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Politically Thinking: Local elections crucial statewide

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Next to the contest for governor, the most important Vermont elections this fall are those for the 180 seats in the Legislature. Republicans want to pick up seats in the House, so that chamber could sustain the governor’s vetoes if Brian Dubie is elected. Democrats want to maintain a veto-proof majority in the House, in case Peter Shumlin is not elected.

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Pollitically Thinking: Trouble lies ahead for single-payer

Posted on September 16, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Health care will be a major issue in the election for governor. Peter Shumlin says on his website that “if I am elected governor, creating a single-payer plan will be my top priority. It will be a very difficult task. There are many forces arrayed against a single-payer plan. … It will take very strong, committed leadership to get this job done.”

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Politically thinking: Shumlin must expand his reach

Posted on September 2, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Peter Shumlin, Doug Racine and Deb Markowitz issued a joint statement last weekend saying that, while the recount takes place, “we all agree that Peter should campaign as the prospective nominee” and “we’ve also agreed to campaign together.” Joint campaigning with Racine and Markowitz throughout the fall, not just during the recount period, could help Shumlin get elected governor.

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Politically Thinking: Trends emerge in Dems' primary

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



With only a few days left before the primary, four of the five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor could end up as the winner next Tuesday.

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Politically Thinking: Douglas a logical pick for CVPS post

Posted on August 5, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Jim Douglas has said little about his plans after his term ends in January, other than that he wants to stay in Vermont. One of Vermont’s leading business positions will come open next year, and it is one for which Douglas could be a strong candidate. Bob Young, president of Central Vermont Public Service, recently announced that he will retire next spring. Board members of the state’s largest utility might well want to talk with Douglas about his becoming CEO of CVPS in 2011.

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Politically Thinking: Welch's clout could take a major hit

Posted on July 22, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Congressman Peter Welch will almost certainly be re-elected to a third term in November. Like many incumbent House members, Welch has built up a strong political organization with the financial resources to match. Welch’s campaign has already raised more than $1 million. His campaign bank account is 100 times larger than that of any of the three Republicans seeking the congressional nomination in the Aug. 24 primary.

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Politically Thinking: State's tax system due for revisions

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s tax system will be a major agenda item in this fall’s campaign and in next year’s legislative session. A blue-ribbon commission on the state’s tax structure will report to the governor and the Legislature early in 2011. The commissioners — Kathy Hoyt, Bill Sayre and Bill Schubart — all have long experience with tax and economic policy from both business and government perspectives.

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