Turning The Electoral Map Blue, One Local Election At A Time

Madison Paige is on a mission to change the colors of the nation’s electoral map. As the founder of Bold Blue Campaigns, Paige wants to make a difference in the world. She was empowered to execute change because of her efforts during the Obama presidential campaign. As a volunteer during those early days of Obama’s first run for president, Paige organized a group of 300 volunteers and by doing so got on the radar of the Obama campaign team. As the organizer and leader of 300 volunteers, Paige took notice of the inequity inherent in political campaigns. “I saw that local candidates didn’t have this kind of support and it bothered me,” she says.

She was one of the first in the nation to implement the concept of the “Coordinated Campaign.” Knowing that she oversaw 300+ volunteers allowed her to assist local candidates as well as Obama’s campaign by putting together a coordinated effort that delivered results up and down the ballot.

After Obama’s election to office, Paige continued working with local candidates but could not seem to find a solution to the disadvantages that local candidates faced when it came to raising money and getting volunteers.  One night, as she was falling asleep, it came to her: Subsidize local campaigns through a network of grassroots support.

“You Have to Build from the Bottom Up”

For Paige, power lies at the local level. Politics is a ground-up system and strategies that rely on this fact have succeeded repeatedly. The biggest difference you can make in politics is at the local level, where the day-to-day decisions that affect people’s lives directly are made.  This was the beginning of the effort that would eventually evolve into Bold Blue Campaigns.

Paige firmly believes that the black community needs to understand the power that it holds with the casting of its vote, especially at the local level. The black vote stemmed the flow of what is ugliest about the country right now and yet these voters have not been recognized or rewarded for their diligence. It is critical for Democrats to acknowledge the importance of the black vote. African American voters need to be encouraged to show up and support candidates at the state and local level as well as in national elections. Voting at the local level can have a tremendous impact on the way government affects your daily life. Helping to decide who your city council members, mayors, and county officials are can have a more drastic effect on how you go about your life than anything that happens at the national level.

Paige is so passionate about this idea of grassroots involvement she is launching a product called Operation Blue Map, which is in response to the Republican “Operation Red Map.”  Republicans used this $ 30 million effort to target state positions and turn state governments so red that they were able to gerrymander control of congressional districts. Paige believes the time is now for the Democrats to take a page out of the GOP playbook and make a concerted effort to take back control of local governments across the country.

A Commitment to Service

Madison Paige is definitely a visionary and has a true belief in a government by the people and for the people. Her passion for her work comes from her parents who instilled in her a fearless attitude and a commitment to service. Paige said it was because she knew she would always be loved regardless of whether she succeeded or failed. The courage she built from her upbringing started her on a path of success and helped create a fearless attitude she now works to instill in others.


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If you’re a college student, the best part of your year is quickly approaching: spring break, baby!

Your goal? To have as much fun as you can.

But you know what can quickly put a damper on that fun? Worrying about money.

21 Apps That Help You Save Money on Spring Break

While you could always figure out a way to earn money during spring break, another strategy is to simply keep your costs as low as possible.

Put your money concerns aside, and save money on spring break with these apps.

Apps for Transportation

1. Hopper

Buy your flight now? Or wait? This old favorite takes the guessing game out of when to purchase tickets by analyzing billions of flights and telling you whether the price is likely to go up or down.

2. GasBuddy

Driving to your destination? Don’t leave home without this app. It lists the cost of gas at nearby stations so you can easily find the best deal.

(Want other options? Check out this list of apps that help you find cheap gas.)

3. Uber / 4. Lyft

Instead of paying for a taxi, get a safe (and cheaper) ride home with one of these services.

5. What3Words

Never get separated from your friends again.

When you’re in a new city with unfamiliar landmarks, it can be tough to describe where you are to your companions — especially if you’ve had a few drinks. This app aims to change that by dividing the world into 57 trillion 10-foot squares.

6. Parkmobile

In a big city or a beach town that’s littered with parking meters? Rather than digging up your quarters reserved for laundry, pay for your spot through this app.

