What’s new in CapitolBuddy 1.5

Last week, I released an update for CapitolBuddy that adds some key features. The “News” section is the most obvious addition. But there’s also an updated interface for notes. And Vote Count is a little more sophisticated. See more about each of the big changes below.

News

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Unread news in in blue

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Click the folder icon at the bottom to save a news link

Read something interesting about a legislator? Go find it in the news section and attach the link to their notes. There are some automatic feeds when you first open the News section, but it is totally customizable if you click on “Edit” in the right, upper corner. Add your favorite political news sites (even if it’s not an RSS feed). Or just search google news for a particular story to add to legislators’ notes.

When you read a story, it becomes greyed out — your unread stories have the “NEW!” label on them.

When you’re ready to attach a link to a note, click the folder-looking icon on the bottom of the news story. Then scroll/search through all the lawmakers to find your destination. Tap their name and choose whether or not to save your link with those notes. See the screenshots from Missouri’s legislators to the left.

Updated Notes

Links, dates, and addresses are clickable in Notes

Links, dates, and addresses are clickable in Notes

Since we’re attaching links to the notes, it’s only right that notes are clickable. Now they are! Links, emails, phone numbers, dates, and addresses are all clickable in the notes view. See the screenshot of Sen. Keaveny’s (MO-4) notes on the left.

Because clicking on the notes might mean you’re trying to click a link, to edit anything, first touch the pencil icon in the corner. Fun, right?

Vote Counting adds some short cuts

New ratings options for organizing vote counts

New ratings options for organizing vote counts

Quickly organize your vote counts by the rating you’ve given someone. And of course if you want to give someone a rating quickly, touch the (i) logo by any legislator to quickly get to their profile, notes, and ratings. See the new vote organizing options on the left.

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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!