>>Senior Caucus Update 10-1221

In this issue:

…Tax Cuts, Unemployment Insurance and Jobs
…111th Congress – What did it do?
…Beware of Phishing
…New government website to help with finances.
…Central Lakes Senior Caucus meeeting
…Take part in the first Alzheimer’s Disease Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol


Tax Cuts, Unemployment Insurance and Jobs

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 that is important for seniors and their families.  It extends our existing tax rates that were due to go up in 2011 and unemployment insurance for people out of work.  A good discussion of the bill can be found on



111th Congress – What did it do?

Today’s media style of concentrating on a few of current issues in a “Left said/Right said” so-called “balanced news” approach before dropping them and moving on to the next set of current issues, not only muddies the news with fact and fiction it makes it difficult to accurately recall the past.

So, just what did the 111th Congress do up to now?  (Note:  The 111th Congress first session was on January 6, 2009 and will last until January 3, 2009, until January 3, 2011, and it began its first session on January 6, 2009.)

The following website give a quick look at what went on.  It is current to Dec. 16.



Beware of Phishing

Phishing is where you receive an email pretending to come from a trusted site (your email provider, your bank, etc.) asking you to reply with your account name and password. It may also link to an external site with a form where you’ll be asked to enter your username and password.  Don’t do it!

Reputable internet sites and services will never send you unsolicited email asking for your username and password.  If you receive an email like this, delete it.  Do not reply in any way, scammers may use the reply to confirm that the email address they sent to is a valid account.


New government website to help with finances. Check this out.



The Central Lakes Senior Caucus (A DFL Senior Caucus Chapter)

Central Lakes Senior Caucus has tentatively scheduled a meeting on Thursday, January 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Boardwalk Bread and Bagel located at 302 Washington Street in Brainerd.  If you are in the Central Lakes area, SD4, SD12 or western Aitkin County or know other strong Democrats in this area, please contact Terry Sluss, tlsluss@charter.net, 218-825-7560, for details.

See the Central Lakes Seniors blog at http://www.centrallakesseniors.blogspot.com/


Take part in the first Alzheimer’s Disease Rally at the Minnesota State Capitol, Thursday, January 13

On January 13, bring your support and passion about Alzheimer’s disease to St. Paul for the first ever Alzheimer’s rally. The time is now to educate and inform legislators about what needs to be done to prepare Minnesota for the impending Alzheimer’s crisis.

At the rally, a new report detailing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in Minnesota will be released. This ground-breaking report highlights actions that the legislature and all Minnesotans can take to change the way we face Alzheimer’s.

Be part of a new statewide initiative – Prepare Minnesota for Alzheimer’s Disease 2020. Add your voice to the cause and let every legislator know that Alzheimer’s is a major health crisis that affects hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans. Click link below for more information and to register:


*Please register so that we can assign legislative visits.
FREE bus transportation is available from Edina. FREE bus transportation and lunch are available from Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud.



Other dates

Dec. 22 and Jan. 26, Wed. 12:30 pm – Senior Caucus Luncheon at Riverside Perkins Family Restaurant, I-94 & Riverside Ave, Minneapolis 55401.  More info, contact Karla Sand, 651 739 7397.

Jan. 22, Saturday, at 2 pm – Senior Caucus Board Meeting at DFL Headquarters, St. Paul.  All are welcome.


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