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October 22, 2014

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October 15, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Leaves of Political Change Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Leaves of Political Change 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:

They’re both fall guys, if you ask me!
I used to love this season when the only nuts we saw were acorns.
Perhaps, a new version of Splendor in the Grass?
It’s all about who runs out of gas first!
Humans should do like we do. Take the nuts, store them away, and forget where they are.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Oct. 19 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.

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

October 8, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Obama Ballot Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Obama Ballot 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:

  • I’ll always extend a supportive hand to the people’s president.
  • They said I don’t want to touch his policies with a 10-foot pole, but they were wrong!
  • FOX News — zoom in over here! MSNBC? Use a wide angle!
  • Attempting to have a long distance relationship.
  • It’s not a stretch to say that this is exactly the kind of help I need from you.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Oct. 12 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.

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:02 p.m.
Capitol Quip

October 1, 2014

Vote For Your Favorite Eric Holder Capitol Quip!

Vote For Your Favorite Eric Holder 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:

  • Does anyone really want this ball?
  • Usually it’s not the ref who fumbles the ball.
  • Jump on it and we can run out the clock!
  • Possession is nine-tenths of the law!
  • Anyone have Roger Goddell’s number?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Oct. 5th 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.

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:14 p.m.
Capitol Quip

September 24, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Congress Headed to Hustings Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Congress Headed to Hustings 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. Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:05 p.m.
Capitol Quip

September 17, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Bringing Up the Rear Capitol Quip!

Vote for Your Favorite Bringing Up the Rear 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:

  • I’m glad it’s a single-seater!
  • Maverick goosed us again!
  • Come back! You forgot your Nobel Peace Prize!
  • Hey, wait for us!
  • Wait! You forgot to take the approval ratings!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Sept. 21 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.

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 3:53 p.m.
Capitol Quip

September 10, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Eric Cantor Capitol Quip

Vote for Your Favorite Eric Cantor 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:

  • I hope I “lose” my re-election in a similar fashion.
  • Hard to tell if we won or lost.
  • He does know how to make an exit.
  • He does know how to make an entrance.
  • Looks like nobody told him the Capitol Quip is back!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Sept. 14 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.

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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 6:55 p.m.
Capitol Quip

August 11, 2014

Tiffany McGuffee, Jordan Haverly Tie the Knot

Tiffany McGuffee, Jordan Haverly Tie the Knot

McGuffee and Haverly got married on Aug. 2. (Courtesy Bamber Photography)

Two Republican press secretaries have tied the knot: Tiffany McGuffee and Jordan Haverly were married on Aug. 2 at the Capitol Hill Club. Rev. Julian Bermudez officiated.

Haverly, 27, is the press secretary for Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois. McGuffee, 26, is the communications director for Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, who attended the festivities.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and music by guitarist Rich Barry in the Eisenhower Room at the Capitol Hill Club, followed by dinner and dancing in the presidential dining room. The wedding cake had a “Kate Spade-inspired look,” and sat atop rose-gold sparkly table linens to match the bride’s rose-gold Kate Spade pumps.

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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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