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Eric Davis: 2014 Senate race bears watching

Posted on March 5, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



There will not be a U.S. Senate race in Vermont in 2014. However, the results of Senate campaigns in other states could significantly affect politics in Vermont.

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Eric Davis: Vermont Health Connect website is in very poor health

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Health exchange website holds back reforms

Last Sunday, in order to learn more about Vermont Health Connect, I explored the VHC website to get information on insurance options for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children with Vermont’s median household income of $53,000.

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Eric Davis: Howard Dean presses on health care reform

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Earlier this week, The Politico, a publication with a wide readership among Washington insiders, ran an article entitled “What Is Howard Dean Thinking?” The article noted that Dean recently made a speech in Iowa, the first caucus state, and will be speaking soon in New Hampshire, the first primary state.

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Eric Davis: Vt. congressional delegation must decide on Syria

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



The three members of Vermont’s congressional delegation must decide whether to support President Obama’s request that Congress authorize the use of military force against Syria in response to the Assad government’s chemical weapons attack on communities near Damascus. As of Sept. 3, none of the members of the delegation had made a firm statement about how he will vote.

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Eric Davis: Very low voter turnout possible in 2014

Posted on August 22, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



The November 2014 General Election in Vermont could turn out to be the election with the lowest turnout in several decades.

The Vermont Secretary of State’s Web site provides data on registered voters and turnout for all elections since 1974. The average turnout in Vermont for the 10 presidential elections from 1976 through 2012 was 70 percent of the registered voters. Vermont has consistently had one of the highest turnout rates in the nation in presidential elections. In part, this is because of the strongly civic-minded culture of the state.

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Eric Davis: Newspapers confront big changes

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



The Burlington Free Press announced last week that it was laying off 13 employees, including five reporters, editors and photographers in the newsroom. Over the past decade, the Free Press’ weekday circulation has dropped by nearly half, from 50,000 to 26,000. Since the Free Press switched to a tabloid format and raised its subscription rates in June 2012, it has lost more than 10 percent of its weekday sales.

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Politically thinking: It’s time to start talking about single-­payer health care

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Peter Shumlin began talking about single-payer health care early in 2010, when he became a candidate for governor. Shumlin has not said much about single-payer recently. Some single-payer advocates wonder whether his administration is still committed to applying for a federal waiver to permit Vermont to establish a single-payer system in 2017, the earliest allowable date under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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Politically Thinking: Shumlin faces re-­election pitfalls

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Recent Vermont history shows that governors lose support the longer they stay in office. Jim Douglas’ vote share declined from his first re-election in 2004 through his last re-election in 2008, and Howard Dean faced challenging campaigns in his last two re-elections, in 1998 and 2000. The same trend may be starting for Peter Shumlin.

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Politically Thinking: Vt. Gas decisions made elsewhere

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



Letters to the editor, columns, and editorials in recent issues of the Independent have criticized Vermont Gas Systems for trying to obtain approval of the Addison Natural Gas project without allowing sufficient time for public consultation and revising the proposal in response to public concerns. One reason for this criticism may be that although Vermont Gas Systems has the word “Vermont” in its name, the gas company is really a subsidiary of a large Canadian energy complex that is owned by an interlocking network of pension funds and gas producers all across Canada.

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