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Eric Davis: Congressional mystery could loom

Posted on September 6, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Democrats must gain 23 U.S. House seats in November in order to have a majority in January. Most independent analysts believe there is about a 60 percent probability that control of the House will flip. A Democratic House would conduct vigorous oversight and investigation of Trump Administration officials and policies. It might also consider articles of impeachment against President Trump.

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Eric Davis: Hallquist poses serious challenge to Scott

Posted on August 23, 2018 |
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Phil Scott is the favorite to be re-elected governor, but Christine Hallquist may make Scott work for a second term. Incumbent governors sometimes coast to re-election after just two years in office. Such an outcome does not appear likely this year.

Both polls and primary turnout numbers show greater enthusiasm among Democrats than among Republicans heading into the fall campaign. Primary turnout was higher than many expected, with more than 20 percent of the registered voters going to the polls.

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Eric Davis: Turnout is crucial in the gubernatorial primary

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
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With less than a week to go until the Vermont primary election, three key questions remain open.  How many voters will turn out for the primary?  How will challenger Keith Stern fare against Governor Scott in the Republican primary?  Who will finish first in the Democratic primary for governor?

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Eric Davis: State Dems eyeing veto-proof edge

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
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The most consequential elections in Vermont in November could well involve 10 to 15 House seats around the state, which will determine whether Gov. Scott can have vetoes sustained by the Legislature in 2019 and 2020.

Scott is likely to be re-elected. No incumbent governor of Vermont has lost a re-election bid in 56 years. None of the Democratic candidates for governor has the political and electoral experience, fund-raising ability or name recognition to pose a serious challenge to Scott.

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Eric Davis: Does court nominee have conflict?

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
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Several of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court opinions could figure in the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to be his successor. One of these cases, decided in 2009, was Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company. Although not well-known, Kennedy’s opinion in this case is relevant to today’s political situation.

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Eric Davis: Opportunity for fairer elections missed

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
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The Supreme Court recently issued four decisions about gerrymandered legislative districts. Taken together, the rulings are a major disappointment to those hoping that the high court would provide lower federal courts with guidelines showing how state legislatures can violate the Constitution when they draw district maps that make it very difficult for racial or political minorities to win legislative seats approximating their proportion in the population.

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Eric Davis: California leads way vs. Trumpism

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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The Framers of the Constitution tried to design a political system that would provide multiple opportunities to constrain the inappropriate use of power. The new government would include separate legislative, executive and judicial branches that would share powers and check each other. The states would also act as a constraint on governmental aggrandizement at the national level.

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Eric Davis: On bending the arc towards justice

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
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There is a long history in America of religious voices speaking out for societal improvement and reform within the context of the Judeo-Christian faith tradition.

In the years before the Civil War, Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister in Boston, often preached to congregations of more than 2,000 people. They came to hear him oppose the Fugitive Slave Act and advocate for abolition. Parker also wrote, and preached, in favor of temperance, women’s rights, penal reform and society’s responsibility to improve the condition of the poor.

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Eric Davis: Possible senate primary adds spice

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
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Sen. Claire Ayer’s decision not to run for another term in the Vermont Legislature has produced a rare occurrence in the Addison Senate district, consisting of all the Addison County towns, plus Huntington and Buel’s Gore in Chittenden County.

For the first time in many years, there will be an open Senate seat in the Addison District, that is known to be open well before the deadline for candidates to file petitions to be on the ballot. This year, that deadline is Thursday, May 31.

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Eric Davis: Gov. Philip Hoff left a lasting legacy

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
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Philip Hoff, who died last week, served as governor of Vermont from 1963 to 1969. He was an important figure in Vermont’s political history, and not only because he was the first Democrat ever elected governor.

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