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April 21, 2015

Posts by Bridget Bowman

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April 20, 2015

Play Paul! Rand to Play in Congressional Baseball Game

Play Paul! Rand to Play in Congressional Baseball Game

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Break out the “Take Me Out to the Paul Game” T-shirts.

Though he will be busy on the presidential campaign trail, Sen. Rand Paul will be taking the plate at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game this year, a campaign aide confirmed Monday to HOH. Full story

April 16, 2015

GOP Senator Doesn’t Care What You Think of His Disney Ringtone (Video) (Updated)

GOP Senator Doesnt Care What You Think of His Disney Ringtone (Video) (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:51 p.m. | A Senate Finance hearing on U.S. tariff policy was disrupted Thursday not by protesters, but by one Republican’s Disney-themed ringtone. Full story

April 13, 2015

Lawmakers Lace Up Their Cleats for Charity Soccer Match

Lawmakers Lace Up Their Cleats for Charity Soccer Match

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., will take the field once again. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ten members of Congress will trade their suits for soccer jerseys next week to compete in the third annual Capital Soccer Classic.

The game is scheduled for Tuesday at RFK Stadium in the District of Columbia. Though it is free to attend the game, donations from the event’s sponsors will benefit the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which encourages the growth of soccer in the United States, particularly in underprivileged communities. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 10:26 a.m.
Reps, Sports Desk

April 10, 2015

Civil Disobedience: Shaken, Not Stirred

Civil Disobedience: Shaken, Not Stirred

Brown hopes D.C. residents will be sipping on some civil disobedience next Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil disobedience can take many forms: a protest, a boycott, a strike, a sit-in. And soon you will be able to sip your civil disobedience on the rocks.

Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown, one of the District of Columbia’s elected representatives who advocates for D.C. statehood, has concocted a cocktail called “Civil Disobedience,” or “the drink that will set you free,” to raise awareness about the statehood movement. Full story

March 26, 2015

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

Richmond, left, looks to pass to one of his teammates. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“We talked about madness in March — this is as mad as it gets!”

The game announcer summed up the electricity in the Gonzaga College High School gymnasium Wednesday night as the Home Court Charity Basketball Game went into a second overtime. “Hill’s Angels,” made up of members of Congress and staffers, were tied with Georgetown faculty aka the “Hoya Lawyas,” at 41 points a piece. Next basket would win. Full story

March 24, 2015

Democrats Lose Adam Smith, but Coach Mike Doyle Remains Confident

Democrats Lose Adam Smith, but Coach Mike Doyle Remains Confident

Smith is on the DL after hip surgery. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Adam Smith is recovering from his second hip surgery, placing the Washington Democrat on the disabled list for the upcoming 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Smith’s spokesman confirmed Monday that the congressman had hip replacement surgery on March 18 in Seattle. The surgery was Smith’s second to alleviate his hip injuries. He previously had surgery on his other hip to completely reshape it due to torn cartilage. Smith suffers from bone spurs, bone growth in the wrong places and loose cartilage. “It’s disappointing,” Smith told HOH in January, amid speculation he would sit out this year’s game, “but at this point I’m looking forward to just being able to walk.” Full story

February 24, 2015

Norton: Don’t Tread on the Right to Sled

Norton: Dont Tread on the Right to Sled

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After reports that Capitol Police had stopped children from sledding on the Capitol grounds, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is taking a stand.

“Although I understand that sledding has been banned for years, what I do not understand is why the U.S. Capitol Police have recently decided to enforce this Scrooge-like ban,” Norton wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin. “Americans should be able to sled on ‘America’s front lawn.’ I am asking that the Capitol Police Board remove the ban on sledding from Capitol Police regulations.” Full story

February 4, 2015

Congress Before the World Wide Web

Congress Before the World Wide Web

Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, works on his computer during a break in arranging his office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)" width="445" height="298" /> Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, takes a break from arranging his office to work on his computer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With computers in every congressional office and smartphones attached to lawmakers’ and staffers’ hands, it might be hard to remember what Congress was like before the Internet.

But for former Rep. Jim Coyne, it feels like yesterday. Full story

January 9, 2015

Democrat Adam Smith Likely Out of Congressional Baseball Game

Democrat Adam Smith Likely Out of Congressional Baseball Game

Smith has a word with the home plate umpire during the 2012 game. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Adam Smith likely won’t be playing in the upcoming Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, due to hip problems.

“I couldn’t be able to play, I think,” the Washington Democrat told CQ Roll in a brief interview in the Speaker’s Lobby. “Major problem with my hip, unfortunately — hips, plural. So I got one operated on and I’m waiting for that one to heal before I get the second one operated on.” Full story

December 19, 2014

Norton on Colbert’s Last Show, Chatting With Norquist and the After-Party

Norton on Colberts Last Show, Chatting With Norquist and the After Party

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As a mob of guests reunited for Stephen Colbert’s final report to bid the host farewell, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., was spotted in the foreground, swaying and singing along.

