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Obama launches mobile app

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App5It is a digital age and there are few campaigns as tech savvy as Obama for America. The president’s re-election team has taken that effort to new heights with the launch of a new mobile phone application that will put volunteer coordination and campaign spin in the hands of anyone interested.

“We designed our new app to help break down the distinction between online and offline organizing,” said Stephanie Cutter, the Deputy Campaign Manager. “Giving every supporter the same opportunities to get involved that they would find in a field office.”

App3The app is already available for iPhone on the Obama website. The site says that an andrioid version will be available soon. The app features simple navigation among 5 different tabs. Each tab offers an Obama supporter specific information about campaign activities and the candidate’s stance on the most important issues of the day. Within each category the app offers more options depending on what the voter is interested in. For instance on this “Issues” tab a prospective voter can get detailed information about the most talked about topics of the campaign. It also sets the record straight on what the campaign considers misconceptions about the Obama record.

App2For volunteers looking to get heavily involved in the campaign the app provides up to the minute information about canvassing opportunities, phone banks and other ways to get the vote out. Like most mobile apps, the software can determine your exact location. That feature allows the app to tailor GOTV efforts to wherever the user may be.

It also allows the person to RSVP to the events with one click.

The app though is not confined to itself. It syncs directly to a variety of social media and digital communication tools like facebook, twitter email and SMS.

Among the features the campaign is touting:

  • Find and RSVP for events using a full, detailed map that makes it easy to share with friends;
  • Connect to hotlines for reporting voting issues and abuse when we get near Election Day – a tool that will be especially helpful for people in states with new voter ID laws;
  • Join Dashboard, the campaign’s other cutting-edge organizing tool that connects folks neighborhood by neighborhood;
  • Access information on issues as they speak with voters, including localized information on how President Obama’s policies have benefited families in their state;
  • Canvass their neighborhood, entering feedback and responses in real time; and
  • Access direct links to donate to the campaign

Of course volunteer opportunities and campaign spin is helpful, but money drives the machine App4 and there is a place to contribute as well. One click of the donor button brings you to a page that can quickly accept your donation of just about any level.

The campaign is expected to go full launch with the application this week. They already have a page set up on their web site which includes a “how-to” video and links directly to the app store of your choice to download it directly to your phone.

The download is free.

The Romney campaign already has two mobile applications. One is designed to track the candidate’s search for a running mate the other is a photo app called “With Mitt“. The latter caused the campaign a bit of a problem a few weeks ago because one of the images on the app misspelled “America”.

UPDATE:

Apparently when I came across the Romney VP app last night it hadn’t “officially” been launched. This morning several stories about it’s features are out as both campaigns battle for the mobile digital space.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 31, 2012 at 6:00 am

Michelle Obama visit to Virginia set

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First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Virginia this Friday for a two-part stop. The First Lady will headline campaign events in Charlottesville and Fredricksburg.

Mrs. Obama was in Richmond earlier this year for a White House event at VCU. She also worked in two fundraisers for Obama For America.  She also made an official visit to Caroline County back in July of 2009.

The First Lady, as many of her predecessors, actually has higher approval ratings than her husband and is known for drawing pretty big crowds herself. She has become a powerful spokesperson for woman’s rights, which is a key cog and in the Obama campaign re-election strategy. Her remarks on Friday are expected to center around the Obama administration’s successful passage the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act from 2009, a law the White House attempted to build upon this year unsuccessfully. In fact, Mrs. Obama’s visit to Charlottesville coincides with OFA’s “Women Vote 2012 Summit Tour” which is designed to highlight those issues.

Both events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required because of limited space.

The full details on how to acquire those tickets is below:

These events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required due to limited space, and will be available to the public starting on a first come, first serve basis at the following Organizing for America pick-up locations below.

CROWD ACCESS INFORMATION:       

Tickets are available starting on a first come, first serve basis at the following locations and times:

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday at 11:00 AM EDT.

Organizing For America–Charlottesville

407 East Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

FREDERICKSBURG

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday at 11:00 AM EDT.

