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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

    Wendy Davis might turn Texas purple; Hillary Clinton has an Iowa army; and President Obama keeps moving with his Ukraine Strategy. Meanwhile, Brittany Murphy’s final movie has been released four years after her death;Dancing With the Stars has its opening night; and yesterday’s Los Angeles Earthquake resulted in a pretty hilarious reaction from newscasters.

    Also, today is the Primary Election in Illinois! Visit Rock the Vote’s Election Center to find all the info you need: http://rtvote.com/TdeABy. But don’t forget: polls close at 7:00pm!

    -Gianna & Maura


    As Barack Obama’s Ukraine strategy rolls on, so does Vladimir Putin’s,http://rtvote.com/1d9ZIRe
    President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, both moved forward on Monday with their strategy on the Ukraine crisis seemingly unphased by the other. President Obama revealed on Monday that he is issuing sanctions against Russia in an attempt to the get the White House proclaimed Russian “cronies” in line and perhaps reach President Putin. The sanctions put in place by President Obama are the most aggressive sanctions taken against Russia by a US President since the end of the Cold War.

    Wendy Davis Is One Step Closer To Turning Texas Purple, http://rtvote.com/1fW8wZY
    A recent poll in Texas shows that State Senate Democrat Wendy Davis is within single digits of her Republican opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott for the 2014 Gubernatorial election. This poll is just another indicator that Texas voters are no longer reliably red. The single digit margin is impressive for Wendy Davis, when comparing the 2002 gubernatorial election where Republican candidate Rick Perry won by almost 18 points over his Democratic opponent.  Wendy Davis has a serious shot at becoming governor when looking at the recent poll and her ability to sway women voters.

    Ohio State University Has a Case of the Mumps: http://rtvote.com/1izSIwo
    If you go to Ohio State University, be cautious when sharing drinks. A recent outbreak of the Mumps has infected 23 students and faculty over the past month. Although there is currently no cure for the disease, lasting effects are rare and recovery usually takes no more than two weeks. All the same, public health officials are warning students to take precautions to avoid infection.

    Illinois Gets Ready to Rock the Vote: http://rtvote.com/1gL3Hik
    Voters in Illinois today head to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2014 primary election. Republicans will choose among primary candidates for U.S. Senate, Governor, and state treasurer, while Democrats face little competition to replace incumbent Governor Pat Quinn.The Chicago Tribune also reports that voters will now experience a new electronic voter verification system that matches the voter’s signature with the precinct’s records. Pretty nifty! Happy voting, Illinois!

    Joe Scarborough: ‘No Plans’ to Run for President, http://rtvote.com/1nATSfU
    The host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, a former four-term congressman who has been actively flirting with the idea of running for the 2016 Republican nomination, spent the weekend in New Hampshire wow-ing and possibly wooing the party faithful. But, you can all stop speculating… Joe Scarborough announced today to the Daily Beast that he has no plans to run for office. 

    Hillary Deploys Iowa Army, http://rtvote.com/1gK4PCW
    The Ready For Hillary super PAC lived up to it’s name this past weekend by organizing in 84 of Iowa’s 99 counties for Hillary. Although, Iowa Caucuses are two years away, The Ready for Hillary super PAC is showing that they are a force to be reckoned with. Ready for Hillary managed to gather 250 volunteers in those 84 counties and they are currently the only super PAC with boots on the ground for a potential Democratic 2016 hopeful.



    Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Premiere Recap: Who Dazzled?Who Fell Flat? (Spoilers!):http://rtvote.com/1oos5w1

    Kate Winslet Explains Son Bear’s Middle Name Blaze: Ned Rocknroll and I Met During Fire on Richard Branson’s Island:http://rtvote.com/NqPMWN

    Brittany Murphy’s Final Film Something Wicked Released Four Years After Star’s Death:http://rtvote.com/1nAWo5Z

    Glee Roll Call! Who’s In and Who’s Out for the Final Season:http://rtvote.com/1fF5Hb3

    Los Angeles Earthquake Makes News Anchors Slightly Overreact on Live TV—Watch Now!:http://rtvote.com/1g6FnMF

    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

    The State of the Union Address was delivered last night; southern states are caught completely unprepared for snowfall; Congressman threatens reporter; and reading gap due to wealth increases. Meanwhile, Bieber returns to the States; Miley and Madonna sing a duet on MTV; a possible real-life love triangle surfaces in Hollywood; and a famous rock and roll band calls it quits.

