Follow the latest 2010 election news and join in the political conversation with the CNN Election Center App. This marks the first time a major cable news brand has simultaneously launched an app for Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone and iPod touch.
The CNN Election Center App features reporting from the CNN Political Ticker, as well as articles and video from the political unit at large. It also includes user-generated content capture and upload functionality through iReport, CNN's user-generated news community.
Using the app, users can view candidates of the House, Senate and gubernatorial races by ZIP code. The app will update later this month to include key ballot measures and to allow users to find their polling locations.
The app incorporates robust user-participation elements through the iReport Election Project. Users are invited to participate in a rolling series of up to six challenges. Participants in the iReport Election Project can take a quiz to establish their political identity, browse iReports related to the midterm elections and earn special badges to be featured on their iReport profile pages.
On Election Day, the app will showcase up-to-the-minute election results for House, Senate and gubernatorial races, and key ballot measures, listed alphabetically by state. In addition, users can pre-select up to 15 races until November 2. The will "follow" these races, allowing easy access to results on Election Day.
Android, and iPhone and iPod touch users can opt-in to have news alerts related to the midterms automatically pushed to their devices.
The CNN Election Center App is available for free from the Android Market, BlackBerry App World and the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch. For more information about the CNN Election Center App, visit http://www.cnn.com/mobile.
Voters now have two new ways to explore the 2010 midterm elections on CNN.com.
The CNN Election Center serves as an online hub for the midterm elections, featuring the latest information about the most important issues and races determined by CNN's Best Political Team on television and online. From news novices to political junkies, and first-time voters to lifetime voters, the Election Center is a vast collection of resources and information to every voter's fingertips, whether at a keyboard or on a mobile device.
The Election Center includes "The Basics," which explains why midterms matter and what's at stake. "The Races" provide detailed, state-by-state information including interactive maps, Races to Watch, and visuals that show the balance of power in the House and Senate. "The Issues" break down the basics of the biggest themes of the midterm elections.
(CNN) - In the next couple of weeks Howard Kurtz will leave his job as media critic at the Washington Post to become the Washington Bureau Chief for the political and cultural website "The Daily Beast."
"I love the Washington Post and really grew up there," Kurtz told CNN on Tuesday. "But I've been devoting more of my energy to figuring out the digital world and this seemed like a good time to make that leap. I want to be an entrepreneur online."
In his nearly three decades at the Post, Kurtz covered Congress, the State Department and served as the New York Bureau Chief before becoming the paper's media critic.
Washington (CNN) - Democrat Alex Sink accepted an invitation Wednesday to debate Republican Rick Scott next month, setting up a nationally televised showdown between the two Florida governor hopefuls on CNN.
The debate, co-sponsored by CNN, the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida will take place on Oct. 25, and moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. It will be held one day after CNN, the Times and USF co-host a Senate debate moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley at the same location on the University's Tampa campus.
The Florida governor's race is considered to be one of the most hotly contested contests of the midterm election cycle. It pits Sink, the state's Chief Financial Officer, against Scott, a billionaire health executive who shocked the GOP establishment to win his party's nomination. Scott had already accepted the sponsors' invitation to participate in the debate.
The Sink and Scott debate will air live at 7 p.m. ET during a special edition of "John King, USA."
The Senate debate between Gov. Charlie Crist, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio and Rep. Kendrick Meek will be shown live at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 on a special edition of "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." The race for the open Florida Senate seat is also one of the most closely watched races of the year. It features Crist, who abandoned the Republican Party earlier this year to launch an independent bid for Senate, the Republican up-and-comer Rubio and the highly respected Democratic congressman Meek.
Washington (CNN) – CNN and the Boston Media Consortium are partnering to present a live televised debate as Massachusetts voters prepare to select the state’s next governor.
Set to take place September 21, the debate among the candidates for governor will be moderated by John King, CNN’s chief national correspondent and anchor of “John King, USA.”
The one-hour debate will be broadcast live by CNN and members of the Boston Media Consortium. It will start at 7 p.m. ET on September 21.
The Boston Consortium is comprised of The Boston Globe, WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV, New England Cable News, WGBH-TV and radio, and WBUR radio
(CNN) - Ten days before Florida voters head to the polls to select a new U.S. senator, CNN and the St. Petersburg Times will partner with the University of South Florida to host a nationally televised debate in what could turn out to be the most exciting Senate contest in the country.
All three candidate have confirmed their intention to participate.
The October 24 debate will take place before a live audience and be moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent and anchor Candy Crowley during the network's Sunday morning program, "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." Beginning at 9 a.m. ET, CNN will air the hour-long debate among candidates Gov. Charlie Crist (I), Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) and Marco Rubio (R) live from USF's Tampa campus. It will be rebroadcast at 12noon ET on CNN.
(CNN) - CNN and the St. Petersburg Times are partnering with the University of South Florida to present a live, nationally televised debate 10 days before voters choose a new U.S. senator to represent Florida.
The Oct. 24 debate will be held on USF's Tampa campus with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley serving as moderator. It will air at 9 a.m. ET on "State of the Union with Candy Crowley."
The Times and CNN bring first-class experience and unprecedented expertise in producing political debates. The Times has coordinated debates for national, state and local offices for 16 years, and USF and the newspaper partnered with the Commission on Presidential Debates in 1996 to present the vice presidential debate between Al Gore and Jack Kemp from St. Petersburg.
(CNN) – It's not a Vegas wedding if there's not an Elvis impersonator.
CNN's own Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Senior Producer Shirley Hung tied the knot on Saturday at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Both CNN-ers will return to their posts later in July after their honeymoon.
We wish all the best to the happy couple as part of our large CNN Political Ticker family.
Washington (CNN) - Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Kathleen Parker will co-host a new hour long CNN primetime news program starting in the fall as the nation prepares for the 2010 midterm election, the network announced Wednesday morning.
The yet-to-be-named “roundtable discussion” program will air at 8 p.m. ET replacing Campbell Brown.
“Other cable news channels force-feed viewers one narrow, predictable point of view; in contrast, CNN will be offering a lively roundup of all the best ideas – presented by two of the most intelligent and outspoken figures in the country,” Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S., said in a statement released by the network. “Eliot and Kathleen are beholden to no vested interest – in fact, quite the opposite: they are renowned for taking on the most powerful targets and most important causes.”
Klein made the announcement in Wednesday’s network wide editorial conference call with CNN staff.
Parker, whose columns appear in over 400 newspapers twice a week, in April received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She describes herself as a “rational” conservative.
Washington (CNN) - Mark Preston has been promoted to CNN's Senior Political Editor.
"Mark's sources in the political world are extraordinary and have led Mark to break story after story after story for CNN," said Sam Feist, CNN Political Director and Vice President of the network's Washington programming.
"In addition to helping guide our coverage during the 2008 campaign, Mark's strong political relationships were essential to CNN landing and producing more presidential primary debates/forums than any other network, which were a key factor in CNN's winning the Peabody award for our coverage of the 2008 Presidential primaries and debates," added Feist.