In 2016, a victory at the polls for a substantial minimum wage hike was a small bright spot for progressives in what was an otherwise devastating election. Now, some of the same people behind that referendum were able to pass a Medicaid expansion law over vocal opposition from Gov. LePage. Hallweaver is the legislative director for the MPA and she discusses these policy successes, progressive politics in general and the organization’s next big goal— a statewide referendum on a universal long-term-care benefit for seniors who want to stay in their homes.

Host’s note: This is our last episode of the opinion podcast for a little while. After a year of trying out a new medium, we are taking a hiatus to figure out what worked, what didn’t, what we liked, and what we could do more of. What did you enjoy most about this podcast since you have been listening? Have a favorite episode? What types of audio conversations and stories would you like to hear more of from the Press Herald? Please email us your thoughts at


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