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    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



    RTV Intern Rosalie Dech Shares her Voting Story

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    As a native Virginian, I am deeply concerned with the future of my state and the well being of its millions of citizens. I take pride in calling myself a Virginian, so when Election Day rolls around, I always anticipate the opportunity to go to the polls and exercise my right to vote. Although Virginia has an election every year, 2013 is particularly unique: this year we elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General to oversee the Commonwealth of Virginia. So when I awoke this morning, I wished my family a Happy Election Day and gladly headed to the polls.

    My experience on Election Day was smooth and efficient. I arrived at McKinley Elementary School – the same school I attended as a child—around 10 AM to find a line already forming inside. I saw my neighbor already in line waiting to cast her vote. She was regretting not calling us to ask if my mom and I wanted to carpool to get to the polls. But we each went separately. There was a cue for the ballot boxes- manned by several volunteers, and I felt like I was in very good hands.

    Off-year elections are always exciting because there are so many candidates to highlight and vote for. It is always easiest to influence policies by voting in state and local elections, where the outcomes hit closer to home. Voting is the easiest way to make your voice heard. So when I cast my ballot today, I knew the wait would be worth it. I had empowered myself to exercise my vote and make sure Virginia’s leaders would stand up for my interests. Plus, I got a cool “I Voted in Arlington” sticker out of it!

    So to my fellow Virginians, hear this message loud and clear: No matter who you are voting for, get out there and ROCK THE VOTE!

    If you need help getting to the polls, have any last minute questions about candidates, the election, or your polling place, check out Rock the Vote’s Election Center.

     

    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



    News Round-Up: November 5, 2013

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    NJ mall shooter is found dead; nine skydivers survive a crazy plane collision midair; and Election Day 2013 has arrived with major elections in New Jersey, Virginia, NYC as well as other cities & states across the country. Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore is pregnant again (yippee!) and Lea Michele dedicates a song to her late love, Cory Monteith, on her new album.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    New Jersey Mall Shooter Found Dead With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Police Say,http://rtvote.com/1hK7rEn
    Richard Shoop, 20, opened fire in New Jersey’s Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall ten minutes before closing time last night. Shoop fired at least six shots, none of which were aimed at people; witnesses described Shoop’s demeanor as extraordinarily calm. His body was found in a back area of the mall at 3:20 AM this morning. There have been no other reported injuries at this time. Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

    Watch nine skydivers survive fiery two-plane collision in midairhttp://rtvote.com/HEmNNg
    As if skydiving weren’t terrifying enough. Skydivers in Wisconsin pulled off the stunt of their lives last weekend as they found themselves in the middle of something that looks straight from a James Bond movie. Two planes collided 12,000 feet in the air on Saturday, and a group of skydivers, along with the pilot, jumped from the exploding wreckage. The second plane was landed safely by another pilot, despite damage to the wing and the propeller.

    Obama: ENDA vote in Senate an ‘opportunity’http://rtvote.com/1hKcfcW
    At a dinner for top Organizing for Action donors, President Obama praised Senate’s 61-30 vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday. The bill forbids employers from firing employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, it is still too soon to celebrate since the bill has yet to pass in the House.

    Takoma Park 16-year-old savors his history-making moment at the pollshttp://rtvote.com/1aCoAyi
    Ben Miller, 16, will step into a voting booth today and cast his ballot, along with 350 other 16- and 17-year-olds, who were granted the right to vote in municipal elections by the Takoma City Council in May. Montgomery County, Maryland, is the nation’s first community to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in municipal elections; council member Tim Male said this was intended as a way to boost voter turnout. It seems to be working, as young Ben Miller proudly exercises his newfound civic duty.
     

    ELECTION DAY 2013

    Election Day 2013: Five things to watch todayhttp://rtvote.com/HEmxhb
    Today, voters in Virginia and New Jersey will elect their new governors, while new mayors are chosen in New York, Boston, Detroit, and a heck of a lot of other cities. Important issues are at stake on many of these ballots. Here are five things to keep an eye out for.
     

    PUNDITS

    The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the ENA decision in “Toward Ending Workplace Discrimination”, http://rtvote.com/1aCD1m7

    Rocker Austin Estes tells us why young voters are a force to be reckoned with in “Young Americans Will Help Change History This Election Day – If They Vote,” http://rtvote.com/1a5stsW

    Writers respond to the increased incidents in gun violence in “LAX shooting heats up gun debate: Opinionline,”http://rtvote.com/177qaYc

    CULTURAL

    Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood Released From Jail, http://rtvote.com/1hgnV9B

    Drew Barrymore Is Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Will Kopelman, http://rtvote.com/1hKirlf

    Lea Michele Recorded a Song About Cory Monteith For Her Debut Album, http://rtvote.com/1bVBzrt

    Chris Pratt Was an Amateur Stripper at Age 18, http://rtvote.com/1a5vk5b

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



    Young Americans Will Help Change History This Election Day — If They Vote

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    When you live on the outskirts of our nation’s capital, it is easy to sense that history is writing itself around you. The striking all-white dome of the Capitol serves as the backdrop, the directors have chosen their cast, and the scene is set for a drama that unfolds in newspaper headlines, TV interviews, and bar conversations. But what is the driving narrative? What story will be told?

    The media think they have us pegged: young people are frustrated about the shutdown; they’re angry about the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov; they’re disillusioned with the entire political process. According to U.S. News and World Report, more than 1-in-3 rising American electorate voters (which includes young people, women, and minorities) who voted in 2012 won’t return to the polls in 2014.

    They’re trying to write history before it happens, and we can’t let them get away with it. Truth is, young people are angry, but we’re sure as hell not lazy.

