Debating Raising the Minimum Wage Edit | Remove

  What the arguments both for and against raising the minimum wage in Maine and nationally?

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Steve Robinson from the Maine Heritage Policy Center

Garrett Martin from the MECEP

Mike Brennan, Mayor of Portland

  One of the most polarizing issues before the legislature this session is Medicaid expansion. Should Maine enroll an additional 70-thousand people in Medicaid? A controversial new report from the Alexander group argues against it. But many health care advocates take issue with its rationale.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Joel Allenbaugh, Maine Heritage Center 

Rep. Deb Sanderson ranking Republican on the HHS Committee 

  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)

Tar Sands Pipeline

May 30, 2013

  The debate over transporting oil from Canada's tar sands through Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by

Larry Wilson, president of the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line Corp.

and Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Project Director with the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Recent Portland Press Herald Article


  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)

  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)


  A discussion of gun ownership, gun laws and the 2nd amendment debate in Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by :

Bill Harwood, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence - board of directors; attorney (partner at Verril Dana)

Jeff Weinstein, President of Maine Gun Owners Association

and Chief Bob Schwartz, Executive Director of Maine Chiefs of Police Association

  The Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Council of Maine sponsored a public forum in Portland. The focus of the discussion was the proposal to pump tar sand oil from Canada to South Portland, where it would be delivered to tankers to ship to the Gulf Coast.

  Maine gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler (I), Libby Mitchell (D), Shawn Moody (I) and Kevin Scott (I) debated current energy and environmental policy issues in Maine at Hannaford Hall on the campus of USM in Portland on October 21.

The debate was sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Audubon, Conservation Law Foundation and more than a dozen other environmental organizations.

The debate is moderated by MPBN deputy news director, Susan Sharon.

  Two years after Maine voters defeated a proposed casino in Oxford County, they're being asked to re-consider a four-season resort casino in the Western Maine town of Oxford. Supporters say it will create thousands of permanent, good-paying jobs. Opponents are skeptical. They say more sustainable industries make better sense for the region. MPBN's Susan Sharon moderated the debate, which included a panel of reporters from various media outlets.

  Maine gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler (I), Paul LePage (R), Libby Mitchell (D), and Shawn Moody (I) debated current energy and environmental policy and business development issues in Maine at Hannaford Hall on the campus of USM in Portland on September 23.

The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, or E2Tech, is an organization representing more than 300 companies and non-profit organizations with 4,000 employees in Maine.