This month, we'll talk about anger and intimidation in the public sphere, especially in local politics. Where is this coming from? What is it that puts schools and elections in the bull's eye? What measures should officials take? What can ordinary people do? Bills have been introduced in Maine to provide heightened legal protections for election officials and school officials. How effective will these be? Can we still have deliberative democracy? Learn more here.
Patti Dubois is the Waterville City Clerk and the Legislative Policy Chair for the Maine Town and City Clerks Association.
Jordan LaBouff is Associate Professor of Psychology and Honors at the University of Maine.
Paul Markosian is an Ellsworth business owner and member of the Ellsworth School board.
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