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Date & TimePlaceDescription
Friday
Dec 21, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Election 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We're taking December off. This month's program is a rebroadcast of our November show. We'll talk about who won in Maine and why. How do the election outcomes in Maine reflect national trends--or not--along the dimensions of party majorities, women and minority candidates, voter turnout, demographics, and voter suppression? What does it all mean for governing in the biennium ahead? Guests: John Baughman, Associate Professor of Politics, Bates College, and Jill Goldthwait, award-winning columnist for the Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, retired nurse and former independent Maine State Senator. Learn more.

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

Monday
Dec 17, 2018
4:00 pm
Advocacy Training Webinar Part 3

Build your advocacy skills. Learn about the legislative process. Discover opportunities to volunteer. Help us in our work on better election, voting rights, ethics in government, and money in politics. More information at here

Tuesday
Dec 11, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The December book is David Sanger's The Perfect Weapon.

Wednesday
Dec 5, 2018
5:30 pm
Elaine's House
Portland
Holiday Party

Celebration of LWVPA members and volunteers. It's a party! RSVP or for more information at portland@lwvme.org.

Wednesday
Dec 5, 2018
5:30 pm
Flexit Cafe And Bakery
192 Main St
Ellsworth 04605
We're Celebrating

Join us to celebrate our 2018 accomplishments, to welcome our members--new and old, to talk politics (nonpartisan, of course!), and just to have some fun! Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Bring a friend. No obligation, but we will raffle off some great prizes! RSVP at downeast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Dec 3, 2018
4:00 pm
Advocacy Training Webinar Part 2

Build your advocacy skills. Learn about the legislative process. Discover opportunities to volunteer. Help us in our work on better election, voting rights, ethics in government, and money in politics. In case you missed it, follow along from the archive

Sunday
Dec 2, 2018
2:00 pm
Dusty's House
Brunswick
Holiday Party

Celebration of LWVBA members and volunteers. It's a party! RSVP or for more information at brunswick@lwvme.org.

Friday
Nov 30, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Election 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about who won in Maine and why. How do the election outcomes in Maine reflect national trends--or not--along the dimensions of party majorities, women and minority candidates, voter turnout, demographics, and voter suppression? What does it all mean for governing in the biennium ahead? Guests: John Baughman, Associate Professor of Politics, Bates College, and Jill Goldthwait, award-winning columnist for the Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, retired nurse and former independent Maine State Senator. Learn more.

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

Monday
Nov 19, 2018
4:00 pm
Advocacy Training Webinar

Build your advocacy skills. Learn about the legislative process. Discover opportunities to volunteer. Help us in our work on better election, voting rights, ethics in government, and money in politics.Learn more and register now.

Wednesday
Nov 14, 2018
6:00 pm
Peloton Labs
795 Congress St
Portland 04102
Wine and Whine! Election Debrief Party

Join us for our annual reflection what happened in the election and what it means for the upcoming legislative year. Special guests include Democrat Marpheen Chann, Republican Barbara Harvey, and independent Dick Woodbury. Appetizers and drinks will be provided by the League.

Tuesday
Nov 13, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The November book is Adam Winkler's We the Corporations.

Thursday
Nov 8, 2018
7:00 pm
Frontier Cafe
14 Maine St
Brunswick 04011
Midterm Elections Results: What Can We Expect?

Panel discussion featuring Bowdoin Profession Andrew Rudalevige; Democratic State Senator Brownie Carson; small business owner Fred Horch; and Republican lobbyist and former state legislator Pam Cahill. Moderated by Bob Howe. Tickets $5 available at the door.

Tuesday
Nov 6, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting

Moving to the first Tuesday of each month. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Nov 5, 2018
9:00 am
Democracy Maine
565 Congress St
Portland 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Members welcome.

Monday
Oct 22, 2018
6:30 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
Ellsworth Legislative Candidates Forum

Featuring candidates for House District 134, Nicole Grohoski (D) and Mark Reynolds (R), and for Senate District 7, Louie Luchini (D) and Rich Malaby (R). Moderated by Stephen Fay. Cosponsored by LWV-Downeast, the Ellsworth American, and the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sunday
Oct 21, 2018
5:30 pm
Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford St
Portland 04101
2018 Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Women's Economic Security

Moderated by the League's own Anne Schink. Reception with light refreshments begins at 5:30. Forum starts at 6:30. The event will be ASL interpreted. Co-sponsored by the League and a host of others. More information here.

Friday
Oct 19, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Political Polls: Can We Ever Trust Them Again?

