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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

    President Obama negotiates on job creation; NC Governor signs abortion bill into law; Israeli-Palestinian peace talks commence; and Zimbabwe youth set to take to the polls. Meanwhile, Lea Michelle reacts to Monteith’s passing; Taylor Swift sings with Carly Simon; and preview for season 3 of Homeland is released.

    - Ally + Maura


    With deficit negotiations at an impasse, Obama offers Republicans a ‘grand bargain’ on jobs, http://rtvote.com/1632bnU
    President Obama’s Tuesday trip to an Amazon.com distribution center prompts a proposal to invest in middle-class jobs. In order to see progress, the President will drop his former insistence on an individual tax overhaul. He will offer corporate tax cuts while demanding job creation.

    More than 100 teens rescued in weekend sex-trafficking raids, FBI says, http://rtvote.com/162Z92V
    Victims as young as age 13 were rescued in a nationwide sex-trafficking crackdown across over 70 cities. More than 100 teenagers were rescued, and 159 “pimps” were arrested. This was “the FBI’s largest action to date focusing on the recovery of sexually exploited children.”

    Pat McCrory Signs Controversial Abortion Bill Into Law, http://rtvote.com/13jIOIM
    After passing the state Senate and House earlier in July, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed an anti-abortion bill into law on Monday. The bill eliminates abortion coverage for those covered by State or Federal health plans, imposes regulations on abortion clinics, and bans sex-selective abortions. During his campaign for Governor last year, McCrory said he would not pass additional restrictions on abortion.

    A guide to the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian peace talkshttp://rtvote.com/1630gQ4
    Peace talks began in Washington last night between Israeli and Palestinian officials. They are expected to last nine months. This article outlines what to expect of the process and outcomes.

    Swiss train crash: Driver’s body recovered after head-on train collision leaves 26 injuredhttp://rtvote.com/162Zt1A
    After two trains collided in Switzerland on Monday, 26 people were injured and one driver was killed. Switzerland is thought to have one of the safest rail systems in the world, but the event is striking, especially following last week’s deadly train crash in Spain.

    Youth, rural voters may hold key to Zimbabwe electionhttp://rtvote.com/19uSsvQ
    The influence of young voters is expected to be significant in tomorrow’s presidential election in Zimbabwe. In the first round of elections, neither candidate won a large enough margin of votes, thus leading to a second vote. Leading up to this second round, nearly 750,000 new voters have been registered (the country’s population is approximately 13 million). A representative of the Election Resource Centre says that “the winner will be whoever captures the new youth voters.”


    Lea Michele Breaks Her Silence: “Cory Monteith Will Forever Be in My Heart,” http://rtvote.com/13jJXQs

    Lindsay Lohan to Guest Host Chelsea Lately August 5!, http://rtvote.com/1630maG

    Taylor Swift Brings Carly Simon On Stage To Sing ‘You’re So Vain,’ http://rtvote.com/1630w1N

    1990 Things From The 90s To End The Nostalgia Once And For All, http://rtvote.com/1631jzG

    Homeland Season 3: First Trailer Teases Brody Trying to “Survive,” http://rtvote.com/1631Wcn

    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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

    Last Minute Regstration in FL

    Monday, October 4th, 2010

    With it being the last day to register to vote in Florida, our state coordinator Blaire has been working hard at registering University of Florida students all day on campus. And, it seems that the weather was best for doing so – with highs in the lower 80s and sunshine everywhere (now, if only we could have this kind of weather at our DC headquarters).

    Besides their love of voter registration – which takes only a few minutes – the staff of Rock the Vote and UF students also love to play with dogs. And, why not? Who says you can’t register and have fun at the same time? But, the fun can’t last forever. Today is the LAST day to register to vote for 19 states. Even if yours is not one of them, register today on our website by clicking here before your state’s deadline approaches.

    Remember that October is National Voter Registration Month. Register and get your voice heard! And then you can play with a dog too – if you feel like it.


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

    Yes, 1/3 of the eligible electorate

    Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

    Rock the Vote’s Thomas Bates and the Washington Bus’ Thomas Goldstein wrote an op-ed for the Seattle Times detailing how young voters will own a huge percentage of the electorate and why they should not be ignored in this election cycle.

    When campaigns focus on “perfect” or “near perfect” voters, namely those who have participated in three or four of the past four elections, young people whose voting records may be perfect but too short are not targeted for those glossy mail pieces. It’s a bit like throwing a party, not inviting someone … and then wondering why they didn’t show up.

    But check this out Millennial Voters, those born after 1980 are the largest generation in the history of the United States. Each day 13,000 become eligible to vote. That’s 9 million a year.

    First, a touch of background about young voters: The most distinctive attribute of the rising Millennial Generation — which generally includes those born after 1980 — is its size. The Millennials are the largest generation in the history of the United States — larger than the baby boomers and twice the size of Generation X. Nearly 13,000 young people turn 18 every day across America, introducing 9 million new potential young voters this cycle.

    In fact, by the year 2015, Millennials will make up one-third (yes, one-third) of the eligible electorate. Needless to say, investment in young voters is a growth market.

    The older electorate is relatively stable: Very few people will change a lifelong habit of voting or not voting. But even the slightest increase in young-voter participation changes elections. If youth turnout increases modestly — say 2 percentage points (which is the equivalent of the national increase from 2004 to 2008) — it would be enough to alter the outcomes in many elections across the state.

    Click here to read the entire post.


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

    Young Voters and turnout

    Monday, August 16th, 2010

    Rock the Vote President Heather Smith sat down with Bob Schieffer of CBS’s “Washington Unplugged” to talk about Young Voters and their role in the 2010 elections. Young people must have their voices heard in the pivotal 2010 elections. Heather lays out the strategy for how Rock the Vote will find new voters, get them registered and push them to vote.

    Click here to watch the video.

    Then click here to get registered to vote.


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

    News Round-Up: August 5, 2010

    Thursday, August 5th, 2010

    Afternoon Rockers!

    In today’s news roundup we have more Ohio voters choosing to vote absentee, a huge primary turnout in Colorado, and Wyclef Jean running for president of Haiti!


    Proposition 8: What happens next? http://nyti.ms/cRm2xH
    Many believe that the case of banning same-sex marriage in California will make its way to the Supreme Court. How will yesterday’s ruling affect the decisions of higher courts?

    Senate confirms Elena Kagan to Supreme Court 63-37 http://bit.ly/alix
    The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court, making her the fourth woman ever to sit on the high court.

    More Ohio voters going absentee route http://bit.ly/a128Sw
    Ohio voters appear to be fans of voting by mail and elections officials expect to see more of that in this fall’s contest.

    Anticipation of big turn out for Colorado primaries http://bit.ly/9A4YqJ
    With two contested primaries for the U.S. Senate and one for governor, Colorado could have its biggest primary turnout in ten years!


    Wyclef Jean to Run for President of Haiti?: http://bit.ly/d75yQw
    After the devastating earthquake, the Haitian-born rapper wants to help.

    Harry Potter movie star Emma Watson gets a new look: http://bit.ly/bEwUv1
    Can you still think of her as Hermione with this style?

    Michael Jackson’s mansion hits the market http://bit.ly/bferyb
    For $29 million you can live where the King of Pop used to.


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