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    NEWS ROUND-UP: FRIDAY, APRIL 18th, 2014

    Friday, April 18th, 2014

    In today’s news, prosecutors seek justice against captain of capsized South Korean ferry; the White House announces 8 million healthcare registrations; a Mount Everest avalanche kills 12; and Chelsea Clinton officially announces that she is expecting her first child. Meanwhile, Lindsay Lohan opens up on Watch What Happens Live; Victoria Beckham posts a cozy 40th birthday photo with her hubby; and Idris Elba welcomes a baby boy.

    - Austin + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Chelsea Clinton Announces Child on the Way http://rtvote.com/1f2a4xQ
    Yup, it’s true! Chelsea Clinton, only daughter to former President Bill Clinton and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, is expecting a child with husband Marc Mazvinsky. She said “I certainly feel all the better, whether it’s a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong female leaders.” Both Bill and Hillary Clinton expressed their excitement via twitter.

    Prosecutors Seek Arrest for Captain of Capsized Ferry http://rtvote.com/1jd91xk
    After a South Korean ferry transporting high school students capsized on Tuesday, prosecutors are seeking criminal charges against Captain Lee Jun-seok. Jun-seok has been accused of abandoning the ship prematurely. In what is fast becoming one of South Korea’s worst tragedies in decades, 28 deaths were confirmed and 268 were unaccounted for as of Friday, April 18th.

    Obama Announces 8M Enrollments Through Health Exchange http://rtvote.com/1f2aHaL
    The Obama administration is now claiming the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act a success. In a press conference yesterday, President Obama announced that more than 8 million people have registered for health insurance through the exchange. Of those, 35% are in the critical 18-35 age group needed for the law’s success. Republican leaders responded to yesterday’s announcement by challenging the President to release numbers of the newly insured (the report includes individuals who were previously insured and switched policies through the exchange).

    12 Killed in Mt. Everest Avalanche http://rtvote.com/1jd9saX
    An unexpected avalanche early Friday morning killed at least 12 Nepalese guides and left 3 missing. The guides were stationed at “Camp 2,” located at 17,380 feet, and had left early in the morning to fasten ropes for hundreds of climbers. Agence France-Presse is calling it one of the deadliest avalanches to strike the mountain in recent history.

    Deal Reached to Ease Tension in Ukraine http://rtvote.com/1lfRV3b
    After weeks of tension, Eastern Ukraine is moving to scale down tensions in the region. The Geneva agreement, the result of a six-hour meeting between officials from Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union, and Russia, calls for illegal armed groups to disarm themselves and vacate occupied buildings in Eastern Ukraine. The agreement, however, is noteworthy for what it does not include. The agreement fails to require Russia to remove its troops from the region and does not address the recent Russian annexation of Crimea, which many in the West have yet to acknowledge as legitimate.

    CULTURAL

    Victoria Beckham Gets Cozy With Shirtless David Beckham on Her 40th Birthday, http://rtvote.com/RuW4rl

    Lindsay Lohan Defends Her Mom Dina, Explains Coachella Partying and More on Watch What Happens Live, http://rtvote.com/1hThvfJ

    Casting the Magic Mike Sequel: Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Taye Diggs and More!, http://rtvote.com/1lgd8Ks

    Idris Elba Welcomes Baby Winston, http://rtvote.com/RuWFtl

    austin@rockthevote.com
    Bio:
    @austin_estes
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    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, January 22, 2014

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

    The biggest snowstorm of the winter season covers the Northeast; two shootings occur on two college campuses; countries receive Olympic terror threats; and President Obama’s Commission on Election Administration releases a report offering solutions to shorten voter lines & modernize the registration process. Meanwhile, TV is taking over the entertainment headlines today as a Seattle Seahawks player goes on a postgame rant and The Bachelor’s ratings remain steady regardless of Juan Pablo’s controversial remarks.

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Northeast buried under heavy snow: http://rtvote.com/1msuR0A
    The heaviest snowfall of the season pummeled the Northeastern United States and was accompanied by plunging temperatures. Cities like Philadelphia, Washington, and New York will see temperatures in the single digits and have wind chill numbers in the negatives. Meanwhile, states like New Jersey, Delaware, and New York are declaring states of emergency based on weather conditions. Thousands of flights have been canceled as travelers try to change their travel plans. The kicker? It’s currently warmer in Alaska!

    Two universities rocked by shootings: http://rtvote.com/1ezw7gN
    Two colleges were affected by shootings this weekend. At Purdue University, a student shot and killed another student before surrendering to police on Tuesday. The shooter has been identified as 23-year-old Cody Cousins. The victim, 21-year-old Andrew Boldt, was a teaching assistant at the school. This shooting followed up reports of another school shooting at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania (a city outside of Philadelphia) where the victim is in critical condition, and the shooter is still at large.

    Countries receive terrorist threats for Olympics: http://rtvote.com/1hLAaYS
    Hungary is the latest country to receive terroristic threats towards their Olympic athletes. The message, formatted as an email, is threatening the Hungarian athletes with violence if they attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. The nation’s security forces have been informed, as have Sochi organizers. However, officials believe that the message is random and contains no threat, something that is common before every Olympics.

    N.Y. 8-year-old saved 6 in fire, died trying to save 7th: http://rtvote.com/1ins77l
    An 8-year-old boy saved six of his family members after the trailer they were sleeping in caught on fire. The boy, identified as 8-year-old Tyler Doohan, then ran back into the home to rescue a disabled relative. The two of them were found dead in a back bedroom, and a third relative was found in a front room. Doohan warned his family about the fire and died trying to help everyone else escape.

