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Mike Michaud: Attacking poverty, not the poor

January 14, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Johnson launched his War on Poverty.

The nation was facing a poverty rate of about 19 percent, and it was particularly acute among seniors. Something had to be done.

Johnson believed — as do I — that the keys to addressing poverty were to attack its root causes.

He created Medicare, which along with Social Security, helped to greatly reduce poverty among seniors and to improve both their health and quality of life.

He created Medicaid, a federal partnership with states, to provide health care to low-income people with a focus on children, young mothers and low-income seniors.

In addition, he wanted to improve food security for low-income families and provide a ready market for the country's agricultural producers.

And finally, he believed that education was the key to opportunity and prosperity.

President Johnson was right. And his efforts have changed the lives of millions of people, particularly for senior citizens and children.

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The Tipping Point: Early internal poll shows Cain ahead in CD2 primary

January 14, 2014

Senator Troy Jackson has a bit of a hill to climb in the Second Congressional District Democratic Primary, according to an internal poll released by opponent Senator Emily Cain’s campaign this week. In an initial match-up question on the poll, Cain led with 32% of the vote to Jackson’s 17% (and Alden Smith’s 2%).

The survey of 400 likely Democratic voters was conducted January 13-15 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%, 95 times out of 100.

After the initial ballot test and after answering some issue questions, the wording of which the campaign did not disclose, respondents were given a one-sentence description of each candidate and then again asked their voting intention. The descriptions were “Emily Cain worked for the University of Maine and is a State Senator who lives in Orono,” “Troy Jackson is a logger and the current State Senate Majority Leader who lives in Allagash,” and “Alden Smith is a Navy officer and current reservist who lives in Sangerville.”

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