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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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Eric Davis: President Trump will have range of Supreme Court options

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Soon after his inauguration on Jan. 20, President-elect Trump will send to the Senate the name of his nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The nominee will come from a list of 21 names that Trump announced during the campaign. With one exception (Sen. Mike Lee of Utah), all 21 are currently either federal judges or state supreme court judges in Midwestern, southern or Rocky Mountain states. All the names on Trump’s list have been vetted by the Heritage Foundation, the Federalist Society and other conservative advocacy groups.

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Eric Davis: Key factors affect race for governor

Posted on November 3, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Two public polls of the Vermont electorate have been released in the past two weeks. One, conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute for Vermont Public Radio, showed the governor’s race essentially tied, with Republican Phil Scott at 39 percent and Democrat Sue Minter at 38 percent. The second, conducted by Braun Research of Princeton, N.J., for WCAX-TV, showed Scott leading by 47 percent to 40 percent, just outside the margin of error.

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Eric Davis: Don't rush a big health care change

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Health care costs in Vermont are growing unsustainably. Many Vermont households, including those eligible for Obamacare subsidies, will pay $500 to $1,000 more for health coverage in 2017 than in 2016.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced rate increases of between 5 and 8 percent for 2017, along with across-the-board increases in deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket maximums. Self-insured businesses face similar cost increases for their health benefit programs. Medicaid continues to grow as a share of the state budget.

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Eric Davis: Bernie Sanders has sway with young voters

Posted on October 6, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Last week, Bernie Sanders appeared at a rally along with Hillary Clinton on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The event drew a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Sanders vigorously endorsed Clinton to the students and other young people present. He supports her both because of specific issues in her platform, such as her plans for lowering college tuition and student loans, and because he firmly believes that a Donald Trump presidency would be dangerous and destabilizing for the nation.

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Eric Davis: Presidential debate sets context

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Monday night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the most important event of the presidential campaign to date. Viewers’ reactions to this debate, framed by and formed by media coverage and the candidates’ spin, will set the context for the six weeks to Election Day.

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Eric Davis: Vt. candidates raise legitimate questions about jobs

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



“Governing” is a non-partisan magazine based in Washington that focuses on state-level politics and policy. It recently ranked the economies of all 50 states, using a range of indicators measuring employment, state GDP, and the income of state residents. Vermont ranked 25th, in the middle of the pack both nationally and in New England — lower than Massachusetts and New Hampshire, about the same as Maine, and above Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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