    - Veronica + Maura


    State of the Union: Obama calls for action, with or without Congress: http://rtvote.com/1fwyC2L
    Last night marked the delivery of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address. The address called for changes to the tax code, investment in alternative energy, and equal pay for women. President Obama received a standing ovation when he encouraged Congress to work alongside him instead of against him, and brought tears to the eyes of many Americans when telling the story of Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, an injured war veteran. Overall, a majority of viewers believed that the policies listed in the address will help the economy, and the address was generally well-received.

    Stranded, cold motorists spend nights on freeways after rare snow in South: http://rtvote.com/1k7ijfI
    Travelers in Alabama and Georgia were left in traffic, stranded on the roads- sometimes 16 hours after leaving work or school. Light snow, sleet, and freezing rain are wreaking havoc on Southern states unaccustomed to dealing with this type of weather. At the first sign of snow, people left their jobs, thinking they could deal with the weather. They couldn’t, resulting in spin-outs, accidents, and traffic jams miles long. Currently, people are trying to help stranded travelers while the government is telling its citizens to stay home.

    Rep. Grimm on why he threatened reporter: http://rtvote.com/1jJcxTW
    Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY), threatened a NY1 reporter, Michael Scotto, after last night’s State of the Union Address. Scotto tried to ask Grimm about a federal investigation pertaining to his campaign finances. This question sparked the threat. Grimm said in an email to NY1 and other news stations that Scotto took a “disrespectful and cheap shot” at the interview’s end, discussing a topic that was unrelated to the State of the Union Address, which was what Grimm was being interviewed about. Bob Hardt, NY1’s political director, was appalled by Grimm’s actions and wants a full apology.

    Reading gap between wealthy, poor students widens: http://rtvote.com/1jJfEv1
    A new report shows that 80% of fourth graders from low-income families do not read at their grade level, compared to 49% of their wealthier counterparts. Overall, 66% of all fourth graders do not read at their grade level, a figure regarded as shocking. Researchers believe that 8-year-olds, especially those living in low-income families, are not developed enough to be successful. To keep kids from falling behind, fewer children have to start kindergarten with undetected and untreated learning disabilities.


    Famous rock band Mӧtley Crüe to dissolve: http://rtvote.com/1aHIjOC

    Justin Bieber leaves Panama for LA: http://rtvote.com/1mXGEnZ

    Miley and Madonna finally duet! http://rtvote.com/1cuEE5p

    A real-life love triangle? http://rtvote.com/1fn3AMC



    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


    Monday, March 26th, 2012

    With a crucial election year on the horizon, Rock the Vote celebrated our Democracy Class program with our second annual Democracy Day this past Friday, March 23rd. From coast to coast on Democracy Day, Rock the Vote, along with educators across the country, taught Democracy Class to students, providing them with the tools they need to access voter registration and participation.

    On Democracy Day, Rock the Vote rallied with 200 students in Philadelphia with the historical National Constitution Center (NCC) and pumped the vote up at Los Angeles’ Roybal High School with the Youth Policy Institute (YPI). Both events garnered over 60 newly registered voters and secured another 60 pledges to vote. Both events included diverse audiences and speakers. At the NCC, surrounded locally by relevant landmarks such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, students from five different Philadelphia-area high schools gathered for a tour of the Center, followed by a Democracy Class taught by Rock the Vote President Heather Smith, local artist Nikki Jean and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Carole Aichele. Uncle O, DJ at Power 99 FM, moderated the event and introduced RTV’s ‘History of Voting’ video featuring Perez Hilton, John Legend, Bridget Kelly and Darren Criss; David Eisner, NCC President and CEO also attended, along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (via video message) and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. See media coverage from Democracy Day in Philadelphia from CBS Philly.

    3,000 miles and 300 more students away, YPI and Rock the Vote gathered at Roybal High School. Several set-up booths offered settings for students to discuss youth issues such as college costs and the future of the environment. There were also opportunities for chats with celebrity guests, and information on citizenship rights and local voting laws. RTV and YPI also co-hosted California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Los Angeles School Board President Monica Garcia, L.A. county registrar and county clerk Dean Logan, YPI President Dixon Slingerland, Rock the Vote’s Director of Development Amanda Brown, and Celebrity High artists such as School Gyrls, DJ James Andre Jefferson Jr., Reuben Cannon, Ncredible Hero and The Rangers. With so much entertainment, even SOS Bowen broke out into some dance moves. Among the speakers on stage, a sea of hand-made signs touted “Roybal Rocks the Vote” and the students’ enthusiasm for the day’s events.

