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Eric Davis: Key Vermont bills remain to be decided

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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This week, the Legislature is on its mid-session, Town Meeting Day recess. With about two months of the session completed and two months still to go, this is a good time to look at three major pieces of legislation being considered at the Statehouse, and what might happen to them in the remainder of the session.

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Eric Davis: Issues threaten vital 2020 census

Posted on February 21, 2019 |
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The Constitution requires that a census of population be conducted every 10 years to determine the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives among the states. Census information is used by state legislatures and independent commissions to draw the lines of congressional and state legislative districts. Many federal grant programs use census information to determine the allocation of funds among states and localities. Census data is used by businesses and non-profit organizations in planning and assessing their activities.

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Eric Davis: Trump's wall gambit is likely to fail

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
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President Trump intends to declare a “national emergency” and order the military and other federal agencies to build a wall on the southern border if Congress does not enact an appropriations bill including the full $5.7 billion for wall construction he wants. Such a move is quite likely to be overturned by the federal courts.

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Eric Davis: Family leave bill must share costs

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
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One of the major issues before this year’s Legislature will be establishing a paid family leave program in Vermont. While legislative Democrats and Gov. Scott seem to agree on the principle of family leave, they have fundamental disagreements over whether or not the program should be mandatory.

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Eric Davis: Vt. GOP: Keep Trump at a distance

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
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When Vermont’s newly elected legislative and executive officials took their oaths of office on Wednesday, there were fewer Republicans in the Statehouse than at any time in the last 150 years.

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Eric Davis: Health care to be hot topic in 2020

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
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Health care is likely to be one of the most important issues in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections.

Earlier this month, a Texas federal district judge ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional. This decision will definitely make health care a more salient issue in 2019 and 2020.

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Eric Davis: Democratic 2020 race heating up

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
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Many potential Democratic presidential candidates will spend the last few weeks of this year consulting with colleagues, supporters and family members as they decide whether to announce, in January or soon thereafter, that they will seek their party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

The first delegate selection events of 2020 will take place roughly 14 months from now, with the Iowa caucuses planned for Feb. 3 and the New Hampshire primary tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11.

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Eric Davis: Not a fair shake for Vermont ratepayers

Posted on November 29, 2018 |
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The Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is currently considering a rate increase request from Green Mountain Power, the state’s largest electric utility.

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Eric Davis: Democrats made big election gains

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
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As fuller results from last week’s elections are received, the magnitude of Democratic success is becoming more apparent.

Democratic candidates now appear poised to gain close to 40 seats in the House, which would give the Democrats 235 House seats to the Republicans’ 200. This would represent the largest Democratic seat gain in a midterm election since 1974, an election held less than three months after Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency over Watergate.

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Eric Davis: Telling the tale of the election tape

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
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Editor’s note: This is a special column by Eric Davis reflecting his personal analysis and views of the political landscape the morning after the election. It was written as a personal reflection to friends and colleagues, so is left in the first person to reflect that personal voice.

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