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Grijalva releases iPhone app


If you just can't get enough politics while you're on the go, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva is stepping up for you.

The Tucson Democrat has released an iPhone app "which allows constituents and interested groups to follow legislative updates, public events, press coverage and other activities in his office," said Grijalva's spokesman, Adam Sarvana, in a press release.

"Connecting with people is what good government should really be about, and this is an important way to connect," Grijalva said.

"Anyone who wants to know more about what’s going on, both for Southern Arizona and for progressives around the country, now has another free tool at her disposal. I believe making more information available to voters and interested citizens is a valuable public service."

Because Grijalva's office is one of the first to adopt the app, it was made available for free by the developer, iConstituent.

"It's sort of a proof of concept," Sarvana said in an interview, adding that the system has worked well from the start.

"Part of the appeal was that it's so easy to update," Sarvana said. The system displays information pulled from Grijalva's congressional website, which means his staff don't have to update two systems.

iConstituent has released iPhone apps for 19 other representatives, including Arizona Republican Ben Quayle.

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