What's New at Capitol Call


New features, updates, and bug fixes on Capitol Call - the grassroots political action mobile app.

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Version 3.0.1


(3.0.1 available on iOS Only)

Political News

Capitol Call now pulls in news from up to 23 different media sources from NewsAPI.org. Articles can be Shared to social media or Saved to Collections - a grouping of articles focused on a single topic.

Collections are intended to allow the user to put together a cohesive argument for use in discussions - both real and virtual. Future releases will allow Collection sharing.

If an article motivates the user to action, a Call Rep option is availabe for all articles - with the app generating a rudimentary call script based on the article to streamline their call.

News Balance Rating

For most news sources, we have included the AllSides.com Media Bias Rating to help users better understand the bias behind their news sources.


Using an algorithm to look across the user's news feed as a whole, we apply the AllSides rating to determine and overall Balance Rating of the user's feed.


The intention is to help users escape their filter bubbles by getting news from a variety of sources - both left and right leaning - but maintaining a balanced view.


Click to learn more about the AllSides Media Bias Rating.

State and Local Calls to Action

We've added support for state and local campaigns in the Take Action tab. Many groups operate in their communities and we wanted to ensure we supported advocacy at all levels of government.


By default, users campaign feed will show national campaigns, state campaigns based on their current state, and local campaign based on their GPS. They have the option to select the top filter dropdown to only see campaigns at specific levels or all campaigns - even those not geographically relevant to them.


Additionally we updated the Representatives user interface to make switching between federal, state, and local representatives more obvious and intuitive.

Enhanced Federal Legislator Profiles

Powered by Propublica.com, we now offer more details about a user's federal legislators - helping them understand what their Congressperson or Senator does all day - making it easier to hold them accountable at the ballot box.


Now available is their lawmaker's next election date, the frequency of voting along party line, their committee memberships, along with the details and text of all the bills they have sponsored this session of Congress.

Minor Updates and Fixes

  • Added new "What to Expect When Calling" explainer popup giving advice on calling your reps.
  • Following organizations is now easier with improved placement of follow options.
  • Campaign actions were moved higher on the Campaign detail page to make Campaigns more action-oriented.
  • Representative pictures are now clickable to make it easier to access their full profiles.
  • Bug fix for spinner showing for a long time on startup with limited connectivity.

 

  • Added "Call to Action" explainer better describing the community nature of the Take Action section and more ways to refer or register advocacy Groups.
  • Added more visibility to campaigns by followed Organizations with the addition of a Followed tab on the Take Action section.
  • Campaigns now show their action deadline date (if configured).