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    Meet The District’s New Democratic Mayoral Candidate: Muriel Bowser

    Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

    In case you’ve missed it, have been hiding under a rock or both, on Tuesday Washington, DC residents nominated candidate Muriel Bowser over current Democratic mayor Vincent Gray. Muriel Bowser, a native Washingtonian & daughter of community activist Joe Bowser, has been preparing for this moment all of her life. Ms. Bowser holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Chatham College and a Master’s in Public Policy from American University.

    Ms. Bowser made her debut into Politics in 2004 when she ran for a seat on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, where she represented single member district 4B09. She continued her political journey by serving as former Mayor Adrian Fenty’s campaign coordinator for Ward 4 and eventually running for a seat on the Council of the District of Columbia in 2007, 2008 and 2012. Since the inception of Bowser’s political career, she has been dedicated to open and ethical government. While serving Ward 4, Bowser brought legislation and a sensible approach to tackling crime, community development and quality education for DC residents and their children. In addition to those accolades, Bowser has served on various committees in the District such as: Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs and Committee on Public Works and Transportation.

    Bowser, ultimately made the call to run for mayor on March 23, 2013. As a result, Bowser has received endorsements from The Washington Post and EMILY’s list largely due in part to her “End Homelessness by 2015”, “Housing You Can Afford” and “Moving Forward On Education” campaign platforms. Bowser, champions her campaign approach for mayor as being a “fresh start” for the District.

    Although we still have about 5 months left until the general election, DC political history since 1973 has shown that once the democratic nomination for mayor is secured so is the election. In the meantime, the wait for Bowser’s “fresh start”has officially begun with many residents in the district who are excited about the possibility of her being selected to be the District’s new mayor.

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

    The SCOTUS comes to a decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case; a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile; Muriel Bowser defeats incumbent in DC mayoral primary; and bombings hit Cairo University in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Broadway cast of The Lion King does an epic rendition of the “Circle of Life” in an unexpected place; Michael Strahan shares some big news with the TV world; and Anna Kendrick preps for her SNL appearance.

    -Veronica + Maura


    DEVELOPING STORY: Justices strike down political donor limits: http://rtvote.com/1dN6htc
    The Supreme Court of the United States has determined the outcome of the McCutcheon v. FEC case.  With a vote of 5-4, individuals are no longer faced with a limit on how much they can donate to political campaigns. The winning argument determined that individual donor limits and regulations violated the First Amendment rights of the donor.

    Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami: http://rtvote.com/1pL0c20
    A massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck directly off the coast of Chile on Tuesday. Fortunately, damage was minimal; landslides wiped out roads in some places and phone and power lines were also knocked out. Tsunami warnings were also in effect as tsunamis hit at various beaches, generating 6 to 7 foot waves. Five people died: two had heart attacks while the others were crushed by debris. People fled to higher ground as soon as the quake was felt, creating some traffic jams. Some are still without any source of power or phones, not knowing if they are able to return to their homes. There is no danger for the United States coastline.

    Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary: http://rtvote.com/1hhuFO7
    DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in yesterday’s mayoral primary. Gray had been hit with scandals and a federal investigation relating to potential monetary felonies that helped him get elected in 2010. The Democratic primary winner has won every official election in Washington because 75% of registered voters in the district are Democrats; however, the Republican challenger, David Catania, is a definite contender. Despite Bowser’s win, many voters were discouraged with the candidates running and the election experienced a low voter turnout.

    Regulators did not properly track complaints on GM switches, inspector general says: http://rtvote.com/1oqcDTM
    According to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general Calvin L. Scovel III, “federal auto safety regulators lacked effective procedures for tracking consumer complaints” about the flaw in the ignition: the issue that has spurred the recall and resulted in thirteen deaths. General Motors’ Chief Executive, Mary T. Barra, says she was unaware of the issue until this year and did not answer questions relating to GM’s failure to fix the flaw. GM has recalled 2.6 million Chevy Cobalts deemed at risk for the ignition switch flaw. According to lawmakers, the ignition switch problem could have been solved by GM for a cost of .57 cents per vehicle.

