L. Davis: No real suspense on election front

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



The next General Election in Vermont is approximately one year away. Which races are likely to be the most closely contested and to receive the most attention from the public and the media?

Sen. Bernie Sanders has not declared that he will be a candidate for re-election to a third term, but all indications point to Sanders running next year, as an independent, not as a Democrat, and being re-elected comfortably. Recent polls of Vermonters show that Sanders’ approval rating is over 70 percent, the highest of any U.S. Senator on next year’s ballot.

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Eric Davis, Politically Thinking: Battle looms over Mississippi flag

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
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The Supreme Court might soon consider the issue of Confederate symbols and how they relate to American public values. Carlos Moore, a citizen of Mississippi, has filed a lawsuit challenging the Mississippi state flag because it includes an image of the Confederate battle flag in the upper-left hand corner. Moore’s challenge was rejected by lower courts, primarily on procedural grounds, and he has asked the High Court to take up his case.

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