    At both events, students wrote on chalkboards and customizable buttons why they vote – answers ranged from “because my voice matters” to “because I got swag.” Overall, young participants made sure their voices were heard. In L.A., the students stayed three hours later than scheduled (during a Friday afternoon!) to engage in activities, and in Philadelphia, students used the NCC’s constitutional artifacts and Democracy Class lesson plan to explain why they will vote in November.

    Democracy Day underlined a key message for youth voters everywhere: pay attention and have a voice. Rendell urged students to recognize that they have an equal say in their democracy. Garcia told her young audience “your country needs you” and “you represent our future and our now.” With 500 more young voters informed on Democracy Day, and the ranks counting, the representation of young people is definitely increasing for 2012. Peter Rothberg from The Nation really sums up the power of Democracy Class in his recent piece, while The New York Times urges educators to sign up for the program here.

    Our second annual Democracy Day has come and gone, but it’s left a legacy for 2012. In fact, the day kicks off Rock the Vote’s 100 Days of Learning, where educators across the country teach a Democracy Class to their students between now and the end of the school year. Join them and sign up to for your free Democracy Class toolkit here: www.democracyday.com

    Kelly Holleran

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 28, 2011

    Thursday, July 28th, 2011

    The Republicans want big cuts to environmental laws, the LAPD sets up a ‘mobile jail’ to handle a rowdy crowd, Butch Davis has been fired as UNC’s football coach, and 67 have died from landslides and flash floods in South Korea. Also, the North Carolina House has failed to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of the voter-ID law, Judge Royce Lamberth upholds the federal embryonic stem cell funds, and Apple is rumored to be testing a new, ultra-thin MacBook Pro.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    In Both Houses, Fortifying Support for Rival Plans,
    Republicans will vote on Boehner’s budget plan, which after being reworked, would cut the deficit by $917 billion over ten years and raise the debt ceiling for six months. A letter signed by all 51 Senate Democrats and two independents assured Speaker Boehner that his bill will not pass in the Senate.

    Republicans Seek Big Cuts in Environmental Rules,
    Just as all eyes are on the debt-ceiling drama, some House Republicans are “loading up” an appropriations bill that has 39 new rules to “significantly curtail environmental regulation.” The rules would prohibit new wilderness preservation and allow uranium near the Grand Canyon. One rule would have forbade the government to list any new species as endangered, but 37 Republicans removed this clause. The Senate will likely reject the bill.

    Electric Daisy Carnival premiere: LAPD sets up ‘mobile jail’ to handle crowd,
    Los Angeles police needed a “mobile field jail” to handle all the people they had to arrest in Hollywood yesterday. An “unruly crowd” crashed the screening of a documentary about the nation’s largest electronic music festival. Witnesses said people taunted police by throwing bottles at them, dancing on police cars, and “planking” in the street.

    Butch Davis fired as North Carolina football coach,
    UNC’s Butch Davis seemed locked down to keep his job this season. After all, he wasn’t fired last season, “even as embarrassing allegations kept surfacing,” including misconduct by his associate head coach and players. However, the school surprised everyone when it dismissed the Tar Heels’ coach yesterday.

    Mudslides spark S. Korea landmine fears; 67 dead,
    67 people have died from landslides and flash floods after heavy rainfalls in the Seoul region of South Korea. The Defense Ministry has said that 10 landmines buried near an air defense artillery in southern Seoul have not been recovered after being buried during the 1950-53 Korean War.  South Koreans have been cautioned about these landmines and other explosives.

    Perdue’s veto to block voter ID mandate remains,
    The North Carolina House failed to override Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of the voter-ID law. The House voted 67-52 in favor of overriding the law that requires voters to show photo-ID before casting a ballot. The vote will not move on to the Senate.

