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Date & TimePlaceDescription
Tuesday
Oct 30, 2012
6:00 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Lecture Presentation by Posie Cowan

Posie Cowan stumbled upon a piece of American history while cleaning out a space in her father's attic. What she assumed was just an old box of dusty drapes and loose scrap material was, in actuality, a box filled with banners used during the Suffragette movement of the early 1900s. Upon further research, Posie discovered that her great-grandmother was one of the original Suffragettes who marched on Washington and was arrested for her efforts and beliefs. Posie is very excited to talk about how she found this great piece of American history, the beliefs that her great-grandmother fought so hard for and how, so close to election season, everyone should remember the importance of their one vote.

Monday
Oct 29, 2012
6:30 pm
Bangor City Hall
73 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Candidates' Forum - Bangor City Council and School Committee

Candidates Forum for Bangor School Committee beginning at 6:30 and for the Bangor City Council beginning at 7:30. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Bangor Public Library.

Candidates running for School Committee: Mr. Marc Eastman, Mr. James Moore, Ms. Sarah Smiley

Candidates running for City Council: Ms. Patricia Blanchette, Mr. Richard Bruns, Ms. Pauline Civiello, Mr. Kenneth Huhn, Mr. David Neally, Ms. Chelsea Prybylo, Ms. Megan Shorette

Tuesday
Oct 16, 2012
5:34 pm
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq
Portland 04101
Immigration in Portland

Join the Portland Area League of Women Voters as we host a panel discussion regarding immigration in Portland. Listen to and discuss this issue with representatives from the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services, and Portland Public Schools, Adult Education.

Monday
Oct 15, 2012
6:30 pm
Ellsworth City Hall
1 City Hall Ave
Ellsworth 04605
Candidates' Forum - Maine State Legislature

Candidates' Forum featuring candidates for House Districts 34 and 38 and for Senate District 28. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Participants: House candidates Rich Malaby (R, District 34), Arthur Morison (Write In D, District 34), Louie Luchini (D, District 38), and Matt Foster (R, District 38); and Senate candidates Brian Langley (R, District 28) and David White (D, District 28).

Tuesday
Oct 9, 2012
6:30 pm
1157 Main St
Mount Desert 04660
Candidates' Forum - Maine State Legislature

Candidates' Forum featuring candidates for House Districts 35 and 36 and for Senate District 28. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Participants: House candidates Brian Hubbell(D, District 35), Paul Paradis (R, District 35), Walter Kumiega(D, District 36), and Kim Strauss(R, District 36); and Senate candidates Brian Langley(R, District 28) and David White(D, District 28).

Monday
Oct 8, 2012
10:00 am
Democracy Forum

Special guests: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor of Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and Richard R. Lau, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. We'll talk about political advertising and its effect on voters and elections. Tune in for a lively conversation.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Oct 4, 2012
6:00 pm
Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford St
Portland 04101
Candidates' Forum - U.S. Senate

To highlight those issues affecting women this election season, several nonprofit organizations, including the League of Women Voters, are hosting a forum on to allow candidates for U.S. Senate an opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues that affect Maine women and girls, including economic security, freedom from violence, healthcare, and civil rights.

 

  • Reception: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Candidates' Forum: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday
Oct 1, 2012
6:30 pm
Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Rd
Blue Hill 04614
Candidates' Forum - Maine State Legislature

Candidates' Forum featuring candidates for House Districts 36 and 37 and for Senate District 28. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Blue Hill Public Library.

Participants: House candidates Walter Kumiega(D, District 36), Kim Strauss(R, District 36), Ralph Chapman(D, District 37), and Sherman Hutchins(R, District 37); and Senate candidates Brian Langley(R, District 28) and David White(D, District 28).

Tuesday
Sep 11, 2012
5:34 pm
Preti Flaherty
1 City Center
Portland 04101
Power the Vote!

