Politics

Our Democratic Process and the state of Political Discourse Edit | Remove

  With election day next week, what can and should, or shouldn't, be done to enhance voter participation? And what, if anything, needs to be done about partisan politics?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Amy Fried, UMaine Political Science professor 

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ The Maine AFL-CIO is endorsing Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for governor in the race against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler.

In the 2nd District race to take the spot being vacated by Michaud, the union is endorsing Democratic state Sen. Troy Jackson, a logger from Allagash. Jackson and state Sen. Emily Cain of Orono are the two leading Democrats in the race.

Three Republicans have declared their candidacies, including former state Sen. Kevin Raye and former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ In his quarterly finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission, Smith reported raising $8,054 during the quarter.

Smith, of Sangerville, is one of three Democrats running for the seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who's running for governor in 2014. Three Republicans are also running for the House seat.

Smith's campaign manager said his quarterly report did not appear on the FEC website on the deadline date of Oct. 15 because the report was mailed and hadn't been processed.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine Gov. Paul LePage will officially announce his re-election bid early next month.

The GOP governor will hold a campaign launch event Nov. 5 at the Buker Community Center in Augusta.

The event is one year before the day voters will head to the polls in 2014 to decide the three way race in Maine.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Independent candidate Eliot Culter have both already officially launched their bids for governor. Cutler lost to LePage by less than 2 percentage points in 2010.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The union representing Maine state workers is putting their support behind Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud for Maine governor.

The Maine State Employees Association said on Thursday that Michaud's advocacy for affordable health care among other things earned him their endorsement in the 2014 election.

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) _ The former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has formally launched her campaign for U.S. Senate.

Shenna Bellows, who's seeking the Democratic Party nomination to challenge three-term Republican Susan Collins, told supporters Wednesday in Ellsworth that the nation needs more ``courage and honesty'' in Washington.

She held the kickoff event in Ellsworth, next to the town of Hancock, where she grew up. That's being followed by events in Portland, Lewiston and Eliot, along with a rally Thursday in Presque Isle.

  USM's Muskie School and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a fall lecture series entitled: "Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation." The speaker is Senator Angus King.

Angus King, Independent, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. He earlier served two terms as Governor of Maine (1995-2003). In his career, King has worked in particular on issues related to economic development, technology, and the environment. He has regularly sought to frame bi-partisan solutions to policy problems.

  USM's Muskie School and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a fall lecture series entitled: Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation. The speaker was former Maine Senate President and House Speaker Elizabeth Mitchell.

Having been elected many times to both the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate, Libby Mitchell is the first woman in U.S. history to have held both a House Speakership and Senate Presidency.

This talk was recorded October 10, 2013 at the Wishcamper Center, Lee Community Hall at USM

Washington Dysfunction

Oct 15, 2013

  What's happening in Washington and how is it affecting the people of Maine?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree 

Charlie Colgan, Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Muskie School at USM 

Emily Shaw, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thomas College

  Two members of the legislature joined us for a discussion about possible changes to our state's welfare system.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

State Representative Kenneth Fredette, (R-Newport), Minority Leader 

State Senator Anne Haskell, (D-Portland)

ACA Update

Oct 9, 2013

How has the health care insurance landscape changed with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Jake Grindle, Health Marketplace Navigator, Program Specialist Western Maine Community Action

Mitchell Stein, Policy Director, Consumers for Affordable Health Care 

Hilary Schneider, Director Government Relations and Advocacy, Cancer Action Network

  USM's Muskie School and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a fall lecture series entitled: Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation. The speaker was  former US Senator, George Mitchell.

Government Shutdown and The Price of Political Brinksmanship Edit | Remove

  What is the price of a government shutdown and the political brinksmanship going on is Washington?

Host Jennifer Rooks will be joined by 

Charlie Colgan, USM 

Kevin Miller, Portland Press Herald

Rebekah Metzler, USNews&World Report 

  USM's Muskie School and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a fall lecture series entitled: Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation. The series began with former US Congressman Tom Allen.

An outspoken civil rights advocate is reportedly within days of announcing her decision to challenge Republican Sen. Susan Collins next year. Shenna Bellows, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, will seek the Democratic nomination to become Maine's next U.S. senator, according to well-placed State House sources. Bellows faces an uphill battle against the three-term Collins, who won her last election with more than 60 percent of the vote.

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