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Date & TimePlaceDescription
Wednesday
Nov 30, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Jane Mayer's Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Rigth RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org

Friday
Nov 18, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Election Reflections

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll discuss what just happened and what it means for the future of democracy. We plan to take a few listener calls in the second half of the hour. Special Guests: Ari Berman, senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a Fellow at The Nation Institute; and Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Find out more about this broadcast.

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

Thursday
Nov 17, 2016
5:00 pm
Airline Brewing Company
173 Main St
Ellsworth 04605
Beers, Tears, and Cheers! Election Debrief Party

Not sure whether to laugh or cry? Join us to discuss what just happened in the election and what it means for the upcoming legislative year. Appetizers will be provided by the League. Beer, wine, and sparkling water will be available for purchase. Amy Fried and Jill Goldthwait will be our special guests.

Tuesday
Nov 15, 2016
6:00 pm
Peloton Labs
795 Congress St
Portland 04102
Wine and Whine! Election Debrief Party

Join us to discuss what just happened in the election and what it means for the upcoming legislative year. Our guests will be former Maine legislators, Cynthia Dill and Meredith Burgess, and John Brautigam, Ballot Specialist for the LWV. Appetizers and drinks will be provided by the League.

Tuesday
Nov 15, 2016
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The book is Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind

Wednesday
Oct 26, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Geofrey Cowan's Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org

Tuesday
Oct 25, 2016
7:00 pm
Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Rd
Blue Hill 04614
Blue Hill Candidate Forum

Candidates for the Maine House Districts 133 will present their views to the public moderated by Bill Case. Audience questions to follow. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Downeast, the Blue Hill Public Library, and the Weekly Packet.

Friday
Oct 21, 2016
11:30 am
Jasper's Restaurant
200 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Lunch with the League

Join us for lunch with Amy Fried and Jill Goldthwait. We'll continue the conversation on the November election. Please join us. RSVP at downeast@lwvme.org.

Friday
Oct 21, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Ballot Questions in Maine

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll discuss this year's Maine ballot questions: process, background, history, support, and opposition, and current state of play. We plan to take a few listener calls in the second half of the hour. Special Guests: Amy Fried Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine; and local columnist and former Maine State Senator, Jill Goldthwait.

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

Thursday
Oct 20, 2016
5:30 pm
Bangor City Hall
73 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Candidate Forums

School Committee candidates will present at 5:30, and City Council candidates will present at 7:00.

Wednesday
Oct 19, 2016
6:00 pm
Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main St
Southwest Harbor 04679
Ranked Choice Voting

Learn more about Question 5 on the statewide November ballot. Bring your questions for Ann Luther of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. For more information, visit the library's web site or call the Library, (207) 244-7065.

Tuesday
Oct 18, 2016
6:30 pm
Ellsworth City Hall
1 City Hall Ave
Ellsworth 04605
Ellsworth Candidate Forum

Candidates for the Maine House Districts 132 and 136 and Senate District 7 will present their views to the public in a discussion moderated by Stephen Fay. Audience questions to follow. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Downeast, the Hancock County Community Union, and the Ellsworth American.

If you missed it live, you can watch it on YouTube.

Tuesday
Oct 18, 2016
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The book is Ari Berman's Give Us the Ballot

Monday
Oct 17, 2016
7:00 pm
Ywca
36 Mount Desert St
Bar Harbor 04609
Bar Harbor Candidate Forum

Candidates for the Maine Senate District 7 will present their views to the public in a discussion moderated by Earl Brechlin. Audience questions to follow. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Downeast, the YWCA MDI, and the MDIslander.

Thursday
Oct 13, 2016
7:00 pm
Brunswick Town Hall
85 Union St
Brunswick 04011
Brunswick Candidates Forum

Candidates for the Maine House and Senate will present their views to the public in a discussion moderated by the League of Women Voters of Maine - Brunswick Chapter. Audience questions to follow, and the public is invited to attend. TV3 will record for broadcast. FMI:kcoleman@midmaine.com 207-841-5599

Thursday
Sep 29, 2016
7:00 pm
Brunswick Town Hall
85 Union St
Brunswick 04011
Public Information on November's Referenda

John Brautigam, JD, will discuss the five ballot questions that will be decided by Maine voters in November. They deal with marijuana, education, firearms, minimum wage, and ranked choice voting. This free forum is sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Maine-Brunswick Chapter. A discussion will follow the presentation. FMI: kcoleman@midmaine.com 207-841-5599

Wednesday
Sep 28, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Polticis and Religion. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org

Tuesday
Sep 27, 2016
12:00 am
National Voter Registration Day
Tuesday
Sep 20, 2016
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The book is Candice Millard's Destiny of the Republic

Tuesday
Sep 20, 2016
1:00 pm
Maine Calling: Voting in Maine

Featuring League President Jill Ward, along with Secretary fo State, Matt Dunlap, and James P. Melcher, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine-Farmington. Rich Livingston with AARP will also call in.

