—   DATE: March 16, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org         AARP Maine Attending PUC Community Meetings on Deregulation of Basic Landline Telephone Service in 5 Towns, Urges Outreach to Local Residents   PORTLAND: Beginning this spring, FairPoint customers in five of Maine’s most populous towns will start to see changes in their basic landline telephone service as new deregulation measures are rolled out.  The changes can be …

— Your reliable landline phone service is at risk. The Colorado Legislature is considering four bills that could: Make  it difficult – or impossible – for you to reach 911 in an emergency. Raise your monthly phone bill. Eliminate your ability to alert the Public Utility Commission if you have trouble with your phone service. Call 1-800-485-9401 to let your State Representative know that your landline is your lifeline – and to oppose House Bills 1328 through 1331. We know your landline phone service is your lifeline: During emergencies and prolonged power …

— AARP Colorado sent out a mailing to its members about potential, upcoming legislation that could threaten telephone land-line service and possibly impact 911 emergency services. “On behalf of our more than 650,000 members and the 50+ population at large, AARP Colorado is asking the members of the Colorado Legislature to oppose any bill that may cross their desks that would deregulate basic telephone services in Colorado and deregulate 911 service,” said Kelli Fritts, AARP Colorado advocacy director. Fritts said Colorado …

— Serving Kentucky and Fighting for You  – 2014 Legislative Agenda With more than 470,000 Kentucky members, AARP remains the Commonwealth’s largest grassroots social change organization. Since 2001, AARP Kentucky has sought to empower and mobilize grassroots citizen advocates supporting its state and federal legislative priorities. Download or print: 2014 AARP Kentucky Legislative Priorities AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment …

— AARP achieved a major legislative victory in Connecticut this June when State lawmakers approved a Budget for 2013/14 that did not include plans for an electricity auction – a proposal originally championed by Governor Dannel Malloy.  AARP was a staunch opponent of the auction, which would have sold the accounts of more than 800,000 customers who receive their electricity through the “standard offer” from CL&P and UI to private energy companies, in order to net the State about $80 million.  The plan would have …

— Testimony: House Economic Development and Natural Resources March 7, 2013 Submitted by: James T. Kimbrough President AARP Kentucky RE: Testimony on Senate Bill 88 – Opposed Good afternoon, Chairman Hall and members of the committee.  My name is Jim Kimbrough, and I am the AARP Kentucky State President. Thank you for this opportunity to express our comments on Senate Bill 88. AARP opposes Senate Bill 88 as drafted because, if enacted, it would likely result in the loss of affordable …

— Frankfort Week in Review: March 1, 2013 AARP Kentucky at Work – 2013 General Assembly With only six remaining legislative working days, the General Assembly moved quickly and continued to juggle more than 674 filed bills. See all the legislation AARP Kentucky is tracking in the 2013 General Assembly. Click here to learn more. On the Media: AARP Kentucky Associate State Director for Advocacy Cathy Allgood Murphy spoke on nursing home quality to WFPL and WKYU. “We rank one of …

— By Natalie Missakian • Although they own cellphones, Kathy and Leo Null would never voluntarily get rid of the landline at their Bridgewater home. To relay data to his cardiologist every few months, Leo, 67, must plug his pacemaker monitor into a landline jack. So when Kathy, 66, heard AT&T was pushing for legislation last year that would let companies drop landlines without regulatory approval, she volunteered to help AARP fight it. The legislation failed to pass in 2012 but is …

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— Opinion: Lexington Herald-Leader By Jim Kimbrough There will be no end to the slings and arrows aimed at the AARP when we stand up to special interest groups and their allies, as seen in a recent commentary (“AARP serves its bottom line, not Kentucky’s seniors,” Jan. 24).  In today’s corrosive and partisan driven political arena, any principled organization fighting for its mission and members is going to take some hits. For almost 55 years of staying true to its mission, …