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  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continues with Jon Hinck, a member of the Maine House representing Portland, and a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

John Hinck website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Kevin Raye, President of the Maine Senate and Republican candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked Kevin why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Kevin Raye's website

  Colby College sponsored a talk by Linda Killian, Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. Her topic: The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents.

Linda Killian's talk was based on her new book "The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents.” Her focus is on swing demographic groups in swing states. 

This talk was recorded March 28, 2012 at the Goldfarb Center at Colby College in Waterville.

  Our Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Patrick Calder, Republican candidate for Maine's 1st Congressional District in the June Primary Election.

Host Keith Shortall asked the Eastport native why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Patrick Calder's website

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews will kick off with Benjamin Pollard, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Why is the Blue Hill native running for office and which issues does he believe are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Benjamin Pollard, Democratic candidate for the Senate seat now held by Olympia Snowe, in the June 12th Primary Election.

Benjamin Pollard's website

  Addiction, recovery and the role of the state. Maine has one of the nation's highest rates of opiate addiction. The legislature is considering limiting MaineCare funds used to help addicts in recovery.  What does this mean for patients, the state's budget and how best to address the epidemic?

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Freedom of Information

Mar 8, 2012

  A bill making its way through the legislature proposes to exempt the governor's 'working papers' from freedom of information laws. We got an update on LD 1805 and learned about tools for accessing public records and getting information on elected officials and those seeking office.  

Host Irwin Gratz spoke with:

  Senator Snowe has decided not to run for another term in the US Senate. How does this affect Maine's political landscape? A special Your Vote 2012 90-minute Maine Calling explores the possible answers. 

Host Keith Shortall speaks with local and national guests and will take calls from listeners.

  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.

  Which issues will dominate the legislative landscape in 2012? Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel of political watchers as they previewed the year ahead in Maine Politics.

Guests included:

Mal Leary of Capitol News Service

MPBN State House Bureau Chief A. J. Higgins

University of Southern Maine Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt

Eliot Cutler (I), runner-up in Maine's 2010 gubernatorial election, recently spoke about how the economic recession demonstrates the need for political reform.

Eliot Cutler's remarks were recorded at the Cumberland Club of Portland as a part of that organization's Joshua Chamberlain Lecture series on November 18, 2011.

Production support for this talk was provided by Ron Harrity of Forest City Studio.

  Former Senator George Mitchell spoke at the Portland Regional Chamber's "Eggs & Issues" lecture series on November 16, 2011. The talk was delivered at the Portland High School Auditorium, where Senator Mitchell discussed how partisanship in Washington has risen since he left office.

This talk was recorded November 16, 2011 at Portland High School.

Visit the Mitchell Institute Website

  NPR Senior News Analyst Cokie Roberts spoke at MPBN's Annual Founders Reception. She discussed her illustrious career covering politics, the US Congress and American history.

  Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former Republican member of Congress (Iowa) James Leach recently concluded a “Civility Tour” of the U.S. During this tour Leach touted the central role of civility in American political life. During this talk, he also addressed questions regarding behavior during times of recession.

  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:

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