Advocating For Change; Keeping the Lights On

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

About AARP | Advocacy | Press | Texas 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 …

Se aproximan grandes decisiones para los votantes mayores

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Español | Texas Por Thomas Korosec Por primera vez en catorce años, la residencia del gobernador tendrá un nuevo ocupante. En las elecciones del 4 de noviembre, el electorado deberá decidir entre candidatos con marcadas diferencias. El fiscal general de Texas, Greg Abbott, candidato republicano, promete continuar el enfoque de gobierno pequeño del gobernador saliente Rick Perry (R). Por su parte, la senadora estatal Wendy Davis, candidata demócrata de Fort Worth, promete poner un mayor énfasis en la educación, aunque dice que no …

Big Decisions Loom for Older Voters

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Texas By Thomas Korosec For the first time in 14 years, the Governor’s Mansion will have a new occupant. The Nov. 4 election offers voters a distinct choice of candidates. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, promises to continue the small-government approach of outgoing Gov. Rick Perry (R). State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee from Fort Worth, vows to put a greater emphasis on education but says she will not raise taxes. The powerful position of lieutenant governor …

Discounts to See NBA Champion Spurs

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Texas AARP members and their guests can catch a home game with the San Antonio Spurs, the five-time National Basketball Association champions and current title holders, at a special discount rate. As part of a new partnership with the team, members will receive discounts of up to 62 percent off tickets for three games in 2014 and three in 2015. The games are Oct. 18 (exhibition) against the Miami Heat; Nov. 5, Atlanta Hawks; Nov. 8, New Orleans Pelicans; Jan. 18, …

Austin Mayor Voters Guide from AARP Texas

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

About AARP | Advocacy | Texas 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 …

Becoming Financially Strong

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

Money & Work Growing up in the outskirts of Cincinnati was more than fun for AARP Texas volunteer Lisa Lum. It was an education in the importance of being financially strong. “We had land and grew trees. And my father, who was a scholar and had lived through the depression, showed me and my three brothers how to save,” says Lisa. “It was an important lesson, because you need to be able to take care of yourself especially if something comes up.” Lisa’s …