Democracy Forum on WERU FM Community Radio
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Rescheduled for November 30 -- Election 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?
The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces 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.
In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.
Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.
November 30 -- Election 2018: What Happened and What Does It Mean?
"Every election matters. ...[E]very election provides lessons worth learning."
-- Chuck Todd, Meet the Press
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? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.
In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at weru.org.
- John Baughman, Associate Professor of Politics, Bates College
- Jill Goldthwait, Award-winning columnist for the Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander, retired nurse and former independent Maine State Senator.
- Who won in Maine and why?
- How does that reflect national trends?
- What were the trends among women running for office and in voter turnout among women?
- Was voter turnout a factor? How did turnout compare to prior mid-term elections?
- Was voter suppression a factor?
- What role did ranked choice voting play?
- What are the opportunities for citizens to have an effect on federal and state policy for the next two to four years?
To learn more, follow these links to related content:
- 2018: Another 'Year of the Woman' Brookings, November 8, 2018.
- Americans will head to the polls in a week. Here's why some won't. Washington Post, October 30, 2018.
- Maine's toss-up 2nd District appears headed to a ranked-choice count, Bangor Daily News, November 7, 2018.
- Brian Kemp's Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk, The Atlantic, November 7, 2018.
- 2018 exit polls show greater white support for Democrats, Brookings, November 8, 2018.
Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive
Recent Topics in this Series
POLLITICAL POLLs: Can We Ever Trust Them Again?
ELECTIONS IN MAINE: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT: A Necessary Evil or a Weapon of Destruction?
STATE PRE-EMPTION: Who's Got the Power?
IMMIGRATION: Can We Live Without It?
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?
TEN MONTHS IN: Taking Stock in Maine
Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.