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Two top-ranking legislative leaders join us to discuss the work still left to be done and the prospects for compromise.

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In advance of the June 7 public hearing regarding whether the public will be allowed access to electronic court records, we will look at overall transparency in Maine state government, from access to information through FOIA requests to financial disclosure measures, accountability laws and ethics agencies. A 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity ranked Maine near the bottom: at 43rd.

Legislative Update

Apr 2, 2018
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We hear from Maine legislative leaders about the work still left to be done this session. Among the major issues still pending include tax conformity and Medicaid expansion. We will also discuss the passage of tax breaks for Bath Iron Works and the creation of the new Maine Future Caucus.

Legislative Update

Mar 5, 2018
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A top Republican and top Democratic lawmaker join us to share the latest news from Augusta.  

Guests:  Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, Assistant Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, Assistant Senate Minority Leader

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Hosted by Mal Leary, our panel shares its analysis of Governor LePage's final State of the State address (which he delivered on the evening of February 13).

Guests: Senate President Michael Thibodeau R- Winterport

House Speaker Sara Gideon D-Freeport


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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 12 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 14 at 11:00 am

County Commissioner Betty Johnson tours all the different departments that make up county government in Waldo County. She meets with the heads of each department and they explain why they are a necessary part of the county system. She visits the Emergency Management Agency, Regional Communications Center, Sheriff’s Department, County jail, Re-entry Center, County Commissioner's and Treasurer's Office, DA's Office, Registry of Probate, Registry of Deeds and County Records.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland City Manager James Chaousis says he's investigating the conduct of multiple city employees.

As part of the probe, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News are reporting that the employees computers have been seized and searched.

The Rockland City Council held a special meeting on Saturday to discuss the probe and spent three hours in executive session with Chaousis, who is saying little about the investigation.

There's yet another effort underway to bring a casino to York County. Supporters of the planned citizen initiative have a tough hurdle ahead of them. They'll have to gather more than 61,000 signatures in the next few weeks in order to get the measure on next fall's ballot.

A state senator from Cape Neddick is hoping her initiative aimed improving government transparency will be revived next week. Democrat Dawn Hill will have to convince at least one Republican leader to support her efforts to enhance the flow of information between state agencies and the Legislature. The legislative council rejected Hill's bill last month along party lines, but the sponsor says there are new developments that warrant a second look.

The panel split five to five along party lines in Hill's bill, but Hill says recent events underscore the need for more transparency.

R. Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
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  R. Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He spoke at the World Affairs Council of Maine's Annual Meeting about Foreign Policy Challenges facing the United States.

This discussion was recorded on June 18, 2014 at the The Portland Club.

More information about this event is located here: www.wacmaine.org

Russia and Ukraine

Mar 11, 2014

  What are the latest developments in the Ukraine? Recently, pro-Russian troops took control over the Crimea peninsula after civil unrest in Kiev beginning in November has lead to the dissolution of the Ukrainian government.

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Laura Henry, Acting Chair of Russian Department, Bowdoin

James Warhola, Chair of the Political Science Department, University of Maine

Paul R. Josephson, Colby College Professor of History

Sequestration

Apr 30, 2013

  How is the Federal Sequestration affecting the economy and the citizens of Maine?

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Charlie Colgan, USM

Kevin Miller, Portland Press Herald Washington, DC correspondent

Col. Doug Farnham, Wing Commander of the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor. "The 'MAINEiacs'" as they are better known

Jessica L. Maurer, Esq., Executive Director, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging

David MacDonald, President and CEO of Friends of Acadia

  Author Nazila Fathi reported for the New York Times for over a decade from Tehran until June 2009 when she was forced to leave the country because of direct threats to her. Her talk focuses on the government of Iran in the aftermath of the contested elections held two years ago.