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Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

Maine Public

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

Maine Public

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

1-1:30 p.m.: Alan Caron, independent candidate for governor

1:30-2 p.m.: Eric Brakey, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

For more Your Vote 2018 resources, visit mainepublic.org/yourvote.

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

1-1:30 p.m.: Maine Public political reporters Mal Leary and Steve Mistler discuss down-ballot races and the issues likely to dominate the next legislative session.

1:30-2 p.m.: Shawn Moody, Republican candidate for governor

For more Your Vote 2018 resources, visit mainepublic.org/yourvote.

Month in Review: Maine News Headlines from the Month of June

Jun 29, 2018
Maine Public


Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss what made Maine headlines in June. What was – and wasn’t – accomplished at the special session? What’s the reaction to ranked choice voting and the primary elections? 


Secretary of State Matt Dunlap explains how ranked-choice voting will work in the upcoming elections and also discusses election integrity.

Month in Review

Nov 30, 2017

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses what made Maine news in November, including the election results, the storm and the latest on the ever-expanding field of gubernatorial candidates.

Guests:  Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News

Voting Rights & Voter Fraud

Aug 15, 2017

Maine’s Secretary of State Matt Dunlap -  a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity – has twice declined to provide Maine voter information to the Commission.  We’ll discuss why Maine and many other states will not share voter information, as well as the underlying debate over voter fraud and voter suppression.  President Trump, Governor LePage and other Republicans say they believe voter fraud is widespread. Others believe that voter fraud is a non-issue, and that overblown charges of fraud are cover for nefarious voter suppression efforts.

Election Results

Nov 9, 2016

The Across the Aisle team joins us to discuss the results of Tuesday's election.

Guests:  Cynthia Dill - an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator.

Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing and former Republican lawmaker.

Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.  

Recovering from the Election

Nov 8, 2016

Election Day is the culmination of a volatile and, for many, stressful campaign season. We address some of the psychological effects of this election, whether it's the onslaught of media coverage or relationship issues over differing political views.


Christine L. B. Selby, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Husson University,  licensed psychologist with Selby Psychological Services, and author of "Chilling Out: The Psychology of Relaxation"

Race for the White House

Nov 1, 2016

With just one week to go before voters head to the polls, we do one last look at this year’s most interesting presidential campaign.


Jamie McKown, political science professor at the College of the Atlantic

Jeffrey S. Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Government and Legal Studies, Bowdoin College

Jeanne Cummings, Political Editor for the Wall Street Journal

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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Sept. 29 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 1 at 11:00 am

Four women, including Ellie Espling of New Gloucester, ran for elective office in the mid term 2014 elections with the goal of inspiring more women to run for elective office.

The grass-roots appeal of Maine's town-meeting style presidential caucus system has long been touted by Maine political leaders. But the heightened interest in this year's presidential contests resulted in long lines at many of the local caucus sites, prompting some voters to turn around and go home. NOW A bill that would reinstate the presidential primary process first used by Mainers 20 years ago is gathering bipartisan support.

Republican candidate for Governor Walt Havenstein
Jennifer Hauck, Valley News

The state's Ballot Law Commission will hear evidence about whether Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein can run for office.

A hearing is set for 9:30 Monday morning.

Democrats say he was a resident of Maryland in 2010 and 2011. Candidates for governor must live in New Hampshire for at least seven years. They point to a tax break Havenstein got on his Maryland condominium as evidence he was not a New Hampshire resident during those years.

Dan Demeritt and Cynthia Dill in the MPBN studios in Portland.
Tom Porter/MPBN

The union endorsement of Sen. Susan Collins is the subject of this week's Across the Aisle, with Dan Demeritt, political consultant and former communications director for Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate.

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