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September 4, 2015

Posts by Christina Bellantoni

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May 21, 2015

Freshmen Join Congressional Women’s Softball Game

Gabbard was among the star recruits after she arrived in Congress. There are 3 rookies joining the members team this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gabbard was among the star recruits after she arrived in Congress. There are three rookies joining the members’ team this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The lawmakers who play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game have three new recruits to brag about this year, ahead of next month’s charity game against the press.

The roster being released Thursday includes freshman rookies from the House: Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mia Love, R-Utah.

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March 5, 2015

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we’re doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.

To kick it off, and in honor of #throwbackThursdays, we’re doing congressional trivia via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along there!

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February 5, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

This photo from the Roll Call archives shows a call-in show at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 1980, the year after C-Span first began broadcasting. Lamb, on the far right, is joined by, from left to right, Michael Kelly, Pat Gushman, Don West and Tack Nail.

This photo is from the Roll Call archives of a call-in show hosted at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 1980, the year after C-SPAN first began broadcasting. Lamb, on the far right, is joined by, from left to right, Michael Kelly, Pat Gushman, Don West and Tack Nail.

The next time you need an “older than” joke, here’s some new material: members whose congressional careers are older than C-SPAN.

There are just 11 members of Congress serving today who were in office the day the network began broadcasting the House proceedings on March 19, 1979 — it took more than seven years for the Senate to vote to allow cameras to televise that chamber.

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June 18, 2014

Gabby Giffords Throwing the First Pitch at Congressional Women’s Softball Game

Giffords, seen here in 2013, visits Washington infrequently. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Giffords, seen here in 2013, visits Washington infrequently. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game Wednesday night.

Giffords left Congress in 2011, after she was shot during a gun rampage at an event in her district.

Her appearances in Washington are infrequent, and always spark emotion from lawmakers in both parties. She is close with the co-captains of the members’ team, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and she once played on the bipartisan team.

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June 2, 2014

Chris McDaniel Mississippi Voters Finding … Kentucky

Which McDaniel is it? This photo was taken in Kentucky over the weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Which McDaniel is it? This photo was taken in Mississippi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

He’s a young, conservative, Republican state senator from the South named Chris McDaniel.

No, not the one hoping to topple Sen. Thad Cochran in Tuesday’s Mississippi Republican primary.

This guy is a Kentucky legislator elected in 2012. And thanks to the other guy’s insurgent candidacy and a case of mistaken identity, this state lawmaker has been hearing from voters through just about every medium — calls, emails, Twitter messages, Facebook and even snail mail.

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May 16, 2014

Roll Call Trivia: The Answers

Compiled by Margaret Prothier

Okay, are you stumped yet? Last week, we posted the trivia questions from our Taste of America Roll Call kickoff party.

The winners (“Team Linked” — Oscar Santillana, Emma Chaiken, Linda Santiago, Amanda Kaster and Chris Averill) scored 12 points.

Here are the answers, did you beat them?

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May 5, 2014

Which Members of Congress Attended White House Correspondents Association Dinner?

From left: Matt Lehrich, AshLee Strong, Fischer, Steven T. Dennis. (Christina Bellantoni/CQ Roll Call)

From left: White House’s Matt Lehrich, AshLee Strong of Sen. John Thune’s office, Fischer, Roll Call White House Correspondent Steven T. Dennis. (Christina Bellantoni/CQ Roll Call)

The White House Correspondents Association Dinner is a chance to see and be seen, and an evening when Washington’s elite can rub elbows with Hollywood elites. Members of Congress also frequently attend as guests of the media outlets.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., lamented (sort of) that it could be his last #WHCD given he isn’t seeking re-election this fall. Before President Barack Obama began his speech, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CQ Roll Call it was “getting old” that the president has so often taken jabs at him. (He didn’t get mentioned this time around.)

Roll Call’s guests included Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

Here is a list of the members who attended, according to the official program.

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March 10, 2014

Gridiron Club Jokes: Congressional Edition

This dinosaur, in a 2007 CQ Roll Call File Photo, is not the one from the Gridiron Dinner because no photos are allowed. But you get the idea.

This dinosaur, seen wandering the Capitol in a 2007, is not the one from the Gridiron Dinner, where no photos are allowed. But you get the idea. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ted Cruz apparently doesn’t have a problem with being openly mocked. Even when he’s being called a “Flintstone Cowboy” by reporters dressed up like the cartoon characters — with a full-sized pink Dino the Dinosaur — presenting the Texas Republican as straight out of the Stone Age.

Cruz, the Republican keynote speaker for the exclusive, white-tie Gridiron Dinner on March 8, laughed heartily from the head table as the grizzled journalists danced around on stage to an original tune parodying the Glen Campbell ballad “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

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January 28, 2014

Staffers: Remember Those IDs! Especially on SOTU Night

Roll Call public service announcement: Always have your ID in the Capitol. Just ask Doug Heye, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s deputy chief of staff for communications.

Heye, right, forgot his ID. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Heye, right, forgot his ID. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Heye was in Statuary Hall chatting with some folks in the Fourth Estate, when a Capitol Police officer came by to check out folks’ credentials. He searched every pocket and didn’t have it. A fellow staffer, Cantor Communications Director Rory Cooper, vouched for Heye, but to no avail.

Heye had momentarily dressed down in the hours leading up to SOTU — “Left my ID in my topcoat!” he told HOH — but rocketed back to the office to retrieve his congressional credentials.

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