Maine's Political Pulse

A new series of talks on Morning Edition, Maine's Political Pulse taps into the expertise of our top political reporters, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.

Editor's note: Maine's Political Pulse is on hiatus while the Maine Legislature is out of session.

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Time for another edition of Maine's Political Pulse.

Rebecca Conley

This week, two major Maine politicians staked out positions this past week on controversial issues previously up in the air. 

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This week a couple of prominent politicians were put on the spot: Republican Sen. Susan Collins by fellow- Republican President Trump, and Democratic Gov. Janet Mills by the proposal to construct an electric transmission line across western Maine. In the latest weekly edition of Maine’s Political Pulse, Maine Public’s Chief Political Correspondent Mal Leary spoke with host Irwin Gratz about these developments.

In the latest weekly edition of Maine’s Political Pulse, our political team — Steve Mistler and Mal Leary — spoke with Deputy News Director Susan Sharon about the new administration taking shape in Augusta.

This week, Gov. Janet Mills' administration tackled improving relations with Maine's four federally recognized Indian tribes, appointed a director of opioid response and eliminated a work requirement under Medicaid expansion. On the latest edition of Maine's Political Pulse, Irwin Gratz spoke with Maine Public's State House Bureau Chief Steve Mistler about the latest developments from Augusta.

It's Friday, and time once again for Maine's Political Pulse. Maine's new Legislature is gearing up to consider some 2,000 bills, but one measure could signal a bigger issue. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon is proposing a paid leave bill that would be funded by a tax on employee earnings. Gov Janet Mills has vowed to not raise taxes. Joining Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz to talk about that and other legislative proposals are Political Pulse regulars Mal Leary and Steve Mistler.

It's Friday, and that means it's time once again for Maine's Political Pulse.  Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks with our political team, Mal Leary and Steve Mistler, about Maine's new Legislature. It's just getting to work in earnest for its first regular session, which is expected to run until sometime in June. The session is likely to handle some 2,000 pieces of legislation, and most of the bill titles were disclosed this week.

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The political landscape is about to change in Washington and Augusta. The changes will involve the legislative branches in both places, as well as the executive branch in Augusta. It's the topic this week of Maine's Political Pulse. Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks about the changes - and what they mean for Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins - with State House Bureau Chief Steve Mistler and Chief Political Correspondent Mal Leary.

Late this week, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin dropped his request for a recount in the 2nd District race he lost to Democrat Jared Golden.

It's Friday and time once again for Maine's Political Pulse, with Maine Public's political team, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  This week, Gov. Paul LePage picks an unusual time to schedule surgery, Maine's new Senate President revises the chamber's seating chart, and the most experienced candidates for attorney general are rejected behind closed doors. Filling in for host Irwin Gratz is Maine Public's deputy news director, Susan Sharon.

It's Friday, and that means it's time for another edition of Maine's Political Pulse, with Maine Public's politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.


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It is time for this week’s edition of Maine’s Political Pulse, where we look at what drives Maine politics.

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It's time once again for Maine’s Political Pulse.  Every Friday Morning, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary join Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz to share their insights on the people and events driving politics.  Driving politics this week:  the voters.  They chose Maine's first woman district attorney and first woman attorney general, Janet Mills, to become the state's first woman governor.  And, as Steve Mistler noted, she won convincingly.


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It's Friday, and that means it's time for another edition of Maine's Political Pulse, with Maine Public's politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  Irwin Gratz and the team look at how the races in Maine are playing out as the candidates scramble to win votes in the last few days of their campaigns.

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