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Politically Thinking: Power deal needs careful review

Posted on November 10, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



The Vermont Public Service Board has opened its review of the proposed purchase of Central Vermont Public Service by Gaz Metro, the Canadian utility that is the corporate parent of Green Mountain Power, and the subsequent merger of CVPS into GMP. One of the most important issues the PSB must decide in this preliminary phase of the proceeding is whether to grant the petition filed by Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, R-Essex-Orleans, and 45 other Vermont ratepayers to appoint an independent counsel to represent the public interest before the board.

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Politically Thinking: McDonald a viable state candidate

Posted on October 27, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Pat McDonald, the chair of the Vermont Republican Party, could well be the Republican candidate for governor in 2012. While she has not yet declared her candidacy, many Republicans are urging McDonald to enter the race. The other Republicans who have been mentioned as gubernatorial candidates have either not shown interest in a 2012 campaign (Brian Dubie and Randy Brock), or have decided to seek re-election to their current position (Tom Salmon).

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Politically Thinking: Risk to Vt. in 2012 is a GOP sweep

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin and Vermont’s Democratic legislative majorities do not need to be overly concerned about re-election in 2012. However, they do face a major political risk next year: the impacts of Republican control of both the presidency and Congress on Vermont’s fiscal policy.

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Politically Thinking: Obama faces re-election challenge

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Projecting electoral votes in 2012 demonstrates the challenges facing President Obama’s re-election. Even before any votes are cast, Obama’s path to 270 electoral votes is difficult due to changes in the apportionment of House seats and electoral votes following the 2010 census. Because of shifts in population from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and Southwest, the states Obama won in 2008 will have eight fewer electoral votes in 2012 than in 2008.

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Politically Thinking: Extra session could focus on Irene

Posted on September 15, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



When the Vermont Legislature adjourned last May, lawmakers set Oct. 18 as the date for a possible special session on the consequences of federal budget cuts on the state’s finances. The special congressional committee established in the agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling will not report until November, so the extent of federal budget cuts impacting Vermont will not be known until early next year.

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Politically Thinking: Obama remains popular in Vermont

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s 2012 presidential primary will be held in six months, on Town Meeting Day, March 6. Compared with 2008, next year’s Vermont presidential primary is likely to be a low-key affair. In 2008, the combination of open presidential nominating contests in both parties, and the presence of three candidates who were well-organized and had extensive support in Vermont — John McCain on the Republican side and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side — resulted in a primary with high public attention and a record turnout.

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Politically Thinking: Nature of UVM board a problem

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin was correct to say that Vermonters had a right to be angry at the “inexcusable” severance packages granted to former administrators Daniel Fogel and Michael Schultz by the University of Vermont’s board of trustees. The governor noted that at a time when many Vermont families with students at UVM struggle to pay the university’s fees, to see the trustees grant six-figure severance packages to administrators leaving under “difficult circumstances” sends the wrong message to parents and taxpayers.

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Politically Thinking: State might benefit from A.G. race

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Attorney General William Sorrell has not faced a competitive election in his 14 years in office. In 1997, former Gov. Howard Dean nominated Attorney General Jeffrey Amestoy to become Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. At the same time, Dean appointed Sorrell, his administration secretary, to succeed Amestoy. In each of the seven elections from 1998 through 2010, Sorrell was re-elected without a serious contest.

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Politically Thinking: Even court win might not save V.Y.

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



As the March 2012 expiration date of Vermont Yankee’s certificate of public good from the state of Vermont comes ever closer, the future of the nuclear power plant will be determined by legal, regulatory and economic issues that will play out in the months ahead.

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Politically Thinking: Much is riding on CVPS acquisition

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



The bidding war between two Canadian utilities for control of Central Vermont Public Service has both economic and political implications for Vermont.

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