7. Citymapper

You can save big by taking public transportation. However, that can get tricky — especially if you’re not used to it. Citymapper helps you plan trips from point A to point B the cheapest and most efficient way possible.

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If you’re traveling with a group of friends, renting a house with Airbnb is both economical and fun. Check out these awesome places under $ 100 per night across the U.S.

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9. Roomer

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If you’re down with staying on strangers’ couches, you can snag some awesome, free sleeping spaces. It’s a great way to meet other travelers and gain a local’s point of view.

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One of the best ways to save money on food and drinks? Hitting up happy hour. But in an unfamiliar city, it’s hard to figure out where to go. Enter this app, which allows you to search by drink type, day, time and city for the lowest priced drink in your area..

13. Drizly

Because the bar can get expensive, you probably want to spend a few nights drinking at home with your friends. Use this app to compare prices at local stores and order booze for delivery.

14. Open Table / 15. Yelp

These two staples help you find nearby restaurants, peruse customer reviews and survey menus and prices.

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16. TUN Student Discounts

Embrace your student status. Use this app to help you find all of the student discounts available in your destination.

17. Groupon

You probably subscribe to Groupon updates in your home city — but what about when you’re traveling? Though some of the discounts may only be available to local residents, you’re bound to find some great deals on tickets or activities in your destination.

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18. Whatsapp

If you’re traveling internationally, this app is a must. Don’t get slammed by exorbitant international data charges and keep track of your friends by using this app to text over WiFi.

19. Wifi Finder

You use a lot of data when you travel. Avoid going over your limit by connecting to wifi whenever possible; use this app to find hotspots near you. You can also find passwords, so you don’t have to ask your barista.

20. Cost Split

If you’re traveling in a group, figuring out who owes what can be a royal pain. This handy app does it for you, so nobody ends up unfairly paying more than their share. At the end of the trip, it’ll even email out a detailed report.

Then, check out these five money-sharing apps.

21. Noonlight

You can’t put a price on your safety. This app (formerly known as SafeTrek) has several features to give you (and your mom) peace of mind. Hold down the safety button until you’re safely where you need to be. When you get there, release the button and enter your pin. If you’re in danger, release — don’t enter your pin — and it’ll contact 911.

With a few downloads before you leave, you’re bound to enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. Appy Spring Break!

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may have come out over a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve moved on from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

In fact, us millennials are probably still as hooked as we were when the series was actually still going.

Too many of us own wands, chocolate frogs and clothes emblazoned with our Hogwarts House crest (we’re ALL Gryffindor, OK?) and we can all admit to having debated HP theories deep into the night.

It’s hard therefore to remember that the actors have their own lives, with the three leading stars speaking openly about the realities of having fame thrust upon them at such a young age.

This is something that lead actor Daniel Radcliffe spoke out about this week during an appearance on Off Camera With Sam Jones.

Describing his fame, the 29-year-old recalled: ‘I really struggled with particularly in my late teens when I was going out to places for the first time where you would feel – again it could have largely been in my head but – you would feel watched when you went into a bar, when you went into a pub.

‘Then, in my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk and then as you get very drunk, you become aware that, “oh people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.”’

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He continued: ’Part of the thing is the expectation that you should just be delighted all the time. You have a great job, you’re wealthy, you don’t have a right to not be excited about the thing all the time. I think that’s a pressure as well. You suddenly start to feel, “Man, if I am just feeling some human emotion of sadness, does that mean I’m doing this wrong? Am I not good at being famous?”‘

How did he get through it? ‘I have been unbelievably lucky with the people I had around me at certain times in my life,’ he explained. ‘I met some really key people, some actors some of them not, who just gave me great advice and really cared for me. Ultimately it was just my own decision. I woke up one morning after a night, going, “This is probably not good.”‘

Harry Potter fans are coming out in force to praise Daniel for speaking out on the subject.

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Frankie Martucci is 13. For the past three years, he has kept a familiar nighttime ritual in his Upper West Side bedroom. Rather than scrolling Instagram or watching TV before bed, the teenager lies on his back, then places his hands on his head, stomach, and torso. Martucci practices reiki, a touch-based healing technique.

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