— By David Lewellen On May 5, state Sen. Fred Risser turned 90. Three weeks later, he took a 90-mile bike ride to celebrate—no cameras, no riding companions, just him going at his own pace. Riding one mile for every year has become a tradition for him. “It takes a little longer every year,” he said. Serving in the Wisconsin Legislature has been an even longer ride. Risser was reelected in November, without opposition, to his 14th four-year Senate term. Add …

— By Larry Sussman Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate candidates, Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold, differ sharply on dealing with Social Security, Medicare and other issues of importance to older voters. The state’s voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to reelect Johnson, a Republican, or replace him with Feingold, a former three-term Democratic senator. The result of this hard-fought campaign may help determine which party controls the Senate. Johnson, 61, is a business owner who defeated Feingold in 2010 by about 105,000 votes. …

— During the 2016 election, AARP’s top national priority is updating Social Security to keep the 80-year-old program going strong. AARP Wisconsin has trained dozens of advocacy volunteers to lead discussions about Social Security and the options Congress has on the table to keep the program solvent. The volunteers are ready to host local listening sessions to hear from AARP members on the issue. “These presentations offer accurate and timely information,” said Lisa Lamkins, AARP Wisconsin advocacy director. “The choices we …

— By David Lewellen Barbara Breit moved from California to Sun Prairie last summer to be near family. Breit no longer drives, but she wants to vote in Wisconsin, and voters must show a photo ID at the polls next month. Her daughter-in-law, Jan Gordon, called the local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and was told that the state could work with officials in New York, where Breit was born 77 years ago, to locate a copy of her birth …