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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

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Information Digest last updated: 15 May 2020
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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."
Until the election, I am leaving references to past debates in the schedule for those of you who may have missed them (particularly if you have not yet voted). There is a lot of overlap in the scheduling of these debates; some news outlets have made it easier than others to watch debates after they occur. I will attempt to provide links to all the debates if possible.
Friday, September 11th.
7 p.m.
Maine U.S. Senate Debate NEWS CENTER Maine/WCSH 6 In case you missed the first debate. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Senate candidates Sara Gideon (D-ME), Max Linn (I-ME) and Lisa Savage (I-ME) participated in a televised debate. NEWS CENTER Maine/WCSH 6, Bangor Daily News and The Portland Press Herald sponsored the event. Maine's U.S. Senate race is considered one of the most expensive races in the country, and one of the most competitive. Senator Collins is running for a fifth term. She has been criticized by Democrats for her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
If so, you'll be in good company -- so far, dozens of Indivisible groups have planned debate watch parties.
There will supposed to be four debates before the election on November 3rd:

  • September 29th: First Presidential Debate (Cleveland, OH)
  • October 7th: Vice Presidential Debate (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • October 15th: Second Presidential Debate (Miami, FL) - CANCELED
  • October 22nd: Third Presidential Debate (Nashville, TN)
  • November 3rd: 2020 Presidential Election
Monday, September 28th.
7 p.m.
Maine U.S. Senate Debate WAGM [a CBS and Fox affiliate in Presque Isle] The Bangor Daily News published an article before the debate took place: What to expect tonight when Maine's US Senate candidates meet for 2nd debate [BDN - Caitlin Andrews, Michael Shepherd and Jessica Piper - 09/28/2020]. Jimmy Dore interviewed Lisa Savage on his September 27th show: good interview!
Debate Moderators for the 2020 Debates - Question Time - 09/25/2020

Meet the moderators for the 2020 election presidential debates. Donald Trump and Joe Biden will face off in a series of three presidential debates for the 2020 election, and their running mates, Kamala Harris and Mike Pence, will also spar in a Vice Presidential debate.

Setting the tone for each of these four events will be the debate moderators:
  • Chris Wallace, Anchor of Fox News Sunday
  • Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today
  • Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer and Political Editor at C-SPAN Networks - CANCELED
  • Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor of Weekend TODAY, and White House Correspondent for NBC News
While the candidates certainly take their political fortunes into their own hands during the debates, the moderators have a significant role in shaping the tone and content of these events. They are entrusted to enforce the rules and time constraints of the debates, and most significantly, they introduce the issues at play, and pose questions that the candidates must answer. Exactly how they frame topics and questions has the power to shape the perspectives of viewers: because moderators are positioned as apparently neutral referees, their biases are likely to be missed by a general audience—the perspectives implicit in their questions and framing of issues might easily be taken as unadulterated, objective fact by the majority of viewers.

It is therefore unquestionably important to understand, in advance of the debates, who the moderators are.

In this video, [the narrator will] attempt to assemble some valuable information about each of the four journalists tasked with moderating the presidential debate and vice presidential debate, providing enough background to begin to answer the question: "Who are the moderators?"
Tuesday, September 29th.
7 p.m.
First U.S. Presidential Debate Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio The Los Angeles Times has an article written before the debate: Here's what to expect in the first 2020 presidential debate between Trump and Biden [Arit John - 09/28/2020].
Tuesday, October 13th.
8 p.m.
Maine U.S. House of Representatives Debate WGME CBS 13 News, Portland (Virtual) CBS 13 hosted a virtual debate with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and her Republican challenger, Dr. Jay Allen. The candidates for the 1st Congressional District talked with CBS 13 remotely. Topics included the Supreme Court, health care, the economy and of course, the coronavirus. This is their second debate in this election cycle.
Note: To watch the embedded video, you will be prompted to allow Facebook to "use cookies and website data while browsing" but you can watch the embedded video by not answering the prompt.
Thursday, October 15th.
8 p.m.
Presidential Campaign Town Hall, Philadelphia ABC News ABC News announced on Thursday that it will hold a town hall with Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president Joe Biden on Thursday, Oct. 15, allowing voters to ask questions to the former vice president less than a month before Election Day. ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will moderate the prime-time event in Philadelphia. Biden agreed to the ABC News town hall after the second presidential debate, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, was canceled last Friday after President Donald Trump said he would not participate in a virtual format.
Thursday, October 15th.
8 p.m.
Presidential Campaign Town Hall, Philadelphia NBC News NBC will host a town hall with President Trump at the same time as Joe Biden's town hall on ABC. The two will compete Thursday on different networks after the second presidential debate was canceled.
Thursday, October 15th.
8 p.m.
Maine U.S. Senate Debate Maine Public Republican Susan Collins, Democrat Sara Gideon and independents Max Linn and Lisa Savage on radio, television and (Television rebroadcasts: 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov 1, 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2; Radio rebroadcasts: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2).
Tuesday, October 20th.
8 p.m.
Maine U.S. House of Representatives Debate Maine Public 1st District: Democrat Chellie Pingree and Republican Jay Allen on radio, television and (Television rebroadcasts: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov 1; Radio rebroadcasts: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1).
Thursday, October 22nd.
9-10:30 p.m.
Final U.S. Presidential Debate Belmont University in Nashville, TN Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor of Weekend TODAY, and White House Correspondent for NBC News will be the moderator for the final presidential debate. The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments. Each candidate will have two minutes of uninterrupted time at the beginning of each segment. Here's What You Need To Know [NPR - Barbara Sprunt - 10/21/2020].
Thursday, October 22nd.
8 p.m.
Maine U.S. House of Representatives Debate Maine Public 2nd District: Democrat Jared Golden and Republican Dale Crafts on radio, television and (Television rebroadcasts: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov 1; Radio rebroadcasts: 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, noon Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1).
More to come ...
For reference: a complete historical list of the Presidential Election Primaries and Caucuses is available at The list was updated with cancellations and rescheduled primaries and caucuses. Remember, the Electoral College will determine who will be President!

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