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Eric Davis, Politically Thinking: Battle looms over Mississippi flag

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



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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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: After Trump's term, can the nation recover?

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



Donald Trump considers himself a “man of destiny,” and, in his mind, being elected president validates this belief. Trump has also claimed that he is more “presidential” than all previous occupants of the office except Abraham Lincoln.

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Eric L. Davis, Politically Speaking: U.S. Supreme Court considers key gerrymandering case

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



The Supreme Court will decide soon whether to hear an appeal of a legislative redistricting case from Wisconsin that has implications for nearly every other state, including Vermont.

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Eric L. Davis: Work remains after budget adoption

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



Last week, the Vermont House passed the state budget for fiscal year 2018 by a near-unanimous vote. The Senate is likely to follow suit later this month. The Legislature appears on track for adjournment before May 15.

The House leadership — Democratic Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Republican Minority Leader Don Turner — both said they appreciated the bipartisan spirit in which the House approved the budget. The contrast between Montpelier and Washington in this regard could not be more profound.

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Eric L. Davis: Sanders, Warren top Dems in polls

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



A national poll conducted on behalf of Fox News and released last week showed that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the most popular political figure in America, with a 61 percent approval rating. This compares, among others, with Donald Trump at 44 percent and Nancy Pelosi at 33 percent.

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Eric Davis: States' rights take on new meaning

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



A citizen movement called “Yes California” is trying to collect the 585,000 signatures (3 percent of the state’s registered voters) needed to put a referendum question on the November 2018 California ballot to repeal the provision in that state’s constitution that “California is an inseparable part of the United States of America.”

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Eric Davis: Judgeship remains political football

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



According to the indicators traditionally used to assess judicial nominees, Neil Gorsuch is highly qualified to sit on the United States Supreme Court. He has degrees from Columbia, Harvard and Oxford, a record of scholarly publications, more than 10 years of experience as a federal appeals court judge, and a temperament that is characterized by both intellectual curiosity and unfailingly polite and respectful treatment of his judicial colleagues, as well as lawyers and litigants appearing before his court.

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Eric Davis: New leader is off to a dubious start

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



Donald Trump’s presidency began last Friday with a dark and foreboding inaugural address. The President portrayed America as a dystopia (“carnage”) and laid out a mix of populist, nationalist and protectionist responses. Unlike almost all of his predecessors, Trump said nothing in his inaugural address about history, the Constitution, freedom, equality, justice or liberty.

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Eric Davis: Shumlin will leave a mixed legacy

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Next Thursday, Peter Shumlin will leave Montpelier after six years as governor, and before that, 17 years as a legislator. How should Shumlin’s political career be assessed?

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Politically thinking: Congress, courts must balance president

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison wrote a series of essays known as The Federalist Papers, urging ratification of the new Constitution of the United States.

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