WERU News Report 2/16/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributor: Meredith DeFrancesco

Segment 1:
Following up on yesterday’s news report on the public hearing for the governor’s phase one wishlist of environmental regulatory rollbacks, today we talk with award-winning journalist Colin Woodard. Woodard spoke with us a few weeks ago about his report called “LePage’s Secret Bankers”. Today he’s here to tell us about “LePage’s Secret Puppeteers” portland.thephoenix.com/ www.colinwoodard.com/

Segment 2:
This week the Bangor-based group PICA (Power in Community Alliances) launched a “Dignity for All” Campaign, asking community members and elected officials to take a pledge in support of equal rights — in the workplace, the legal system, education, social services and health care, and for all to be treated with dignity. Speakers at the event pointed out that during tough economic times, the most vulnerable members of the community are often scapegoated.