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Maine town and city clerks are not happy with all of the talk by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Maine governor Paul LePage about rigged elections.

Clerks spend a lot of time being trained to conduct elections and they take pride in their work. Lisa Goodwin, Bangor City Clerk and President of the more than 700 member Maine Town and City Clerks Association says it’s insulting to local election officials to have their integrity challenged.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
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While millions of dollars, and lots of attention are being spent on the state’s Second Congressional District race, the contest for Maine’s other house seat has barely made any noise at all. That’s because political observers just don’t see the race as being in play.

“Anything on your mind? I am running for re-election,” says incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. “I am quite interested in what you are thinking about.”

AUGUSTA, Maine  - An advocacy group says a higher percentage of Maine candidates are using public funds to run for office.

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections said that 62 percent of candidates are campaigning with public funds, up from 53 percent in 2014.

The nonprofit examined candidates' financial reports and found that candidates have raised 22 percent less private money than at this point in 2014. The group also found that donors giving $50 or less made up less than 7.1 percent of all contributions so far in 2016.

The re-election campaign of Maine Gov. Paul LePage was in the pits today - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In this case, the setting was a gravel pit filled with supportive construction workers, as LePage accepted the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine. The Republican governor used the event to promise to help Maine workers get the skills they need to earn a livable wage. But the governor's critics point to LePage's veto of a bill to raise the state minimum wage, as proof that he's not serious about improving Mainers incomes.

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  With election day next week, what can and should, or shouldn't, be done to enhance voter participation? And what, if anything, needs to be done about partisan politics?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Amy Fried, UMaine Political Science professor 

  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

  There was a recap of the Maine legislative session and a look ahead to the upcoming House and Senate primary contests.

Host Keith Shortall held a conversation about what was, and wasn't, accomplished in Augusta this session, with A Jay Higgins,MPBN State House Bureau Chief, and Emily Shaw, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thomas College.

Thomas College

  Author Nazila Fathi reported for the New York Times for over a decade from Tehran until June 2009 when she was forced to leave the country because of direct threats to her. Her talk focuses on the government of Iran in the aftermath of the contested elections held two years ago.

  A bill requiring the presentation of a photo ID before one can vote is under consideration in the Maine Legislature. This and other areas where voting rights and the law intersect were topics of discussion for Lee Rowland of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. She spoke at a forum sponsored by the Maine League of Women Voters.

PROGRAM NOTE: This online version professor Lee Rowland's talk contains an extra 10 minutes that was not broadcast, which was edited for length due to time constraints.

  Led by Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard University, panelists put the Maine Clean Election system in a national context. They explore the current political and legal landscape for campaign reforms.

The panel is moderated by former Governor Angus King and includes:

  Some Mainers have begun taking direct control of the political process. They've filed absentee ballots that make their choices in next month's election. Many more will do so on election day, November 2. What do individual voters think? Political ad commentators Sam Surprise and Brenda Garrand and MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz wanted to find out, so they spent some time recently at Simone's hot dog stand in Lewiston.

  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.

  Speaking in Maine visited the Cumberland Club in Portland during its latest Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series: post primary analysis from a panel of political reporters and one political pollster. MPBN's own A.J. Higgins participated in this lively discussion about the June 8 primary election tells us about what might happen in November.

The panel is as follows (in order of introduction):