Tuesday
Sep 20, 2016
12:00 pm
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq
Portland 04101
Choose Civility

PPL's Choose Civility Initiative, in partnership with the Portland Press Herald, is hosting a series of forums/panels to educate voters on the topics for this election season. -

The series will kick off on 9/20 with an Elections 101 in partnership with the League of Women Voters. Topics to be covered include: why vote, how to register to vote, absentee ballots, where to vote, an explanation of ranked choice voting, a discussion of third parties and more. The LWV will stay after to register folks to vote! Read more.

Monday
Sep 19, 2016
7:00 pm
Ywca
36 Mount Desert St
Bar Harbor 04609
Public Information on Ranked Choice Voting

The Downeast League in partnership with the MDI YWCA presents a discussion and Q&A of Ranked Choice Voting and the other referendum questions on the November ballot. Free and open to the public. Please join us, all welcome.

Friday
Sep 16, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- The Civic Mission of Public Schools

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll discuss the important role of public education in preparing children for political equality. Special Guests: Meira Levinson, Associate Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Maine educator, Bill Richards, formerly the Associate Commissioner of Instruction at the Maine Department of Education. Learn more.

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

Thursday
Sep 8, 2016
5:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Portland Area League open board meeting. Please bring brown bag dinner. Beverages provided. Open to all members.

Thursday
Sep 8, 2016
4:45 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
Volunteer Training for Voter Registration

It's not rocket science, but there are some important basics that all volunteers should know. Become a valuable helper to first time voters by attending this training, which is open to all members.

Friday
Jul 15, 2016
11:30 am
Jasper's Restaurant
200 High St
Ellsworth 04605
Lunch with the League

Join us for lunch. We'll continue the conversation on the public interest mission philanthropy in our democracy and make plans for upcoming League activities. Please join us. RSVP at downeast@lwvme.org.

Friday
Jul 15, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Privatizing Public Policy: Is Philanthropy Good for Democracy?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special Guests: Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University; and Alec MacGillis, who covers politics and government for ProPublica.

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

Wednesday
Jul 6, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

Two for the price of one! Edward O. Wilson's The Meaning of Human Existence, and Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me. Call 460-9587 to RSVP or for directions.

Friday
Jun 17, 2016
11:30 am
Harbor View Grille
96 Main St
Bucksport 04416
Lunch with John Christie and Naomie Schalit

Join us for lunch with John Christie and Naomi Schalit, co-founders of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. We'll continue the conversation on the public interest mission of a free press in our democracy. Please join us. RSVP at downeast@lwvme.org.

Friday
Jun 17, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Press or Propaganda: Corporate Media, a Free Press, and the Future of Democracy

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special Guests: John Christie, co-founder and senior editor for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting; and Michael Franz, Associate Professor at Bowdoin College and co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project.

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

Tuesday
Jun 14, 2016
12:00 am
Maine Primary Elections

Find your polling place here.

Saturday
Jun 11, 2016
10:00 am
Merrill Memorial Library
215 Main St
Yarmouth 04096
LWVPA Board Retreat

Portland League leaders gather to plan the coming year. The meeting is open to all. Please stop by.

Tuesday
May 31, 2016
6:30 pm
Ellsworth City Hall
1 City Hall Ave
Ellsworth 04605
Candidate Forum: Hancock County Contested Primaries

The League of Women Voters - Downeast is working with the Ellsworth American and Community Union of Hancock County to present this forum for candidates in contested primaries.

Republican Nomination to District 1 County Commissioner:Bill Clark and Steve Joy
Democratic Nomination to State Senate District 7: Ted Koffman and Moira O'Neil
Moderator: Stephen Fay
Please join us.

Wednesday
May 25, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book Ari Berman's new book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Call 460-9587 to RSVP or for directions.

Friday
May 20, 2016
11:45 am
Bangkok Restaurant
78 Downeast Highway
Ellsworth 04605
Lunch with Amy Fried

Amy is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. She is an internationally recognized expert on American politics, particularly the history and political uses of public opinion. Please join us. RSVP at downeast@lwvme.org.

Friday
May 20, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Us vs. Them: Is Government the Enemy?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special Guests: Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine, nationally recognized expert on American politics and the political uses of public opinion and Colin Woodard, whose recent book is American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.