    Bombings rock area near Cairo University: http://rtvote.com/1mKyRhw
    Two bombs planted outside of Cairo University in Egypt exploded, killing an Egyptian police officer and wounding five other security officers. Violence like this has been prevalent since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi last year, and is expected to escalate as Election Day grows closer. The current Egyptian leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to win with almost no contest, as the Muslim Brotherhood, the political party behind Morsi, and Egypt’s most organized party, have been banned. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack, although people speculate that Islamic militants are responsible. 


    The Lion King Broadway cast gives an impromptu performance: watch the awesome video! http://rtvote.com/1ft6eRL

    Anna Kendrick’s SNL promos are a thing of beauty & hilarity: http://rtvote.com/1mKFekZ  

    Michael Strahan has some big news: http://rtvote.com/1pQYSc5

    Miley Cyrus grieving over dog’s death: http://rtvote.com/1go46Xp

    Two people debate the How I Met Your Mother finale: http://rtvote.com/1oqkwbV

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: December 10, 2013

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

    Some Colorado residents are preparing their guns for some drone-hunting; the winter weather is closing offices, getting flights cancelled, and posing a real safety threat; and GM names the very first woman to run a major automaker. Meanwhile, Lea Michele releases a preview of her debut single, and Miley is named MTV’s best artist of 2013.

    -Sandy + Maura



    Colorado town’s vote on drone ordinance postponedhttp://rtvote.com/18zSP6I
    A vote on a drone ordinance is currently on hold as a court determines the ordinance’s legality. If passed, it would allow Deer Trail residents to shoot down federal drones. The FAA is concerned that this could lead to criminal or civil liability. Responses are mixed; one of the biggest concerns of drone use is trespassing.

    Extreme cold raises fears for 2 adults, 4 children missing in Nevada snowhttp://rtvote.com/J23bCO
    As the winter weather hits many parts of the U.S., federal offices in DC close as more sleet and snow are expected. New York and Philadelphia are expected to receive several inches of snow, and temperatures will drop to about 10-20 degrees below normal in many areas. Rescue teams in Nevada are also searching for two adults and four children who went out to play in the snow and never returned. Please keep warm and stay safe, everyone.

    Friends say student killed by officer was gentle; police say he struck officerhttp://rtvote.com/1hKFvBV
    Robert Cameron Redus, 23, who many describe as a gentle and compassionate honor student, was shot and killed by a campus police officer at his Catholic college in Texas last week. Redus allegedly hit the officer with his own baton after a night of drinking, and when Redus failed to comply with Cpl. Christopher Carter’s orders to stop resisting, Carter fired six shots at Redus. Five of those shots hit Redus and ended the student’s life.

    GM names Mary Barra as CEO – first woman to run major automakerhttp://rtvote.com/1bAhbP4
    Mary Barra, an executive vice president and 33-year GM veteran, will succeed current CEO Dan Akerson on January 15 and become the first woman to run a major automaker. GM shares are up more than 40% so far this year, and the company has earned nearly $20 billion in net income since 2010 – the year it returned to profitability after emerging from bankruptcy. Congrats, Mary Barra! This is huge!

    Can airships revolutionize transportation in world’s harshest environments?http://rtvote.com/19zuzij
    First, the drones. Now, new and improved airships? Scientists and engineers are really making strides in the world of technology. U.S.-based airship company Aeros and Icelandic airline Icelandair Cargo intend to team up to develop a new air freight service cross the Arctic. They hope to deliver standard cargo, troops, and disaster relief supplies into remote and inhospitable terrain. The new airship, dubbed the Aeroscraft, is capable of true vertical takeoff and landing, thus eliminating the need for runways. Aeros has also hinted at possible use of these airships as “floating hotels” and “sky yachts for millionaires” in the future.



    Lea Michele Releases Preview of Debut Single “Cannonball” – Plus, Check Out Her Album Cover for Louder,http://rtvote.com/1kwe1wF

    Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie Have a Simple Life Reunion in Miami, http://rtvote.com/1bv3Y99

    Brandi Glanville Apologizes for Her Racist Joke on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillshttp://rtvote.com/18ztyXt

    Miley Cyrus is MTV’s best artist of 2013, http://rtvote.com/18ktcsM


    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Friday, July 22, 2011

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    An explosion occurred in downtown Oslo, Norway knocking out all the windows of the 17-story building where the Prime Minister’s office is located, the massive heat wave continues across the U.S, the Senate rejected the “Cut, Cap and Balance” deficit reduction plan, but House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama have already moved on to negotiations on a different deficit reduction plan, NFL owners approved a new CBA, and Russia now classifies beer as alcoholic.