Organizing for America–Fredericksburg

1281 Central Park Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Culpeper Democrats HQ
102 North Main Street, Suite 201
Culpeper, VA 22701

The actual event details are as follows:

CHARLOTTESVILLE

WHAT:          First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at a Women’s Vote 2012 Event

WHEN:          1:40 PM EDT  Friday, July 20, 2012

WHERE:       Main Street Arena,  230 West Main Street,  Charlottesville VA 22902

Press/Public Access:  11:00 AM EDT

 FREDERICKSBURG

WHAT:          First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks to Fredericksburg Grassroots Supporters

WHEN:          6:00 PM EDT, Friday, July 20, 2012

WHERE:       Goolrick Hall Gymnasium at the University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Press/Public Access: 2:30 PM EDT

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Obama attempts to take the tax issue away from the GOP

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As the crowd of roughly 900 people gathered at the Walkerton Tavern in Henrico, the air was thick and it was sunny and hot. That didn’t last too long. Shortly after the crowd took their spots to see Barack Obama, the rain began to fall and it stayed like that on and off until long after he was finished.

It wasn’t the first time a candidate has ever given a passionate speech in the rain, it’s not even the first time Obama has, but the picture of a soaking wet president selling his message of fighting for the middle class provided his campaign excellent optics. While they couldn’t plan something like this, they took advantage of the situation and it served as a dramatic backdrop for the president to make the case that his tax plan is the best plan for America.

Here is my report for NBC12:

GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT- For the seventh time since being elected president of the United States, President Barack Obama made a stop here in Central Virginia. The president spoke to an outdoor crowd, in the middle of a rain storm at the Walkerton Tavern in Glen Allen.

Through the pouring rain, which drenched everyone, including the leader of the free world, Barack Obama made a direct pitch to the middle class, and he used an issue that is normally strong with republicans, taxes.

It came early, and stayed from almost the entire event, a soaking rain that was impossible to escape, even for the most powerful man on the planet.

“Everybody is wet already,” the president said at one point. “So it doesn’t matter.”

Obama, dressed in a shirt so wet that his undershirt was visible, didn’t seem to mind. He launched into a passionate defense of his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, and cut them for the middle class.

“We need someone who believes in a “middle out” economics, a “bottom up” economics,” he said. “Someone who will fight for you and working class people across Virginia.”

It was a message sent to Henrico voters, in one of the most important swing counties in America. Tracey Snyderman is one of the voters, and agrees.

“I feel that the people in the top two percent won’t feel the difference,” Snyderman said. “For people lower down on the scale, it makes a big difference.”

But the president didn’t convince everyone. Matt Walton is a teacher and a Romney supporter. He came to hear the president speak, but is not convinced that higher taxes of any kind will help.

“You have the top two percent of the country paying roughly 78 percent of the American taxes,” he said. “That is just a huge burden right there.”

read and see the rest of the story on NBC12.com

The Romney campaign responded to the Obama visit with the following statement:

President Obama admitted today that our country isn’t on the right track, yet he is offering more of the same as he seeks a second term. Americans are tired of the same old broken promises and dishonest attacks – they want a leader who keeps his word and is more focused on fixing the economy than telling stories. As president, Mitt Romney will turn around the upside-down Obama economy and finally get America back on the right track.” – Curt Cashour, Virginia Communications Director, Romney for President

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Stage set for Obama event in Glen Allen

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It will be an outdoor setting this afternoon for President Barack Obama‘s visit to Glen Allen. Obama is in the midst of a two day five stop swing through the Commonwealth in support of his re-election campaign.

The president spent time in Virginia Beach, Roanoke and Hampton yesterday. The theme of this swing is to speak directly to middle class voters in Virginia. Obama is expected to tout his tax plan which calls for a sunset of the Bush Tax Cuts for people making more than $250,000 a year, and extending th cuts for everyone else under that mark.

In front of a banner that reads “Forward” (which you and kind of make out in that picture) the president will remind the supportive crowd of the work he has done already on tax relief. Work he estimates at saving middle class Americans billions of dollars.

Republicans in Richmond yesterday, argued that the Obama tax plan amounts to class warfare. Mayor Rudy Giuliani said yesterday that Obama is working to pit the rich against the poor and at the same time punishing job creators.

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling is on board the Mitt Romney campaign bus this morning to offer a counter argument to the Obama visit. The bus has been making laps around the area in front of Walkerton Tavern all morning.

We will provide live coverage of the preisdent’s visit today on air and on line. We will cut in on TV when the president lands at Richmond International Airport and when he arrives here in Glen Allen. The entire event can be seen without interruption on our web site, NBC12.com.

