The US onAir Network 3US onAir Network

Central US onAir Hub:  us.onair.cc
Model state Hub: va.onair.cc
Launch date: Spring 2022

Overview:
To reinvigorate our imperiled democracy, US onAir is developing 50 curated, media rich online state governance and election Hubs and a central US Hub. We are supporting the US public to become more informed about and engaged in federal, state, and local politics while facilitating more civil and positive collaboration.  Learn. Discuss. Engage.

US onAir is a growing coalition of individuals and organizations creating a new kind of digital democracy network. Participation in US onAir is open to all US citizens and qualifying organizations. Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan 501c3 nonprofit, is providing the technology, curation, and organizational support needed to establish a dynamic, evolving network.

Our two minute vision video for the US onAir network is below:

Summary

Central US onAir Hub:  us.onair.cc
Model state Hub: va.onair.cc
Launch date: Spring 2022

Overview:
To reinvigorate our imperiled democracy, US onAir is developing 50 curated, media rich online state governance and election Hubs and a central US Hub. We are supporting the US public to become more informed about and engaged in federal, state, and local politics while facilitating more civil and positive collaboration.  Learn. Discuss. Engage.

US onAir is a growing coalition of individuals and organizations creating a new kind of digital democracy network. Participation in US onAir is open to all US citizens and qualifying organizations. Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan 501c3 nonprofit, is providing the technology, curation, and organizational support needed to establish a dynamic, evolving network.

Our two minute vision video for the US onAir network is below:

About

Source: Hub Overview

All US onAir Hubs US have posts on each state’s Governor, US Senators, and US House members as well as posts on how to register and vote in the upcoming elections. Curated stated Hubs like Virginia onAir also have posts on US House races, other state executives, state senators, and state House members and posts on issues. As a state enlists more curators, posts on city and county representatives and elections will also be started.

Here are a number of quick links to content on this hub: US Senators, US House Members, US Governors,…

For more information, go to the Learn. Discuss. and Engage post.

Some special features of the US onAir network to assist the public in learning more about their representatives, candidates, and the issues are described here.

Democracy onAir

Mission statement:
Democracy onAir, through its easy to use, innovative network of state Hubs and university chapters, organizes students and the general public to become engaged in and impact state and federal politics facilitating a more civil, collaborative and vibrant democracy.

Students manage and curate information and media-rich online places where a state’s residents can learn more about and interact with their representatives and each other on the issues important to them.

Current status and plans:
The United States onAir Hub is the central Hub of a network of state elections and governance Hubs. Democracy onAir’s first pilot state Hubs- Virginia onAir – demonstrates how we will develop, implement and interconnect a network of 50 state Hubs.

About

Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization provides the web technology and support to create, host, and sustain the state elections and governance hubs.  Democracy onAir also develops and monitors the curation and moderation guidelines for the Hubs and manages the finances for each state hub.

We aim to address the current climate of divisiveness, tribalism, fact-free dialogue, and ad hominem attacks. We also see an opportunity to bring attention to the underserved area of state political issues and governance.

Our mission to promote a more informed, civil, and engaged civil citizenry is implemented by providing citizens in democratic societies easier, faster, and more efficient access to

  • learn about their government, representatives, candidates, and local/regional issues,
  • discuss with their fellow citizens and representatives in civil and dynamic forums, and then
  • engage by voting, advocating for and shaping policy, participating in campaigns, and even running for office.

To learn more about Democracy onAir Directors, go here.

Become an onAir Member

OnAir members will be able to participate in post discussion, give feedback to post moderators as well as be part of an “aircast” audience (i.e. livestreamed, zoom events such as debates, forums, town halls, and interviews).

OnAir members will also have the opportunity to become moderators of one or more posts.

OnAir membership is free!

Any person with a “.edu” email address will have an automatic invitation to become an onAir member. All that is required is to register with your .edu address and your zipcode. This will give you the ability to participate in US onAir and your home state hub’s discussions.

If your state Hub has nonprofit onAir partners, you can get an automatic invitation through your nonprofit membership.

For all other US residents and overseas voters seeking an onAir membership, fill in this simple form that will be emailed to your state’s lead curator e.g. gmu.curator@onair.cc.

