— 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, …

— In keeping with the state’s constitutional guarantee to “free exercise of the right of suffrage,” AARP Missouri is raising concerns about a measure that would place new restrictions on voting. The resolution (HJR 53) calls for a state constitutional amendment that would require every voter to present an approved form of photo identification at the polls. “This resolution would disenfranchise elderly and disabled voters who either do not have a driver’s license or whose identification card may have expired,” said …

— By Alan Greenblatt Both candidates running for U.S. Senate in Missouri say they support Social Security. Neither is talking about making sweeping changes to the program. Roy Blunt, 66, the incumbent Republican, and Jason Kander, 35, Missouri’s Democratic secretary of state, say they want to ensure that Social Security will continue to pay out promised benefits. Nearly a quarter of Missouri residents 65 or older rely on the program for 90 percent or more of their income. According to a …

— AARP has launched the 2016 election accountability campaign called Take a Stand, which demands on behalf of all voters that Presidential candidates take a stand on their plans to update Social Security. AARP expects every presidential candidate to lay out their plans to make Social Security financially sound so current and future generations can receive the adequate benefits they’ve earned. “Our members and voters of all ages believe that having a plan to ensure Social Security is strong for future …