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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Opinion Podcast: Good sportsmanship gone bad, election fraud, and cell phones in your car

Columnists Bill Nemitz and Cynthia Dill sit down with social media editor Jim Patrick to discuss the stories behind the past week’s big headlines.

On this episode, our columnists take a final look back on the 2017 Beach to Beacon and Cynthia Dill makes the case that our good feelings were misplaced while watching a viral moment of sportsmanship, Bill Nemitz shares a behind-the-scenes, bipartisan, bonding story from Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s time on Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, and then they all predict the future of using a cell phone in your car in Maine. Caution: hot takes ahead.

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B2B Maine winner collapses shy of finish, then ‘I felt someone pick me up’

Maine regularly sells voter data it denied to feds

As session ends, Legislature overrides LePage veto, raising legal age for tobacco to 21

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News and Opinion Podcast: Marijuana regulation, food trucks, and Sen. Collins in the spotlight

Social media editor Jim Patrick fills in for Greg Kesich and brings us a combo platter of news updates and news analysis.

Since Maine voters approved the legalization of marijuana for recreational use last fall, there have been a lot of changes and updates to exactly how the state will regulate recreational marijuana industry and business. Reporter Penelope Overton gives a play-by-play of recent rule-making in the legislature and explains how the laws will apply to home and commercial growers when they are implemented sometime next year.

And our columnists have projected and predicted plenty around Senator Susan Collins’s political future possibly playing out in Augusta, but after this week, they are starting to think she may prefer her powerful spot on the Senate floor. After the collapse of Republican attempts to repeal, replace, or repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Bill Nemitz and Cynthia Dill weigh in on exactly how complicated the healthcare system can be with some economic analysis.

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Lawmakers propose 20% tax on recreational marijuana

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

Former Yarmouth teacher finds a new calling in the mashed potato business

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Explainer Podcast: How has Maine responded to the opioid crisis?

Reporter Eric Russell sits down with Jim Patrick to review the timeline of the crisis and what actions the legislature has or has not taken.

As the latest session of the legislature closed this year, reporter Eric Russell was watching how lawmakers would respond to the opioid addiction and overdose crisis. Last year, 376 Mainers died after taking some form of prescription or street-bought painkiller: things like OxyContin, fentanyl, heroin, or a combination of drugs. Russell was the lead writer for Portland Press Herald’s Lost, a chronicle of how addiction and death impacts communities as a whole, and thought the urgency of the issue would result in legal changes and … it didn’t.

In this episode, Russell explains to social media editor Jim Patrick how ongoing narcotic addiction spread into the mainstream and they discuss how framing the issue as a moral crisis is impeding meaningful change.

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Lost: Heroin’s Killer Grip on Maine People

As Maine’s opioid crisis worsens, 128th Legislature largely does nothing

Mainers will soon be able to get Narcan over the counter

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Opinion Podcast: LePage’s deceptive strategies, rickety party structure, and the future of ranked choice.

“I was doing some research and… none of this is ‘hostage taking’ because hostage takers are really rational.”

Press Herald columnists Alan Caron, and Bill Nemitz dive into the feast of political news from the past week with Editorial Editor Greg Kesich. From the short shutdown, to the Governor’s intentionally misleading statements to lawmakers, the media, and citizens, from new fissures in the Democrat and Republican parties to the legislatures failure to pass significant policy changes in the afce of the opioid crisis. And bonus for the political science fans: on the day AG Janet Mills announced her gubernatorial candidacy, they spin a little game theory on how ranked choice voting will play out in primaries.

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As Maine’s opioid crisis worsens, 128th legislature largely does nothing

Voicemail debunks LePage’s claim he didn’t threaten to leave Maine during shutdown

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills enters 2018 race for governor

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