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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joins us to discuss the top issues affecting our state, nation and world.

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Maine’s 1st Congressional District representative joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington, D.C., including her work on prescription drug pricing, climate change, farming and ocean acidification. We’ll also ask what it’s like working in the majority party.

We check in on the latest happenings from Augusta.

We discuss what's happening in Maine's state Legislature — from pending bills to public hearings — as the session revs up to speed.

Maine Public political correspondent Mal Leary also checks in on what he's following at this point in the session.

Congressman Jared Golden

Feb 21, 2019
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First-term U.S. Rep. Jared Golden joins us to discuss his first weeks on the job representing Maine's 2nd Congressional District. We'll ask about the government shutdown, his committee assignments and first floor speech and the president's decision to declare a national emergency in order to get additional funding for a border wall.

Two top-ranking legislative leaders join us to discuss the work still left to be done and the prospects for compromise.

In advance of the June 7 public hearing regarding whether the public will be allowed access to electronic court records, we will look at overall transparency in Maine state government, from access to information through FOIA requests to financial disclosure measures, accountability laws and ethics agencies. A 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity ranked Maine near the bottom: at 43rd.

Legislative Update

Apr 2, 2018
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We hear from Maine legislative leaders about the work still left to be done this session. Among the major issues still pending include tax conformity and Medicaid expansion. We will also discuss the passage of tax breaks for Bath Iron Works and the creation of the new Maine Future Caucus.

Legislative Update

Mar 5, 2018


A top Republican and top Democratic lawmaker join us to share the latest news from Augusta.  

Guests:  Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, Assistant Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, Assistant Senate Minority Leader

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Hosted by Mal Leary, our panel shares its analysis of Governor LePage's final State of the State address (which he delivered on the evening of February 13).

Guests: Senate President Michael Thibodeau R- Winterport

House Speaker Sara Gideon D-Freeport

A still frame from How County Government Works

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 12 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 14 at 11:00 am

County Commissioner Betty Johnson tours all the different departments that make up county government in Waldo County. She meets with the heads of each department and they explain why they are a necessary part of the county system. She visits the Emergency Management Agency, Regional Communications Center, Sheriff’s Department, County jail, Re-entry Center, County Commissioner's and Treasurer's Office, DA's Office, Registry of Probate, Registry of Deeds and County Records.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland City Manager James Chaousis says he's investigating the conduct of multiple city employees.

As part of the probe, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News are reporting that the employees computers have been seized and searched.

The Rockland City Council held a special meeting on Saturday to discuss the probe and spent three hours in executive session with Chaousis, who is saying little about the investigation.

There's yet another effort underway to bring a casino to York County. Supporters of the planned citizen initiative have a tough hurdle ahead of them. They'll have to gather more than 61,000 signatures in the next few weeks in order to get the measure on next fall's ballot.

A state senator from Cape Neddick is hoping her initiative aimed improving government transparency will be revived next week. Democrat Dawn Hill will have to convince at least one Republican leader to support her efforts to enhance the flow of information between state agencies and the Legislature. The legislative council rejected Hill's bill last month along party lines, but the sponsor says there are new developments that warrant a second look.

The panel split five to five along party lines in Hill's bill, but Hill says recent events underscore the need for more transparency.

R. Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
Wikipedia and the U.S. Department of State

  R. Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He spoke at the World Affairs Council of Maine's Annual Meeting about Foreign Policy Challenges facing the United States.

This discussion was recorded on June 18, 2014 at the The Portland Club.

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