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  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with John Courtney, the Maine Senate Majority Leader, and a Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District seat in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine. 

John Courtney's website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continues with Jon Hinck, a member of the Maine House representing Portland, and a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

John Hinck website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Kevin Raye, President of the Maine Senate and Republican candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked Kevin why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Kevin Raye's website

  Colby College sponsored a talk by Linda Killian, Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. Her topic: The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents.

Linda Killian's talk was based on her new book "The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents.” Her focus is on swing demographic groups in swing states. 

This talk was recorded March 28, 2012 at the Goldfarb Center at Colby College in Waterville.

  Our Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Patrick Calder, Republican candidate for Maine's 1st Congressional District in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked the Eastport native why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Patrick Calder's website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews will kick off with Benjamin Pollard, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Why is the Blue Hill native running for office and which issues does he believe are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Benjamin Pollard, Democratic candidate for the Senate seat now held by Olympia Snowe, in the June 12th Primary Election.

Benjamin Pollard's website

Freedom of Information

Mar 8, 2012

  A bill making its way through the legislature proposes to exempt the governor's 'working papers' from freedom of information laws. We got an update on LD 1805 and learned about tools for accessing public records and getting information on elected officials and those seeking office.  

Host Irwin Gratz spoke with:

  Senator Snowe has decided not to run for another term in the US Senate. How does this affect Maine's political landscape? A special Your Vote 2012 90-minute Maine Calling explores the possible answers. 

Host Keith Shortall speaks with local and national guests and will take calls from listeners.

  Which issues will dominate the legislative landscape in 2012? Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel of political watchers as they previewed the year ahead in Maine Politics.

Guests included:

Mal Leary of Capitol News Service

MPBN State House Bureau Chief A. J. Higgins

University of Southern Maine Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt

Eliot Cutler (I), runner-up in Maine's 2010 gubernatorial election, recently spoke about how the economic recession demonstrates the need for political reform.

Eliot Cutler's remarks were recorded at the Cumberland Club of Portland as a part of that organization's Joshua Chamberlain Lecture series on November 18, 2011.

Production support for this talk was provided by Ron Harrity of Forest City Studio.

  Former Senator George Mitchell spoke at the Portland Regional Chamber's "Eggs & Issues" lecture series on November 16, 2011. The talk was delivered at the Portland High School Auditorium, where Senator Mitchell discussed how partisanship in Washington has risen since he left office.

This talk was recorded November 16, 2011 at Portland High School.

Visit the Mitchell Institute Website

  Senator George Mitchell delivered his first Maine presentation on current Middle Eastern issues since completing his duties as Special Envoy. He offered his unique perspective about the recent events in the Middle East, including the recently deposed dictatorships across the Arab world.

  Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former Republican member of Congress (Iowa) James Leach recently concluded a “Civility Tour” of the U.S. During this tour Leach touted the central role of civility in American political life. During this talk, he also addressed questions regarding behavior during times of recession.

  Professor of history at Bowdoin College, Allen Wells, discussed the problems facing the country of Mexico. Namely, how political gridlock and drug violence have fostered a state of political paralysis. The drug war has consumed the country over the last few years at a cost of 40,000 murders in Mexico.

Al–Jazeera Washington Bureau Chief, Abderrahim Foukara discussed recent events in the Arab world, and the hopes of greater freedom, stability, and the rule of law they have raised.

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