Advocating For Change; Keeping the Lights On

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

Advocacy 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 …

Big Decisions Loom for Older Voters

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

Advocacy 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 …

Austin Mayor Voters Guide from AARP Texas

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

Advocacy 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 …

Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott on Health, Financial Security

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

Advocacy AARP Texas Releases Voters’ Guide To 2014 Governor’s Race In an effort to help voters cut through the political campaign clutter, AARP Texas has unveiled a 2014 Voters’ Guide that is focused on what the candidates for governor are saying about health and financial security. In their own words, gubernatorial contenders Greg Abbott, a Republican, and Wendy Davis, a Democrat, provide in the AARP Voters’ Guide their side-by-side answers to questions about nursing facility care, family caregiving, retirement security, and …

Getting Help to Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Thomas Korosec En español When Johnny Lewis’ wife, Shirley, was diagnosed with ALS last year, the 66-year-old retired probation supervisor took on the role of caregiver. As he put it, “It’s been a whole new thing.” Cooking, cleaning the house and driving Shirley to doctor appointments from their home in southeast Fort Worth have been part of the routine. Lewis considers himself lucky to have family and friends nearby. They have helped in a pinch—such as when he had …

When William Isn’t Bill: A Voter ID Primer

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Texas | Comments

Advocacy By Ollie Besteiro “If you’re gonna vote in Texas, you gotta have a valid ID.” Maybe it’s not quite as catchy as the classic hit by the band Alabama, but it’s just as true as needing a fiddle in your band if you want to play in this state. In fact, it’s the law. With early voting for midterm primaries upon us, now is a good time to revisit the recent voting requirements for Texans. Before you head to the …