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Politically Thinking: Snelling-Scott primary offers intrigue

Posted on April 29, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



The five-way race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination will be the most interesting contest in Vermont’s Aug. 24 primary election. Nearly as interesting will be the race between Phil Scott and Mark Snelling for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

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Politically Thinking: Gauging the August primary effect

Posted on April 15, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Last week, Governor Douglas allowed a bill to move Vermont’s primary from the second Tuesday of September back to the fourth Tuesday of August to become law without his signature. This year’s primary elections will be held on August 24.

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Politically Thinking: Controversy builds over union labor

Posted on April 1, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



A controversy brewing about the conditions governing bids from contractors that would like to build the new Champlain Bridge provides a window into the politics of labor issues in New York state and in Vermont. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is the lead agency overseeing the bridge project. NYSDOT is considering including a “Project Labor Agreement” (PLA) as part of the bid conditions. The PLA would require contractors to give the highest priority to unionized workers in hiring for the project and to contribute to union benefit funds.

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Politically Thinking: Income sensitivity rule must evolve

Posted on March 18, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



By April 15, more than two-thirds of Vermont households will have filed an application for an income sensitivity adjustment to their property taxes. The income sensitivity program is one of the fastest growing parts of the state budget, and probably cannot be sustained in its current form much longer.

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Politically Thinking: U.S. Supreme Court vacancy looms

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



One of Sen. Patrick Leahy’s principal responsibilities as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee is to shepherd President Obama’s nominees to the federal judiciary through the committee and on to favorable confirmation votes by the full Senate.

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Politically Thinking: Granite State offers hints to Dems

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



New Hampshire was a key to the Democratic resurgence from 2004 to 2008. John Kerry won the state in the 2004 presidential election, the same year Democrat John Lynch defeated a Republican incumbent to become New Hampshire’s governor. In 2006, Democrats Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter defeated incumbent Republicans to win New Hampshire’s two congressional seats. In November 2008, Barack Obama won New Hampshire, while Democrat Jeanne Shaheen defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. John Sununu.

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Politically Thinking: Leahy foes hope to tap discontent

Posted on February 4, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Patrick Leahy will ask Vermont voters to return him to the Senate for a seventh term this November. With more than 35 years in the Senate, Leahy has served in that body longer than anyone in the history of Vermont. He is also the third most senior member among the current 100 senators.

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Politically Thinking: Vt. demgraphics behind job rate

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s unemployment rate in November — the most recent month for which state-by-state data is available — was 6.4 percent. The national unemployment rate in November was 10 percent, and only five states had lower unemployment rates than Vermont’s. The Green Mountain State’s unemployment rate peaked in May 2009, at just over 7 percent, and slowly declined to 6.4 percent over the next six months. Maine was the only other state in the nation to see a decline in unemployment during this period, when national unemployment climbed from 9.4 to 10 percent.

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Politically Thinking: 2010 legislative session kicks off

Posted on January 7, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



The legislative session that began this week will be one of the most important in years. Key budget policy issues — for the state and for school districts — are on the agenda. Vermont Yankee’s license expires in just over two years, and the Legislature must take positive action if the plant is to continue operating. Much of the session will be driven by the politics of the first open-seat gubernatorial campaign in eight years.

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Politically Thinking: Bernanke takes economic spotlight

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Eric L. Davis



Federal Reserve Board Chair Ben Bernanke has been on a publicity offensive for the last several months. He wants to mobilize support for his own renomination for another term and to oppose several bills making their way through Congress that would strip the Fed of some of its powers or subject its decisions to more review on Capitol Hill. Bernanke has appeared on 60 Minutes, written op-ed columns for major newspapers, and held a town hall meeting in Kansas City that was broadcast on PBS.

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