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Podcast: An Empty Cabinet

This week on Big Talk, I joined hosts Al Brewer and Suzanne Murphy to discuss the week's politics. At the top of the list, obviously, was the resignations of commissioners Congdon and Brown.

Since my first posts on the issue yesterday at Down East, a great deal more has emerged about the reasons for and the process behind Congdon's resignation as head of the DECD. Last night's MPBN broadcast and this morning's Bangor Daily News, Sun Journal and Maine Today newspapers' stories on the subject have explained what happened during Congdon's trip to Aroostook County and how it led to his firing.

Governor LePage, however, has still refused to specifically condemn Congdon's remarks or to discuss the matter in detail, despite calls for him to do so today from the NAACP, Maine's tribes, and House Democratic Leader Emily Cain.

Also discussed on the show: the Senate District 7 race, the vote on the Informed Growth Act (scheduled for today, but now postponed) and Republican legislators' attempts to limit access to birth control and abortion services.

You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, go straight to the feed or download the episode here: http://www.archive.org/download/BigTalk-April282011/BigtalkApril28.mp3

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Podcast: Yes, That's Right, A Podcast

I'm happy to welcome a new partner in online Maine political news and opinion: Big Talk, Portland community radio station WMPG’s half-hour public affairs program, recorded each week on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.

Big Talk will now be available as a podcast hosted here at Maine Politics. You can subscribe to the full xml feed here (iTunes link coming soon) and new episodes related to Maine politics will be posted to the front page of the blog for playback and download.

In the lead-up to the 2010 election, the hosts of Big Talk (a great bunch of volunteers) not only interviewed candidates, opinion leaders and campaign staff, but also reached out to just about every political blogger in the state, of all political persuasions, and got their opinions on the air.

We'll start with an episode from April 14, featuring two Maine professors, USM President Dr. Selma Botman and Dr. Ali Ahmida, chair of political Science at the University of New England, discussing the situation in Libya and Egypt.

Check back this Friday and every Friday after that for the latest show, or tune in live Thursdays at 7:30pm at 90.9fm in the Portland area or streaming online.

Download this week's episode here: http://www.archive.org/download/BigTalk-4142011-EgyptAndLibya/EgyptLibya-Interview.mp3

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