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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 |
By Eric Davis



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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Opinion: New rules best for superdelegates

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The Democratic Party added superdelegates to its national conventions beginning in 1984. Superdelegates are elected and party officials who are part of state delegations to the conventions but are not pledged to a particular presidential candidate.

Superdelegates were intended to provide a dose of political realism to counteract what some Democratic leaders saw as the tendency of delegates elected by the party grassroots to support unsuccessful presidential candidates and presidents, such as George McGovern and Jimmy Carter.

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Eric Davis: It makes sense to go slow on pot bill

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has amended the Senate-passed bill legalizing the sale of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use with a new proposal taking a very different approach.

Instead of legalization, the House Judiciary proposal would expand marijuana education programs, set a standard for psychoactive substances in the blood for drivers, and establish a commission to do more research on marijuana policy issues.

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Eric Davis: Donald Trump is no Delmer Berg

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Last Thursday, The New York Times posted an op-ed column by Arizona Sen. John McCain titled “Salute to a Communist.” In the column, McCain paid homage to a 100-year-old man from California named Delmer Berg, who died a few weeks ago.

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Eric Davis: Support of Rubio could hurt Scott

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Last Friday, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott announced that he would vote for Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican primary. Less than a week before, Scott had introduced Gov. John Kasich at a campaign event in Colchester.

When asked why he supported Rubio over Kasich, Scott replied that Kasich, as governor of Ohio, had signed a bill to prevent state funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that, in Scott’s opinion, did “incredible work.” Scott added that Rubio “can build consensus within the party.”

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