OnAir university chapters

Each state will have a lead onAir chapter associated with students and faculty at a public university (usually near the state capital city). Most onAir posts will be student moderators and will be identified in the discussion section at the bottom of each curated and moderated post.

Nonprofit partners

US onAir is a network for all US-based organizations who are nonpartisan nonprofits promoting democracy. These organizations will also have the opportunity to share their missions and activities with each other and the public as well as be sponsors of the posts they are most committed to advancing.

Qualifying organizations will be able to provide their members with the opportunity to bemoderator of posts at a federal, state, and/or local level.

A state Hub may have one or more affiliated nonprofit partners like the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and Represent Us.

Members of these nonprofit partners will automatically be invited to become as onAir members and be able to participate in discussions and moderate posts.

Directors

US onAir Council

The US onAir Council, a nonprofit nonpartisan board of advisors, will oversee Hub curation guidelines and promote the US onAir Hub to interested people & organizations. The US onAir Council will also work to identify and hire state Executive Directors and to create state onAir Councils.

The US onAir Executive Director will assemble the council members to include: a Democrat and Republican representative, a representative from a major partner, a student Chapter president and faculty advisor, onAir chapter, online media executive, and an interested US residents.

 

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About CO onAirColorado onAir

This Colorado onAir hub supports its citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Coloradans.

  • Colorado onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to reinvigorate our imperiled democracy.
  • Virginia onAir is US onAir’s model of how a state’s onAir Council and curators can enhance a state Hub with fresh Top News and state legislature content, moderated discussions, and production of zoom aircasts with committees, interviews and debates with candidates, and presentations.

For more information  about the many opportunities to learn about and engage with this Colorado onAir hub, go to this US onAir post on the US onAir central hub.

Our two minute vision video about the US onAir network is below.

Summary

This Colorado onAir hub supports its citizens to become more informed about and engaged in federal and state politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow Coloradans.

  • Colorado onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to reinvigorate our imperiled democracy.
  • Virginia onAir is US onAir’s model of how a state’s onAir Council and curators can enhance a state Hub with fresh Top News and state legislature content, moderated discussions, and production of zoom aircasts with committees, interviews and debates with candidates, and presentations.

For more information  about the many opportunities to learn about and engage with this Colorado onAir hub, go to this US onAir post on the US onAir central hub.

Our two minute vision video about the US onAir network is below.

State Representatives

Colorado is located in the Western region of the USA with Denver as its capital.  Jared Polis (D) is Governor.

The Colorado legislature, founded in 1912, has 35 Senate members and 65 House members.

Governor Jared Polis

Jared Polis 1Current Position: Governor
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): US Representative for CO-02 from 2009 – 2019
Colorado onAir Post

Jared Schutz Polis (/ˈpoʊlɪs/; born May 12, 1975) is an American politician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist serving as the 43rd governor of Colorado since January 2019.

A member of the Democratic Party, he served one term on the Colorado State Board of Education from 2001 to 2007 and five terms as the United States Representative from Colorado’s 2nd congressional district from 2009 to 2019. During his time in Congress, he was the only Democratic member of the libertarian conservative Liberty Caucus. He was elected governor of Colorado in 2018, defeating Republican nominee Walker Stapleton.

US Senators

Michael Bennet

Michael BennetCurrent Position: US Senator since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Colorado onAir Post

Michael Farrand Bennet (born November 28, 1964) is an American businessman, lawyer, and politician who has served as the senior United States Senator from Colorado since 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, he was appointed to the seat when Senator Ken Salazar became Secretary of the Interior. Bennet previously worked as a managing director for the Anschutz Investment Company, chief of staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and Superintendent of Denver Public Schools.

“We must meet the promise each generation has made to the next: to leave more opportunity, not less, for our kids and grandkids.” Michael Bennet

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper 1Current Position: US Senator since 2021
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2010 – 2018; Mayor, Denver from 2003 – 2010
Colorado onAir Post 

John Wright Hickenlooper Jr.[(/ˈhɪkənluːpər/; born February 7, 1952) is an American politician, businessman, and geologist serving as the junior United States Senator from Colorado since 2021.

A member of the Democratic Party, Hickenlooper was mayor of Denver from 2003 to 2011 and governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019.

