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February 16 -- Primary Elections: What Are They Good For?

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM is producing a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

February 16 -- Primary Elections: What Are They Good For?

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. We'll take listener calls in the second half hour.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.

Special Guests:

  • Jill Goldthwait, former Maine State Senator and award-winning political columnist for the Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander.
  • Kevin Raye, former President of the Maine State Senate, former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, currently owner/operator of Raye's Mustard.
  • Dan Shea, Professor of Government at Colby College.

Key Topics:

  • How have primaries changed over the last 50 years?
  • Are primaries working for the parties? For the voters?
  • Are primaries a good way to choose the best-qualified candidates?
  • What are the advantages and limitations of caucus vs. primary?
  • What are the advantages and drawbacks of open vs. closed primaries?
  • What other models are there to consider?
  • What changes are on the horizon in Maine?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

November
TEN MONTHS IN: Taking Stock in Maine

October
POLITICAL PARTIES: Do They Still Matter?

September
CENSUS 2020: Making Sense of the Census

July
CIVIL DISCOURSE: Can We Do It?

June
JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?

May
FREE TRADE: Winners & Losers in Maine

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.