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Just Launched: Polltracker 2.0 for Android and iOS

Posted on August 6th, 2014

PollTracker 2.0 - Now for iOS and AndroidDewey Square Group is proud to be a part of the next chapter for Talking Points Memo’s groundbreaking PollTracker mobile application, celebrating the launch of the newest version of the award-winning smartphone app. PollTracker 2.0 combines the full functionality of the original PollTracker mobile app with optimizations for speed, new features, and a new look and feel. And for the first time, the newest version of PollTracker is available for free on Android as well as iOS.

In 2012, Dewey Square Group developed the original PollTracker mobile app in partnership with our client Talking Points Memo, adapting their PollTracker website for iOS mobile devices. The app featured up-to-the-minute polling data on all of the most talked-about campaigns of the year—from the hotly-contested presidential race to the fight for control of the House and Senate.

The original PollTracker won the prestigious min online 2013 Best of the Web award for smartphone applications, competing against mobile apps for the TED Conference, Vogue Magazine and TravelZoo. It was featured on lists of top 2012 campaign apps from Mashable, Forbes, Venture Beat, US News and World Report, and The Washington Post. Barron’s dubbed it the “must-have campaign app of the political season,” and No Labels cofounder Marc McKinnon described it as “crack for political junkies.”

With the release of Polltracker 2.0, the new application is further optimized for speed and usability and has all of the features fans loved about the first version—detailed polling data, an easy-to-use interface, and push notifications for new polls and is optimized for the latest versions of iOS and Android.

We’re proud to be a part of the PollTracker project, and we congratulate Talking Points Memo on a great launch!

Download PollTracker for free from the iTunes Store (iOS) or from Google Play (Android).

New Survey Shows Americans Want a Better Privacy Balance

Posted on July 17th, 2014

A new national survey from Microsoft’s Digital Constitution finds that Americans want a better balance between privacy and public safety:

The Riley case addresses the heart of tech products and the rights of our customers, so we wanted to better understand how the public feels about these issues. Interestingly, the results of a survey we commissioned were unequivocal in support of the Court’s decision. A full 83% of American voters believe police should get a warrant before searching personal information on someone’s cell phone.

You can read Digital Constitution’s article about the poll here.

Congratulations to Karen Skelton: Emmy Nomination

Posted on July 14th, 2014

Congratulations to our former Dewey Square Group colleague Karen Skelton for the Emmy nomination of the Shriver Report’s HBO documentary, Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. It’s worth a watch if you haven’t yet seen it.

Go to the Shriver Report’s website to learn more. If you’re an HBO subscriber, you can also watch the documentary online.

New Poll: Rising American Electorate Crucial for 2014 Elections

Posted on April 8th, 2014

A recent survey conducted by Stan Greenberg for Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund proved just how crucial a role unmarried women, young voters and minorities will play in upcoming election cycles. This group, known as the Rising American Electorate (RAE), will be the deciding vote between who wins and who loses.

Page Gardner, President of Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund said that the survey is a road map to success and that any candidate who wants to win his or her election will need to support equal pay and an economic agenda that supports women and their families.

Check out this piece from the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent on the poll.

Maria Cardona: Life Lessons in Public Service

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Guest blog post at Commerce.gov

Maria Cardona, Principal at the Dewey Square Group and a Political Commentator on CNN and CNN Español. She serves on the boards of several non-profit groups and has named several times as one of the top 100 Hispanic leaders in the country by Hispanic Business.

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Maria Cardona with Secretary Ron Brown

ED NOTE: Maria Cardona was the Deputy Press Secretary for Secretary Ron Brown and served at the Department of Commerce for six years during the Clinton Administration

Most everything I learned about public service, I learned from Secretary Ron Brown. He was the best kind of mentor, short on personal advice, long on teaching by example. The first time he walked into the Department of Commerce, he told his staff he wanted to meet the cafeteria workers and the janitorial staff. When he was taken to the cafeteria, the workers almost fainted. They had never seen the Secretary – any Secretary – walk into the cafeteria before. Some even cried. This exemplifies my biggest lessons from my time with Ron: to always meet people where they are, make it personal, and never think, no matter what title you have, you are better than anyone else in the room.

Ron had the ability to make you feel important no matter who you were. He was just as comfortable speaking with Saudi kings as he was shooting the breeze with homeless teenagers in the favelas in Brazil. His message was always the same no matter who he talked to: The United States business community was there to help bring more economic opportunity to their citizens, while expanding market opportunities for US businesses.

The Secretary would always say he was a big fan of “doing well by doing good.”  He was visionary about where the next opportunities for US economic expansion would come from, and he was unapologetic about making the deals that would help American enterprises sell more goods abroad, creating jobs and opportunities on both ends. But he never forgot about the people behind the progress. He would always want to meet the local business leaders, the workers, the families that were starting to prosper because of these expanded opportunities. Ron was always treated like royalty wherever he went in the world, but he never played the part.

He surrounded himself with committed public servants who were eager to have a Secretary who really believed in what they were doing. Ron loved to give opportunities to young, diverse, bright, up and coming leaders. He gave them chances to shine, to experience things they would never have dreamed of. And today, in an age where it seems everything is digital, on-line and in 140 characters, Ron’s unrelenting approach to get to know the people he was doing business with, working with, and to mentor by living example is far from common. His ability to live as easily in the simultaneously worlds of pomp and circumstance and the hard-scrabble neighborhoods he would visit both here and abroad, is an irreplaceable lesson that too few got the opportunity to learn firsthand. I was one of the lucky ones.

I believe Ron brought that personal touch philosophy and commitment to public service with him to Commerce from his successful days as the first African American Chair of a major political party, and as the man widely credited with getting Bill Clinton elected in 1992. And it was ingrained in him from his days as a community activist and organizer working at the Urban League and alongside the Reverend Jesse Jackson – many people speculate that Barack Obama may not have been the first African American president raised as a community organizer had Ron not perished. We will never know.

What we do know for sure is that we lost an incredible leader 18 years ago today, along with un-imaginable potential both in him as well as in the committed public servants who were on the plane with him. We will never really know the depth of that loss, but we do know and should cherish, the priceless lessons that Ron lived and taught to all those who were brought into his brilliant orbit. As the Reverend Jesse Jackson so eloquently recited at Secretary Brown’s funeral 18 years ago, “Good night Sweet Prince, Good Night.” We still miss you.

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