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Oldest-Ever Congressman Ousted After 17 Terms

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRepublican Ralph Hall of Texas, who at 91 is the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, has lost his bid to follow 17 terms in office with another one, which he had promised would be his last. He was narrowly defeated in a GOP runoff election May 27 by former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, 48, who made Hall’s age an issue in the campaign. Hall, first elected to the House in 1981, was the only World War II veteran on …

Where’s Alan? I’m in the Picture With JFK

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Alan Moll Nov. 22, 1963 I was in a hospital bed in Bridgeport, Conn., recovering from morning surgery. Still in a stupor from the effects of the anesthesia, I heard my mother crying and then opened my eyes to see her crying, then my father with his hand gripping mine and crying as well. There was my sister with teary eyes too. My baby brother was too young to be in a hospital. A nurse who was inconsolable and shrieking aloud stood at …

Could Virginia’s Voter ID Law Swing an Election?

Posted on 11/8/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayYou’ve probably read about the problems that many voters — especially older voters — have encountered under voter ID laws, many of which are relatively new. (There was the recent case, for example, of former House Speaker Jim Wright being turned away because, at 90, he didn’t have a valid driver’s license.) Among those who may have to make long trips to government offices to obtain voter ID cards are people without driver’s licenses (which, like Wright, many older Americans may no …

AARP Voters’ Guides Are Here!

Posted on 09/27/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHello, readers! It’s Allie the intern here this week, talking to you about the upcoming election and how the AARP Voters’ Guides can help you research your candidates. Don’t forget to register and vote! Like many voters, you may be wondering who to vote for. Perhaps you’ve made up your mind on your Presidential pick, but local elections? Candidate information may be hard to find. But never fear – AARP Voters’ Guides are here! These handy non-partisan guides give you …

I Am the Alzheimer’s Party

Posted on 08/27/2012 by |Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthThe Alzheimer’s Party. Haven’t heard of it?  Well, you ought to familiarize yourself with it; there is an election in less than three months and our existence may well depend on it. Is Alzheimer’s an atom bomb that will destroy us? Well, in a way, yes. And this is our chance to disarm it. Together, those with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them are a party of 20 million strong.  As the Alzheimer’s Party, we cannot be ignored. Are you older than …

How will boomers’ economic anxiety affect their vote?

Posted on 08/8/2012 by |Voter Engagement | Comments

PoliticsIt’s August. Your thermostat has likely cracked 100 degrees. But hopefully, you’re on vacation with your families or watching the Olympics (Go USA!!) in a cool place with a cold beverage in hand. And I bet that if you live in a battleground state, there’s something else you want a vacation from: the endless parade of political ads between now and November 6th. Most candidates seem too busy beating up one another to tell us where they really stand on …