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    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    More people are pronounced dead after East Harlem building explosion; G.M. reveals new information about a safety defect linked to 12 deaths; and a hit and run driver kills 2 people at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, Shailene Woodley makes Jimmy Fallon blush; Emma Watson graces the cover of Elle magazine; and Harry Styles gets rescued by AAA.

    - Maura


    Malaysia Disputes report that missing plane flew on for hours,http://rtvote.com/1ihA8sK
    Sadly, little progress has been made in the search for the missing Malaysian passenger jet that went off the grid nearly a week ago over the Gulf of Thailand. In response to speculation about the fate the of the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew, Malaysia’s defense minister held a press conference dismissing a series of leads. Officials are describing this incidence as an unprecedented aviation mystery, and it is still unknown whether the plane is on land or in water, east or west of the country, or far beyond.

    Building collapse kills at least 7 in Manhattan,http://rtvote.com/1nn7mvN
    Updates are emerging after a massive explosion yesterday in East Harlem, that leveled two five-story apartment buildings. At least 7 people were killed and firefighters are still searching through the rubble for survivors. More than 40 people were reported with injuries. Authorities believe a gas leak caused the explosion but are still waiting to announce the official cause. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the site, commenting that this was a “tragedy of the worst kind.”

    Hit and run driver kills 2, injures 23 at SXSW,http://rtvote.com/1m0m222
    Tragedy struck last night at one of the most anticipated festivals of the year: South by Southwest. A drunk driver, said to be fleeing from police who tried pulling him over, went the wrong way down a one-way street and drove into a crowd of people waiting outside of a popular bar and music venue. Two people were killed in the accident and 23 others are injured.

    G.M reveals that it was told of ignition defect in 01’,http://rtvote.com/1i89q5d
    In an expanded chronology of events filed with federal safety regulators about the recall of 1.6 million cars, General Motors reveals it had reports of a safety defect in its cars as early as 2001. This particular safety defect has been linked to 12 deaths and at least 31 accidents over the past decade. According to GM, in 2001 a study found that the ignition switch in the Saturn Ion could turn off easily, but the company said a design change “had resolved the problem.”


    28 Modern Proverbs for 20 Somethings, http://rtvote.com/1ftr0MB  

    Harry Styles Rescued by AAA Tow Truck After Motorcycle Breaks Down,http://rtvote.com/1m0gmoP

    Emma Watson Covers Elle Magazine, Explains Why She’s “So Jealous” of Certain Actresses, http://rtvote.com/1cV2Ikg

    Shailene Woodley Gives Jimmy Fallon a Phallic Herb—And it Makes The Tonight Show Host Blush, http://rtvote.com/1nn5GlY 

    Pharell Williams Up With Comme Des Garcons to Release New Fragrance,http://rtvote.com/1nn5WRU

    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

    RTV Surpasses Our 2010 Goals!

    Thursday, October 7th, 2010

    After thousands of voter registrations, volunteer shifts, music festivals, and events on campus, it’s now time to get out the vote. There isn’t much time to celebrate, but we should take a moment to remind everyone that your generation puts up some serious numbers. With the passage of voter registration deadlines in over 26 states across the nation, Rock the Vote surpassed its goal for registering young voters this fall. As of Oct. 4, Rock the Vote more than 225,000 individuals have used Rock the Vote’s tool to register to vote in the Nov. 2 midterm elections. This figure exceeded our 2010 goal of 200,000 registrations, more than quadrupled the number of registrations processed in 2006, and represents the largest midterm registration effort in our organization’s history.

    This milestone is really about you. With almost a quarter of a million people registered or re-registered, your generation is clearly ready to rock – to demand that candidates take your issues and your votes seriously. Now that you’re registered, candidates should know that you won’t be ignored and you won’t be talked down to. They should understand not campaigning to you, those who will shape the future of our country, could cost them an election. We know you’re not afraid, and they should too. We know you’re ready to vote fearlessly on November 2nd.

    So how did we all get connected to make this happen? We reached out through millions of email reminders and text messages, featured tweets about registration deadlines by dozens of stars  – including Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Pink and Perez Hilton – tens of thousands of Facebook messages, radio partners  playing public service announcements featuring stars like Adrian Grenier, Mike Posner , Nas and Pharrell Williams (NERD) on outlets around the country, working in conjunction with more than 1,000 online voter registration partners who used our tool to register voters on their sites, campus newspaper ads in key states, and appearances on major news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, PBS and ABC.

    On the ground in youth-dense communities like Columbus, OH, our ground teams pushed hard to register young voters and reported that their peers were energetic.

    Ohio’s State Coordinator Rob Abraham said of Monday’s outreach efforts at Ohio State University, “We had all hands on deck. Students and volunteers across the OSU community realized the opportunity to make a final and strong push before the voter registration deadline so that young people could have a voice in November. All across campus, Buckeyes tirelessly devoted the day to tabling, phone calling, texting, and knocking on doors so that their fellow students could join them at the polls on November 2nd.”

