Bird-Dogging for Social Security

At Take a Stand, we call the tactic “bird-dogging.” And I believe it’s a major reason Social Security is going to become a much bigger issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. It works like this: At town halls and other political get-togethers in the early presidential contests, AARP volunteers are pressing each candidate on how they plan to keep Social Security strong for future generations. Our “bird dogs” are asking them to be specific — and reminding them of the …

News Outlets Take Notice of AARP Pushing 2016 Presidential Candidates to Take a Stand

News outlets and early Presidential primary and caucus states have taken notice of AARP’s Take a Stand campaign announced last week.  “We’re asking candidates who are running for the highest office to take a stand for how they will update Social Security,” said Todd Fahey, state director at AARP New Hampshire, in a Public News Service article. As a national organization that fights for the issues that matter, AARP launched the campaign as a push for 2016 presidential candidates to …

Politics and Millennials: Will They Vote?

Come Election Day 2016, the country will elect a new president after an endless round of campaigning and debates. How will our adult children influence the selection of the new POTUS? A quick bit of political history: Millennials were a key factor in the election of Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote and in 2012, 60 percent of those younger than 30. The millennials were critical in helping him win the electoral vote in …

AARP Praises House Ways and Means Committee Effort to Find Bipartisan Solutions on Social Security

On July 9, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), in his opening statement in the House Ways and Means Committee, said, “Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson has been working on solutions all year.” And a few months back, he laid out four principles for reforming disability insurance (DI) — all of which I fully endorse: “First, no 20 percent cut. Full stop. Not gonna happen. Second, make sure all benefits are paid on time. Third, make the program …

How to Follow the 2014 Midterm Election Returns

Whether you’re a hard-core political junkie or just an ordinary citizen who’s interested in the outcome, there are a wealth of ways to follow the midterm elections on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Here are some suggestions: TV news websites ABC News will provide a live streaming webcast of its election coverage, anchored by George Stephanopoulos, starting at 7 p.m.  Additionally, the network will augment its programming with live blogging by a team of analysts from FiveThirtyEight, including Nate Silver, …

Arkansas Senate Candidates Brawl Over Medicare, Social Security

In their final scheduled debate, Arkansas’ two major-party candidates for the U.S. Senate vigorously slashed each other on Social Security and Medicare issues. “The game plans for both men were plain as day — [Rep. Tom] Cotton repeatedly tied [Sen. Mark] Pryor to President Obama, while Pryor said Cotton was beholden to big-money interests who didn’t share the same goals as Arkansans,” a visiting newspaper columnist wrote of the Oct. 14 exchange in Fayetteville. In contrast to recent Senate debates in other …