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Eric Davis http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1629/all en Eric Davis: Sanders could spice up election http://addisonindependent.com/201502eric-davis-sanders-could-spice-election <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Earlier this month, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in the nation&rsquo;s capital. The speech allowed Sanders, who is considering declaring his candidacy for president, to become better known to the Washington press and policy community. A video of Sanders&rsquo; remarks, and the subsequent discussion with <em>Washington Post</em> columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., is available on the Brookings website.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28637">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502eric-davis-sanders-could-spice-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Clinton presidential election Sanders Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:57:53 +0000 Zach Despart 28637 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Spaulding departure a quandry for Shumlin http://addisonindependent.com/201410eric-davis-spaulding-departure-quandry-shumlin <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Jeb Spaulding, who has been Gov. Shumlin&rsquo;s secretary of administration since 2011, will leave the administration in January to become the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. Spaulding&rsquo;s appointment will benefit the state colleges, but it will present significant challenges for the governor.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25908">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410eric-davis-spaulding-departure-quandry-shumlin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion administration governor resignation shakeup Shumlin Spaulding Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:18:01 +0000 Eric Davis 25908 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Food for thought for pot advocates http://addisonindependent.com/201408eric-davis-food-thought-pot-advocates <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">The California-based consulting firm RAND Corporation is preparing a report for Vermont state government on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. RAND itself does not take a position for or against legalization.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25107">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201408eric-davis-food-thought-pot-advocates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Davis marijuana Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:52:42 +0000 Eric Davis 25107 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Vermont faces a bleak economic forecast http://addisonindependent.com/201408eric-davis-vermont-faces-bleak-economic-forecast <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Gov. Shumlin has directed agency heads to cut their 2014-2015 budgets by 4 percent to compensate for reduced revenues in the first six months of 2014. The revenue projections and analysis prepared by Tom Kavet, the state government&rsquo;s long-time economic forecaster, show that all three of Vermont&rsquo;s major funds are facing serious structural challenges.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24871">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201408eric-davis-vermont-faces-bleak-economic-forecast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion general fund legislature Shumlin Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:50:18 +0000 Eric Davis 24871 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Media must hold Shumlin accountable http://addisonindependent.com/201406eric-davis-media-must-hold-shumlin-accountable <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Gov. Peter Shumlin is unlikely to face vigorous opposition when campaigning for a third term this fall. The Progressives decided not to nominate a gubernatorial candidate. The Republicans could not find a mainstream candidate until right at the filing deadline, when Scott Milne announced he would enter the race.</span></p> <p> The Republicans were unable to find candidates for many offices. The GOP recruited candidates for only two of the six statewide offices, 15 of the 30 Senate seats, and 79 of the 150 House seats.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/24140">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406eric-davis-media-must-hold-shumlin-accountable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion governor healthcare media Milne Republican Party Shumlin single payer Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:57:08 +0000 Eric Davis 24140 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Shumlin out-of-step on campaign financing http://addisonindependent.com/201406eric-davis-shumlin-out-step-campaign-financing <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Sen. Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, convened a hearing last week on a constitutional amendment to allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance. The Supreme Court&rsquo;s interpretation of the First Amendment, in Citizens United and other cases, does not now permit many types of campaign finance regulation.</p> <p> Sen. Bernie Sanders is seriously considering running for president in 2016. The need for fundamental campaign finance reform would be one of the issues Sanders would emphasize in his campaign.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23924">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406eric-davis-shumlin-out-step-campaign-financing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion campaign DGA Shumlin Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:02:49 +0000 Phoebe Lewis 23924 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Scheuermann steps up for GOP http://addisonindependent.com/201404eric-davis-scheuermann-steps-gop <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Rep. Heidi Scheuermann of Stowe told reporters last week that she is seriously considering entering the race for governor as a Republican.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22501">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201404eric-davis-scheuermann-steps-gop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion 2014 election GOP governor Shumlin Stowe Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:20:49 +0000 Eric Davis 22501 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Sanders' campaign put into context http://addisonindependent.com/201403eric-davis-sanders-campaign-put-context <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Sen. Bernie Sanders is seriously considering running for president in 2016. In an interview with &ldquo;The Nation&rdquo; magazine, Sanders said he will spend a fair amount of time in the coming months exploring a presidential campaign with progressive individuals and organizations around the country.