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The fabric of our democracy is under attack

Some Republicans agree that Trump should resign or be removed from office: "There is no doubt that the President's delusion, fabrication, self-interest, and ego have led us--step by step--to this very low, and very dangerous, moment in American history," Vermont's Gov. Phil Scott wrote on Twitter. "The fabric of our democracy and the principles of our republic are under attack by the President. Enough is enough. President Trump should resign or be removed from office by his Cabinet, or by the Congress."
Source: Detroit Metro Times on Jan. 6th & impeaching Trump , Jan 7, 2021

Vote-by-mail bill became law without his signature

Q: Support efforts to make it easier to vote?

Phil Scott: Mixed. Reluctantly let a vote-by-mail bill become law without his signature.

David Zuckerman: Yes. Has urged citizens and the governor to ensure that mail-in voting is available for everyone.

Source: CampusElect survey on 2020 North Carolina Gubernatorial race , Nov 3, 2020

Keep Electoral College instead of presidential popular vote

Sen. Scott voted NO on the proposed bill:

Vermont legislative summary for S.34:

OnTheIssues explanation: This bill proposes a method to ensure the popular election of the president without requiring a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Electoral College.

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate 15-10-4; died in House without a vote.

Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.34 , Feb 27, 2009

Restrict campaign donations and publicly identify donors

Sen. Scott voted YES on overriding the governor's veto of Campaign Finance Limitations:

Vermont legislative findings for S.278:

  • Large campaign contributions reduce public confidence in the electoral process and increase the risk and the appearance that candidates and elected officials will not act in the best interests of all Vermont citizens.
  • Some candidates and elected officials, particularly when time is limited, may respond and give access to contributors who make large contributions in preference to those who make small or no contributions.
  • In Vermont, lower contribution limits have not prevented challengers from maintaining robust and competitive campaigns.
  • Identification of persons who publish political advertisements and electioneering communications assists in enforcing campaign finance limitations.

    Legislative outcome: Vetoed by Gov. Douglas; April 22 override in House 99-51-0; April 25 Senate override 26-4-0.

    Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.278 , Apr 25, 2008

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    VA: Incumbent Ralph Northam(D,term-limited)
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    vs.Senator John Neely Kennedy(? R)
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    AL: Incumbent Kay Ivey(R)
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    vs.Stacy Lee George(R)
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    vs.State Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier(D)
    vs.Challenger Tim James(R)
    AR: Incumbent Asa Hutchinson(R,term-limited)
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    vs.State Rep.Aaron Lieberman(D)
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    CA: Incumbent Gavin Newsom(D)
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    vs.Former Gov. nominee John Cox(R)
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    ME: Incumbent Janet Mills(D)
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    vs.Carol Blood(D)
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