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about the state of the art in political polling, why polls sometimes get it wrong, the emerging challenges for pollsters, and what citizens need to know about who and what to believe. Guests: Amy Fried, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine, and Courtney Kennedy, Director, Survey Research, Pew Research Center. Learn more.

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

Thursday
Oct 18, 2018
6:00 pm
Scarborough High School
11 Municipal Dr
Scarborough 04074
Rock Your Vote 101: Voter Information Night Workshop

Seize your chance to shape tomorrow, vote today! Don't let the voting process, a confusing ballot, tough issues, or swirling rhetoric stand in your way. Become an informed and empowered citizen in this 100% non-partisan workshop. For more info and to register: Scarborough Adult Ed

Tuesday
Oct 16, 2018
6:00 pm
University Of Maine At Machias
116 O'Brien Ave
Machias 04654
Iron Jawed Angels

Film screening of the award-winning film, Iron Jawed Angels, with discussion to follow led by Dr. Kay Kimball. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Machias, UMM Student Life, and UMM's Psych & Community Studies.

Tuesday
Oct 16, 2018
6:00 pm
1157 Main St
Mount Desert 04660
MDI Legislative Candidates Forum

Featuring candidates from Maine House District 134 and Maine Senate District 7. Moderated by Jill Goldthwait. Co-sponsored by LWV-Downeast, and the MD Islander.

Tuesday
Oct 16, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion - NEW DATE

Rescheduled from October 9. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The October book is Doris Kearns Goodwin Leadership: In Turbulent Times.

Tuesday
Oct 16, 2018
5:00 pm
Flatbread Pizza
399 Commercial St
Rockport 04856
Benefit Night for the League of Women Voters - Midcoast

Raffles, voter registration, great pizza, and more. A portion of each pizza purchase funds the League's voter outreach projects.

Monday
Oct 15, 2018
6:00 pm
Orland Community Center
21 Schoolhouse Rd
Orland 04472
Orland Legislative Candidates Forum

Featuring candidates from Maine House District 130, Dick Campbell (R) and Mike Reynolds (D), Maine House District 131, Nathalie Arruda (D) and Sherm Hutchins (R), and Maine Senate District 8, Kim Rosen (R) and Bev Uhlenhake (D). Moderated by Susan Lessard. Co-sponsored by LWV-Downeast, the Bucksport Enterprise, and WERU Community Radio.

Friday
Oct 12, 2018
6:30 pm
Rockland City Council Chambers
270 Pleasant St
Rockland 04841
District 6 DA Candidate Forum

Featuring candidates Natasha Irving and Jonathan Liberman for Prosecutorial District 6, which covers Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Midcoast, ACLU of Maine, and the Free Press Online.

Tuesday
Oct 9, 2018
6:30 pm
Bagaduce Music Lending Library
49 South St
Blue Hill 04614
Blue Hill Legislative Candidates Forum

Featuring candidates for House District 133, Nancy Colwell (R) and Sarah Pebworth (D), and for Senate District 7, Louie Luchini (D) and Rich Malaby (R). Moderated by Clifton Page. Cosponsored by LWV-Downeast and the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday
Oct 9, 2018
5:30 pm
Bangor City Hall
73 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Candidate Forums

Featuring candidates for City Council and School Committee. The School Committee Forum will start at 5:30, and the City Council Forum will start at 6:45. Co-sponsored by the League and the Bangor Public Library.

Monday
Oct 8, 2018
9:00 am
Democracy Maine
565 Congress St
Portland 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Members welcome.

Wednesday
Oct 3, 2018
2:00 pm
What Australia's Experience with Ranked Choice Voting Can Teach Maine

Dr. Ben Reilly of Murdoch University in Australia discusses 100 years of Ranked Choice Voting in Australia and how lessons learned may be applicable to Maine. From a talk presented on September 4 at the Bangor Public Library, cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine, the Scholars Strategy Center, and the University of Maine Department of Political Science.

Follow along with his slides.

Speaking in Maine
Maine Public Radio

Tuesday
Oct 2, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming election season. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Saturday
Sep 29, 2018
10:30 am
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq
Portland 04101
Civic Saturday

Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it's not about church religion, or synagogue or mosque religion. It's about American civic religion -- the values and practices of being an active and contributing member of civic life. Sponsored by the Portland Public Library. Learn more.