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22265">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201403eric-davis-sanders-campaign-put-context" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion 2016 Bernie Sanders Davis Democratic Party Hillary Clinton Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:03:16 +0000 Eric Davis 22265 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Unemployment stats misleading http://addisonindependent.com/201402eric-davis-unemployment-stats-misleading <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> In last week&rsquo;s State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit for &ldquo;the lowest unemployment rate in over five years.&rdquo; On the surface this claim is correct. By the Labor Department&rsquo;s commonly used measure, 6.7 percent of Americans were unemployed in December 2013, the lowest since October 2008.</p> <p> Many economists have analyzed data on employment and unemployment over time. This work shows that, for many Americans, the job market is still far from full recovery mode.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21495">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402eric-davis-unemployment-stats-misleading" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Politically Thinking Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:00:04 +0000 John McCright 21495 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Shumlin budget offers political cover http://addisonindependent.com/201401eric-davis-shumlin-budget-offers-political-cover <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Gov. Shumlin&rsquo;s 2014-15 budget is a political masterstroke in an election year. By relying on one-time funds such as a tobacco settlement and payments by Entergy associated with the shutdown of Vermont Yankee, the governor was able to close almost all of a projected $70 million budget gap without having either to cut programs or to raise broad-based taxes.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/21283">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201401eric-davis-shumlin-budget-offers-political-cover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Politically Thinking Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:52:35 +0000 Zach Despart 21283 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Red Sox fan recalls series of 1967 http://addisonindependent.com/201310eric-davis-red-sox-fan-recalls-series-1967 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19807">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201310eric-davis-red-sox-fan-recalls-series-1967" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion opinion Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:38:53 +0000 Zach Despart 19807 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Vermont Health Connect website is in very poor health http://addisonindependent.com/201310opinion-vhc-website-very-poor-health <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">Health exchange website holds back reforms</span></p> <p> Last Sunday, in order to learn more about Vermont Health Connect, I explored the VHC website to get information on insurance options for a hypothetical family of two adults and two children with Vermont&rsquo;s median household income of $53,000.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19519">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201310opinion-vhc-website-very-poor-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Eric Davis Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:22:31 +0000 Zach Despart 19519 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Court ruling looms on campaign finance http://addisonindependent.com/201310eric-davis-court-ruling-looms-campaign-finance <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">Next Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the most important campaign finance case since Citizens United. The case involves a challenge to a statute limiting the aggregate amount of money individuals may contribute to all federal candidates and party committees.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19235">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201310eric-davis-court-ruling-looms-campaign-finance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion campaign finances Citizens United Davis opinion Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:14:10 +0000 Zach Despart 19235 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Howard Dean presses on health care reform http://addisonindependent.com/201309eric-davis-howard-dean-presses-health-care-reform <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Earlier this week, <em>The Politico</em>, a publication with a wide readership among Washington insiders, ran an article entitled &ldquo;What Is Howard Dean Thinking?&rdquo; The article noted that Dean recently made a speech in Iowa, the first caucus state, and will be speaking soon in New Hampshire, the first primary state.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18979">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201309eric-davis-howard-dean-presses-health-care-reform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Eric Davis Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:56:23 +0000 Trent Campbell 18979 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Vt. congressional delegation must decide on Syria http://addisonindependent.com/201309eric-davis-vt-congressional-delegation-must-decide-syria <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> The three members of Vermont&rsquo;s congressional delegation must decide whether to support President Obama&rsquo;s request that Congress authorize the use of military force against Syria in response to the Assad government&rsquo;s chemical weapons attack on communities near Damascus. As of Sept. 3, none of the members of the delegation had made a firm statement about how he will vote.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18757">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201309eric-davis-vt-congressional-delegation-must-decide-syria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Eric Davis Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:24:07 +0000 Trent Campbell 18757 at http://addisonindependent.com