Norton appeared on the “Colbert Report” several times over the past nine years. She first appeared on the show in 2006 as part of Colbert’s “Better Know a District” series, in a memorable segment where Colbert and Norton sparred over whether D.C. is part of the United States. But on Friday, Norton described a wonderful reunion — and a lively after-party — as Colbert said goodbye to his on-air persona. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:38 p.m.
AwesomeSauce, DC, Reps

December 11, 2014

Overheard: You’re a Good Man, Santa

“You’re a good man, Santa.”

— House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, thanking Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a seasonal Santa Claus, for switching his vote from “no” to “yes” on the rule to advance the “cromnibus” spending package. As soon as Bentivolio switched his vote, the presiding officer gaveled the vote closed with a final tally of 214-212.

Bentivolio responded, “Merry Christmas,” (and then the outgoing lawmaker asked Sessions to take  care of his staff.)

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December 5, 2014

Chassé Away: Norton to Perform in ‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet

Chassé Away: Norton to Perform in The Nutcracker Ballet

Norton will participate in Saturday’s performance. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Politicians can sometimes be charged with tap-dancing around questions, but one member of Congress will be putting on actual dancing shoes this weekend.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., sent out a statement Friday that she will be a part of the Washington Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” She will be playing a “merry widow” in Saturday’s performance, which will take place at the Warner Theater at 7 p.m. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 4:45 p.m.
DC, Reps

November 14, 2014

Female Senators Meet for ‘Power Workshop’

Female Senators Meet for Power Workshop

Mikulski holds court at the “Power Workshop.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Right at the border between the House and the Senate sits a hideaway office, adorned with two chandeliers and pictures of past female senators.

Future and current women of the Senate ascended the Capitol steps to the glittering room after the final votes Thursday evening for the “Senate Women Power Workshop” hosted by the dean of the Senate women, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.

“Hellooo, sorry I’m late!” Mikulski was overheard saying as she entered the room. From outside the tall wooden doors, one could hear Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., respond, “I’m Shelley.” Full story

November 7, 2014

Raul Ruiz and His Wife Are Expecting Twins

Raul Ruiz and His Wife Are Expecting Twins

Ruiz at a 2012 debate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., had two reasons to celebrate on Election Night. Well, technically three.

As he awaited the election results late Tuesday night, Ruiz announced at his victory party at the Agua Caliente Casino that he and his wife Monica Rivers are expecting twins.

“As most of you know, Monica and I were married earlier this year. And I’m so proud that she is my life partner. Tonight is a celebration. And so here, with all of you … I wanted to share some other celebratory news,” said Ruiz, prompting “ooo’s” and cheers from the crowd waving “Dr. Raul Ruiz” signs.

“Monica and I are expecting our first child in April,” said Ruiz, and the crowd erupted in cheers. “Actually let me correct that, We’re expecting our first two children. Twins!” said Ruiz as he held up two fingers.

The California Democrat officially won his race against Republican Brian Nestande, who served as chief of staff for ex-Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., when The Associated Press called the race late Wednesday morning. Ruiz took 53 percent of the vote in the race for California’s 36th District.

Before coming to Congress in 2012, Ruiz worked as an emergency room doctor. The Desert Sun reported that he and Rivers, an emergency-medicine nurse, married in March, after they dated for several years.

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California

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October 29, 2014

Convicted Murderer Endorses Lee Terry

Convicted Murderer Endorses Lee Terry

Lee Terry, R-Neb. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)" src="http://hoh.rollcall.com/wp-content/uploads/terry_174_032212-445x305.jpg" width="445" height="305" /> Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vulnerable Rep. Lee Terry received an emphatic endorsement Wednesday, but the Nebraska Republican is not likely to tout this show of support on the campaign trail any time soon.

KMTV in Omaha, Neb., reported that at a hearing to examine his competency, convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins shouted, “Vote Lee Terry guys, greatest Republican ever.”

The irony of Jenkins’ statement is that the National Republican Campaign Committee released an ad last week attempting to link Jenkins to the Democratic nominee, state Sen. Brad Ashford.

Jenkins killed four people after he was released from jail early, and the NRCC attempted to tie Ashford’s support of the so-called “good time law” to the murders. “Brad Ashford supported the good time law and still defends it, allowing criminals like Nikko Jenkins to be released early,” the ad’s narrator said.

Terry is struggling to keep his seat as he faces questions about statements he made during the partial government shutdown in 2013. A recent Democratic poll showed Terry trailing Ashford. The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race a Tossup.

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By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:46 p.m.
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