Thursday
Sep 27, 2018
7:00 pm
Westbrook Community Center
426 Bridge St
Westbrook 04092
Cumberland County DA Candidate Night

Candidates Randall Bates, Jon Gale, and Jonathan Sahrbeck will meet with voters in small groups to spell out their qualifications and priorities. Enter through the Pool/Swimming Doors and follow the signs. Co-sponsored by Portland Area League of Women Voters, ACLU of Maine, and Westbrook Community Center.

Wednesday
Sep 26, 2018
7:00 pm
Cumberland Town Office
290 Tuttle Rd
Cumberland Center 04021
Cumberland Legislative Candidate Forum

Featuring candidates for Maine House District 45 and Maine Senate District 25. Sponsored by the Town of Cumberland, moderated by Anne Schink for the League of Women Voters.

Friday
Sep 21, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Elections in Maine: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

LWV Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about what citizens need to know about the conduct of elections in Maine and what are the opportunities for citizen participation and observation. Guests: Patti Dubois, Waterville City Clerk, and Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State, Maine Secretary of State's Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions. Learn more.

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

Wednesday
Sep 19, 2018
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
POSTPONED - LWV Downeast Book Group

New date is December 5. Our book is Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

Email RSVP or for more information at downeast@lwvme.org.

Sunday
Sep 16, 2018
6:00 pm
University Of Maine At Machias
116 O'Brien Ave
Machias 04654
Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Candidates for Governor of Maine discuss issues important to the people of Washington County. Candidates Alan Caron, Terry Hayes, and Janet Mills will participate. Candidate Shawn Moody declined. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias.

Sunday
Sep 16, 2018
2:30 pm
Dusty's House
Brunswick
POSTPONED: Brunswick League Book Group

New date to be announced. Our book will be One Nation after Trump: A Guide fo the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann.

RSVP or for more information, email brunswick@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Sep 11, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The September book is Martha Nussbaum's Monarchy of Fear.

Monday
Sep 10, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming election season. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Sep 4, 2018
5:30 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
What Australia's Experience with Ranked Choice Voting Can Teach Maine

Dr. Ben Reilly of Murdoch University in Australia will discuss 100 years of Ranked Choice Voting in Australia and how lessons learned may be applicable to Maine. Reception to start at 5:30, talk begins at 6:00. Refreshments provided. Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine, the Scholars Strategy Center, and the University of Maine Department of Political Science.

In case you missed it, here's the audio from his presentation. Follow along with his slides.

Friday
Aug 17, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Immigration: Can We Live Without It?

This is a rebroadcast of our show from May, 2018. LWV Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We talked about immigration and jobs, federal policy, and its effect on economic development and workforce in Maine. Guests: Dany Bahar, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution; Carla Dickstein, Senior Vice President for Research and Policy Development at the Coastal Enterprise Institute; and Martha Searchfield, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Learn more.

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

Monday
Aug 6, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming election season. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Thursday
Jul 26, 2018
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group

Our book for July is The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It by Yascha Mounk. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

Email RSVP or for more information at downeast@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Jul 24, 2018
1:00 pm
Androscoggin County Superior Court
2 Turner St
Auburn 04210
Oral Argument in MCCE, et. al. v. LePage and Porteus

Hon. William R. Stokes presiding. Plan to arrive at 12:30.

Friday
Jul 20, 2018
10:00 am
July 20 -- Distrust in Government: A Necessary Evil or a Weapon of Destruction?

LWV Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we'll talk about the waxing and waning of Americans' trust in government, why a little skepticism may be a good thing, how partisanship plays into the equation, and how too much distrust may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: Amy Fried, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine; and Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Resident Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Learn more.

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

Monday
Jul 9, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Friday
Jun 15, 2018
10:00 am
State Preemption: From Guns to Garbage, Who's Got the Power?

LWV Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we'll talk about how federalism protects and constrains states' rights and how states can both protect and commandeer local control. From guns and garbage, to water quality and pesticides, how much control do states and towns have to protect their assets or advance their values? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Special Guests: Garrett Corbin, Legislative Advocate for the Maine Municipal Association; and Lauren Phillips, J.D. Columbia Law School 2018. Learn more.

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

Tuesday
Jun 12, 2018
12:00 am
Primary Election in Maine
Sunday
Jun 10, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The June book is Michael Hayden's Assault on Intelligence.

Taking the summer off. Book group will resume in September.

Tuesday
Jun 5, 2018
7:00 pm
Hampden Town Hall
106 Western Ave
Hampden 04444
Hampden Candidate Forum

Candidates for Hampden Town Council special election. Sponsored and moderated by the League of Women Voters in the Bangor Area.

