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Apr 7, 2017

This week on the Portland Press Herald Podcast, Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich is joined by Sunday columnists Jim Fossel and Alan Caron to discuss the Legislature's moves to overturn the vote on the minimum wage, and the spilt that is exposing between elected democrats and the Maine People's Alliance. Also using children as political pawns, and can bipartisanship ever happen if people never change their mind?

Feb 24, 2017

Portland Press Herald Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and columnists Bill Nemitz, Alan Caron and Cynthia Dill meet and talk about a new poll on the makeup of the electorate; How police body cams became a hot topic in Portland exposing divisions in city hall, and if Bernie Sanders' supporters are unfairly blaming Hillary Clinton for Donald Trump.

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Feb 3, 2017

This week Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and columnists Bill Nemitz, Alan Caron and Cynthia Dill discuss the collapse of the plea deal with the Commercial Street Black Lives Matter protesters,  how Senator Collins is going to deal with Cabinet and Supreme Court nominations, and if the legislature is going to ignore citizen-initiated referendums on ranked-choice voting and minimum wage.

Jan 27, 2017

This week on the Podcast, our panel, including Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and Columnist Bill Nemitz, Alan Caron and Cynthia Dill, discuss the beginning of the Trump Administration, massive protests last weekend in Portland and around the country, and the Governor's feisty town hall meeting in Biddeford.



Dec 19, 2016

Maine Independent Senator Angus King touches on Russia's influence on the election, the dedication of people who provide the Nation's intelligence, the politics of healthcare, his philosophy on confirmations, how he's planning on dealing with the Trump administration, and barbecued ribs.

Dec 8, 2016

This week on the Podcast,  Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich, and columnists Alan Caron, Cynthia Dill and Bill Nemitz talk about the return of the State Legislature. What a 2018 Senate run between Paul Lepage and Angus King might mean, The Governor's embrace of "Fake news," and what's behind the discord in Portland City Hall.

Nov 18, 2016

This week, Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich and columnist Alan Caron discuss the underlying political and economic forces that led to the recent election results, why Governor LePage might not be involved in the new administration, and how the LePage experience might have some clues as to what we might expect from the Trump Administration.

Nov 11, 2016

Portland Press Herald Columnists Bill Nemitz, Cynthia Dill, Alan Caron and Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich discuss the election results. What do they mean? Where do things go from here?

Nov 4, 2016

Portland Press Herald Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich is joined by Sunday columnists Cynthia Dill and Alan Caron to share thoughts and predictions about Tuesday's election, and which of the referendum questions they expect Maine's voters to reject.

Oct 8, 2016

Kyle Bailey, campaign manager for the Ranked Choice Committee debated state Representative Heather Sirocki over Question 5, an act to establish ranked choice voting, at a meeting of the Press Herald editorial board.

Sep 22, 2016

The country has a growing economy, but it also has a shrinking number of quality jobs. And the dislocations, fear and anger that result are only going to get worse. A recent report in The Guardian suggests that a “disruptive tidal wave” of automation is upon us that will eliminate another 6 percent of our jobs over the next five years.

Aug 25, 2016

Dig deep in this newspaper and you will find a window into another world.

It’s a nature preserve where you can be on a snow-covered mountain one minute and in a desert or by the ocean the next. It’s a place where bears and wolves vie for territory with human predators who want to smuggle drugs or assassinate the president.


This, of course, is the world of Mark Trail, the hero of Lost Forest and the star of the long-running comic strip of the same name that appears here and in 174 other newspapers around the world.

Column from Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aug 16, 2016

I often wish we could take the spirit that everyone says they feel at Christmastime and inject it into the campaign season. The kindness and thoughtfulness. The generosity and cheerfulness. And the willingness to see the best in people first.


Column from Sunday, August 14, 2016


Music: Porcupong - Cool - used by permission

Aug 9, 2016

"One species never stops singing and displaying, all year long. They’re the “Hardenus Politicos,” known informally as the whack jobs, who can be found at the feeder of their favorite partisan media outlet every morning, bulking up for the day. They’ll spend most of their waking hours hurling squawking insults at each other on the internet, and making absolutely final and irrefutable predictions based on what they hope will happen. None of it will have the least effect on the election."

Column from July 31, 2016

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Jul 26, 2016

Portland Press Herald Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich and Sarah Collins, Assistant Editorial Page Editor, review some of the comments our Opinion pages have generated.


Our View: Maine CDC should share, not squelch, disease data

Our View: Court ruling on Harpswell beach access shows need for public land

Maine Voices: A no-tip, living wage for servers will anchor the restaurant industry


Porcupong - Cool - used by permission

Jul 7, 2016

Editorial Page Editor Greg Kesich reads, and in some cases reacts to, comments on the newspaper's July 4 editorial, "Our View: Celebrate the Fourth and reject nationalism."


Read the article and more comments at