Politics

Marijuana
File

  Proponents and opponents of legalizing marijuana in Maine debated the issue.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Wendy Chapkis - professor of sociology and director of women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine.

Sheriff Randall Liberty, President of the Maine Sheriffs' Association, Kennebec County Sheriff

State Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland)

Fix the Debt

Feb 28, 2013

  Former Governor John Baldacci and former State Senate majority leader Rick Bennett will discuss why they joined the national 'fix-the-debt' coalition and what they think should be done to put our country's finances in order.

 Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Former Governor John Baldacci, co-chair of the Fix-the-Debt Maine Chapter

Former State Senate President Rick Bennett, co-chair of the Fix-the-Debt Maine Chapter

Teacher Evaluation

Feb 26, 2013

  A conversation with Maine's Commissioner of Education, the President of the Maine Education Association, and the Superintendent of Lewiston Public Schools. Grading teachers and how to get the best performance from those teaching our children.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Stephen Bowen, Commissioner of Maine Department of Education

Bill Webster, Superintendent of Lewiston Public Schools

Lois Kilby-Chesley, President, Maine Education Association

  What's the latest out of Augusta? A panel of political watchers will delve into the back and forth between the governor and the legislature. Which bills might become law and why.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Mike Cuzzi - former campaign aide to President Barack Obama, Sen. John Kerry and Congressman Tom Allen. Manager of VOX Global's Portland office.

Dan Demeritt - GOP political consultant and public relations specialist. Former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage.

  Seeking common ground on gun control. The Newtown shootings renewed the debate about about gun laws. A panel of experts discussed gun ownership in Maine and possible steps to prevent gun violence.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

George Smith, pro-guns rights

Bill Harwood, gun control advocate

Chief Michael Sauschuck of the Portland Police Department

State Rep. James Gillway (R-Searsport)

State Rep. Jeffrey McCabe (D-Skowhegan)

 

  MPBN State House Bureau Chief, A Jay Higgins, and two political observers discussed the issues likely to dominate the year ahead in Augusta.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

A Jay Higgins, MPBN State House Bureau Chief

Emily Shaw, professor at Thomas College

and Ron Schmidt, professor at University of Southern Maine

Angus King

Nov 19, 2012

  A special Maine Calling - a conversation with Maine's Senator-elect, Angus King.

Host Keith Shortall asked Angus King about his decision to caucus with the Democrats, how he plans to remain independent and what can be done about the fiscal cliff.

  A panel of experts discussed who won and who lost in Maine and around the country, why and what it means.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

A Jay Higgins, MPBN State House Bureau Chief

Steve Mistler, Portland Press Herald

Mike Cuzzi - former campaign aide to President Barack Obama, Sen. John Kerry and Congressman Tom Allen

and Dan Demeritt - former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage

  Who's spending what and how effective are the political ads running in Maine during this election cycle.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Sam Surprise, President and Founder, Surprise Advertising

and Laurie Banks, President and Co-founder of Perry and Banks

Election 2012

Oct 23, 2012

  An examination of the House and Senate races in Maine as well as the Presidential campaign.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Mike Cuzzi - former campaign aide to President Barack Obama. He manages the Portland office for VOX Global.

Dan Demerit - Republican political consultant and public relations specialist. He is a former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage.

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Angus King, former Governor and current Independent Candidate for the U.S. Senate in the November Election.

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

Angus King's website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, the incumbant, and Democratic candidate for First District seat in the November Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked her why she wants another term, and which issues she believes are most important to the people of her district.

Chellie Pingree's website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Cynthia Dill, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the November Election. Cynthia serves in the Maine Senate, representing District 7, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough.

Host Keith Shortall asked her why she is running and which issues she believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Cynthia Dill's website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Danny Dalton an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in the November Election. He has experience working with several agencies of the Federal Government, and has served in the US Air Force, Army, the Reserves and the National Guard. He currently is a Maine small business owner and manufacturer in Bath.

Host Keith Shortall asked him about which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Charlie Summers the Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate in the November Election, and currently Maine's Secretary of State. He has experience as a small businessman and is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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

Charlie Summers website

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