Monday
Jun 4, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League: Primary Elections Study Consensus Meeting

League members meet to review the Study on Primary Elections and answer the consensus questions. For more information, email downeast@lwvme.ort.

Monday
Jun 4, 2018
11:30 am
Christine's House
Brunswick
Brunswick Area League: Primary Elections Study Consensus Meeting

League members meet to review the Study on Primary Elections and answer the consensus questions. For more information, email brunswick@lwvme.ort.

Tuesday
May 22, 2018
5:30 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Area League: Primary Consensus Meeting Part 2

League members meet to review the Study on Primary Elections and answer the consensus questions. For more information, email Barbara at bangor@lwvme.org.

Saturday
May 19, 2018
9:00 am
Peg's House
Falmouth
Portland Area League: Primary Elections Study Consensus Meeting - Part 2

League members meet to continue the discussion and review of the Study on Primary Elections and answer the consensus questions. For more information, email Barbara at kaufman.barb@gmail.com.

Friday
May 18, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Immigration: Can We Live Without It?

LWV Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we'll talk about immigration and jobs, federal policy, and its effect on economic development and workforce in Maine. Guests: Dany Bahar, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution; Carla Dickstein, Senior Vice President for Research and Policy Development at the Coastal Enterprise Institute; and Martha Searchfield, Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

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

Wednesday
May 16, 2018
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
Downeast League: Primary Elections Study Consensus Meeting

League members meet to review the Study on Primary Elections and answer the consensus questions. For more information, email downeast@lwvme.ort.

Tuesday
May 15, 2018
5:30 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Area League: Primary Consensus Meeting Part 1

League members meet to review the Study on Primary Elections and answer the consensus questions. For more information, email Barbara at bangor@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
May 15, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Primaries, Parties and Ranked Choice Voting: What You Need to Know

Free public forum on party primaries: how they work in Maine, who can participate, why they matter, and what people need to know about ranked choice voting for this election. Panel discussion featuring Sandy Maisel, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby College; Peter Mills, two-time candidate for governor and long-time Maine state legislator; Liz Smith, former chair, Knox County Democrats, current member of the Maine Democratic Party Executive Committee; and others. Co-sponsored by the Midcoast League of Women Voters, the Rockland Public Library, and the Knox County Retired Educators Association. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday
May 12, 2018
1:00 pm
University Of Maine At Machias
116 O'Brien Ave
Machias 04654
Ranked Choice Voting 101

Outreach Specialist John Monroe from the League of Women Voters will give a presentation on how ranked choice voting works, the differences in casting ballots, and how ballots are counted. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Sunrise Senior College, and the Psychology & Community Studies Program at the University of Maine at Machias.

Thursday
May 10, 2018
5:30 pm
Mason Motz Facility
190 Middle Rd
Falmouth 04105
LWVPA Annual Meeting

LWVPA members are urged to attend to vote on next year's goals, budget, and board and committee nominations. Guest speaker, Mark Hews, State Coordinator for Maine Revives Civility. Read more about the Portland Area League and the annual meeting.

Tuesday
May 8, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The May book is Madeleine Albright's new book, Fascism: A Warning.

Monday
May 7, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Planning Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Saturday
Apr 28, 2018
9:00 am
Peg's House
Falmouth
Portland Area League: Primary Elections Study Consensus Meeting - Part 1

League members meet to review the Study on Primary Elections and answer the consensus questions. For more information, email Barbara at kaufman.barb@gmail.com.

Wednesday
Apr 25, 2018
5:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
121 Bucksport Rd
Ellsworth 04605
Public Conversations -- Ranked Choice Voting: How Will It Work in Maine?

Join us to discuss and to continue the conversation on ranked choice voting. Get your questions answered. Try it out for yourself in a mock election. Featuring Jon Monroe, outreach specialist for the Democracy Partnership. Refreshments will be served. Public welcome.

Friday
Apr 20, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Ranked Choice Voting: How Will It Work in Maine?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about how ranked choice voting is moving forward for the June primary, what the Secretary of State is planning, and what voters need to know as they head for the polls. Guests: John Brautigam, a public interest attorney, senior adviser and strategist to the Democracy Partnership's project, Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting; and Grace Ramsey, deputy outreach director for FairVote, a national electoral reform advocacy group. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.

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

Thursday
Apr 12, 2018
5:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Bring your dinner!

Thursday
Apr 12, 2018
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

Our book for April will be Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum 2018, 320 pages.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Friday
Apr 6, 2018
12:00 am
Hampton Inn And Suites
900 Post Rd
Wells 04090
New England States Leadership Development Conference

Save the date. It will be six states again this year! 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.

