Upcoming Events

Local Public Funding

Wednesday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Fair Elections Portland is working to establish a public funding system for school board, city council, and mayoral candidates, stemming the tide of big money’s influence and enabling more candidates to run competitive races.

What would clean elections look like in Portland? This webinar will cover the different approaches to policy, what has been done in other cities, and what would work in Portland. 

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PAST EVENTS:

Conversation on Health Care & Democracy

Perhaps no single topic has proven more difficult to address at the state and national level than health care. Few issues have such a direct impact on millions of families and individuals. And at 18% of our national GDP, no other issue presents comparable financial stakes. As a result, health care industry forces have an abiding presence in government at all levels, and participate in campaign funding for races in Maine and across the country.

Are wealthy and powerful corporations and organizations able to bend health care policy to favor their interests? Is public policy in this vital area subject to the popular will, or do lobbyists, contributors, and other powerful forces stand between the people and the solutions they desire?

Join this discussion with leading professionals in the field to discuss Power, Health Care, and Democracy. Former State Representative John Brautigam will moderate an impressive guest panel:

  • Hon. Geoff Gratwick – Physician and former Senate Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee
  • Dr. Phil Caper – Physician and board member of Maine Allcare
  • Kate Sykes – Former investigative reporter and universal health care advocate

See more archived recordings of past events