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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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Eric Davis: Primary offers competitive contests

Posted on August 4, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



With the Vermont primary a few days away, there are competitive races for governor in both the Democratic and Republican parties, and for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

The Democratic contest is now between Matt Dunne and Sue Minter. While Peter Galbraith is a serious candidate, and will receive more than a handful of votes, does his presence on the ballot hurt Dunne or Minter more?

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Eric Davis: Lt. gov candidates offer contrasts

Posted on July 21, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Three candidates are seeking to win the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in the Aug. 9 primary. These candidates have quite different perspectives on how to perform the duties of the position.

House Speaker Shap Smith is perhaps the best known of the three Democrats. Smith’s candidacy is supported by many of his colleagues in the Legislature, as well as by senior figures in the Democratic mainstream around the state.

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Eric Davis: Dems brace for low primary turnout

Posted on July 7, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The Democratic nominee for governor could end up being chosen by as few as 20,000 voters in what is likely to be a low-turnout primary on Aug. 9.

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Eric Davis: Much is riding on Britain’s EU vote

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



On June 23, British voters will cast their ballots in a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union, of which Britain has been a member since 1973, or to leave. Next to the U.S. presidential election, the “Brexit” referendum is the most important election scheduled anywhere in the world this year. Its outcome will affect the global economy, and will provide a good test of the appeal of nationalist and populist politics at the ballot box.

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Eric Davis: Sanders can make a strong case

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Bernie Sanders claims that he would be a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton in a General Election campaign against Donald Trump. This claim is borne out by several reputable polls released by national news organizations in recent days.

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Eric Davis: Trump poses problem for Vt. GOP

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
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Donald Trump’s clinching the Republican presidential nomination will pose challenges for Vermont Republicans. In order to win statewide races, GOP candidates need the votes of independents, who disapprove of Trump by large margins.

Trump did win the Vermont Republican primary in March, with 33 percent of the vote. However, he received only 10 percent of all votes cast on Town Meeting Day. In November, Trump could well receive less than 40 percent of the Vermont presidential vote.

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