    Tuesday is Election Day and all eyes are on the Virginia gubernatorial race. Candidates Terry McAuliffe, Ken Cuccinelli, and Robert Sarvis represent a host of diverse ideals that each resonate with different groups across the Commonwealth. This race is no done deal, and the polls predict a tight race. Not to mention, the Virginia gubernatorial contest is the first competitive election since the government shutdown and the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov. Everyone is watching with bated breath to see how dysfunction in the neighboring capital will affect Virginia voting behavior.

    One thing is for sure: young people will play a significant role in electing the next governor of Virginia. Over the course of his campaign, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe visited 23 community colleges and, in the past week alone, toured five college towns with former President Bill Clinton. Republican Ken Cuccinelli tipped his hat to the youth vote as well with a stop at Virginia’s Liberty University. And even Sarvis, the popular Libertarian candidate, has made his fair share of college stops over the past few months.

    There’s little wonder each candidate is eyeing the youth vote: In 2012, 1.16 million young Virginians between the ages of 18 and 29 were eligible to vote. Of those, more than half participated in the 2012 election. Young people in Virginia have a loud voice and the 2013 candidates for governor know it.

    The youth vote is a powerful weapon, but it is a weapon we must exercise. For too long, politicians have written off young people as disengaged, lazy, or ignorant. But they are wrong. As much as the media enjoy predicting election outcomes, history is written ex post facto, and nothing is certain until it happens. Young people are poised to take action in 2013 and reclaim their right to a representative voice in government. All we have to do is show up.

    So let’s do it. 

    We have a vision here at Rock the Vote: a vision of widespread bipartisan youth participation in the 2013 Virginia election. Whoever bears the title of governor-elect on Wednesday – be it Cuccinelli, McAuliffe, or Sarvis – MUST know that young Virginians gave him that title. Let’s show up and hold our leaders accountable. Let’s make sure they don’t forget the youth. 

    In 2013, young people have a tight grip on history’s pen. We must hold our hands steady and craft the narrative that we want to see. 

    PS: Rock the Vote’s Election Center has all the info you need on when to vote, where to vote, who is on the ballot, and what ID you need to bring to the polls. Take a minute to review before you vote this afternoon.

    PPS: If you’re a twitter fiend like me, give us a shout out from the polls with the hashtag #RocktheVote. And follow us at @RocktheVote.

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



    News Round-Up: November 4, 2013

    Monday, November 4th, 2013

    The U.S. rejects clemency for Edward Snowden; Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field last night; and new details emerge on the LAX shooter. Meanwhile, Beebz gets pelted by a water bottle, and Harry Styles dresses up as Miley Cyrus… foam finger and all (yes, it is a bit disturbing).

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Edward Snowden: Congress and White House reject clemencyhttp://rtvote.com/1azQXxi
    Edward Snowden has asked for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop the espionage charges that are currently set against him. The White House has rejected clemency for the fugitive intelligence analyst. Snowden, 30, is still in Russia, where he was granted temporary asylum until July 2014 after he leaked confidential U.S. intelligence. German Green MP has revealed Snowden’s readiness to brief the German government on NSA’s spying.

    Texans coach Gary Kubiak left on stretcher, taken to hospital for ‘precautionary’ reasons,http://rtvote.com/1cHtdVw
    Coach Kubiak, 52, collapsed at halftime last night during the Texans-Colts game. Reports claim the Texans coach did not suffer a stroke or a heart attack; he is undergoing further evaluation. Before leaving the stadium, the coach was conscious and had a strong heart rate. Hope you’re feeling better, Coach.

    New details emerge in LAX shootinghttp://rtvote.com/1czVIs9
    Paul Ciancia, 23, allegedly killed a TSA agent and wounded three others at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. In a note written by Ciancia, he mentions the NWO, which many believe refers to the New World Order. The NWO is a conspiracy theory that the world powers are trying to create a one-world government, which would in turn destroy American freedoms.

    Navy secrets bought with prostitutes, bribeshttp://rtvote.com/173ExwP
    Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis, nicknamed “Fat Leonard”, has arranged prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets, and other bribes for a U.S. commander in exchange for military secrets. The scandal continues to unfold in a federal court case, and senior Navy officials suspect more people may have been involved. However, they are still unsure of how many or how high up the ranks this has gone.  The case signifies serious national security breaches and corruption.
     

    ELECTION DAY 2013

    Terry McAuliffe uses Obama, ‘Scandal’ star Kerry Washington, to win youth, black womenhttp://rtvote.com/1cAg70o
    With a highly publicized statewide election going on in Virginia, a fight for the state’s youth vote continues as we head into Election Day 2013. McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate in Virginia’s governor’s race, has recently used big names like Kerry Washington and Bill Clinton to grab the attention of young voters. Rock the Vote’s president, Heather Smith, adds that it would be a mistake to ignore the ever-growing power of young voters: “Expect [them] to set the bar for the ‘new normal’ in transforming the politics of our democracy.”
     

    PUNDITS

    Journalists weigh in on the state-level elections in New York, Virginia, and New Jersey in “Winners and losers in upcoming elections: Opinionline,” http://rtvote.com/184KJ2w

    John McCain and Robert Menendez fight for disability rights in “Menendez and McCain: Ratify disabilities treaty,”http://rtvote.com/1a38riG

    CULTURAL

    Justin Bieber Storms Off Stage After Being Hit by a Bottle in Brazil, Releases New Song “Bad Day,”http://rtvote.com/1aA2aOj

    Michelle Pfeiffer Reveals She Was Once in a Cult: “They Were Very Controlling,” http://rtvote.com/HrjvfG

    Harry Styles Dresses Up as Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs for Halloween, http://rtvote.com/HFuzp6

    Dolly Parton Defends Goddaughter Miley Cyrus: “She’s Just Trying to Find Her Own Place,”http://rtvote.com/1aA2MDI

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