Opinion podcast: How the Maine People’s Alliance is cracking the code

Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich and columnist Bill Nemitz dig into last week’s election results with Taryn Hallweaver of the MPA, and see what’s behind the organization’s big win on Medicaid expansion.

In 2016, a victory at the polls for a substantial minimum wage hike was a small bright spot for progressives in what was an otherwise devastating election. Now, some of the same people behind that referendum were able to pass a Medicaid expansion law over vocal opposition from Gov. LePage. Hallweaver is the legislative director for the MPA and she discusses these policy successes, progressive politics in general and the organization’s next big goal— a statewide referendum on a universal long-term-care benefit for seniors who want to stay in their homes.

Host’s note: This is our last episode of the opinion podcast for a little while. After a year of trying out a new medium, we are taking a hiatus to figure out what worked, what didn’t, what we liked, and what we could do more of. What did you enjoy most about this podcast since you have been listening? Have a favorite episode? What types of audio conversations and stories would you like to hear more of from the Press Herald? Please email us your thoughts at letterstotheeditor@pressherald.com.

 

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Statewide results maps for Medicaid expansion, casino and more

Maine People’s Alliance launches in-home care referendum drive

Senate Republicans to add repeal of ACA insurance mandate into tax bill

 

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Opinion podcast: Maine used to be a blue state. What happened?

Republican strategist Roy Lenardson gives a frank assessment of how his party can succeed in statewide elections – and has some advice for Democrats.

Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich and columnist Bill Nemitz sit down with Roy Lenardson, a longtime Republican strategist. He has worked with conservative candidates and causes for more than two decades, and is currently sharpening the message for gubernatorial candidate Mary Mayhew and the anti-casino Vote No on 1 campaign. Lenardson explains his theories about why elections in Maine have become less predictable and pulls back the curtain on how he frames the issues that that will resonate with voters.

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Sen. Collins to reveal her political plans Friday

Casino referendum battle intensifies with website attacking ‘Shady Shawn’

LePage alleges $1 million in welfare fraud, and prosecutors ask for more help

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Podcast: Democrats are lining up to face Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District

Ranked-choice voting is just one of the, “multiple messes on multiple fronts,” the state government will confront in the months ahead.

This week on the Podcast, politics reporter Scott Thistle joins Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich and columnist Bill Nemitz to talk about the political dynamics in a race where no one really knows how the votes will be counted. And ranked-choice voting is just one of the, “multiple messes on multiple fronts,” the state government will confront in the months ahead.

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LePage was to meet with Trump today in Washington

Lucas St. Clair enters race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat

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Opinion podcast: Party or parties? Maine Democrats try to patch the cracks

Former Maine Democratic Party Chairman Benjamin Grant explores unity and division in a party trying to regain power in the age of LePage.

What are the issues that bring Democrats together and what are the ones that drive them apart? What are the lessons learned from election losses in 2010, 2014 and 2016? Will the enthusiasm of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign show itself in Maine politics? Bill Nemitz and Greg Kesich spend some time with Ben Grant to dig into those issues as the state gears up for the next gubernatorial election.

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Meet the candidates for Maine’s 2018 governor race

Opinion podcast: Hillary Clinton’s book, the Democratic Party rift, and Trump’s negotiating skills

LePage says he’ll remove sheriffs who refuse to hold certain inmates for immigration agents

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Opinion podcast: Hillary Clinton’s book, the Democratic Party rift, and Trump’s negotiating skills

Editorial page editor Greg Kesich hosts columnists Cynthia Dill and Bill Nemitz for a review of the week in politics.

Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” is her reflection on the 2016 election, but critical reception suggests some people wish she would keep her analysis to herself. Dill and Nemitz try to define the ideological division within the Democratic Party without using the names “Hillary” or “Bernie,” and discuss whether Trump’s immigration deal with Democrats is a new negotiating tactic or more of his predictably unpredictable political style.

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Trump crosses aisle to Republicans dismay

Hillary Clinton: ‘I am done with being a candidate’

Sanders rolls out plan for federally run health insurance

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Podcast: Like a Boss – One on One Live with Laurie Lachance, President of Thomas College

Thomas College President Laurie Lachance chats with Portland Press Herald C.E.O. Lisa DeSisto

Portland Press Herald President and C.E.O. Lisa DeSisto talks with Laurie Lachance, the first female President of Thomas College, about how she came to that job and what Thomas College means to its students and the business community in Maine.

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News and opinion podcast: Residential referendums in Portland and the Republican political spectrum

City Hall reporter Randy Billings explains citizen initiatives about rent stabilization and zoning on November’s ballot.

In November, Portland residents will vote on two ballot questions driven by citizen initiatives. One would allow resident input during the re-zoning process for new construction. The other would create a number of new rules for the city and its landlords with the goal of stabilizing rising rents. Randy Billings has been covering both issues. Host Greg Kesich and columnist Bill Nemitz discuss different political philosophies within the Republican party, both in the Maine governor’s race and in Washington.

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West End residents file paperwork to block cold-storage warehouse on waterfront

Portland council puts rezoning process, rent increase initiatives on November ballot

Meet the candidates for Maine’s 2018 governor’s race

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News and opinion podcast: Listen to Sen. Collins tell her side of the health care vote to reporter Joe Lawlor

Maine’s Republican Senator tells the story of the July floor vote in her own words. John McCain’s no vote helped kill the ‘skinny repeal’ bill.

Host and editorial page editor Greg Kesich is joined by health care reporter Joe Lawlor and columnist Bill Nemitz to talk about Republican Susan Collins’s position on health care policy that put her in the middle of the ACA debate and on the edge of her party.

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Sen. Collins likely to be at center of Obamacare fixes

Susan Collins withstood intense pressure, ultimately voted against health care repeal

Bill Nemitz: Whine about insurance? For many Mainers it’s really about surviving

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Opinion Podcast: Confederate statues, LePage’s stationary, and the week in Trump

“You think he’s isolated now?” asked Bill Nemitz about Trump. “Wait until [midterms] and at that point you could for the first time seriously start calling the future of his presidency into question.”

Host Greg Kesich is joined by columnists Bill Nemitz and Alan Caron to discuss the history that statues teach, Gov. LePage’s propensity for penning personal notes, and to analyze a presidency that is like no other. Plus, Nemitz previews his upcoming column on a class-action lawsuit against Poland Spring.

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Bowdoin relocates Confederate plaque

LePage pens notes to those critical of his stance on Charlottesville

Lawsuit says Poland Spring water is mislabeled because it really isn’t spring water

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Opinion podcast: Charlottesville riots, American Nazism, Sen. Collins

Host Greg Kesich leads a conversation about hate in America and columnist Alan Caron makes a case for Susan Collins to remain in the Senate.

A few days after the violence in Charlottesville, our panel gathered to discuss the history of social change and unrest in American history. And with the number of candidates growing for Maine’s governor’s race, we discuss where Republican Susan Collins can have the most impact.

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Alan Caron: The nation needs Susan Collins

Lewiston-born white supremacist leader was radicalized in prison, grandmother says

Trump says it again: There’s blame ‘on both sides’ in Charlottesville

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