    A 101-year-old woman in Wisconsin who has voted in every federal, state and local election for 83 years must now prove her identity with a photo ID, New York City expects to meet the demand for same-sex marriages on Sunday, and 1 million copies of OS X Lion have already sold.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    At least one person reported killed in Oslo blast,
    USA Today has live updates on the explosion in downtown Oslo, Norway that reportedly injured 8 people and killed one. The explosion knocked out all the windows of the 17-story building where the Prime Minister’s office is located, but Norweigian news agencies report that he is safe.

    East Coast broils as temps soar, air quality plummets,
    A massive heat wave is continuing to wreak havoc across the United States. High temperatures have already killed 22 people, and 29 states are still under a heat advisory today. The heat caused a “code red” air quality advisory in DC and Baltimore, and left cattle in drought-ravaged Oklahoma starving.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    The Senate has blocked the conservative version of a deficit reduction plan known as “Cut, Cap and Balance” on a party line 51-46 vote. The procedural vote was to “table” the bill, meaning a “yes” vote would yank the bill from the Senate floor. The House passed the same plan earlier this week, and the Senate rejection comes as House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama have already moved on to negotiations on a different deficit reduction plan.

    Boehner and Obama Nearing Deal on Cuts and Taxes,
    President Obama and Republican House speaker, John Boehner, are closing in on a package calling for as much as $3 trillion in savings from spending cuts. The White House wants a trigger that would raise taxes on the wealthy, and some Democrats are frustrated with all of Mr. Obama’s concessions.

    NFL lockout: Owners approve proposed labor agreement,
    NFL owners voted 31-0, with the Oakland Raiders abstaining, to approve a new collective bargaining agreement through the 2020 season. The new agreement gives players 47% of revenue, cutting salaries for rookies. The lockout could end tomorrow if the players vote to accept the agreement.

    Russia classifies beer as alcoholic,
    Before Russian President Medvedev signed a new bill into law this week, the country considered anything with less than 10% alcohol content to be “foodstuff.” Beer has seen a huge increase in popularity in Russia, with sales growing 40% while vodka sales dropped by 30%.

    Plain Talk: 101-year-old disgusted with Walker’s voter ID law,
    With the new Wisconsin law, a 101-year-old woman who has voted in every federal, state and local election for 83 years must prove identity with a photo ID.

    In Marriage Lottery, City Expects to Meet Demand,
    823 same-sex couples in New York entered a lottery for the chance to get married on Sunday, the the first day that same-sex marriage will be permitted in the state.  All 823 couples will be accommodated, although 74 couples who had hoped to marry in Manhattan will be asked to go to another borough. City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn said in a statement, “Everybody wins.”

    1 million copies of OS X Lion already sold,
    The $30 update to Apple’s operating system only went on sale Wednesday morning, but two days was enough time for a million Mac users to upgrade. Despite being sold only as a digital download and not on a disk, it’s the fastest sales rate ever for Apple.


    “Glee’s” Darren Criss may take over ‘How to Succeed,’ http://bit.ly/pPcSc0

    Kate’s Wedding Dress Goes on Display! http://bit.ly/mQBbab

    Arnold & Maria’s Son Hospitalized After Surfing Accident, http://bit.ly/pkzf3g

    Five Reasons You Need To See ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ http://bit.ly/neKChG

    Why Did the Glee Kids Have to Learn of Their Termination Via Twitter? http://eonli.ne/pKOvFt

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    It’s Election Day!

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

    There are so many big elections today it’s insane. Voters in Delaware, DC, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin all have elections today. At the end of the night talking-heads and election prognosticators will be talking about this or about that. But what’s important is that your voice is heard. Many of these elections will come down to a few votes. Make sure that you cast your ballot. When all is said and done, you’ll be glad you did.

    To find more about your election check out our election central page. http://www.rockthevote.com/election-center


    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com