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TMP Podcast #11 – How the Maine Dems Became the Largest Voter Block In Maine

In a previous episode it was discovered that sometime between 2016 and 2020 the total number of registered Democrats overtook voters with no party affiliation as the largest voter block in Maine. This episode uses voter registration data to look at the signs leading up to “the switch” and the circumstances of when it actually happened.

This episode also looks at absentee voting trends by comparing absentee ballot totals over the past 3 presidential elections.   Continue reading below for sources & show notes.

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TMP Podcast #10 Special Elections & Maine’s Ruling Party

This episode looks at Maine’s most recent special election for House District 27 and what it says about Maine’s wider political landscape.  Continue Reading Below for Show Notes

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TMP Podcast #9 – Maine’s Fireworks Policy Problems & A First Look at Bill to Prevent Election Audits

This episode starts off with a look at LD 1307, An act to Restrict the Sale, Purchase and use of Fireworks in the State, as well as some other fireworks legislation to see where Maine’s fireworks policy is failing.  The episode also explores a potential problem with LD 1779, An Act to Protect Election Integrity by Regulating Possession of Ballots and Voting Machine Devices.  Continue Reading Below for Show Notes

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Majority of Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee Support Bill Banning Fireworks in Maine

The Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety voted to move forward with LD 1307, which, as its currently written, would effectively be a full repeal of the 2011-2012 act making consumer fireworks legal in Maine.

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A First Look at LD 1779 – An Act to Protect Election Integrity by Regulating Possession of Ballots and Voting Machine Devices

Sponsored by Representative Pierce of Falmouth and referred to the Committee on Veterans & Legal Affairs, LD 1779 is designed to do 3 separate things. The first two relate to possession of ballots and municipal clerks and has significance that will likely be explored in the future, but its the third thing that caught my attention.

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Work Session for Bill Prohibiting Covid-19 Vax Mandates in Maine Scheduled for January 20th

The Committee on Health and Human Services recently held a public hearing for LD 867, an emergency bill prohibiting mandatory covid-19 vaccinations in the state.  If passed, covid-19 vaccination mandates would be forbidden for 5 years, starting from when the emergency use authorizations were first enacted, to allow for safety testing and investigations into possible reproductive harm.…

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TMP Podcast #8 – New England Clean Energy Connect Project Part III: HydroQuebec & The Environmental Cost of Clean Energy

This is the final part of a 3 part series looking  at the New England Clean Energy Connect Project.  This episode looks at Hydro-Quebec and a handful of their largest hydroelectric facilities;  The Beaurharnois, The Bersimis, The Manic-Outardes, The Romaine and James Bay Projects.  The episode also looks into the environmental cost of this type of clean energy for the local environment and for the entire region. Continue Reading Below for Sources & Show Notes

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DS 200 Tabulators and The State of Maine

At the End of TMP Podcast #7 – Maine Election Process Part 1, I mentioned 3 documents Id be using for Part 2 and that because it would be some time before Ill pull a show together for Part 2, I would put these up in the meantime for anyone wishing to see them.  They are….

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TMP Podcast #7 – Maine’s Election Process Part I: The Municipal Players, Election Day & Absentee Voting

This episode goes in deep on Maine’s Election process at the municipal level.  I explain the specific roles and responsibilities of those involved in pulling of a Maine Election on both Election Day & the 3 Months of Absentee Voting leading up to Election Day.

We get even deeper exploring the rules around 3rd parties helping voters cast absentee, how “Get Out The Vote” groups get your address and the legality of making copies of blank ballots vs. making copies of completed ballots. Continue Reading Below For  Sources & Show Notes.

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Democrat Craig Hickman declared winner in March 9th Special Election

The Secretary of State’s office has released the certified results from the Senate District 14 Special Election showing Democrat Craig Hickman as the winner.

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Special Election for State Senate District 14 Scheduled for March 9th

Governor Mills declared a special election for Senate District 14 to be held March 9th.  There are two candidates running for the vacated position; Republican William Guerette and Democrat Craig Hickman.

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TMP Podcast #6 – New England Clean Energy Connect Project Part II: The Companies Pushing for the Project

This is Part II of the TMP Podcast’s analysis of the NECEC Project.  In this episode we focus on the 5 companies pushing for this project.  Their history, subsidiaries and what their presence within New England’s energy market looks like. Continue Reading Below for show sources.

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TMP Podcast #5 – New England Clean Energy Connect Analysis Part I: How the NECEC Got Legs

This episode is the first part in a series looking at the New England Clean Energy Connect Project.  In this part we look at how, exactly, a project like the NECEC gets legs in the first place.  How does New England’s wholesale electricity market work & what’s happening in Massachusetts to spur this project forward?  Continue Reading Below for show sources.

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Sen. Collins Dodged Instant Run-Off By Less Than 1% and Got Less Than 20% of Maine’s Military Ballots

Despite defeating her main competitor, Democrat Sara Gideon, by 8.5 % in the November 3rd election, Susan Collins avoided an Instant-Run Off by only .4 percent. Her 50.42% majority victory is a far cry from her 2014 re-election bid when she carried 67% percent of the state-wide popular vote and got over 60% of each county’s popular vote.

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TMP Podcast #4 – Who Voted for Joe Biden & What’s Counting Our Votes?

In this episode we use Maine’s Secretary of State Election data to look at the top 5 counties where Biden’s surge in support came from.  We also take a look at the vote tabulator machines use by over half of Maine’s communities and their known security issues.  Continue Reading Below for Episode Sources.

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TMP Podcast #3 – November Election Follow-up: Finding Biden’s Base

Biden got record breaking support in Maine in the November election and in this episode. we’re going to dig at where, exactly, his support came from. We’ll take a hard look at the Associated Press election projections and also take a look at Secretary of State’s voter registration data and party enrollment shifts in Maine since the 2016 Presidential election. Continue Reading Below for Episode’s Voter Enrollment Data Sources.

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TMP Podcast #2 – Maine’s November 3rd Election Results Shakedown

On the second episode of The Maine Polis Podcast we take a in depth look at the result in Maine’s November 3rd Election. Starting with what’s changed and what’s staying the same in Maine’s legislature and then we’ll examine the results of Maine’s federal elections.

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TMP Podcast #1 Sara Gideon’s Time at the State House

On the first episode of the Maine Polis Podcast we take a closer look at Sara Gideon’s record in the Maine State House. Gideon is running for a senate seat against incumbent Susan Collins, Lisa Savage and Max Lin.

 

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Report finds 5 Maine Counties Have Voter Registrations Exceeding Voter-Age Populations

A Judicial Watch report released last month found that Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Hancock, Lincoln and Waldo counties all had voter registrations exceeding their total eligible voter populations. The study compared publicly available voter registration data to the Census’s American Community Survey data from 2014-2018.

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Update: RSU 16 Reconfiguration Talks Set Aside For Now, But Board Still Blunders Budget

Approximately 85 community members, made up of teachers, parents & bus drivers packed the PRHS Library for the March 9th School board meeting.

While the subject of school configuration was not listed on the agenda, Board Chair Mary Martin allowed several parents to speak on the matter and express their concerns regarding plans to reconfigure the district’s 3 elementary schools.

During this question and comment period, Martin stated that…

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