— Beginning in May, our weekly Tuesdays at the State House series will resume monthly.  Meet in the Cross Cafe at 9:30. Following morning announcements, we will have committee orientations with committee staff (committees are scheduled below), and following lunch we will have a guided tour of a State facility (State House, Library, Museum, etc.). We will not meet in July due to the Viles Arboretum tour or in October due to the AARP Maine Annual Meeting. November and December will …

— DATE: May 1, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   More than 80 Emera Maine Customers Attend Public Hearings Voice Opposition to Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike   MACHIAS, ORONO, PRESQUE ISLE: This evening, more than 80 Emera Maine customers voiced their opposition to the utility giant’s latest request for a rake hike at public hearings held simultaneously at the University of Maine in Machias, Orono and Presque Isle.  The …

— With Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s seat up for grabs and three congressional incumbents seeking re-election, 2018 will be a pivotal year for Maine voters. AARP Maine wants to know where each candidate stands on issues such as health care and retirement security. Looking ahead, volunteers will be needed to coordinate candidate forums and community conversations at coffee and happy hour events leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. AARP is asking gubernatorial candidates about caregiver supports, affordable utilities and …

— Emera Maine, the second-largest electric utility company in Maine, is once again seeking to raise electric rates for their customers.  This is the third rate hike Emera Maine has requested in the past five years. Raising electric rates is unaffordable for many Maine families, especially those who are living on fixed incomes.  AARP Maine is fighting to help older Mainers and their families keep the lights on. We strongly oppose Emera Maine’s latest request to raise rates. Do you?  What …

— AARP is not taking a position on the Maine Home Care Ballot Initiative.  AARP continues to lead the fight on access to home and community based services for older Mainers. We are working to continue improving the system we have, as opposed to creating a competing and confusing secondary one. We know that quality, impactful, legislation takes time and we’re willing to do the hard work this issue deserves to support older Mainers who want to remain in their homes and communities …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to the Spring 2018 Edition of the AARP Maine E-Newsletter! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the dozens of activists and volunteers who joined us during the legislative session …

— Join us for AARP MAINE Tuesdays at the State House AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to get involved and to become more comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House. Meet in the lobby of the Cross Building and join us to observe the House or Senate. Mingle in the halls and say hello to your legislator. Each Tuesday at the State House will conclude with complimentary lunch …

— With gubernatorial and congressional races on the horizon this year, AARP Maine is planning a series of listening sessions across the state before the elections in June. AARP staff will ask members and community leaders to identify the issues they consider important. In addition, AARP Maine will share its platform and discuss the issues it is tracking. As a nonpartisan organization, AARP does not endorse candidates, but does take a stand on issues that affect its members—and urges candidates to …

— January 9, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   AARP Maine Releases 2018 Legislative Agenda Continues Weekly “Tuesdays at the State House” for AARP Advocates PORTLAND: As the 128th legislative session reconvenes, AARP Maine announces its 2018 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on support for family caregivers, affordable housing, protection of home and community-based services, and equitable utility rates. Today, AARP Maine also kicked off “Tuesdays at the State House” for 2018 …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every Tuesday starting on January 9th through April 17th, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let …