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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine  
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Political Parties: Do They Still Matter?

    We talk about the state of the two party system, how recent trends have weakened the parties even as partisanship has grown, whether our political parties threaten our democracy or hold the main hope for its salvation.

    Guests:
    Professor Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine umaine.edu/polisci/faculty-and-staff/mark-brewer/
    Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. www.brookings.edu/experts/jonathan-rauch/

    To learn more about this topic:
    More professionalism, less populism, from the Brookings Institution
    How American Politics Went Insane, from The Atlantic
    How Trump is helping to save our democracy, from the Washington Post

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine  
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Census 2020: Making Sense of the Census

    Key Discussion Points:
    We’ll talk about the history and evolution of the census,
    Why it’s important,
    Who uses census data,
    What’s being planned for 2020,
    What problems are on the horizon, and
    Why the census matters in Maine.

    Guests:
    Margo Anderson, Distinguished Professor of History and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, author of the book, The American Census: A Social History uwm.edu/history/people/anderson-margo/
    -Richard Taylor, Communications and Research Manager, Maine State Housing Authority

    To learn more about this topic:
    2020 Census Operational Plan from the Census Bureau
    New Acting Director To Oversee ‘High Risk’ 2020 Census, reporting from NPR
    The 2020 Census may be wildly inaccurate–and it matters more than you think, from the Brookings Institution

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org/

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine  
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Civil Discourse: Can We Still Do It?

    What civil discourse looks like?
    Why does it seems to be so hard right now?
    How can we practice it ourselves?
    What can we to do encourage it in our leaders and public servants here in Maine?

    Guests:
    Tomas Spath, co-founder of the Institute for Civility in Government
    Matt Motyl, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois – Chicago
    Andrew Rudalevige, the Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government at Bowdoin College

    To learn more about this topic:
    Why Polarization Matters, David Blankenhorn in The American Interest
    The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People, David Blankenhorn in The American Interest
    2016 Colby Civility Poll with the Boston Globe

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:

    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Jobs in Maine: What’s the Future?

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) global changes in employment and the nature of work
    b) the shifting demographics of jobs
    c) barriers to work
    d) what it means for Maine

    Guests:
    James Breece, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maine. umaine.edu/soe/faculty-and-staff/breece/
    Rosalie Hughes, is an investigative journalist and writer at the Bangor Daily News and a contributor to the Maine Focus series. bangordailynews.com/staff/bdn-maine/content/rosalie-hughes/
    Beth Stickney, Executive Director of the Maine Business Immigration Coalition mainebic.org/about/

    To learn more about this topic:
    The State of American Jobs, Pew Research Center
    Did China Eat America’s Jobs, Freakonomics, January 25, 2017
    Visualizing the Jobs Lost to Automation
    An Overview of the Maine Economy: Per Capita Personal Income 2014, James Breece, 2016
    Maine Job Outlook to 2024

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Free Trade: Winners and Losers in Maine

    Key Discussion Points:

    We’ll talk about international trade policy
    How does it work?
    Who sets the rules?
    What does it mean for Maine?

    Guest: Kate DeLutio, economist, applied researcher, and trade expert. www.45northresearch.com/about/

    To learn more about this topic:
    a) Did China Eat America’s Jobs, Freakonomics, January 25, 2017 freakonomics.com/podcast/china-eat-americas-jobs/
    b) Maine History Online: Trade and Transport, from the Maine Historical Society. www.mainememory.net/sitebuilder/site/885/page/1296/display
    c) Maine Trade Assessment Report 2016, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, prepared for the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission. www.maine.gov/legis/opla/CTPC2016TradeAssessmentFinal.pdf
      

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Fake News: Who Can You Trust?

    Key Discussion Points:
    We’ll talk about the proliferation of news sources in the internet age
    The role of independent journalism in a liberal democracy
    The challenges for citizens in finding real news. b)

    Guests:
    John Christie, co-founder and senior editor for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. pinetreewatchdog.org/about/
    Naomi Schalit, co-founder and senior reporter for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. pinetreewatchdog.org/about/
    Melissa Zimdars, assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts www.merrimack.edu/live/profiles/586-melissa-mish-zimdars

    To learn more about this topic:
    Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda, Columbia Journalism Review, March 3, 2017
    The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship, The Upshot, New York Times, January 11, 2017
    There’s an intriguing sociological reason so many Americans are ignoring facts lately, Business Insider, February 27, 2017

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Two Maines: Can We Bridge the Divide?

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) We’ll talk about the cultural, demographic, and economic differences that define the two Maines and how those differences are sharpening political differences. b) Are there only two Maines?
    c) Can we bridge the divide?

    Guests:
    a) Alan Caron, is the owner of Caron Communications and the author of “Maine’s next Economy” and “Reinventing Maine’s Government”
    b) Erin Rhoda, Editor of Maine Focus for the Bangor Daiy News bangordailynews.com/staff/bdn-maine/content/erin-rhoda/
    c) Matt Stone, journalist and writer for the Bangor Daily News

    To learn more about this topic:
    What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class, Joan C. Williams in the Harvard Business Review, November 30, 2016 hbr.org/2016/11/what-so-many-people-dont-get-about-the-u-s-working-class%20
    6 takeaways from an examination of rural Maine’s future, Erin Rhoda, Bangor Daily News, January 29, 2017 bangordailynews.com/2017/01/29/mainefocus/6-takeaways-from-an-examination-of-rural-maines-future/
    This remote Maine region has a chance to grow, Matt Stone, Bangor Daily News, December 7, 2106 mainefocus.bangordailynews.com/2016/12/wilderness-and-a-way-forward/#.WLsNjfnyuUk
    Maine’s Next Economy: How the State’s Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Doers are Growing a New Prosperity, Alan Caron, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 16, 2015)

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: Ballot Questions in Maine: Whose Initiatives Are They?

    Key Discussion Points:
    We’ll discuss what happened in the recent election
    What our constitution provides
    What role the legislature and the governor are playing now.

    Guests:
    a) John Brautigam, Attorney and election law expert
    b) Ron Schmidt, Associate Professor of Political Science at USM. usm.maine.edu/pos/ronald-schmidt

    To learn more about this topic:
    Laws Governing the Initiative Process in Maine
    Initiated Bills in Maine 1911 –
    Peoples Vetoes in Maine 1909 –
    Referenda in Maine 1910 –
    As Progressives Turn to Ballot Initiatives, GOP Eyes Restrictions Steve Mistler story for Maine Public, February 2, 2017.

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Don Carmichael
    Suzanne Carmichael
    Starr Gilmartin
    Maggie Harling
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Maryann Ogonowski
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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