Internship Opening: Legislative Ninja

CapitolBuddy is currently available as an iOS app that helps advocacy groups be more informed and effective while working around their state legislatures. CapitoBuddy provides reliable and up-to-date information on state legislators as primary component of our product.

We are looking for someone who is interested in researching state politics around the country and finding the most engaging material. You don’t have to be an expert to apply, just be ready to join an exciting start-up that is shaking things up at state capitols.

Legislative Ninja (Internship)

Job description:

  • We’re looking for someone who is passionate and eager to dive into the inner workings of state governments.
  • As a legislative expert you’ll be writing stories and blog posts about state governments, effective advocacy, legislator profiles, and more for the purpose of content marketing.
  • It will be your duty to be aware when big changes are happening and to be a reference point for our data gathering.
  • We will look to you for advice on what info might be valuable to our users as we expand our services.
  • You will reach out to the advocacy organizations that are potential users of CapitolBuddy, listen to their needs, and then share the value of our legislator relationship management tool in their work.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for creating change on a state level.
  • Experience around state legislatures, politics, and advocacy is a plus.
  • Online marketing and writing experience is good.
  • Honesty.
  • Hustle.

Compensation:

  • Unpaid internship, with opportunities for growth as the company grows.

How to apply:

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CapitolBuddy is LIVE in the App Store

capbud_originalVersion 1.1 of the CapitolBuddy is in the App Store now. Go download it for free.

Review of the pricing

Rhode Island comes free with the app so you can see the layout, view the available info, and try out the Notes and Vote Count features.

Then, if you need the info for a state that isn’t Rhode Island, you pay $24.99 for a year’s subscription. Enjoy having up-to-date legislator contact info, bios, photos, and more right in your pocket — something services like GovWatch don’t even offer.

So far Missouri has been approved for sale in the App Store. Illinois, Virginia, Ohio, and the US Congress are on the way. If you’re looking for a specific state, leave a comment!

Enjoy.

Vote Count: The newest tool in the toolbelt

With version 1.1 of CapitolBuddy, soon to be submitted, there’s an exciting new tool included. It’s called Vote Count and if you’ve got your eye on any bill in the legislature, this is where you’ll track how each legislator will vote.

Start by choosing Vote Count from the main menu:
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Then push the + button to add a bill, name it and choose the which house of the legislature. Select your new bill to see the vote count.
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When you’re in the vote count for your bill, there are several options to get you started. Start by adding all the Democrats or Republicans to the YEA or NAY side. By default everyone starts as a swing vote.
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Then choose any of the tabs to see which legislators are in there. It’s always ordered by district for you to easily find the person you’re looking for. To change which category any vote falls into, swipe them left or right as if you were swiping them to the next tab over (i.e. Swiping right from the YEA votes sends the legislator to the Swing votes. Swiping left from the YEA votes sends the legislator around to the NAY votes.) Click the (i) button on the right to go to their info and notes page.
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Look for the app to arrive in 2-3 weeks so you can try it yourself!