Keith Shortall

Director, News & Public Affairs

Keith Shortall is MPBN's News and Public Affairs Director. He grew up in Thomaston, Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982, majoring in philosophy. He began his career in commercial broadcasting in Portland, before moving to MPBN in 1989. Keith's interests include music (if you consider drummers to be musicians), and theater.

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On the day after the New Hampshire primary, we check in with political pundits to see who’s up and who’s doing in the race for their party’s presidential nomination. Guests:  Ron Schmidt, Associate Professor of Political Science; University of Southern Maine.  Daniel M. Shea, professor of government at Colby College and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Jo Southard, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thomas College.

It's Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator, Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.

AUGUSTA, Maine — State lawmakers are considering a bill that supporters say resolves a conflict in Maine’s drug law.

The Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee heard from Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, who says the proposal would correct a conflict between two statutes by once again making possession of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and several other drugs a felony.

Mills says that under a measure that took effect late last year, the punishment for possession is now “a slap on the wrist.”

It’s Thursday and time to talk Maine politics. In this week’s edition of Across the Aisle: Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator, Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican legislator, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served as an independent state senator.

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Some of the questions we will ask and answer: What will interest rates do? Is now a good time to buy? For whom (first time homeowners vs. empty nesters)? What about flipping, investing, or becoming a landlord?  Which communities are hot? What does the market look like in Portland vs. Lewiston-Auburn vs. Midcoast vs. Bangor?  What about office space, retail space, and industrial space? Better for business owners to rent or buy? What are those markets doing?

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