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Voting Underway in Texas, ID Law Still in Place

Posted on 10/23/2014 by | Texas | Comments

By Curt Buckley Texans are currently deciding the issues important to them and the candidates they think best represent their views. Early voting is underway and continues through Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov. 4. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a voter ID law means all Texans will be required to present one of seven approved forms of photo identification in order to vote. Some common forms of approved ID cards are a driver’s license issued by …

Advocating For Change; Keeping the Lights On

Posted on 10/20/2014 by | Texas | Comments

By Mark Hollis AARP Texas AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re Janee Briesemeister, the frequent flyer miles add up quickly. In nearly three decades of advocacy for American consumers, Alaska and Hawaii are the only states Briesemeister hasn’t visited for her work. An undisputed national expert on energy, telecommunications and other utility issues, Briesemeister is a well-traveled, Austin-based champion for a host of consumer causes like making utility bills easier to understand and home energy costs more affordable. The former radio …

Austin Mayor Voters Guide from AARP Texas

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | Texas | Comments

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters in the City of Austin will go to the polls to select a new mayor. AARP asked the major candidates in this race for their solutions about issues important to AARP members, Americans age 50-plus, and their families. The answers are compiled in a Voters Guide. Each candidate was allowed up to 625 characters to answer the questions. Their responses were not edited nor modified.  AARP has provided a summary of our position for each …

Frank Kormos, 99, to receive AARP Texas Andrus Award

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | Texas | Comments

Long-time driver-safety volunteer to receive organization’s highest honor on Saturday (Sept. 13) in Richardson AUSTIN, Texas – AARP Texas today announced that Frank Kormos has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 AARP Texas Andrus Award. Named after founder Ethel Percy Andrus, the award is given in recognition of those who embody the organization’s goal of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations. Mr. Kormos, 99, is a Dallas resident who for more than 25 years …

This Grandparents Day, Let Technology Bring You Closer

Posted on 09/2/2014 by | Texas | Comments

This Grandparents Day, Let Technology Bring You Closer By Mark Hollis, AARP Texas AUSTIN, Texas — Ollie Besteiro’s face lights up and she gushes praise when conversation comes to the topic of her only grandson.“He looks to me for advice and I also give him unsolicited advice,” she says. “He is the sweetest, kindest kid. He’s warm. He’s loving. He’s never met a stranger. He has friends everywhere.” Besteiro, a retired teachers’ association leader in Austin and the current state …

At 79, Social Security Still An Engine For Texas Economy

Posted on 08/14/2014 by | Texas | Comments

By Julia Castellano-Hoyt SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Frank Kormos remembers the dusty cemeteries of rural North Texas where he helped lay to rest poverty-stricken seniors during the Great Depression. “Before Social Security, there were people starving and they hardly had any place to live,” said Kormos. “They didn’t have retirement. That just didn’t exist. And when these folks passed, we would just go and dig graves for them in humble country cemeteries.” Raised on small farms, Kormos, now 99 and …