If you have no interest in the presidential visit, it would be a smart idea to avoid this section of Henrico. Road closures start at 10am. The full list can be found below:

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Road Closures

On Saturday, July 14, 2012 President Obama will arrive at Richmond International Airport for an extended Presidential Campaign visit in Henrico County. As a result of his visit, in addition to temporary road closures associated with the Presidential Motorcade, the following road closures will occur:

*Mountain Road between Purcell Road and Woodman Road

HOURS: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

*Old Washington Highway between Mountain Road and Peace Lane

HOURS: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Detour signs will be utilized to assist motorists with identifying alternate routes. Residents who live inside the road closure areas will be allowed access to and from their homes by the Police Officers who will be posted at the road closure points.

Motorists attending the NATIONAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT at R. F. & P. Park should utilize Staples Mill Road to access Mountain Road in order to travel to R. F. & P. Park.

Motorists attending the AMATEUR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT at the Glen Allen Sports Complex should use Brook Road to Mountain Road to access the sports complex.

More than 100 Henrico County Police Officers will be on duty for the specific purpose of assisting with traffic and security for this event. They will be posted at road closure points to provide direction and assistance to motorists.

The Henrico Police Division will staff a Traffic & Event Help Telephone Line from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday to provide residents with traffic information associated with the event. The number to call for assistance, if needed, is 804-501-4838.

Additional information, including detour routes, will be posted on the Henrico County Police Web Page (www.henricopolice.org).

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

Rudy does not hold back in his attack of Obama

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Mayor Rudy Giuliani is one of the most effective surrogates for Republicans across the country and it is not a surprise. He is not afraid to attack from the stump.

Friday in Henrico, he fired up GOP loyalists with a blistering attack on President Obama. Giuliani went after his background, his record on the economy, his support for the military as well as defending Mitt Romney’s record in the private sector. The very pro-GOP crowd at up every bit of his firey speech and many hung around after the fact clamoring for interviews and pictures with the man made famous after his stewardship of New York City after the attacks of 9/11

Interestingly, Giulani who is often accused of using 9/11 as a cruch to prop up his political career, never onced mentioned the attacks, or his role in the aftermath. This despite touting his accomplishments fighting crime and reforming welfare.

I spoke to the man dubbed “America’s Mayor” after the speech. Our complete interview can be found below.

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Obama campaign unveils ad hitting Romney on taxes ahead of Virginia trip

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The Obama campaign is set to drop an ad in Virginia that contrasts the newly proposed tax plan by the White House against Mitt Romney‘s proposed plan.  The new ad is said to be a preview of the theme of the upcoming visit by the campaign to Virginia this weekend.

The ad will air in nine battleground states including Virginia.

It will be filling up your TV screen soon.. but here is a sneak peak right now:

OFA has also launched a companion web site to provide a degree of context.

“Mitt Romney wants to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy,” reads the web site.  “And add his own tax breaks for millionaires on top of it—without saying how he’d pay for it.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called the ad a typical Obama campaign tactic driven by their class warfare argument.  “Obama is in love with this rich vs. poor game that he loves to play,” Priebus told me. “Barack Obama is a smart guy. Even he knows that his retoric is a sham.”

Priebus said that Obama doesn’t even have the support of senate candidate Tim Kaine on extending the Bush tax cuts to people making $250 thousand and less and then allowing them to sunset on high earners. He said a plan like that would hammer “800 thousand” small business owners.

An extended clip from Priebus can be found below:

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Obama to visit Glen Allen on Saturday

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Just in from the Obama campaign: Plans are being made for President Barack Obama to hold a small campaign event in Glen Allen on Saturday.

The president will headline what a campaign official calls a “small grass root event” at the Walkerton Tavern Gardens on Mountain Road.  This is the third announced visit by the Obama campaign on a two day swing through the Commonwealth.  The president will also visit Roanoke and Virginia Beach.

The campaign will reveal ticket information and the specific time of the event later today.

UPDATE:

Ticket information for the Henrico event is below:

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Tickets will be available at the following locations beginning Wednesday, July 11th at 5pm:

 Henrico OFA Office 

2720 Enterprise Parkway
Suite 103
Henrico, VA 23294

Richmond OFA Office

408 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Written by Ryan Nobles

July 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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