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May 25, 2015

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May 21, 2015

Taste of America Sweet 16 Shows Off Slugfests

The chimichanga crowd is not messing around. In early voting for the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America, Arizona’s deep-fried pork burrito is outpacing New Mexico frijoles by a nearly 14-to-1 margin, one of the more lopsided contests in the hard-fought round of 16.

The Maine lobster roll-Delaware boardwalk fries duel isn’t much closer, with the crustacean contingent crushing its potato antagonists by about a 10-to-1 margin. South Dakota fry bread is limping behind the Illinois deep dish pizza behemoth.

Close calls are the rule elsewhere. Indiana pork tenderloin and Illinois Italian beef are neck and neck. Tennessee’s Memphis BBQ and Florida stone crabs are in a death match.

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May 20, 2015

Overheard: Amy Klobuchar’s Dream Date

“I look to my right, Harry Reid. I look to my left, Mitch McConnell. I know: Every girl’s dream, right?”

— Sen. Amy Klobuchar, describing her time in the presiding officer’s chair on New Year’s Eve 2012, as the fiscal cliff neared.

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May 19, 2015

Enter the Dragon … Boat Festival That Is

Enter the Dragon ... Boat Festival That Is

Hill staffers and alumni went to the river to row their dragons. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Politics may stop at the water’s edge, but competition among Capitol Hill staffers and alumni only intensified at the recent DC Dragon Boat Festival, with teams looking for bragging rights among their colleagues. As long as it wasn’t too early.

“First of all, I’ve never been up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday in my life,” said Will Adams, who recently left his job as chief of staff for Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and was at the Thompson Boat Center bright and early on May 16 to row for glory on the Kanbay! team. Full story

May 18, 2015

Taste of America Showcases Agony of Regional Defeat

Taste of America Showcases Agony of Regional Defeat

The road to regional supremacy runs through the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America. The second round of voting is over, and to the vittle victor go the spoils. Just ask Maryland crab cakes, which pinched D.C. half smokes to move to the sweet, or savory, round of 16.

That Mid-Atlantic surf versus turf battle wasn’t the only regional roundhousing. Illinois’ Italian beef grilled Wisconsin bratwurst, for instance. And Florida stone crabs cracked down on Virgin Islands jerk chicken.

The current round of voting, open through May 29, features more close-in food fights. New Mexico frijoles, which gassed Alaskan king crab in round two, is in a desert shootout with neighboring Arizona’s pork chimichangas, which smothered Nevada’s chuckwagon buffet. Across the country, Delaware’s secret starch weapon, boardwalk fries, is looking to walk all over another East Coast maritime meal, Maine’s lobster rolls.

For full results of last week’s voting, including the ignominious demise of the sadly misunderstood Idaho finger steaks, are available at rollcalltasteofamerica.com. You can also vote, early and often, in the latest round, all in anticipation of the winner at the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 11.

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HOH Word of the Week: Personally Obnoxious

Personally Obnoxious (or Objectionable) A characterization a senator sometimes applies to a president’s nominee for a federal office in that senator’s state to justify his or her opposition to the nomination.”

— From “American Congressional Dictionary” by Walter Kravitz.

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May 11, 2015

Defending Champs Go Down in Taste of America

Defending Champs Go Down in Taste of America

Round 1 of the 2015 Roll Call Taste of America was brutal on former winners. There will be no repeat for the 2014 champion, Utah’s cherry cobbler. Ditto for the 2013 victor, West Virginia’s pepperoni roll. Full story

HOH Words of the Week: Nighthawks Two and Three

Nighthawks Two and Three: Helicopters that transport senior staff, Secret Service, other staff and press when traveling with the president.”

— From “United States Protocol” by Ambassador Mary Mel French. (The helicopter the president travels in is Marine One.)

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HOH Word of the Week: Optics

HOH Word of the Week: Slop-over

HOH Word of the Week: Window Dressing

HOH Word of the Week: Politician

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May 7, 2015

#tbt Richard Gephardt as Hamlet?

#tbt Richard Gephardt as Hamlet?

The success of “House of Cards” has reminded people of the beauty of a Shakespearean yarn. Which reminds us that back in the May 8-14, 1989, edition of Roll Call, we released the results of our “You Be the Bard Contest” that gave readers the chance to match members of Congress to Shakespeare’s iconic characters.

Some characterizations felt spot on. Rep. Richard Gephardt’s public mulling of whether to run for president pegged the Missouri Democrat as Hamlet. Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., was likened to Richard III “for being a victim of the climate he created,” one prescient reader said. But one entry stood out. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
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April 30, 2015

Taste of America Returns for 2015

Taste of America Returns for 2015

Mark the calendar: Roll Call’s Taste of America 2015 food-on-food competition returns soon. Will Utah’s cherry cobbler repeat? Or will West Virginia’s pepperoni roll restore glory for the Mountain State? Full story

April 27, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Optics

Optics: How voters and the media perceive something. In politics, it often is an event, phrase, or policy that is pushed front and center because of the belief that it will help win the politician more votes.”

— From “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes” by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark.

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HOH Word of the Week: Slop-over

HOH Word of the Week: Window Dressing

HOH Word of the Week: Politician

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April 20, 2015

HOH Word of Week: Slop-over

Slop-over. Pejorative description of the items found in the back of the Congressional Record.”

— From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy

 

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April 13, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Window Dressing

Window Dressing. A speech or release of information that makes something seem more important than it is.”

— From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy.

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March 26, 2015

Congress Losing Another Constituency

Attention, Congress. You lost the approval of the American public a long time ago, but you’re in danger of losing a key part of your base: Washington think tanks.

“This is the first time we’ve branched out beyond Washington,” Maxmillian Angerholzer III, president and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress said as his organization feted its 2015 Publius Award winners, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. Full story

March 2, 2015

HOH Word of the Week: Groan

GROAN, n. — The language in which a Republican Federal officeholder expounds his view of the political situation.”

— From “The Devil’s Dictionary” by Ambrose Bierce.

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Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Heard on the (Goat) Hill

Thousands are expected in Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “Come on back March 7, 8 and 9, because there will be thousands and thousands and thousands here,” Mayor Todd Strange told the crowd amassed at Goat Hill, the moniker affixed to the grounds of the state Capitol here.

Strange was speaking to cyclists and their supporters gathered for the Feb. 21 Montgomery Bicycle Club 50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Bicycle Ride. He was referring to the visitors set to descend upon his fair state and the capital region to commemorate the half-century mark of the voting rights march led by Martin Luther King Jr. Full story

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