“In the Arena” is a podcast for Mainers interested in a deeper understanding of the political issues facing our state, featuring former TV anchor/reporter Pat Callaghan, former Republican state Sen. Phil Harriman and former Democratic Portland mayor Ethan Strimling.

This week, on Episode 3 of “In The Arena,” Pat, Phil and Ethan discuss the mass shootings in Lewiston, specifically mental health needs and gun control.

Later in the podcast, they dive into the battle for a House speaker, Maine’s failure to protect children under DHHS custody and surveillance. In the lightning round, Pat asks whether the right call was made on several issues, including the Ethics Commission’s exoneration of Senate President Troy Jackson, Mayor Kate Snyder endorsing Mark Dion for her job, a legislative attempt to stop neo-nazi groups, and Waterville’s idea to buy yurts for the homeless.

We get predictions from Phil and Ethan, and Pat recounts a story about covering Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

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