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The Myth of Electability: What It Really Takes for Women to Win

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: Emily Cain, who served 10 years in the Maine Legislature and is currently the executive director of EMILY’s List (Early Money Is Like Yeast), argues that the debate about electability in the 2020 presidential election—and beyond—wrongly assumes that women or people of color are just less electable than certain men. […]

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Preparing for a Changing Climate

(Three-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: “Preparing for a Changing Climate: The State of Apparition Planning in Maine’s Coastal Communities” addresses the challenges faced by rural coastal communities in Maine which are distinctly different from large urban areas. These challenges are associated with the nature of Maine’s peninsular and island communities, reliance on limited road infrastructure, […]

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Volume 28 Issue 2

Policy in Brief: This issue of Maine Policy Review contains articles on a variety of subjects including electoral politics, climate change, food systems, higher education, population growth, and suicide. As noted by executive editor Linda Silka in her reflections on Vol. 28 No. 2, one of the many strengths of MPR is the thoughtful policy analyses by […]

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Priorities of the U.S. Senate Aging Committee

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: Senator Susan M. Collins, discusses her experiences on the Senate Aging Committee and serving as its chair for the 114th Congress. This committee has three major priorities: investing in biomedical research targeting diseases that disproportionately affect older Americans, such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes; protecting seniors against financial exploitation and scams; […]

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Income Security, Disruptive Technologies, and Addressing the Social Safety Net: Policy Perspectives on Universal Basic Income

(Two-minute read) Policy in Brief: Eight world-renouned experts in fields such as philosophy, economics, law, political science, history, and sociology debate Universal Basic Income. Fascinating Features: Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a program that provides payments to everyone in a given community—whether local, state, or national. This stipend would have no strings attached and individuals […]

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Workforce Investment in Maine’s New Energy Economy

(Two-minute Read) Policy in Brief: Robert E. Brown, the executive director of Opportunity Maine and Clifford M. Ginn, president of Opportunity Maine discuss workforce development to create a new energy economy in Maine based on efficiency. By mirroring policies and practices elsewhere, Maine could position itself to take advantage of “green economy” workforce funds and […]

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An Interview with Artist Rob Shetterly

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: Cover artist for Maine Policy Review Rob Shetterly came to Maine in 1970, as part of the back-to-the-land movement. He lived off the grid for 11-years and taught himself how to draw and paint in his downtime. He has no formal training, but has worked for several Maine publications since the […]

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Tourism Strategy for the Maine Woods: A Big Push to World Class

(Two-Minute Read) Policy in Brief: David Vail, professor of economics and former director of environmental studies at Bowdoin College, argues that the North Maine Woods’ current mix of natural, cultural, and hospitality assets are not sufficiently unique, outstanding, or networked to draw in large numbers of new overnight visitors making it a world class travel […]

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Early Childhood Health

(Four-minute read) Policy in Brief: The prenatal and early childhood period are considered the most vulnerable chapter in a person’s life. Dora Anne Mills describes the ways in which poverty, health insurance, pregnancy, early growth and development, infectious and chronic disease, oral health, environmental health, injury, mental health and physical activity and nutrition affect children. […]

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Are Libraries Necessary? Are Libraries Obsolete?

(Three-Minute Read) “Libraries are under siege!” —Silka and Rumery Policy in Brief: Are libraries becoming obsolete? Are they still necessary in the twenty-first century? In this post, Linda Silka and Joyce Rumery provide readers with an overview of the importance and complexity of the issues underlying two competing visions for how Maine’s libraries will continue […]

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