— By Cynthia Pasquale Topics of importance to Colorado residents, particularly those 50-plus, will be discussed at a series of town hall meetings hosted by AARP Colorado around the state this month. Each meeting will feature presentations about Social Security and state fiscal flexibility, a wrap-up of AARP’s efforts during the past legislative session, and an opportunity for members and the general public to discuss other concerns pertaining to the state’s older population, including issues at stake in the November elections. …

— 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. …

— By Laura Mecoy For the first time in modern political history, California will have no Republican U.S. Senate candidate on the Nov. 8 ballot. Voters will choose between two Democrats: U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Attorney General Kamala Harris. They were the two top vote-getters in June under the 2011 Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act. That created a challenge for their campaigns to find differences on issues, even as the presidential race draws so much attention. “The Senate …

— By Natalie Missakian As Connecticut voters prepare to cast ballots on Nov. 8 for all five U.S. House seats and one in the Senate, AARP volunteers will be out in force at campaign events and forums to press candidates on their plans to fix Social Security. “We’re not going to just say to these candidates, ‘Please, take action.’ We’re going to demand leadership from them and the next president on this issue, because that’s the only way anything is going …

— By Benjamin Lanka Ohio voters will have a clear choice for senator on Nov. 8. Incumbent Rob Portman, 60, a Republican, and challenger Ted Strickland, 75, a former Democratic governor, offer different approaches on what should be done with Social Security and Medicare. Social Security will be a key issue for Congress, because unless it acts, the program will be able to pay only about 75 percent of promised benefits after 2034. AARP’s Take a Stand campaign is pressing presidential …

— Visitors to the Kansas State Fair can learn why it’s important for presidential and congressional candidates to lay out their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. The state fair is in Hutchinson Sept. 9-18. AARP volunteers are staffing a booth in the Meadowlark building to encourage voters to be informed about Social Security before going to the polls Nov. 8. More than 521,000 Kansans receive Social Security benefits. To read the candidates’ positions, go to …

— With election season well under way, AARP volunteers are asking presidential and congressional candidates campaigning in Minnesota to explain their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. Projections show Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until 2034 but, unless Congress acts, only about 75 percent after that. “It is critical for voters to know where candidates stand on this issue, so they can make informed decisions on Nov. 8,” said Seth Boffeli, a …

— For us maple syrup – blooded New Englanders, late summer can be a time of great confusion. Sure, we look sorrowfully on the loss of warmer temperatures and longer days … but that first smell of crisp chilled air and the trickling down of pumpkin spice flavored everything is almost enough to send us rummaging through the closet for our favorite flannel shirt(s). Almost. Despite the tempting allure to get #basic, Take A Stand New Hampshire is making use of …

— Thanks to the more than 4,500 Iowa State Fair goers who stopped by the AARP Take A Stand booth to show their support for the future of Social Security during our celebration of Social Security’s 81st anniversary. Special thanks to the more than 80 AARP Iowa volunteers who manned the booth from 9 am to 9 pm throughout the 11-day fair, meeting and greeting members and the more than one million visitors from across Iowa and around the country who came …

— Iowans are invited to attend an upcoming Social Security solutions forum in their community this fall to discuss the importance of Social Security to the economic security of Iowans for generations to come. In June, the Social Security Trustees reported that trust fund reserves will be exhausted in 2034 resulting in across-the-board benefit cuts of nearly 25 percent for 1.8 million Iowans if Congress fails to act. “Doing nothing is not an option,” said AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern. …