The Mid-Maine Progressive Forum
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What Does It Mean To Be Progressive?

  • What are Progressive Core Values?
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  • * Caring and responsibility, carried out with strength
  • * Protection, fulfillment in life, fairness
  • * Freedom, opportunity, prosperity
  • * Community, service, cooperation
  • * Trust, honesty, open communication
  • These fall in line behind the progressive principles of equity, equality, Democracy, Government for a better future, ethical business practices and a foreign policy that reflects our values.
  • What are the Core Values of the Democratic Party?
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  • * Fairness and Equal Rights for all
  • * Strength and Toughness
  • * Fiscal Responsibility

The Mid-Maine Progressive Forum

Information Digest last updated: 5 November 2019

Unless we decide on a permanent home for this page, information about the Forum will be found here.

Upcoming Events:

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Please help us out by letting us know of events that may be of interest to the progressive community in the Greater Waterville Area. We try to keep the list up to date, but we need your help! If you know of an event, drop us a line:
The AARP Tax-Aide Program provides free Federal and State tax return services. Volunteers are trained, tested and certified by the IRS to prepare returns for low to moderate income taxpayers with particular focus on those over 60, but all are welcome. The free tax services are by appointment only.

Buker Community Center - Augusta - (207) 582-3053. Call after 5:00 p.m. Tax dates: Monday & Friday January 30 - April 13.

Cohen Community Center - Hallowell - (207) 626-7777. Call Mon. through Fri. 9:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Tax dates: Monday & Thursday Jan 30 - April 13.

Dr. Shaw Memorial Library - Mt. Vernon - (207) 293-2585. Call when library is open on Sat., Mon., & Wed. Tax dates: Feb 22, March 7 & 21.
The Iowa Caucuses Are In 17 Days. What's Going On In The Early States? - FiveThirtyEight - Geoffrey Skelley - 01/17/2020 [Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina]
Monday, 02/03/2020. The Senate "trial" of President Donald J. Trump is nearly over. After the vote to not call witnesses or admit evidence, the House Managers and the President's defense team will make their closing arguments on Monday. POLITICO: This week's impeachment schedule and the details on when and where to watch.
Monday, 02/03/2020 Iowa Caucuses Iowa, U.S.A. How they work and why we still do them

"Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 3 will set the tone for the rest of the Democratic presidential primary. But the way Iowa Democrats vote is very different than most other states - and that could have a say in who emerges as the winner."
Tuesday, 02/04/2020 President Trump: State of the Union Location: Washington, D.C. Trump agrees to deliver State of the Union on February 4.

Impeachment: Trump wants Senate trial over before State of the Union address - The Guardian Tom McCarthy and Martin Pengelly - 01/19/2020

"Donald Trump wants his impeachment trial to end before his state of the union address in just two weeks' time, Lindsey Graham said on Sunday."
Wednesday, 02/05/2020. At 4 p.m. the Senate will vote on Trump's articles of impeachment. The suspense is killing me! POLITICO: This week's impeachment schedule and the details on when and where to watch.
Sunday, 02/09/2020. 2 pm (snow date 3/29/2020) Forum on the Future: Our Divided Country - Seeking Common Ground Fireplace Lounge, Randall Hall, University of Maine at Augusta Recognizing that sharp divisions in the American populace have caused many to fear for the future of democracy in our nation, this Forum on the Future will feature two knowledgeable speakers [Daniel M. Shea and Greg Kesich], one a political scientist and one an opinion page editor, to provide their insight on the topic. They will address the background of our divide and what can be done to bring about a more civil national conversation and find common causes on which the two sides can work together. Moderator: Marilyn Canavan
UMASC Forums on the Future are intended to be presentations of information and ideas, and not a debate. Forum on the Future is FREE and open to the public. For information about the Forums and other UMASC activities, please contact: or call (207) 621-3551.
Tuesday, 02/11/2020 New Hampshire Primary New Hampshire, U.S.A. NHPR's coverage of the 2020 first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary.
Wednesday, 02/19/2020.
8:00-10:00 a.m.
Coffee Klatch - Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice Lisa's Restaurant, 15 Bangor Street, Augusta Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice - Kathy Amsden, LCSW, ACHP-SW and Sean Hackett, Provider Relations Consultant. "Androscoggin HH&H agency has expanded to other counties, including Kennebec. They offer a wide range of services and discussions including Advanced Care Planning Matters. The importance of making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. Excerpts from the documentary film, DEFINING HOPE, that weaves the stories of patients with life-threatening illness and how hope evolves. It's a message about bringing power back to the patient and helping people understand that they have choices when life is threatened."
AARP meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Come hear speakers who are the movers and shakers in the community on topics of local, state and national interests. Meet up with your friends and make new ones too. AARP pays for your bottomless cup of coffee or tea. You choose from Lisa's wide selection of breakfast items. RSVP:
Saturday, 02/22/2020 Nevada Caucuses Nevada, U.S.A. 2020 Presidential Caucus
Saturday, 02/29/2020 South Carolina Primary South Carolina, U.S.A. The "first-in-the-South" primary gives a voice to Southern states in the presidential nomination process. South Carolina often helps to begin significantly narrowing down the field of candidates following contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Tuesday, 03/03/2020 Super Tuesday Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, U.S.A. Super Tuesday 2020

Super Tuesday refers to the Tuesday in a presidential election year when the largest number of states and territories hold a presidential preference primary or caucus.
More to come ...

MMPF site is live

In a valiant attempt to live up to our name, we publish a blog called The Grumpy Progressive. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, "there's a lot to be grumpy about." That doesn't make us surly or grouchy, necessarily (with a few notable exceptions). You can read and respond to a variety of opinions and viewpoints at the blog, which features such progressive voices as Marilyn Canavan, Steve Aucoin, Peter Konieczko, Claude Francke, Diane Weinstein, Jim Chiddix, Nancy Sanford, Bill Basford, Dick Thomas and Don Smallidge. We don't all agree on everything, but we are all progressives who wish to share our views on government, society, the economy, climate, energy, justice and education. That probably doesn't cover it all, but you get the idea. But wait, that's not all: we also welcome new voices to our conversation (in person or in print)!

In addition to the blog, MMPF publishes a newsletter (which has recently been revived to highlight our recent blog posts and recent news of note); it is a gentle reminder that we are still here and available to hear you and to give you a chance to share your own views. Our Facebook page struggled through long periods of neglect and has finally been put out of its misery; it is no more.

Be part of the conversation. Visit The Grumpy Progressive blog! For more information, contact Don at or just drop by Selah Tea on Saturday mornings and join us for a cup of tea or coffee.


The Mid-Maine Progressive Forum formal meetings have been discontinued for lack of interest. Apparently we prefer to be informal!
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