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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: Thursday, February 20, 2014

    Thursday, February 20th, 2014

    Ukrainian protest deaths climb to 100; DC to push voting rights for congressional representatives; and the death penalty could be the end result for a child kidnapper and murderer. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio talks about marriage; celebrities duke it out by playing charades; and Lorde talks about her fashion icons.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Truce crumbles amid gunfire in Ukraine; protesters claim 100 dead: http://rtvote.com/1glfTaw
    The truce reached between Ukrainian protesters and their government has fallen apart after another 100 protesters were killed on Thursday. Another 500 were injured. The government has not released its casualty figures, but reports state that 25 police officers have been injured. A doctor who had volunteered to help the wounded protesters believes that the government has been using snipers to target protesters. Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics wore black bands and held a moment of silence to mourn the fallen.

    DC to push voting rights support in New Hampshire: http://rtvote.com/1eaLppd
    Washington DC councilmember David Catania will travel to New Hampshire to plead his case before a committee from the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catania plans to get New Hampshire congressmen and women to support voting rights for DC congressional representatives. This would give full congressional representation to the district. The executive director of DC Vote will also testify.

    Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe-bomb threat: http://rtvote.com/MeFqsA
    Homeland Security officials believe that there is a credible threat to passenger jet attacks through use of shoe-bombs. Airlines will now pay even closer attention to shoes of passengers, including “explosive trace detection swabs” to check for explosive material, particularly on flights headed to the United States. Although there is no specific attack planned, nor are the threats particular to any country or airline, Homeland Security believes that there is enough of a threat that travelers should be warned of extra screenings.

    Suspect in killing of MO girl could face death penalty: http://rtvote.com/1oWnpPp
    45-year-old middle school employee Craig Michael Wood has been accused with kidnapping, armed criminal action, and murdering 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Wood was tracked by the help of witnesses and brought to police for questioning. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found Owens’s body at Wood’s home. Wood may face the death penalty at his trial.

    2 Americans found dead on “Captain Phillips” ship: http://rtvote.com/OeDIt4
    American security officers Mark Kennedy and Jeffrey Reynolds have been found dead on the Maersk Alabama container ship. Both men worked for a Virginia-based security firm. The cause of death for both men is unknown at this time, and a police investigation is ongoing. The Maersk Alabama gained notoriety after being targeted by Somali pirates in 2009; the movie Captain Phillips is named after it.


    That 70s Show star is a dad! http://rtvote.com/OeFMBj

    Celebrity charades showdown on The Tonight Show: http://rtvote.com/1fCrws9

    It’s here! See the Bonnaroo 2014 music festival lineup: http://rtvote.com/1gloSsm

    Leonardo DiCaprio talks marriage: http://rtvote.com/1glpmOZ

    Who are Lorde’s fashion icons? http://rtvote.com/1mehym2

    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: 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.

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    Post Election Day Analysis

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

    So much happened in last night’s elections. Tea Party candidates knocked off a few incumbents and establishment candidates, some old faces kept their seats even though there was plenty of pressure. The nation’s capital will have a new mayor in November and Maryland will see a rematch in the Governor’s election. The election season is heating up with interesting races from New Hampshire to California. Here’s a recap of what happened last night:

    Delaware: Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell had a sweeping 53% win in the Delaware Republican nomination. Her opponent, former governor and nine-term congressman, Mike Castle joined the growing line of GOP losses to Tea Party candidates; Castle is in the company of fellow Republicans Senators Robert Bennett (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Representative Bob Ingles (R-SC).  This result has major implications for a very moderate state like Delaware and immediate word was the National Republican Senatorial Committee would not spend money on this race (update: NRSC announced they will back O’Donnell). There were also rumblings that Castle might run as a write-in candidate as he will not endorse O’Donnell’s campaign.

    Washington, D.C.: In the country’s most scrutinized mayoral race, 39-year-old Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty lost his re-nomination bid to D.C. Councilman Vincent Gray. The two campaigns have clashed over a number of issues over the past few months, but none more so than the future of D.C. public education. Fenty’s choice to bring in Michele Rhee as public schools chancellor set of sparks in the district because of her controversial approach to teacher’s unions. Yesterday “the people of the District sent a message loud and clear,” according to Gray (Bloomberg). Time will tell what that message is.


    Amanda Pagay

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    Live in DC? Vote!

    Friday, September 3rd, 2010

    Early voting has begun for voters in Washington, DC. The primary election isn’t officially until Sept. 14th, but early voting is underway and it turns out you can vote on Saturday AND Labor Day Monday.

    Check out this link for details and be the first of your friends to vote.


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