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

Tuesday
Mar 20, 2018
2:00 pm
Shauna Shames on "Speaking in Maine"

LWVME, the Maine Scholars Strategy Network, and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center worked together to bring to Maine Dr. Shauna Shames, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, for a series of speaking engagements. If you missed her talk in person, here's your chance to hear it on the radio: "The Great (Political) Divide: Why Women and Millennials are Underrepresented in Politics," will broadcast on Maine Public's Speaking in Maine. You can follow follow along with her PowerPoint slides here. The charts are also in her book, Out of the Running.

Speaking in Maine
Maine Public Radio

Friday
Mar 16, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Gerrymandering: What's the Big Deal?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about how redistricting has changed over the last 50 years, the emergence of extreme partisan gerrymandering, court cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and why it matters in Maine. Guests: Matt Dube, Assistant Professor in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maine-Augusta, and Elaine Kamark, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program and Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.

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

Thursday
Mar 15, 2018
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

Our book for March will be Re-Writing the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity by Joseph Stiglistz 2015, 256 pages.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Wednesday
Mar 14, 2018
6:00 pm
Scarborough High School
11 Municipal Dr
Scarborough 04074
Reviving Civility: Building Bridges with Civil Dialogue

Scarborough Adult Ed Class. $5 Adult Ed. fee; $10 for handouts. Information and registration here.

Tuesday
Mar 13, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The March book is Janesvill: An American Story by Amy Goldstein.

Thursday
Mar 8, 2018
5:30 pm
United States Customs House
312 Fore St
Portland 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting - NOTE NEW LOCATION

Bring your dinner!

Tuesday
Mar 6, 2018
5:00 pm
Hannaford Hall
88 Bedford St
Portland 04101
Shauna Shames Speaks in Portland

Dr. Shauna Shames, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, will give her talk, "The Great (Political) Divide: Why Women and Millennials are Underrepresented in Politics," in Portland at USM on the evening of March 6. Reception and light refreshments at 5:00, talk begins at 5:30. Cosponsored by LWVME, the Maine Scholars Strategy Network, and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

Monday
Mar 5, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Congregational Church
180 Limerock St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Planning Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Mar 5, 2018
5:30 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Shauna Shames Speaks in Bangor

LWVME, the Maine Scholars Strategy Network, and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center are working together to bring to Maine Dr. Shauna Shames, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, for a series of speaking engagements. Her talk in Bangor, "The Great (Political) Divide: Why Women and Millennials are Underrepresented in Politics," will begin at 5:30, with a reception to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday
Feb 20, 2018
5:30 pm
Portland Public Library
5 Monument Sq
Portland 04101
Portland Book Discussion

Join the LWVPA and Portland Public Library as we discuss Matthew Desmond's book, Evicted.

Saturday
Feb 17, 2018
1:00 pm
Bangor Public Library
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Film at the Bangor Public Library

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Discussion to follow.

Friday
Feb 16, 2018
10:00 am
Democracy Forum -- Primary Elections: What Are They Good For?

LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about how primaries have changed over the last 50 years, whether they're still working for the parties and the voters, what changes are on the horizon in Maine. Guests: Jill Goldthwait; Kevin Raye; and Dan Shea. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.

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

Thursday
Feb 15, 2018
9:00 am
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 04330
Keys to the Capital

Join us for a day of learning, networking, and advocacy as we celebrate the League's 98th birthday. More information at Keys.

Register now. Everyone welcome. Registration required for some events.

Tuesday
Feb 13, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The February book is Don't Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff.

Thursday
Feb 8, 2018
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

Our book for February will be Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy McLean 2017, 368 pages. Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, it is an intellectual history of the radical right in American politics.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Feb 5, 2018
5:30 pm
Episcopal Church Of St John Baptist
200 Main St
Thomaston 04861
Midcoast League Planning Meeting

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Saturday
Jan 20, 2018
1:00 pm
34 Gray St
Portland 04102
8 Years Since Citizens United

Popcorn and hot chocolate.

Thursday
Jan 11, 2018
5:30 pm
Martin's Point
331 Veranda St
Portland 04104
LWVPA Open Board Meeting

Bring your dinner!

Thursday
Jan 11, 2018
5:00 pm
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV-Downeast Book Group

Our book for January will be Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil, 2016, 272 pages.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at downeast@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Jan 9, 2018
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor Book Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The January book is Don't Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff.

Monday
Jan 8, 2018
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
Midcoast League Planning Meeting - CANCELLED

Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.