US House Members

Diana DeGette

Diana DeGette 1Current Position: US Representative for CO-01 since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Colorado onAir Post 

Diana Louise DeGette (/dɪˈɡɛt/; born July 29, 1957) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 1st congressional district since 1997.

A member of the Democratic Party, her district is based in Denver. DeGette was a Chief Deputy Whip from 2005 to 2019 and is the dean of Colorado’s congressional delegation; she served as the Colorado State Representative for the 6th district from 1993 until her election to the U.S. House.

Joe Neguse

Joe Neguse 1Current Position: US Representative for CO-02 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Colorado onAir Post 

Joseph D. Neguse (/nəˈɡuːs/ nə-GOOSE; born May 13, 1984) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. The district is based in Boulder and includes many of Denver’s northwestern suburbs, as well as Fort Collins.

A member of the Democratic Party, he was a Regent of the University of Colorado from 2008 to 2015. Neguse is the first Eritrean-American elected to the United States Congress and Colorado’s first black member of Congress.

Lauren Boebert

Lauren Boebert 1Current Position: US Representative for CO-02 since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Colorado onAir Post 

Lauren Opal Boebert (/ˈboʊbərt/ BOH-bərt; née Roberts, December 15, 1986) is an American politician, businesswoman, and gun-rights activist, serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district since 2021.

Ken Buck

Ken Buck 1Current Position: US Representative for CO-04 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Colorado onAir Post 

Kenneth Robert Buck (born February 16, 1959) is an American lawyer and politician who represents Colorado’s 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.

He previously served as District Attorney for Weld County, Colorado. Buck ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 2010, losing to Democrat Michael Bennet. Buck was elected chair of the Colorado Republican Party on March 30, 2019, replacing Jeff Hays.

Doug Lamborn

Doug Lamborn 1Current Position: US Representative for CO-05 since 2007
Affiliation: Republican
Colorado onAir Post 

Douglas Lawrence Lamborn (born May 24, 1954) is an American attorney and politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 5th congressional district.

He is a member of the Republican Party. Having first been elected in 2006 and taking office in 2007, his district is based in Colorado Springs.

Jason Crow

Jason Crow 1Current Position: US Representative for CO-02 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Colorado onAir Post 

Jason Crow (born March 15, 1979) is an American lawyer, veteran, and politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Colorado’s 6th congressional district. Crow is the first member of the Democratic Party to represent the district, which encompasses several of Denver’s eastern suburbs like Aurora, Littleton, Centennial, and Thornton.

Crow was an impeachment manager during his first term in Congress at the first impeachment trial of President Trump.

Ed Perlmutter

Ed Perlmutter 1Current Position: US Representative for CO-07 since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat
Colorado onAir Post 

Edwin George Perlmutter (born May 1, 1953) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 7th congressional district since 2007.

A member of the Democratic Party, his district is located in the northern and western suburbs of the Denver metropolitan area. He previously served as the Colorado State Senator from the 20th district from 1995 to 2003.

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How to use US onAirHow to experience onAir

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Tour the US onAir Network

About Aircasting

Basics

US residents can experience the US onAir network of online governance and elections Hubs in a similar way on both desktop or laptop displays (minimum display resolution of 1200 pixels) and on phones.

US onAir takes advantage of big screen displays to provide additional features such as slide shows and interactive maps. If possible, it is best to experience US onAir on big screen displays.

Viewing slide shows

  1. Select the post’s thumbnail image to view the posts then
  2. Select the Top News item you are interested in to view content in the display area to the left.
  3. To view all the post’s content, select anywhere on the feature image or select the post’s title.
  4. Select the Discuss button to go to the post’s forum. Only Hub members can add comments.
  5. Select the Supporter field, to learn more about the organization and how they are supporting US OnAir.
  6. Select the Share button to share a post with another network

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Using a table of contents

For most laptop and desktop computer displays, the right hand column of most posts has a persistent Table of Contents. 

  1. Select the heading you are interested in to go directly there
  2. Select the first heading to return to the top of the post
  3. Select the  “X”  to hide the Table of Contents and the “<”  to display 

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Browsing posts

Hub posts are organized in categories and subcategories.

