Thursday, February 2, 2023

Play

Ohio governor calls for investments in education, child well-being; UT tribes urge lawmakers to pass a bill ensuring protections for Native kids; body positivity movement helps improve body image and alleviate shame.

Play

Rep. Ilhan Omar was ousted from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Inspector General testified on PPP loan fraud, and House Democrats discussed the Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act.

Play

Is bird flu, inflation or price gouging to blame for astronomical egg prices? Pregnancy can be life-changing or life-ending depending on where you live, and nine tribal schools are transforming their outdoor spaces into community gathering areas.

Older Voters: A Formidable Factor in Maine Gubernatorial Race

Play

Friday, October 7, 2022   

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and her challenger, former Republican Gov. Paul LePage, both are courting votes from Maine's largest contingency -- people age 50 and older -- and the race is tight.

Mills has touted her Cabinet on Aging, and increasing community supports to Mainers who want long-term in-home health services. LePage has pledged to cut the estate tax, allowing more affluent Mainers and their families to retain their wealth.

Older voters are listening. Jane Margesson, AARP Maine communications director, said her group's last survey, done in May, found 88% of respondents are "extremely motivated" to vote in November.

"Seven in 10 voters from that same survey, 50-plus, said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate - for governor, for example - who supports paid family medical leave," she said.

Mills has said she is "generally in favor" of paid family and medical leave, while LePage has said he is "not a big fan" and would rather focus on creating a robust economy, where people make enough money to care for their loved ones.

Access to affordable broadband and rising energy costs are other top concerns. Mills has asked the state to intervene in two recent utility rate-hike requests, and focused on heating aid for low-income households. LePage has said he would use any state surplus monies to subsidize heating oil for residents.

Margesson said many older voters are concerned about surviving on fixed incomes.

"When it comes to the price of necessities like groceries and prescription drugs that are skyrocketing," she said, "Mainers want their leaders to provide solutions to inflation and the rising cost of living."

AARP Maine, which is nonpartisan, has posted interviews with both gubernatorial candidates on its website, as well as what Margesson said is the most important information - how, where and when to vote.

Disclosure: AARP Maine contributes to our fund for reporting on Consumer Issues, Health Issues, Senior Issues, Social Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
Protestors at the University of California-Berkeley demonstrate in support of student groups that passed a bylaw pledging not to invite pro-Zionist speakers. (Palestine Legal)

Social Issues

Groups fighting for Palestinian rights are praising a new fact sheet on religious discrimination from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for …


Social Issues

Lawmakers and immigrants-rights activists in the Commonwealth are hoping to pass the Language Access and Inclusion Act, which would dramatically …

Environment

New U.S. Department of Agriculture rules will target fraud and increase oversight of the $64 billion-a-year organic food industry. In Iowa, the …


While mortality rates for pregnant women have decreased globally, they continue to rise in the United States, with Black women three times more likely to die during pregnancy than white women. (Inez/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

By Jennifer Weiss-Wolf for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Eric Galatas for Colorado News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News …

Health and Wellness

With Black History Month underway, Wisconsin researchers and support groups are highlighting the disparities in cases of Alzheimer's disease…

Environment

Oregon is pursuing an aggressive climate plan to switch to renewable energy sources, but it faces one often overlooked issue: enough high-voltage …

Social Issues

A measure in the Washington State Legislature would provide free school meals to K-12 students, but nutrition service workers are worried they are …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021