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Education. Jobs. Health. Poverty. Crime. Immigration. Environment. Campaigns. Rights. What does research show? Avoiding jargon, Maine’s Scholars Strategy Network explores pressing issues and democratic life.

Maine’s made progress on domestic violence, but the job isn’t done

This article, by Jenny Wriggins of the University of Maine School of Law, was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on November 6, 2018. By Jennifer Wriggins, Special to the BDN • November 6, 2018 6:00 am If you go to almost any state court in the U.S. on any given day, you’ll likely see judges […]

We can prevent runaway climate change — if we follow scientific evidence

This article by Amanda Bertana, SSN Maine Chapter post-doc, was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 23, 2018. By Amanda Bertana, Special to the BDN • October 23, 2018 9:33 am Climate change is not a debate for the lobsters that are migrating further away from the coast in search of cooler […]

Home care referendum a necessity for Maine

This article, by Sandra Butler of the University of Maine and Luisa S. Deprez of the University of Southern Maine, was originally published in the Bangor Daily News Opinion Section on October 9, 2018. Maine is the oldest state in the country: 267,181 people — 20 percent of the population — is over age 65. Over the next […]

A century of ranked-choice voting in Australia offers lessons for Maine

This article, by Dr. Ben Reilly of Murdoch University in Western Australia, was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News Opinion Section on August 28, 2018. **Dr. Ben Reilly will be giving a public lecture at the Bangor Public Library on September 4 at 5:30PM. Please join us for a reception with refreshments before the […]

‘From away’ should be celebrated, not scorned

This article by Jordan LaBouff of the University of Maine was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 31, 2018. Seven years ago, I moved from Texas to Maine to build a career and life in Bangor. Although I knew very little of the state when I accepted the job at the University […]

Why we must re-engage, even when we disagree

This article by Michael Rocque of Bates College and Chad Posick of Georgia Southern University was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on July 17, 2018. Last month, after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant, Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, called upon Americans to “push back” against […]

This Fourth of July, we look to Sen. Collins on court nominee

This article by Robert Glover of the University of Maine was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on July 3, 2018. On Independence Day, we celebrate the shared American experiences and reflect upon the noble ideals of individual freedom to which we aspire. Yet, this Fourth of July finds these values in peril. In […]

Lack of government transparency hinders work to improve Maine

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine. Originally posted in the Bangor Daily News June 19, 2018 and updated on June 20, 2018.  Government by the people, for the people is characterized by transparency, accountability, participation and inclusion. In Maine, we have a strong legacy of town halls, relatively high voter participation rates and publicly accessible […]