— by Lynn Shuler Teague, VP for Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of South Carolina The League of Women Voters is a national non-partisan organization that grew out of the suffragette movement. The League is known for our work registering and educating voters and our advocacy efforts at every level of government. We include many men among our members and officers and we focus on a wide range of issues that fall under our national mission of “Making Democracy …

— Here’s the latest information we have on how to meet your member of Congress during the 2017 President’s Day Congressional Recess. District 1 – Suzan DelBene No events announced District 2 – Rick Larsen No events announced District 3 – Jaime Herrera Beutler No events announced District 4 – Dan Newhouse No events announced District 5- Cathy McMorris Rogers No events announced District 6 – Derek Kilmer Tues. Feb. 21  5:30pm-7:30pm Lincoln High School Auditorium 701 S. 37th St, Tacoma  98418 …

— At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise:  The pledge President Trump made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to follow the president’s lead and protect Medicare. In Delaware, we know what a vital program Medicare is. Nearly 170,000 people in Delaware are on Medicare and another 196,000 Delawareans age 50-64 will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 years. That’s why …

— As the 132nd General Session for Ohio convened, Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced the formation of a new standing committee on Aging & Long-Term Care to focus on the strategies and solutions that can support Ohioans and their families as they age. State Director of AARP Ohio Barbara A. Sykes said, “The aging of our population is a demographic wave that will reshape every community in this state, our nation – and most of the world. We …

— By Jackie Spinner Illinois’ continuing budget crisis put Joy Paeth in a bind. As chief executive of AgeSmart Community Resources in Belleville, which provides legal assistance, home-delivered meals and transportation services to older people in seven counties, she was finding it difficult to hire a key employee because of uncertainty over continued state funding. After a year without a budget, the state last summer finally approved a spending plan through the end of 2016 that allowed public schools to open …

— AARP Missouri successfully blocked a bill in 2016 that would have made consumers bear the risk of weather-related changes in utility costs. AARP members flooded their elected officials’ email inboxes and phone lines with messages opposing the legislation. Thanks to their efforts, and several state senators from both parties, the measure was defeated. But the big utilities will be back in 2017, pushing more aggressively for the same legislation. On another track, the state’s two largest utilities, Ameren and KCP&L, …

— Nov. 10, 2016 CONTACT Nancy Carr, 410.895.7610 ncarr@aarp.org   State director calls on new leadership to address Social Security, Medicare and Caregiving Maryland— AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg issued the following statement regarding the outcome of the 2016 General Election in Maryland: “AARP Maryland congratulates the winners of the 2016 contests for the US Senate and House of Representatives.  As AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said yesterday, ‘Now the real work begins.’ AARP Maryland stands ready to work with …

— Idahoans invited to attend and ask their questions on November 10th Thousands of AARP members as well as other citizens across the state will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall” meeting with Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little. AARP Idaho state director Lupe Wissel will moderate the call and take questions via telephone regarding recent election results, healthcare coverage and other issues important to the 50+ in Idaho. AARP will call …

— Election day is drawing near and you have to be prepared… Before you head to the polls, be sure to take the time to educate yourself on the many State Questions on the ballot. CLICK HERE TO READ THE OKLAHOMA VOTER GUIDE is a nonpartisan effort by a coalition of Oklahoma entities from both the non-profit and for profit sectors. This voter guide does not endorse or oppose any candidates for state or federal office, nor does it take any …

— AARP Provides Unbiased Information About Contenders Vying for Votes from State’s Most Powerful Voting Bloc: the 50+ AARP New York has released 2016 Voter Guides for key State Senate races to provide New Yorkers unbiased information on where the candidates stand on issues important to the 50+. The guides provide the candidates’ positions in their own words on helping New Yorkers save for retirement, protecting utility consumers, supporting family caregivers and making communities age-friendly. Voters 50 and older accounted for …