    Cuccinelli: Chris Christie should step down from RGA post: http://rtvote.com/1in6vrP
    Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that New Jersey governor Chris Christie should step down from chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Cuccinelli believes that the investigations and scandals surrounding Christie are preventing the Republican Party from focusing on their election year goals. The scandals include the now-infamous “Bridgegate” incident and the latest from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who claims Christie’s administration threatened to not provide Hurricane Sandy relief money to Hoboken unless she agreed to a real estate deal.

    Presidential Commission Offers Ways to Shorten Voting Lines: http://rtvote.com/19NYHMK
    After long lines continued at the polls during the 2012 election, President Obama announced the launch of a bi-partsian panel of election and management experts following his State of the Union speech last year. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration released their report & findings to President Obama and Vice President Biden today with recommendations on how to shorten voting lines and modernize the voter registration system. Rock the Vote is proud to announce their support of the Commission’s recommendations & their role in providing testimony and technology highlighted in the report. This is a big win for American voters!

    CULTURAL

    Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman loses his cool in a pre-Super Bowl interview: http://rtvote.com/1kXQb2q

    Juan Pablo Galavis’s remarks don’t dent The Bachelor‘s ratings: http://rtvote.com/1kXQDh6

    Murder, She Wrote reboot scrapped by NBC: http://rtvote.com/19NNCeB

    Jersey Shore‘s former cast member Jenni “JWoww” Farley is having a girl: http://rtvote.com/1msKDIW

    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



    How One Rocker Is Bringing Her Community Together

    Friday, November 15th, 2013

    Every now and again, we catch word of Rock the Vote supporters doing awesome work in their own communities, and it’s no surprise! With a network of so many incredible young activists, it’s hard to keep track of all the lives you guys are changing. Really, you make us proud (and you also make us look good when we say things like “young people are changing the world”).

    So when we heard about Moriah Six, we knew we had to share. Moriah is a Rock the Vote Community Street Team leader and a student at Johnson & Wales University. She is raising money to pay hospital bills for Gwendelyn, a toddler fighting childhood cancer. And how is she doing that? Well, we’ll let her tell you herself.

    1. So Moriah, how did you first get involved with Rock the Vote?

    I am an Entertainment Event Management major and was looking for ways to get involved with events while helping out a great cause. Since I interned for Headcount I also was introduced to Rock The Vote. I took a look at the great volunteer opportunities and decided to get involved. I volunteered at multiple events over the summer(Warped Tour, The Killers etc). And plan on continuing to volunteer.

    2. How are you planning to support Gwendelyn and her family?

    Gwennie is a 20 month old who is fighting childhood cancer. She was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in April 2013. She is stage 3 and at High Risk. Gwennie is currently undergoing chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, surgery, radiation and immunotherapy. She travels to Robert Wood Johnson and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for her treatments.

    I am organizing a benefit concert here in Asbury Park, NJ, and all ticket proceeds from this concert event will go directly to the Marra family. As Gwendelyn fights the cancer she is continuously supported by her family and friends. All ticket proceeds will be going directly to the Marra Family.

    3. What are some words of inspiration that you would share with Rock the Vote supporters?

    I have known the Marra family for many years and have babysat for the family. Gwennie is the youngest and has maintained that bright smile throughout all of her treatment. Since her chance of infection is so high Gwennie looks forward to “hanging out” with her brother and sister via Skype. We are looking forward to the day that she will be cancer free so she can play with her siblings and friends like a normal little kid.

    Moriah can be reached at MLS094@wildcats.jwu.edu. Here are the details for the benefit concert. If you live in or near NJ, please support Moriah and Gwendelyn!

    Date: Saturday, November 30, 2013
    Time: 1-5 PM
    Tickets: $10 Advance /$12 Day of Show
    Venue: The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ)
    601 Main St Asbury Park, NJ 07712
    Buy Tickets Here

    Line Up: The New Royalty (Headliner)
    Lost In Society
    Monterey
    Ardvark Smile

    austin@rockthevote.com
    Bio:
    @austin_estes
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    Intern Rock Star, Rosalie, Reflects on RTV

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

    Finding an internship on Twitter was not what I expected to happen. But I knew that Rock the Vote (RTV) would be a unique place to intern. Communication happened rather quickly and following two phone interviews then I had a face to face interview. Once I made it in for the interview I was pumped. The internship called for a variety of tasks from dealing with RTV merchandise, Election Day help, and blogging! I have never blogged for a professional cause before and found that experience rewarding and fun.

    I wrote my first blog about being from Virginia, a state that was holding gubernatorial elections on November 5. I also shared a little about my college experience at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, as well as the excitement I felt for Election Day. Getting to share the importance of voting in this 2013 election, and inspiring young voters to get out there and rock the vote was extremely gratifying. In addition to blogging, I enjoyed helping with pre-election day work such as calling volunteers to come out and ‘Rock the Calls”. Rock the Calls was an effort to call to the attention of young registered voters, through phone banking, that Nov. 5 was an important day to vote. We decked out the office with streamers, confetti, and plenty of snacks to fuel the phone banking effort which were carried out over the week leading up to Nov. 5.

    Calling Virginia voters and reminding them to vote was a really cool process. I enjoyed seeing all the different area codes from Virginia show up on my list of names to call! In addition to calling a bunch of fellow Virginians I enjoyed talking to the enthusiastic young voters who were already sure of where they would be going to vote and what time. I also spoke to people who had already voted absentee. The value of Rock the Calls lies in putting a voice to the importance of voting. Voting is the pinnacle of Democracy. Getting to work with a team of interns has been fun, and engaging. I have learned a lot about myself as well as how to get people excited about the political process. I have fond memories of my internship at Rock the Vote, it was short but I was happy to intern here.

    RosalieDech
    Bio: A native Virginian, I have been voting since it was legally possible for me to do so. Intern here at Rock the Vote and interested in politics, news, and civic engagement.

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