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

Wednesday
May 11, 2016
5:30 pm
Sea Dogs Brewery
125 Western Ave
South Portland 04106
LWVPA Annual Meeting
Tuesday
May 3, 2016
5:30 pm
170 Pennellville Rd
Brunswick 04011
Brunswick Area League Meet and Greet

Join us and bring a friend for a wine and cheese social in Brunswick. Meet other members of the League of Women Voters and hear what the League is doing in Maine. Try out Ranked Choice Voting! We'll provide a variety of tasty treats for a mock election -- you get to taste them and "elect" a winner. Questions & RSVP: Stephanie Philbrick, (207) 400-0462 or brunswick@lwvme.org.

Wednesday
Apr 27, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is one we've been waiting for, Colin Woodard's new book American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. Call 460-9587 to RSVP or for directions.

Saturday
Apr 23, 2016
9:45 am
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
Listening Party featuring Camara Phyllis Jones

Racism & Health: Racism is a big factor in the social determinants of health. In this audio recording from Denver, March 10, 2015, Camara Phyllis Jones uses humor and metaphor to explain how this happens and why it matters to all of us. This event is free and open to the public. Come at 9:45 for coffee and pastry before the program.

Tuesday
Apr 19, 2016
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The book is Theda Skocpol's Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life.

Friday
Apr 15, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Moochers and Freeloaders: Welfare for the Rich; Welfare for the Poor

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special Guests: Vanessa Williamson, Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Garrett Martin, Executive Director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. Tune in for a lively conversation. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour. Listen to the conversation live streaming on the web.

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

Friday
Apr 8, 2016
12:00 am
Hampton Inn And Suites
900 Post Rd
Wells 04090
Quad States Leadership Development Conference

Save the date. It will be six states again this year, we hope! State League leaders from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT are developing an agenda for this year that is sure to be the best yet. Using our work on Money in Politics as a case study, our conference this year will help us all build communications skills in social media, mainstream press, under-the-dome advocacy.

We will gather once again at the Hampton Inn in Wells, ME. Here's the link for details and registration information.

Wednesday
Mar 23, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Theda Skocpol's Diminished Democracy Call 460-9587 to RSVP or for directions.

Friday
Mar 18, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Whose Democracy Is It?: Wealth and Income Inequality, Money in Politics

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special Guests: Mark Schmitt, Director, Political Reform Program, New America, and Tony Corrado, nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Professor of Government at Colby College. Tune in for a lively conversation. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour. Listen to the conversation.

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

Wednesday
Mar 16, 2016
5:00 pm
Sea Dogs Brewery
125 Western Ave
South Portland 04106
Pre-Election Moderator Training

So many citizen initiatives, bond issues, candidates; and too little information and discussion....

The League of Women Voters of the Portland Area will provide training and Maine-created support resources for interested members and prospective members. It's all in our Forum-in-a-Box Toolkit, designed for the League to work with groups that want to sponsor local forums for candidates and on public policy issues.

Social Time, 5 - 5:30 pm. Training begins at 5:30 pm.

Tuesday
Mar 15, 2016
5:00 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Join us for dinner and a discussion of the book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer.

Sunday
Mar 13, 2016
4:30 pm
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St
Brunswick 04011
Celebrate International Women's Day

Join Maine author Anne B. Gass as she shares the inspiring story of the suffrage activism that is the subject of her book, Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage. A discussion of the role of women in today's world and a book signing will follow the talk. Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. For more information, email brunwick@lwvme.org. Cosponsored by LWVME, PeaceWorks, and the Maine Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Wednesday
Feb 24, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

The book is Robert Reich's Saving Capitalism. Anyone interested or ambitious enough may read Jospeph Stiglitz's Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy instead or in addition. Call 460-9587 to RSVP or for directions.

Friday
Feb 19, 2016
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Political Equality: The Founding Vision, the Modern Reality

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. Special Guests: Ralph Ketcham, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and Mark Brewer, Professor and Interim Department Chair of Political Science at the University of Maine. Tune in for a lively conversation. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour. Listen to the conversation.

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

Wednesday
Jan 27, 2016
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
Study and Consensus Meetings

Members of LWV-Downeast will meet to discuss and answer the consensus questions for the LWVUS Money in Politics Review. Here's more information about this event. Additional information is also available at the LWVUS website.

Saturday
Jan 23, 2016
9:00 am
Preti Flaherty
1 City Center
Portland 04101
Money in Politics Consensus Meeting

Please join the Portland Area LWV on January 23rd to discuss and reach consensus on questions that will help the LWVUS determine what, if any, changes are needed in League positions on money in politics to permit continued and effective advocacy on this very important issue. Here's more information about this event.

We are enthusiastic to share what we have learned about changes in legislation and legal interpretations of Money in Politics, and we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd. For more information contact Anne Schink at abschink@gwi.net.