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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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Eric Davis: Clinton may not be more electable

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Hillary Clinton argues that she is more likely than Bernie Sanders to defeat the eventual Republican presidential nominee. I can offer four reasons to doubt Clinton’s claim.

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Eric Davis: Sanders can win with the right strategy

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The next six weeks will be critical for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Sanders is doing better now than many analysts, myself included, thought when he became a candidate last May. Iowa polls indicate that state’s Feb. 1 caucuses are too close to call between Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Sanders appears to have a lead outside the margin of error in the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary.

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Eric Davis: Pot legalization has consequences

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The Vermont Legislature is considering legalizing marijuana for personal recreational use. As part of this process, legislators should study data from Colorado about driving under the influence of marijuana and motor vehicle accidents.

In November 2012, Colorado voters approved a referendum that legalized marijuana for recreational purposes for anyone aged 21 and older. Colorado established licensed marijuana retail stores, regulated cultivation operations, and permitted the manufacture and sale of marijuana edibles such as chocolate bars.

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Eric Davis: Suspension of lawmaker a bad idea

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Last May, Vermont Sen. Norman McAllister, R-Franklin, was charged with several sex crimes. McAllister is alleged to have rented a trailer on his property to a woman in exchange for sex. He is also charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked in his office as an intern. When the Senate returns in January, one of its first agenda items will be to consider a resolution suspending McAllister from his legislative duties.

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