Join us in a lively discussion of:

 

  • LWVUS legacy of promoting a consistent and fair election process
  • LWV leadership in Voter Protection and Clean Elections
  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • DISCLOSE Act
  • VOTE411.org
Monday
Sep 10, 2012
10:00 am
Democracy Forum

Special guests: Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States, and Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government at Harvard University. We'll talk about educating voters, the difference between educated voters and well-informed voters, and the role of public education in cultivating civic engagement. Tune in for a lively conversation.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Monday
Aug 13, 2012
11:45 am
Shinbashi
139 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Lunch with the League

Lunch with Theda Skocpol and Amy Fried. RSVP to Martha at 667-5863.

Monday
Aug 13, 2012
10:00 am
Democracy Forum

Special guests: Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, and Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. We'll talk about the Tea Party movement, it's impact on elections and governing, and what it means for civic participation. Listen to this conversation from the archive at community radio WERU FM.

Friday
Aug 10, 2012
10:00 am
SearsportLWVME Board Retreat

A planning retreat.

Tuesday
Jul 10, 2012
5:30 pm
Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main St
Southwest Harbor 04679
League Presents

The League of Women Voters - Downeast will be the featured topic at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, July 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Link here to the calendar of events at the Library.

Ann Luther, Treasurer and Advocacy Chair of the League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME), will speak about the organization's history and activities, nationally and locally.

Monday
Jun 18, 2012
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Income Inequality: Does It Matter for Democracy

Richard Freeman and Susan Feiner talk about trends in income inequality, factors that have caused the widening wealth and income gap, and why it matters.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Tuesday
Jun 12, 2012
12:00 am
Primary Election in Maine

For information from the Secretary of State, click here.

For information about the location of your polling place and hours for voting from the State of Maine, click here.

Thursday
May 31, 2012
12:00 am
AugustaLWVME Board Meeting and Annual Meeting
Friday
May 25, 2012
11:30 am
The Grind
Ellsworth
LWV - Downeast Planning Meeting

All members are welcome to attend this meeting to make plans for the coming year for the Downeast LWV.

Tuesday
May 22, 2012
5:30 pm
Preti Flaherty
1 City Center
Portland 04101
LWV-Portland Area Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting with Portland Mayor Michael Brennan. For the first time in nearly 80 years, Portland has elected a mayor that has new powers and responsibilities. Join us for our Annual Meeting where we will elect a leadership team and hear from Mayor Brennan.

Thursday
May 17, 2012
10:30 am
Cumberland County Civic Center
1 Civic Center Sq
Portland 04101
Maine Leaders Roundtable on Climate Change

The EPA will be in Maine to hear input on their new Power Plant Pollution Standards, which are now open for public comment. The League supports these new standards.

This panel, sponsored by NRCM and co-sponsored by the League, features EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding, and a diverse panel of Maine business, health, science, faith, and conservation leaders.

The event includes time for questions and input from the public.

Visit the NRCM web site for more information or to register for this event. All our welcome, but space is limited. Register now.

Saturday
Apr 28, 2012
12:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV - Downeast Consensus Meeting on Privatization

Come prepared to go through the consensus process for the League's position on privatization. For the study papers and consensus questions, click here.

Brown bag lunch and great company!

Tuesday
Apr 24, 2012
5:30 pm
Preti Flaherty
1 City Center
Portland 04101
Privatization Consensus Meeting

This meeting is your chance to express your views about the policies and parameters to be considered when services, assets or functions are shifted from the public to the private sector. Your voice matters. Join us for this consensus meeting. RSVP to Anne Schink at 799-3112 or abschink@gwi.net.

Thursday
Apr 12, 2012
10:00 am
AugustaLWVME Board Meeting
Tuesday
Apr 3, 2012
5:30 pm
Preti Flaherty
1 City Center
Portland 04101
Privatization General Membership Meeting

Portland Members of the Privatization Committee will lead a panel discussion of the issues of privatization of government services, assets and functions in anticipation of the consensus meeting. We will consider the ways that these shifts toward privatizing public services affect Maine. Join us for this conversation and bring a friend! RSVP to Anne Schink at 799-3112 or abschink@gwi.net.

Tuesday
Mar 20, 2012
5:30 pm
Preti Flaherty
1 City Center
Portland 04101
Privatization Committee Meeting

Please join our group to begin our study of the Privatization of Government Services, Assets, and Functions as part of the League's national study on privatization. Resources can be found at lwv.org. RSVP to Anne Schink at 799-3112 or abschink@gwi.net.

