Eric Davis: Scott talks new issues, but not all

There are several important issues that Scott did not address in his speech. Other than acknowledging, and saying he respected, the Legislature’s decision to meet remotely for the first two weeks of the session, and stressing the importance of in-person learning for K-12 students, the governor had little to say about COVID-19 safety and mitigation measures.

Eric Davis: Student loan delay is not a writeoff

The Biden Administration announced last Wednesday that it would extend the moratorium on federal student loan repayments, which was due to expire in early February, to May 1.

Eric Davis: Gray’s decision creates intrigue

Lt. Gov. Molly Gray’s announcement that she is a candidate for Vermont’s open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives means that there will also be an open seat campaign for lieutenant governor next year.

Eric Davis: Welch has a clear path to the Senate

Since 1958, every time there has been a vacancy in Vermont’s Senate delegation, the state’s House member has been a candidate for the Senate.

Eric Davis: Sizing up the races for governor

Voters in all six New England states, as well as New York state, will elect governors in 2022.

Eric Davis: Complex process will fill Vt. court

On Monday, the United States Senate confirmed Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson’s nomination for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Eric Davis: Nations missing climate targets

Leaders from more than 120 nations will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of this month for the year’s most important global conference.

Eric Davis: New book sheds light on Jan. 6

One of the topics being investigated by the U.S. House Committee is the attempt that former President Trump and others close to him made to induce Vice President Pence to have Congress overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election when the electo … (read more)

Eric Davis: How the refugee program works

Last week, Gov. Phil Scott announced that up to 100 Afghan refugees would be resettled in Vermont over the next few months, as part of a cooperative program among the federal government, state governments, and nongovernmental refugee resettlement organiza … (read more)

Eric Davis: How the refugee program works

Last week, Gov. Phil Scott announced that up to 100 Afghan refugees would be resettled in Vermont over the next few months, as part of a cooperative program among the federal government, state governments, and nongovernmental refugee resettlement organiza … (read more)

Eric Davis: Delta challenges Scott’s approach

The Vermont Department of Health reported on Monday that there were 1,553 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state over the past two weeks, and that there were 33 people hospitalized with COVID, 13 of them in intensive care. The count of new cases and … (read more)

Eric Davis: GOP taking aim at voting rights

Last Friday marked the 56th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This legislation was passed less than five months after “Bloody Sunday,” the attack by Alabama state troopers on John Lewis and other voting ri … (read more)

Eric Davis: Sanders a big player in budget bill

The next two months could be the most consequential in Sen. Bernie Sanders’s more than 30-year career in Congress. For much of his time in the House, and then in the Senate, Sanders was a gadfly on the left, making speeches that received more attention of … (read more)

Eric Davis: Multi-member districts have merits

The boundaries of the legislative districts from which Vermont’s 30 senators and 150 representatives are elected must be redrawn following each census to reflect changes in the state’s population in the preceding 10 years. Next month, the U.S. Census Bure … (read more)

Eric Davis: Vermont bound by ‘Dillon’s rule’

Last week, the Legislature overrode Gov. Scott’s vetoes of two bills that will allow non-citizens to vote in local elections in Montpelier and Winooski. Those provisions, changes to the cities’ municipal charters, had already been approved by the voters o … (read more)

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