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July 30, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Do Nothing Congress Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Do Nothing Congress Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • This is the most productive I’ve been in months!
  • This is fun, but shouldn’t we be voting down legislation?
  • How can Roll Call call us a “Do-Nothing Congress” when we help ‘em to fill 24 pages every issue?
  • This is what the millennials call “funemployment.”
  • Think voters know this is what we do when we’re in session too?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Aug. 3 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:09 p.m.
Capitol Quip

July 23, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Distractions Abound Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Distractions Abound Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Now that’s what I call regulatory relief!
  • Get in gear! Or do you also have a faulty ignition switch?
  • If we quietly leave, maybe they won’t recall
  • Warranties are hell.
  • With every crisis comes opportunity…run!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on July 28 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:24 p.m.
Capitol Quip

July 16, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Congress Border Run Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Congress Border Run Capitol Quip
The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • This reminds me of that children’s classic, “Make Way for Ducklings.”
  • Think of these kids as bills proposed in Congress. None shall pass.
  • We’re also now seeing some refugees from Brazil, looking for a new land of soccer opportunity.
  • We had to update the sign.
  • When the president couldn’t make it, he did send down these nifty new signs.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on July 20 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:55 p.m.
Capitol Quip

July 9, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Obama-Boehner World Cup Caption | Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Obama Boehner World Cup Caption | Capitol QuipThe five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Sue me? I have Tim Howard as my defense attorney!
  • Congressman, you’re no Tim Howard.
  • Where were you when Brazil needed you?
  • No wonder we’ve been playing for 90 minutes without a single goal.
  • My Executive Order already counts this as a goal anyway.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on July 13 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 5:23 p.m.
Capitol Quip

July 2, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Thad Cochran Riding High Quip | Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Thad Cochran Riding High Quip | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. (Note earlier time!)

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Don’t even say he’s riding high on the hog.
  • Praise the Lard, he won!
  • Who’s squealing like a stuck pig now?
  • Think we should tell him it’s not a horse?
  • No, I didn’t see it coming. I just thought that the pig would have been flying, too.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on July 7 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:21 p.m.
Capitol Quip

June 29, 2014

Roll Call Engagements: Assad Akhter, Saira Hussain

Roll Call Engagements: Assad Akhter, Saira Hussain

Akhter proposes to Hussain at the Jefferson Memorial. (Courtesy David Sims)

Assad Akhter planned his proposal before he ever even met the girl of his dreams. He just never thought he’d be able to pull it off.

He knew from the moment he interned in Washington as a college student that “one day I would propose at the Jefferson Memorial.” Soon after coming to work on the Hill as a staff assistant for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Akhter met David Sims, a photographer he decided would be the one to capture the moment. Sims at the time worked for then-Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y.

Akhter bided his time until he met the right woman, who turned out to be  Saira Hussain, assistant vice president and counsel at BNP Paribas in New York City. The two had met at a legal event Hussain helped organize in Manhattan. Akhter found an excuse to introduce himself after meandering around in “semi-awkward conversation” at the back of the room.

“She had actually seen me speak at a networking event in the city a year earlier, thinking this would have left her impressed, I asked her what she thought of my performance. … Her response was polite but made clear that she was not exactly blown away by what she had heard,” he said.

Akhter persisted, and the two began dating. Soon after, his plan for the proposal started to take hold.

Akhter, now deputy chief of staff to Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of New Jersey, needed to get his girlfriend to the memorial.

“I knew she would be less than pleased if I had this moment immortalized while she wore the usual outfit of most memorial visitors: t-shirt and jeans. So I devised a plan whereby I told her that a very good friend of mine was having his wedding in DC and that I was in the wedding party and they were actually taking the pre-wedding photographs at the Jefferson Memorial, thus ensuring an excuse for needing to be there and dressed formally,” Akhter told Heard on the Hill.

It worked. On April 12, while the two were on their supposed stroll for fictional wedding photos, he got down on one knee and proposed.

Sims snapped these pictures, and Hussain said yes. A wedding is planned for this year.

 

Roll Call Engagements: Assad Akhter, Saira Hussain

Akhter and Hussain. (Courtesy David Sims)

Roll Call Engagements: Assad Akhter, Saira Hussain

(Courtesy David Sims)

 

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 7 a.m.
Weddings

June 25, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Happy Republican Marriage Quip | Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Happy Republican Marriage Quip | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday, June 26.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Business in the front, (Tea) Party in the back.
  • Hey!!! Who stole my steering wheel?
  • Just because they are along for the ride doesn’t mean I have to get in bed with them.
  • Another shotgun wedding on Capitol Hill.
  • Ok, ok, I’ll blast some Ted Nugent tunes!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on June 29 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:58 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Wedding Bells for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Randy Florke

 

Wedding Bells for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Randy Florke

Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., married his longtime partner Randy Florke on June 21st. (Courtesy Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress)

It’s not just staffers who are tying the knot.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., married his longtime partner Randy Florke on June 21st. Rev. Fr. Shane Scott-Hamblen officiated at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring, N.Y.

