Iowa

Iowa Senator Gets a Tearful Earful

Posted on 08/13/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe August recess gives Capitol Hill lawmakers a chance to hear from their constituents back home, and sometimes that earful is downright heartbreaking. An anguished woman wept at the North Senior Center in Des Moines, Iowa, as she explained how a proposal to change the method of calculating cost-of-living increases for Social Security would leave her nowhere to cut in her precarious budget. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who opposes the “chained CPI” proposal, heard this from Sheryl Tenicat: “I …

Iowa nail-biter launches presidential campaign

Posted on 01/4/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayThank you, Iowa, for a thrilling opener to the 2012 presidential election! Drum roll, please. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney eked out an eight-vote victory over former Sen. Rick Santorum, 24.6 percent to 24.5 percent. Rep. Ron Paul came in third at 21.5 percent. Voters over 50 dominated the caucuses, accounting for six in 10 votes. Those 50 to 64 split their votes between Romney and Santorum. Of those over 65, 33 percent preferred Romney; Santorum was second choice, at …

And The Republican Presidential Nominee Will Be?!

Posted on 01/3/2012 by | General News | Comments

Your LifeWith all eyes on Iowa tonight, the Republican Presidential nominees wait with baited breath as Iowans come together and cast their vote at the caucuses. We know you’ve probably been watching the news and hearing the political back and forth, so our editor of AARP The Bulletin, Jim Toedtman, developed this quiz for you to see how your good your political prowess is. So make your predictions for the 2012 elections, keep them and see how your fared this time …

In Iowa, it’s handshake-to-handshake combat

Posted on 12/27/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayEverything that’s wonderful about the Iowa caucuses is on parade in the frenzied days before the Jan. 3 showdown. It’s handshake-to-handshake combat, retail politicking at its finest. You can find Michele Bachmann praying on a Sunday morning with the congregation of the Harvest Baptist Church in Fort Dodge and then by day’s end admiring the beer-can Christmas tree at the Thirsty Dog Lounge in Manly. Or Newt Gingrich autographing a box of Corn Pops for a supporter at a rally …

Adventures in Sioux City

Posted on 12/22/2011 by | Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsHey all! Wanted to report back from our excellent trip to Iowa last week! When it comes to presidential elections, the Hawkeye State takes pride in being the “first in the nation,” as their caucuses are considered the first major electoral event for both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. With only weeks to go before the January 3 caucuses, AARP wanted the media and general public to know more about what the Republican candidates are saying about jobs, the …

Can You Turn It To C-SPAN, Please?

Posted on 04/16/2009 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthMore health care talk folks… AARP Iowa held a truly amazing forum with Senator Grassley on April 9th to discuss the urgent need for national health care reform during a “Cost of Doing Nothing on Health Care Reform” forum at North Iowa Community College. C-SPAN was there to tape it so the rest of us can take a look at it. Tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET to catch it and check in here for the schedule and more …