S01E16 Agree to Disagree with Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling
Agree to Disagree with Harriman and Strimling
This week, on Episode 15 of Agree to Disagree on NewsCenter Maine, Phil and Ethan discuss the second and final Presidential debate between Biden and Trump, Gideon raising $40M in a quarter, national groups pulling out of the Crafts/Golden race, record absentees, SC saying ballots after EDay can be counted, Mills criticizing Pence for the maskless rally, Trump criticizing Collins for Amy Coney Barrett vote, and each party putting up signs pretending to be the other party. Plus, both Ethan and Phil are on the hot seat this week for a round of “Nailed It! or Failed It!” and Ethan is scored on how he did last week. And, of course, an answer to last week’s trivia question with a new one for this week.
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling's Closing Argument before next week's election
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling joined me in the studio on Tuesday for a conversation about his bid to be re-elected on November 5th for a second 4-year term. Should City Manager Jon Jennings resign if Strimling wins? Has ranked choice voting made the campaign more friendly? Does the Chamber of Commerce wield too much power at city hall? Tune in!
Show InformationShow: 195 Air Date: Saturday, 10 December 2016 Guest: Ethan Strimling Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe) Studio Contributor: Debi Davis Executive Producer: Emily Sullivan (Sully)In 2010, Portland residents voted to append the City Charter in order to popularly elect a full-time mayor. Ethan Strimling is the second person to hold the position and is the city’s top elected official. Before becoming mayor, Strimling was a Maine state senator, a political analyst, and the CEO of LearningWorks – a position in which he said he did the “most powerful work [he’s] ever done.”Host of TideSmart Talk with Stevoe, Steve Woods, welcomed Ethan Strimling, Mayor of Portland (at right). Strimling, a New York City native, became familiar with the great state of Maine in a way many do: He visited and fell in love. He ended up making the permanent move when he enrolled at the University of Maine – Orono (UMO) after dropping out of Juilliard as a theatre student. Strimling’s father and grandmother were both actors and the acting bug had bit him, too, but as a 17 year old thrown into the The Juilliard School theatre scene he admits to being overwhelmed before leaving the school. It was at UMO where Strimling first became involved in politics. Stevoe and Strimling discussed Strimling’s time in senate and the unusual number of referendum questions on this year’s ballot. When Strimling was in the senate, the state government had a democratic majority which eased the passing of new legislature, but now with a more balanced government, there seems to be more friction which according to Strimling led to the increased number of referendum questions this year. According to him, the people are doing what the senate and house refused to – pass new laws. In regards to the recent friction at City Hall, he believes the drama will subside. Strimling hopes it doesn’t distract the council from doing their jobs, but he hopes to actualize the new charter and create clarity between the City Manager and himself. He says it’s a “learning process” and that he’s focusing on doing good work for the people of Portland. Strimling still has three years left in his term, but as far as his political aspirations go, aside from becoming the Secretary-General for the United Nations, he finds municipal politics fascinating and hopes to stick around for awhile. To learn more about Mayor Strimling or about the City of Portland, visit portlandmaine.gov or listen to the interview below.