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Politically Thinking: State’s D.C. incumbents will roll

Posted on November 1, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch are overwhelming favorites to be re-elected next week. These two candidates may get more votes than anyone else listed on the ballot, including President Obama and Gov. Shumlin. Sanders could be the top vote-getter in Vermont, with about 70 percent of the vote, with Welch not far behind in the mid-60 percent range.

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Politically Thinking: Lt. Gov. position no longer useful

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



Vermont is among a minority of states where the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately, and among an even smaller minority of states where the current governor and lieutenant governor are of different political parties. This situation is likely to continue after the November election, since Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott are both favored to be re-elected.

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Politically Thinking: Turnout, incumbency key in primary

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



With less than a week to go before the statewide primary election, I have two major questions about next Tuesday’s Democratic primary for attorney general between Bill Sorrell and T.J. Donovan.

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Politically Thinking: Leahy faces an important decision

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



On July 25, Vermont’s Patrick Leahy cast the 14,000th roll-call vote of his 38-year Senate career. Only six senators in the 224-year history of Congress have cast more votes than Leahy.

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Politically Thinking: Delegation mum on jet controversy

Posted on July 19, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The Vermont Air National Guard facility at the Burlington International Airport is one of six locations being considered by Air Force officials in Washington as bases for the new F-35 fighter jet, which is planned to become operational in 2015. Burlington and Hill Air Force Base in Utah are the Pentagon’s two preferred locations for the F-35.

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Politically Thinking: Republican candidates absent

Posted on June 21, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



When the filing deadline for Vermont candidates passed last week, something noteworthy in the political history of Addison County happened: not a single Republican filed for either of the county’s seats in the Vermont Senate.

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Politically Thinking: Vermont needs young, skilled residents

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The aging of Vermont’s population is a well-known finding from the 2010 U.S. Census. Vermont has the second-oldest population of any state, behind only Maine. If current trends continue, Vermont could well be the oldest state in the nation by 2020.

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Politically Thinking: Treasurer's race offers intrigue

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The election for Vermont treasurer could be one of the most interesting and competitive races in November.

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Politically Thinking: Lawmakers earn a B+ for 2012

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



How should the 2012 session of the Legislature be assessed? I would give the lawmakers a B+ grade: above-average performance, but with room for improvement on some issues and more work to be done on others.

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Politically Thinking: Merger of utilities a $21M question

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The continuing controversy over the $21 million “windfall” resulting from the merger between Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service has produced some very unusual political alliances.

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