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Eric Davis: Democrats must expand electoral base

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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The Electoral College has recently been the subject of considerable debate and discussion among presidential candidates and newspaper op-ed writers. Regardless of one’s views on the merits of the Electoral College, it does provide the rules under which the 2020 campaign will be conducted, and an advantage to President Trump’s bid for re-election.

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Eric Davis: Trump is blaming his own Fed pick

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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President Trump is worried that economic underperformance over the next 18 months could be a risk to his re-election.

Trump promised as a candidate in 2016 that, if he were elected, economic growth would run at 4 percent a year, if not higher. The latest reports from the Commerce Department indicate that actual economic growth in 2017 was 2.2 percent, and 2.9 percent in 2018. Looking at the statistics on a quarter-by-quarter basis, growth slowed from 3.4 percent to 2.2 percent from the third to the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Eric Davis: Trump, FCC threaten local access TV

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
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Across Vermont, 66 public access television channels provide coverage of local government for subscribers to cable television systems. In Middlebury, Channels 15 and 16, operated by Middlebury Community Television, broadcast meetings of the Middlebury selectboard, the Addison Central School District board, and other local government bodies, as well as a range of church services, lectures at the Ilsley Library, and other programming.

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Eric Davis: Key Vermont bills remain to be decided

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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This week, the Legislature is on its mid-session, Town Meeting Day recess. With about two months of the session completed and two months still to go, this is a good time to look at three major pieces of legislation being considered at the Statehouse, and what might happen to them in the remainder of the session.

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Eric Davis: Issues threaten vital 2020 census

Posted on February 21, 2019 |
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The Constitution requires that a census of population be conducted every 10 years to determine the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives among the states. Census information is used by state legislatures and independent commissions to draw the lines of congressional and state legislative districts. Many federal grant programs use census information to determine the allocation of funds among states and localities. Census data is used by businesses and non-profit organizations in planning and assessing their activities.

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Eric Davis: Trump's wall gambit is likely to fail

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
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President Trump intends to declare a “national emergency” and order the military and other federal agencies to build a wall on the southern border if Congress does not enact an appropriations bill including the full $5.7 billion for wall construction he wants. Such a move is quite likely to be overturned by the federal courts.

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Eric Davis: Family leave bill must share costs

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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One of the major issues before this year’s Legislature will be establishing a paid family leave program in Vermont. While legislative Democrats and Gov. Scott seem to agree on the principle of family leave, they have fundamental disagreements over whether or not the program should be mandatory.

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Eric Davis: Vt. GOP: Keep Trump at a distance

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
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When Vermont’s newly elected legislative and executive officials took their oaths of office on Wednesday, there were fewer Republicans in the Statehouse than at any time in the last 150 years.

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Eric Davis: Health care to be hot topic in 2020

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
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Health care is likely to be one of the most important issues in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections.

Earlier this month, a Texas federal district judge ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. This decision will definitely make health care a more salient issue in 2019 and 2020.

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Eric Davis: Democratic 2020 race heating up

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
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Many potential Democratic presidential candidates will spend the last few weeks of this year consulting with colleagues, supporters and family members as they decide whether to announce, in January or soon thereafter, that they will seek their party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

The first delegate selection events of 2020 will take place roughly 14 months from now, with the Iowa caucuses planned for Feb. 3 and the New Hampshire primary tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11.

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