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MPR authors cited in term limits discussion

Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

The issue of term limits for Maine legislators has again been raised by the recent proposal of LD182. A Bangor Daily News article reflecting the current public policy debate on term limits makes reference to a 2003 article from the Maine Policy Review in which authors Moen and Palmer discuss the term limits which have been in effect in Maine now for 22 years.

See the MPR article: “Term Limits, the Standing Committees, and Institutional Response” by Matthew Moen and Kenneth Palmer.

Public Affairs Scholarship Available

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 10:46 am

Applications for the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship for 2015-2016 are now being accepted. This scholarship is for independent undergraduate research on a topic of public policy importance.

Eligibility Requirements: student must be a Maine resident, currently enrolled at UMaine for 12 credits or more, be an undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have completed 40 degree hours prior to the current semester.

The amount of the 2015 – 2016 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship will be $3,500. The deadline for student applications is Friday, April 17, 2015.

The application form and more information are available on our webpage at

MPR author Janet Fairman’s report on school district consolidation cited

Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 9:56 am

A 2012 Maine Policy Review report by Janet Fairman, an associate research professor of education at the University of Maine, and Christine Donis-Keller, an education consultant, was cited in the VTDigger article, “School district consolidation: Will Vermont go where Maine has been?” The Maine Policy Review report, “School District Reorganization in Maine: Lessons Learned for Policy and Process,” focused on the state’s objective to reduce 290 school districts to 80. The article states that according to the report, by the 2011–12 academic year, the districts had been reduced to 164 and the success of the effort “is still open to debate.”

See the 2012 MPR article here.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, March 31, Public Affairs Lecture

Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 2:10 pm

The Margaret Chase Smith Lectureship on Public Affairs


U.S. Senator Susan Collins

“Incivility and Hyperpartisanship:
Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?”

March 31 ~ 3:30 p.m.
Collins Center for the Arts

RSVP required

Call 581.1648 or email

Free and open to the public ~ No backpacks allowed