  1. Select category interested in – Top Posts display curator selected best posts in category
  2. If there are subcategories (arrow to the far right), select the category to see the next level of categories

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Finding & going to a state Hub

Finding State Hubs

  1. a) Select the US Representatives drop down; b) Select Go to your State Hub; c) Select the state you want to go to; d) Select the link to state Hub  OR
  2. You can go directly to a state Hub by typing a state’s two letter abbreviation into the URL field  OR
  3. a) Select US Representatives drop down; b) Select region, then state; c) Select the first post in the slide show

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Non- curated state Hubs

Currently, all 50 state state Hubs with the exception of Virginia are not curated. Over the coming months, our US onAir coalition partners and students from our onAir university chapters will begin curating state Hubs. Curated state Hubs have Top News updates, moderated forums, curators who monitor and respond to feedback, online interviews, and online events. All state non-curated Hubs have:

  1. A post on registering and voting and other information related to elections
  2. A summary post on all of a state’s key congressional and state representatives
  3. Posts on the Governor and two US Senators
  4. Posts on current US House representatives

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Curated state Hubs

Virginia onAir is our first curated state Hub. Over the coming months, our US onAir coalition partners and students from our onAir university chapters will begin curating other state Hubs. Curated state Hubs have Top News updates, moderated forums, curators who monitor and respond to feedback, online interviews, and online events.

  1. Curated Hubs have posts on elections under Voting in November
  2.  Under VA Representatives, you will find state, city, and county representatives and
  3. issue posts under Governing Today

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Phone user experience

Hub content is displayed on smart phones as widgets with tabs and drop down browsing. The interactive maps are currently not available on phones. Search works in the same way on a phone as it does on a laptop or desktop screen.

  1. Top News items are viewed in the same way as on bigger screens.
  2. To view more information in a post, select the tab icon. Tabs function like the table of contents in a big screen display.
  3. To find posts in categories, select the category for the post you are interested in viewing.

Maps

Using country maps

  1. Under the Voting in November drop down, select Election Maps then select 2020 Senate Races or 2020 Governor Races
  2. All the Senator and Governor races are displayed by default. Viewers can filter the races by selecting the buttons at the lower right
  3. Select the state buttons to display the appropriate election post.

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4.   Similarly, you can also view maps on the current US Congress and Governors. By late fall, these maps will have links to the representatives politician post.

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Using state maps

State maps are similar to US maps.

  1. To find US House races this year in Virginia, select Voting in November > Elections Maps > US House Elections.  Then select the race you want to learn more about.

Link to above example        2.      To find current Virginia US House representatives, select VA Representatives > Member Maps > US House Members.  

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Learn

Who represents me?

Who Represents Me?

  1. Go to your state Hub
  2. Select the Governing Today drop down and then select Who represents Me?
  3. Enter your street address including city and state (zip code not required) and then select the search icon
  4. Select the representative you want to learn more about

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Comparing candidate positions

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The above graphics shows the kinds of content available for election posts.

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Learning about a politician

Politician Post

The posts on politicians aggregate information from a variety of sources.

The About and Issues sections primarily sourced from campaign and/or government websites

Politics sections aggregate content from multiple sources including: Follow the Money, Federal and state government websites, Wikipedia, Vote Smart, BillTrack50, and Govtrack Us.

Politician Twitter feeds are displayed in each post.

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Learning about issues

After the November 3rd elections, curated state Hubs will focus on governance and issues important for a state residents and what their representatives and candidates are saying and doing about these issues.

  1. Under Governing Today, select the issue category you are interested in. In each top level category, there are Top Posts ordered by the post’s curator based on the most relevant .

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Discuss

Interfacing with curators

When selecting the Discuss button (assuming it’s not greyed out which means there is no post curator), you will go to the Feedback and Forum sections.

Above is the text you will see when you go to the Feedback section.

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Participating in post forums

If Hub would like to add a forum topic, send an email request to the post’s curator. Go to forum topic you want to comment on.

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Participating in online events

US onAir curators will be coordinating a variety of online events, recording the event, and inserting the video into one or more relevant posts.

  1. Sign up to participate as an audience member in a town hall, debate, or forum (max. 250 participants)
  2. You will receive a link to the event from the event coordinator
  3. Audience members can ask questions directly when prompted or typing your comment in the chat field

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