Essays

The Margaret Chase Smith Essay

Emily Cain

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

by Emily Cain

Drawing on her experience in the Maine Legislature and current role as executive director of EMILY’s List, in this Margaret Chase Smith Essay, Emily Cain shares insight into the myth of electability and examples of the important impact women have made over the past 35 years politically and how they have changed our political landscape along the way.

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Margaret Chase Smith High School Student Essay Contest

Madelein ArcherThe Hobby Lobby Case and Arguments around an Equal Rights Amendment

by Madeleine Archer

Each year the Margaret Chase Smith Library sponsors an essay contest for high school seniors. The essay prompt for 2019 asked students to assess the arguments for and against an Equal Rights Amendment.

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Articles

Preparing for a Changing Climate: The State of Adaptation Planning in Maine’s Coastal Communities

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by Eileen Sylvan Johnson, Esperanza Stancioff, Tora Johnson, Sarena Sabine, Haley Maurice, and Claire Reboussin

Climate change is having a range of impacts on Maine’s coastal communities, impacts that will be further exacerbated by increased coastal flooding, storm events, and a warming Gulf of Maine. To better understand the status of adaptation planning by Maine coastal communities, we conducted a survey and in-depth interviews with decision makers from coastal communities.

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Using Cooperation Science to Strengthen Maine’s Local Food Economy

by Afton Hupper, Sujan Chakraborty, Timothy M. Waring

calloutWhile Maine’s food system has enjoyed a recent surge in demand for local food, this opportunity for economic growth has been impeded by a difficult business climate for farmers, small business owners, and institutions. We believe this difficult business climate necessitates policy interventions to sustain the local food economy. Cooperation science can be used to tackle the social dilemmas persisting in Maine’s local food economy and buttress the argument for increased support from the state. In this article, we implement the framework of cooperation to address the key concerns of farm viability, business succession, and increased food sourcing in local institutions from local producers in Maine.

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Attracting New Maine Residents: The Effects of Educational Attainment and Age on Interstate Mobility

by Paul Leparulo

Figure 3Maine faces population issues that pose considerable headwinds to the state’s economic growth and prosperity. Restoring a more robust growth path will require attracting new residents to the state. This article examines some of the factors that cause individuals to relocate across state lines. I quantify the relationship between educational attainment, age, and interstate mobility and find that having a bachelor’s degree or higher has a large, positive, statistically significant effect on the probability of making an interstate move. The findings suggest that the development of a state’s job market is a critical dimension in attracting and retaining residents.

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Demographics of Suicide Victims in Maine for 2017 and 2018 with Emphasis on Suicide Notes

Figure 1by Victoria Rideout, Raymond Kennard, Alicia McCarthy Wilcox, and Mark Flomenbaum

This study examined Maine suicide deaths from 2017 and 2018 to determine if there were correlations between the demographics of suicide victims and variables of the suicide acts: age, gender, veteran status, method, and presence of a note. Based on our preliminary findings, we suggest modifying targeted interventions to mitigate and reduce suicide rates in Maine including programs to support overlooked vulnerable populations.

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Commentaries

The Marginalization of Faculty and the Quantification of Educational Policy

Howard Segal

Lessons from My Many Years on Faculty Senates

by Howard P. Segal

Howard Segal shares conclusions about higher education and policy that apply to public colleges and universities across the country.

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Columns

Reflections

Maine Policy Review and the Culture of Engagement

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Executive Editor Linda Silka reflects on the benefit of using Maine Policy Review articles to start discussions and encourage civic engagement.

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Intersections

Dan SoucierAt the Confluence of Public Policy and History: The Value of Historical Thinking in Public Policy Development

by Daniel S. Soucier
Daniel Soucier explains why conversations between those who study how policy decisions affected society in the past and those tasked with shaping the future are beneficial.

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