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: 15 May 2020
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Information about the Mid-Maine Progressive Forum can 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:
Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, many events are being canceled or postponed. You should probably check with the organizers of events you wish to attend before assuming that they will still occur. If you know that event has been canceled or postponed, please drop us a line so we can modify the schedule below: Thanks.
For a complete list of the Presidential Election Primaries and Caucuses, check out The list has been updated with cancellations and rescheduled primaries and caucuses. Remember, the Electoral College will determine who will be President!

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Lori Parham, AARP Maine's State Director, "wanted to let you know that in light of continuing concern for the safety of our staff, volunteers, members and the public, AARP has cancelled all in-person events in Maine and across the country through the end of 2020. In addition, our staff will continue to work remotely through Labor Day. Know that we do remain 'open for business' and hope you will feel free to reach out to us in the weeks and months ahead. Please also continue to visit our website and special COVID-19 section, and follow us on Facebook (@aarpmaine) and Instagram (@aarpme) for important updates, the latest news, and resources."
Tuesday, 08/11/2020 Connecticut Primaries Moved from originally scheduled dates Some delegates allocated statewide and some by Congressional District. This primary was originally rescheduled from April 28 to June 2. The August date coincides with the primary for offices other than president.
No Contest: The Republican Party in each of these locations has canceled its 2020 primary or caucus. All delegates are expected to be allocated to President Trump.
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
The 2020 Democratic National Convention is an event in which delegates of the United States Democratic Party will choose the party's nominees for president and vice president in the 2020 United States presidential election. The convention that was to be held from July 13-16, 2020 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been rescheduled to August 17-20, 2020. - Wikipedia

The 2020 Republican National Convention will NOT be held in Jacksonville, Florida after all (but there will be some limited activity in Charlotte, North Carolina) from August 24-27, 2020. Read the whole story on Wikipedia!
There will be four debates before the election on November 3rd:

  • September 29th: First Presidential Debate (South Bend, IN)
  • October 7th: Vice Presidential Debate (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • October 15th: Second Presidential Debate (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • October 22nd: Third Presidential Debate (Nashville, TN)
  • November 3rd: 2020 Presidential Election
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, Mary Dunn, 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


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