    US judge upholds federal embryonic stem cell funds,
    Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that the NIH guidelines on stem cell research do not violate federal law, dismissing a legal challenge to the Obama Administration’s actions. Just after taking office in 2009, President Obama expanded federal funding for the research, which scientists believe could lead to treatments for spinal cord injuries, cancer, diabetes and diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

    Apple rumored to be testing new, ultra-thin MacBook Pro,
    Apple may be testing a MacBook Pro Air, a MacBook Pro laptop that would be as thin as a MacBook Air. Rumors suggest that Apple will probably introduce the laptop late this year.


    Mariners end 17-game skid with rout of Yankees, http://es.pn/r4NuEN

    Trebek puts himself in jeopardy, chases down burglar, http://bit.ly/p4a8No

    Bam Hospitalized After ‘Tackling’ His Neighbor, http://bit.ly/pgA0y5

    Lee DeWyze Pops The Question, Gets Engaged To Girlfriend, http://bit.ly/pmRqVd

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

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

    LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn wins a House seat, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry receives a Medal of Honor, Senator Mitch McConnell proposes a controversial debt plan, France says Gadhafi will most likely step down, and Pakistan threatens to withdraw troops from its border. Also, Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have raised a combined $86 million since April, Mitt Romney has rejected the Family Leader’s ‘Marriage Vow’ Pledge, the youth unemployment rate is more than 17%, and Netflix is raising its prices.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a Democrat, has won the special election to represent a Southern California House seat, the Associated Press reported. Hahn beat Republican Craig Huey 54.56 percent to 45.44 percent, according to the Los Angeles County clerk’s office.

    Army Ranger receives Medal of Honor for Afghanistan heroics,
    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry is the second living soldier from the Iraq and Afghan wars to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Petry was shot in both legs and lost a hand after throwing an enemy grenade away from his fellow soldiers. “To be singled out is very humbling. I consider every one of our men and women in uniform to be our heroes,” he said.

    Debt Talk Mired, Leader for G.O.P. Proposes Option,
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has angered Conservatives with his new debt proposal. McConnell wants Congress to allow President Obama to raise the debt ceiling without its prior approval of spending cuts. While some Conservatives think this plan will place any potential blame on Obama and benefit the GOP, others find it a panicked retreat.

    France Says Gadhafi Aides Hinted at His Exit,
    Negotiations to end Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s 41-year regime in Libya have not yet began; however, emissaries suggest that the leader is “ready to go.” France and other NATO allies are currently conducting airstrikes against his forces. US State Dept. officials are less optimistic about the development, calling the messages “contradictory.”

    Pakistan might withdraw border troops, defense minister says,
    The US announced earlier this week that it would suspend US military aid to Pakistan. In response, Pakistan’s Defense Minister has threatened to withdraw thousands of troops from the country’s border, which would “undermine Washington interests” in the area.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $86 million between April and June, blowing past the combined $60 million goal set by both groups at the start of the fundraising quarter. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced the total in a video released before dawn Wednesday, touting the 552,462 donors who contributed as “more grassroots support at this point in the process than any campaign in political history.” Of the $86 million raised, Messina said over $47 million went into the coffers of Obama for America and more than $38 million went to the DNC.

    Mitt Romney Rejects The Family Leader’s ‘Marriage Vow’ Pledge,
    After rival presidential candidates, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed a controversial Conservative pledge, Romney has decided to reject it. The pledge denounces gay marriage, pornography, gays in the military, and Islamic law.

    The Glum and the Restless,
    More than 17 percent of 16-to-24-year-olds looking for work cannot find a job. Youth unemployment is not only a big issue for the economy, but also for the President as he looks for youth support in 2012

    Netflix raises DVD, streaming plan price by 60 percent,
    Netflix might be best known for its DVD mail service, but the company sees video streaming as its future. New subscribers will have to pay extra for a DVD-only plan, and the streaming plans are now sold separately. Many Netflix users are outraged at the 60% price increases.


    Breaking: Ted Danson takes over ‘CSI,’ http://bit.ly/o2oVMQ

    Struggling Oprah Network to Name New CEO: Oprah, http://on.wsj.com/q6AZ9U

    Terrafugia Transition: Flying Car Approved For Road Use By NHTSA, http://huff.to/pNmwI5

    ‘X Factor’ Preview Signals Return Of Simon And Paula, http://on.mtv.com/pJqAsx

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to finally marry? http://bit.ly/n1pQVN

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

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