Wednesday
Mar 14, 2012
5:30 pm
28 Candlebrook Ln
South Portland 04106
LWV Portland Area Houseparty

Please join us at the home of LWVME board member Jill Ward for wine and cheese and to learn more about the League of Women Voters of Portland Area and what we are planning for 2012. Special guest Sue Mooney, South Portland City Clerk, will join us to talk about what it means to be a city clerk and how the registration and election process works a the local level.

Monday
Mar 12, 2012
11:45 am
Shinbashi
139 High St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Lunch Meeting

Join us for lunch with Arn Pearson, Vice President of Programs at Common Cause. RSVP to Martha at 667-5863.

Monday
Mar 12, 2012
10:00 am
Democracy Forum: Dysfunction in Congress-- What Do We Need to Make It Work

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on participatory democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special guests: 2nd District Congressman Rep. Michael Michaud and Arn Pearson, VP of Programs at Common Cause. Tune in for a lively conversation. This program is available live on the web at weru.org. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour.

Saturday
Mar 10, 2012
12:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
Privatization of Government Services, Assets, and Functions

Join the League of Women Voters-Downeast for our continuing discussion of Privatization of Government Services, Assets, and Functions as part of the League's national study on privatization. Meeting begins at noon at the home of Ann Luther. Brown bag lunch. Read the briefing papers at lwv.org. LWVUS will take consensus on privatization by the end of April. Bring a friend. Call Ann at 460-9587 or Martha at 667-5863 to RSVP or for directions.

Monday
Feb 13, 2012
10:00 am
Democracy Forum: Second Anniversary of Citizens United

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on participatory democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special guests: Jeffrey Clements, co-founder of Free Speech for People, and Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics. Tune in for a lively conversation. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org

Sunday
Feb 12, 2012
2:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
Discussion of Privatization

We will begin the study of "Privatization of Government Services, Assets and Functions". Look over the briefing papers at lwv.org/member-resources/privatization or ask us for a copy.

Thursday
Feb 9, 2012
10:00 am
University Of Maine At Augusta
46 University Dr
Augusta 04330
LWVME Board Meeting
Wednesday
Jan 18, 2012
1:00 pm
Voting Law Changes in 2012

Lee Rowland, Counsel to the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice speaking about the Brennan Center's new report, Voting Law Changes in 2012.

Listen online.

Wednesday
Jan 11, 2012
5:30 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Voting Law Changes in 2012
Wednesday
Jan 11, 2012
1:00 pm
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 04330
Voting Law Changes in 2012
Tuesday
Jan 10, 2012
5:30 pm
Preti Flaherty
1 City Center
Portland 04101
Voting Law Changes in 2012

Lee Rowland, Counsel to the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice will speak about the Brennan Center's new report, Voting Law Changes in 2012.

Coming off the success of the Yes on 1 effort to restore Election Day voter registration, and in anticipation of the Maine State Legislature's consideration of a bill to enact requirements for Photo ID to vote, this presentation could not be more timely or important to the public debate. Attend this meeting to find out about ongoing work in Maine to promote voting rights for all citizens.

From the Executive Summary: "Over the past century, our nation expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation. In 2011, however, that momentum abruptly shifted. State governments across the country enacted an array of new laws making it harder to register or to vote. Some states require voters to show government-issued photo identification, often of a type that as many as one in ten voters do not have. Other states have cut back on early voting, a hugely popular innovation used by millions of Americans. Two states reversed earlier reforms and once again disenfranchised millions who have past criminal convictions but who are now taxpaying members of the community. Still others made it much more difficult for citizens to register to vote, a prerequisite for voting."

Monday
Jan 9, 2012
10:00 am
Democracy Forum: Why Doesn't Democracy Work? And What Can Citizens Do to Get It Back?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special guest: First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Dr. Thomas Mann, constitutional scholar at the Brookings Institution. Tune in for a lively conversation. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour. Listen to the conversation.

Wednesday
Jan 4, 2012
12:00 am
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 04330
Maine Legislature Convenes

2nd Regular Session of the 125th Maine Legislature convenes at the State House.