“Even after 22 years together, we’re overwhelmed by how blessed we feel to celebrate this special day with our friends and family. With our three kids by our side, this couldn’t have been a more perfect day. Thank you to all our friends near and far for their love and support as we continue to fight to ensure all families can experience the joys of a lifetime commitment,” Maloney and Florke said in a joint statement.

Wedding Bells for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Randy Florke

The couple resides in Cold Spring, N.Y. and have three children together, pictured left to right, Essie, Daley and Reinel. (Courtesy Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress)

Maloney, 47, is the first openly gay member of Congress from New York. Florke, 51, is a real estate and design executive in New York City for The Rural Connection, Inc., the company he founded in 1996. The couple resides in Cold Spring and have three children together, Reinel, 24, Daley, 13, and Essie, 11.

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June 20, 2014

Love Sparked From Beehive State: Clay White, Tanya Robertson Engaged

Love Sparked From Beehive State: Clay White, Tanya Robertson Engaged

White proposes to Robertson on speaker’s balcony. (Courtesy Allison Barker)

It didn’t take long for Clay White to decide that Tanya Robertson was the girl for him.

It was “love at first sight.” Robertson was interning for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. She walked into the office of another Utah Republican, Rep. Chris Stewart and caught White’s eye. White, a legislative correspondent for Stewart, knew he had to take immediate action.

Under the guise of “work,” he made multiple visits to the Chaffetz office before he mustered up the courage to ask Robertson on a date. They dated long distance when Robertson returned to school in Utah. Upon graduation, she became Chaffetz’s scheduler.

Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 12:38 p.m.
Weddings

June 19, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Primaries Quip | Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Primaries Quip | Capitol QuipThe five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists!

  • Campaigns of mice and men, sometimes go astray.
  • All I did was ask if he wanted to join us for a tea party.
  • He’s afraid what Cantor’s got is contagious.
  • You’d think Brat was the wurst.
  • What a Brat.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on June 22 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 12:52 p.m.
Capitol Quip

June 15, 2014

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

John Rizzo and Tiffany Wynn cut the cake.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently added a new line to his career summary: Marriage officiant.

John Rizzo, press secretary for Casey, and Tiffany Wynn, a lawyer at Crowell & Moring, were married on May 31 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. John is from Scranton, Pa., and started his career in Casey’s office as an intern. He also worked in the press office of Democratic New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer. Tiffany is from Connecticut and a graduate of Duke University and Georgetown Law.

“My staff and I never thought that John’s dedication to, some might say ‘obsession with,’ press coverage could be rivaled by anything other than sports … that is, until he met Tiffany,” Casey said in his remarks at the ceremony.

Full story

June 11, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Bowe Bergdahl Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Bowe Bergdahl Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists!

  • Politics delivered a “Low Bowe” to the welcome home festivities.
  • Reminds me of the time we were torn between negotiating with foxes and leaving no nuts behind!
  • This is nuts! Supporting the troops was the last thing we could all agree on.
  • Bergdahl? I thought we were going to BergDORFS!
  • I’m not cleaning this up! Are you?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on June 15 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:43 p.m.
Capitol Quip

June 8, 2014

Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

Married! Janelle and Mitch Relfe at their reception on the rooftop of the Newseum. (Courtesy Vita Images)

From the campaign trail to walking down the aisle —  Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe were married on May 24 at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill.

She is a legislative assistant for Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and he is a recent graduate of Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.

The couple met in Boston, while volunteering for Scott P. Brown during the January 2010 special election. At the time, Janelle was interning for Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Mitch worked for Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala. He later worked as floor monitor for the Senate Republican Conference in Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office.

On Dec. 21, 2012, after a year and a half of dating, Mitch proposed on the steps of the Capitol building, at midnight in the rain.

The reception was held on the rooftop of the Newseum.

Wedding Bells for Staffers Janelle Hervig and Mitch Relfe

The couple met while campaigning. (Courtesy Vita Images)

“We really wanted a view of the Capitol since it pretty much is the whole reason we met,” Janelle told said in an email, adding that the groom’s cake was in the shape of an elephant, and their tables were named after presidents: “It was a very Capitol Hill/DC wedding!”

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 8 a.m.
Weddings

June 4, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Driving Congress Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Driving Congress Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists!

  • It could be worse!! We could actually give Congress the keys.
  • Whatever you do, don’t let any of the red ones Rove about.
  • Man, these Koch brothers donations are getting out of hand.
  • Which one has the Cruz control?
  • The “R” models and the “D” models keep running into each other; the “I” models just keep going in circles!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on June 8 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 9:48 p.m.
Capitol Quip

May 28, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Shinseki Capitol Quip | Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Shinseki Capitol Quip | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists!

  • How many more can we add to the witness list before we see him?
  • I hope you don’t mind the wait.
  • General Shinseki, your walk-up song will be “Burred Lines.”
  • Well general, welcome to the one place where there is more red tape and process delays than the VA.
  • Have you had enough of a time-out to think about what you’ve not done?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on June 1 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:31 p.m.
Capitol Quip
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