— This is one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime,” political scholar Norman Ornstein recently told AARP editors about the 2018 midterm elections, and we wholeheartedly agree. There’s the sheer scope of what we’re voting for. (See attached pages for an accounting.) But it’s also the timing. We are at a moment in which important decisions need to be made on many matters key to the lives of older Americans. Some are obvious, like the future funding and structure …

— #BeTheDifference This year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. Why? Because Medicare, Social Security, healthcare and other critical issues are on the line. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election.  Make a pledge to VOTE. AARP’s Be The Difference. Vote. campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard.  What are the issues of concern to you and to your family?  Every vote counts, and together, Mainers can hold politicians accountable regarding …

— AMERICANS 50-PLUS ARE THE NATION’S MOST POWERFUL VOTING BLOC. This election, Medicare, Social Security, support for family caregivers, and prescription drug costs are all on the line. AARP Maine is proud to co-sponsor televised debates* this fall.  Tune in to hear where the candidates stand on the issues you and your family care about. In addition, the debate on October 23rd in Bangor is open to the public to attend, but REGISTRATION is required due to space limitations.  Join us for …

— In a newly released AARP poll, West Virginia voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over the economy, the opioid crisis, health care and personal finance issues. The 2018 West Virginia Voters 50+ Report, released by AARP West Virginia, found that jobs and the economy are incredibly top-of-mind among West Virginia’s 50+ voters – outpacing concerns about the opioid crisis, healthcare and education. Even among voters 65+, jobs are the top response with 43 percent of respondents …

— Races for Connecticut’s Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller Tight According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of Connecticut voters 50 and older indicated the candidates’ positions on implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, supporting paid leave for family caregivers and strengthening funding for long-term care so people can age at home are among the issues that will be important as they cast their votes in the 2018 election. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be …

— For Immediate Release: October 2, 2018 Contacts:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 AARP Washington clarifies it does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates SEATTLE, WA – In response to a direct mail piece from the Washington State Democratic Central Committee and a recent television advertisement from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, AARP again affirms it did not authorize or participate in the production and release of …

— Por Tom Scherberger Los votantes de 50 años o más tendrán una voz poderosa para decidir quién ganará la batalla por la banca del Senado de Estados Unidos entre dos pesos pesados de la política: el senador Bill Nelson (demócrata), de 76 años, que ya sirvió tres mandatos como senador, y el gobernador Rick Scott (republicano), de 65 años, quien está completando su segundo mandato en la gobernación. En una encuesta realizada por AARP y Politico este año se pidió …

— AARP-Commissioned Surveys Show 19th and 22nd District 50+ Voters United in Concern Over Health Care Costs, Social Security, Medicare ALBANY, N.Y. – Challengers Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi hold leads over incumbents John Faso and Claudia Tenney among voters 50 and older in the nationally-watched races to represent New York’s 19th and 22nd congressional districts, according to new AARP-commissioned polls. The polls also show 50-plus voters in both districts are united, across party lines, in their concern over healthcare costs …

— Debate for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat can be viewed across the Commonwealth   RICHMOND_ Senator Tim Kaine and Prince William Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart will square off tonight at the People’s Debate, which will be carried in every market in Virginia and streamed online.   Washington Post national political reporter and PBS’ Washington Week host Robert Costa will moderate the debate, with panelists from AARP Virginia, WCVE PBS, and WTVR CBS 6. Media partners for the debate are …

— AARP Maine is asking local members and volunteers to host a debate-watch party in their communities. Watch parties can be in your own living room, your local library, or even your favorite restaurant with a good-sized television.  AARP Maine is a co-sponsor of several debates this year and we welcome the opportunity to work with you to raise awareness about the candidates’ positions on issues of importance to Mainers 50+ and their families. Please send an email if you are …