NARFE urges meetings with congressional candidates during August
Members of Congress are in their home states and districts until Sept. 10. This is a perfect time for NARFE members to talk with them — either one-on-one, in town hall meetings or in candidate forums — about the issues of concern to federal employees and retirees. The entire month has been designated by the Association as "Meet Your Candidates Month." To encourage contact with members of Congress, congressional candidates and congressional staff, NARFE is conducting a competition among its state federations. The federation or federations with the most contacts by its members will get a free registration to the 2013 NARFE Legislative Training Conference. To report your advocacy activity, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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House passes bill that would ax federal tax cheats
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Kaine: Defending feds is part of a Virginia senator's job description
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Foods that keep you fuller longer
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iPhone games: What parents, grandparents should know
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Provo, Utah, tops Best Cities for Successful Aging List
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Toyota recalling SUVs, sedans
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Toyota Motor Corp. said Aug. 1 it's recalling 778,000 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. to fix a suspension problem that could cause crashes. The company says if rear suspension nuts aren't tightened properly after a wheel alignment, the arms can rust and separate from the vehicle. More
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