    Ultimately, our work here at Rock the Vote is about more than hitting a voter registration number. It is about ensuring that the real issues of your generation are being addressed, and we could never help build your political power without your unmatched enthusiasm. We could never achieve unprecedented levels of engagement without our volunteers and the passion of your hugely influential voting bloc. Now, as registration deadlines across the country pass, we’re turning our focus to get out the vote efforts asking young Americans to help us make history once again by pledging in record numbers to Vote Fearlessly on Nov. 2.  With your help, we know anything is possible.

    Heather Smith
    Bio: Heather is President of Rock the Vote.
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Thursday, September 30, 2010

    Thursday, September 30th, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news we have Obama continuing his backyard tour, Congress wraps up, and Twilight star Robert Pattinson has a shocking new look.

    Obama, in Iowa, Hears Barbed Questions in a Subdued Backyard: http://nyti.ms/aEuZD4

    President Obama continued his backyard meetings in Iowa yesterday and faced some skeptical voters.

    Congress OKs stop-gap spending, ready to go home: http://bit.ly/chRANz

    Members of Congress closed out their session and headed back to their home states.

    White House Eyes Youth Vote Ahead Of Midterms: http://n.pr/9WBHUR

    As polls consistently show young people are more enthusiastic and hopeful than older voters, the Obama administration is making a big push to turn them out.

    Rock the Vote President Heather Smith on PBS’ News Hour and CBS’ Washington Unplugged:

    On the News Hour, Heather talks young voters with Michael Dimock, associate director for research for the Pew Research Center, and Elizabeth Murphy, editor in chief of The Daily Collegian at Penn State University: http://to.pbs.org/dhQiEv.

    On Washington Unplugged, Heather discusses the youth vote with Politic365.com’s Charles Ellison (clip from 6 minutes in to 12:50): http://bit.ly/aynA6C.

    Meg Whitman’s housekeeper makes major accusations: http://bit.ly/aNM1Te

    Whitman’s housekeeper says Whitman hired her knowing she was an illegal immigrant.

    The Middle Has Swung Against Dems: http://bit.ly/bkaDzt

    Gallup polls from this year show that the share of voters who describe themselves as conservative is on the rise.

    Delaware Rep. Mike Castle won’t launch write-in bid: http://politi.co/9vYeoi

    After losing the GOP primary for Senate in Delaware to Christine O’Donnell, Mike Castle has decided not to launch a write-in bid.

    House passes bill to help 9/11 first responders: http://bit.ly/dh6iFe

    The bill, which provides medical benefits and compensation for first-responders on 9/11, has not yet been taken up by the Senate.


    Hollywood Icon Tony Curtis Dies at 85: http://bit.ly/d5Regm

    Curtis, who starred in the films Spartacus and Some Like It Hot, is also the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

    Michelle Obama, Nick Jonas Team Up – for Fitness: http://bit.ly/bAkcax

    Michelle Obama and a Jonas Brother are teaming up to launch a nutrition initiative supported by Disney.

    Robert Pattinson’s New Bushy Beard: Love It or Hate It?: http://bit.ly/dm8uZv

    The Twilight star has a scruffy new look.

    Justin Bieber Dolls Will Be Hitting a Toy Store Near You Soon: http://bit.ly/dkoPl6

    A variety of the dolls will be released in time for the holiday season.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

    In today’s news we see a call to young voters from the Seattle Times, the imam behind the mosque near Ground Zero speaking out, and Lady Gaga posing in a bikini made of… meat?!


    Calling all young voters to get re-engaged with politics: http://bit.ly/c8VjmN

    A Seattle Times editorial says YOU should participate in this year’s midterm elections.

    Fla. minister: Sept. 11 Quran burn still planned: http://apne.ws/aKYKmr

    After getting national attention and a request from General David Petraeus to call off the event, a minister in Florida is still planning to lead his church in a Quran burning ceremony on September 11.

    Electioneering season begins for N.C. races: http://bit.ly/aits6q

    Like many states these days, North Carolina is bracing itself for a barrage of television ads and robocalls.

    The imam behind the mosque near Ground Zero will appear on Larry King Live tonight at 9 on CNN. You can read his editorial in the New York Times here: http://nyti.ms/d3vvFe


    Photos: Lady Gaga Dons Raw Meat Bikini for Vogue: http://bit.ly/cKM3sy

    Need we say more?

    Beetlejuice Interior Designer Glenn Shadix Dies: http://bit.ly/dh5gFI

    Glenn Shadix was 58.

    Exclusive: Danielle Staub: Why I Left Real Housewives: http://bit.ly/co33e0

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey star/villain says she’s ready to move on.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com