The MAINE CAPITOL CONNECTION has completed its coverage of the second session of the 126th Maine State Legislature. Thank you for your interest and support over this past legislative session.
This year the Maine Capitol Connection provided Mainers with nearly 800 hours of public affairs programming from January 8 through May 2.
MCC provided live and digital delay coverage of the entire House and Senate proceedings and covered scores of public hearings, work sessions and news conferences by the governor, legislative leaders and various groups and organizations.
With the completion of the MCC studio in Room 104 of the Cross Office Building in February, The Maine Public Broadcasting Network was able to increase the amount of original MCC programming with interviews with legislative leaders, policy experts and advocates. Compelling interviews with the political party chairs on the 2014 elections and each of the candidates in the second congressional district were held and broadcasted.
MCC televised interviews with top state officials including DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, State Police Chief Robert Williams and Attorney General Janet Mills. MCC covered meetings of regulatory agencies like the Public Utilities Commission and the Board of Environmental Protection as well as oral arguments before the Maine Supreme Court and the annual State of the Judiciary Speech by Chief Justice Leigh Saufley to a joint session of the Maine legislature.
MCC was broadcast over the air across Maine, on a sub-channel of all of MPBN’s TV transmitters as well as on Time Warner cable and Comcast cable (90 percent of all homes with cable in the state could receive MCC). MCC was carried over a live stream on www.mpbn.net.
The mission of the MAINE CAPITOL CONNECTION:
To provide citizens with the means to watch their state government at work.
To provide elected and appointed officials and others who influence public policy with a direct conduit to citizens without filtering their points of view.
To provide students and educators with a working knowledge of Maine State government.
To adhere to broadcast production values that accurately convey the business of state government without editing, interpreting, or distorting the proceedings.