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August 19, 2014
It took a week. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has finally come clean about why he’s not partaking in the hairy contest Nevada Republican Dean Heller floated via the local press.
Per an interview given to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Reid has officially bowed out of the collegial beard-growing challenge after taking it on the chin during a previous family vacation.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley is spending part of the August recess revisiting many of the same natural wonders and tourist traps he and his wife, Barbara, would have swooned over during their original honeymoon.
Retracing our honeymoon of 60 yrs we are now in SoDak Badlands
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 17, 2014
The Iowa Republican, who has famously feuded with the History Channel over its lack of focus, appears to be taking one of the most patriotic trips ever.
Due to the fact that he’s being stingy with the roadside imagery (perhaps it’s time to add Instagram to your social media arsenal, senator), HOH has cobbled together an ersatz travelogue so you can follow along with the reminiscing lovebirds.
Badlands National Park
The first stop on the Grassleys’ trip down memory road. Full story
August 18, 2014
Rep. Don Young can see himself walking down the aisle again.
As first reported by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the Alaska Republican — who lost his wife of more than 40 years, Lu Young, in 2009 — stepped out with his longtime companion Anne Walton over the weekend and officially used the “f” word.
“While this was not an engagement announcement, this is the first time he has publicly introduced Ms. Walton as his fiancée,” Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow told HOH via email.
According to Shuckerow, Young, 81, and Walton, 75, have been together for three years.
They appear to be OK with taking their time.
Shuckerow said no wedding date has been set, nor rings exchanged.
It’s good to know Rep. John Lewis can look back on all the awfulness he experienced as a youth and laugh about it now.
According to Nate Powell, the artist who has teamed up with the Georgia Democrat to help keep alive the revolutionary spirit that changed the state of race relations during the turbulent 1960s via a series of graphic novels, humor remains one of the greatest tools in the non-violent activist’s toolbox.
“Another day, another joke about nutsacks and revolution at Parchman Farm prison, 1961,” Powell shared with the Twitterverse while revealing a rough sketch of a panel from the second installment of Lewis’ incredible life story.
The septuagenarian lawmaker skipped Comic-Con this time around (Powell and co-author/congressional aide Andrew Aydin, made the trip), but is expected to return next summer with continuing saga in hand.
Sen. John McCain got loose over the weekend, strutting his stuff alongside Oscar winner Jamie Foxx during a glitzy charity shindig.
“It’s the ones you don’t expect. … Republicans love to dance in the Hamptons,” Foxx told the Wall Street Journal of the fun he had bringing the Arizona Republican and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie up on stage with him during business tycoon/philanthropist Ronald Perelman’s high-profile soiree. Full story
August 15, 2014
John A. Boehner and crew can relax.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has taken one for the leadership team, completing the charitable #IceBucketChallenge thrust upon him by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., without redirecting the temporary discomfort further up the chain of command.
Rather than rain on his colleagues’ summer plans, Scalise punted the fashionable fundraiser toward his celluloid brethren, entertainer Kevin Spacey.
The Academy Award-winning actor, who famously palled around with Scalise’s predecessor, now-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to help flesh out his scene-chewing alter ego, House Majority Whip Frank Underwood, D-S.C., is reportedly hard at work on season 3 of Netflix’s runaway drama, “House of Cards,” just up the road in Baltimore. Full story
Heard on the Hill continues its look back at the best Hits and Misses from 2014, this week focusing on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s love for children, baseball and fist pumps.
August 14, 2014
Rep. Cheri Bustos has decided it’s “Game On!” as far as dumping frosty water on one’s self is concerned.
Lawmakers have caught the water hurling-bug. Watch our compilation below.
Newly minted House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, come on down!
Thanks to Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., you’re the next contestant on: The Water. Is. Icy!
The Louisiana Republican, who is still getting the hang of placating House colleagues, now has 24 hours to give Ellmers exactly what she wants.
Scalise is the first congressional leader to be drawn directly into the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising craze, fueled by social media, that has swept the nation in recent days for the neurological disorder ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
Participants, who are videotaped as a bucket of ice water is poured over their heads, then generally challenge friends and colleagues to do the same.
Technically, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, put Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the clock yesterday.
But something tells me hell will freeze over before either of the Sunder Twins allows himself to get rained upon with frigid liquid.
August 13, 2014
Sen. Lisa Murkowski just became the daredevil philanthropist to beat after fearlessly plunging into icy Alaskan waters.
“I’m gonna challenge every single member of the United States Senate … Demonstrate your commitment to getting rid of ALS,” the Alaska Republican prodded fellow pols who have yet to participate in the viral fundraising campaign.
Murkowski has been calling attention to ALS for years, spreading the word about the crippling disease both in D.C. and around Alaska.
At the rate things are going, every single congressional lawmaker may very will get roped into the #IceBucketChallenge before the end of the summer.
The symbolic dunk, meant to show solidarity with those stricken by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), has taken the online community by storm. Sitting, aspiring and even retired pols have drenched themselves en masse, and new supporters are pouring in daily.
Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., joined the ranks of the sopping wet not 48 hours ago.
She nominated GOP Reps. Duncan Hunter of California, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Renee Ellmers of North Carolina as the next in line for a cold shower. Full story
Sen. Dean Heller has issued a challenge to his Democratic counterpart from Nevada.
The Republican has challenged Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to grow a beard in honor of the sesquicentennial of the Silver State. It’s a challenge that Heller said Reid did not accept, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
August 12, 2014
The friendly #IceBucketChallenge that’s got everyone on social media dousing themselves with cold water just got real: Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni has officially thrown down.
Our fearless leader self-soaked across the pond after being called out by pal, Dan Lavoie.
— Christina Bellantoni (@cbellantoni) August 12, 2014
Bellantoni has now passed the baton to fellow newshounds Julie Mason, host of the P.O.T.U.S. Press Pool on SiriusXM radio and CNN correspondent Erin McPike.
The Bad News Babes vet also made sure to draw Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. — co-captain of the opposing squad in the annual congressional women’s softball game — into the mix.
“I have to keep our rivalry alive,” Bellantoni quipped.
Congresswoman, the clock is now ticking.
An infectious fundraising pitch has helped throw cold water on the notion that politicians today just don’t care about anything.
The social media-dominating “Ice Bucket Challenge,” a call to arms originally issued by Beverly, Massachusetts native and baseball star Pete Frates, has struck a chord with supporters ranging from sports team mascots to American political royalty.
Fans of Frates, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — the nerve-wracking malady better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — in spring 2012, have fallen in line behind an awareness raising effort that includes: 1) recording a video wherein ice cold water is dumped on one’s head, 2) contributing $100 to further ALS research (instead of taking the ice bath) and 3) nominating friends/family/acquaintances to do the same within 24 hours.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., appears to have been one of the earliest adopters of the shocking exercise (he got doused on June 30).