— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Missouri. We hope you’ll join us!

— By Tim Poor In a close U.S. Senate race getting national attention, two-term Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), 65, is going up against state Attorney General Josh Hawley (R), 38, on Nov. 6. AARP asked the candidates for their views on key issues for 50-plus voters. AARP is nonpartisan and doesn’t recommend candidates. How would you improve service for Social Security recipients? McCaskill: We should be stressing customer service. Unfortunately, the current administration has advocated cutting services, despite the fact that …

— AARP Missouri Endorses Amendment 1   The 50+ Organization Stresses People Over Money in Politics   Kansas City, Missouri – AARP Missouri expressed their support for Ballot Amendment 1, the “Clean Missouri” amendment. “Americans 50 and older are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc,” said AARP Missouri Advocacy Director Jay Hardenbrook. “But even their voices are being drowned out by powerful interests trying to buy Missouri politics.” AARP Missouri boasts a membership of over 750,000 in the state of Missouri and …

—       AARP Poll: Findings Show Missouri’s 50-Plus Voters United in Concern Over Health Care and Financial Security   Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill has a 2% lead in the U.S. Senatorial Race Kansas City, Missouri – In a newly released AARP poll, Missouri voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over health care and personal finance issues. The poll found that health care and Social Security are critically important issues to 50-plus voters as they cast their ballots …

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— “Be the Difference. Vote” is the theme of AARP’s voter education campaign. Every vote counts. Together, we can hold politicians accountable to critical issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, caregiving and financial security. Pledge to be the difference and vote in the election this year. #pledge2vote To take the pledge today, visit www.aarp.org/pledge2vote

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— Join AARP in Missouri on Wednesday, July 18, at 10:00 am for a live tele-town hall event about voter engagement with Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft. Attendees will be educated about the importance of voting in this year’s upcoming elections and gain a better understanding of Missouri’s voter ID laws. Be The Difference. Vote. To register to join us for this important event, sign up here, or stream it online: access.live/AARP-MO.  

— 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 …