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Analysis of the news that made headlines in Maine in October, from vaccine mandates to ballot questions

Bangor Daily News

Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the stories that made Maine headlines in October—including conflicts over ballot initiatives, lobster fishing boundaries, vaccine mandates and staffing, the still-surging pandemic, and more.

Susan Young, editorial page editor, Bangor Daily News
Greg Kesich, editorial page editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor, Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel

VIP Caller:
Sarah Craighead Dedmon, editor, Machias Valley News Observer

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.