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September 16, 2014

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August 4, 2014

Bill Maher Flip a District: Coffman Rounds Out Final Four

Bill Maher Flip a District: Coffman Rounds Out Final Four

Coffman is in a Tossup race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Bill Maher Flip a District effort is going after Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado, rounding out the final four Republicans the comedian wants to give the boot from Congress.

What’s interesting about the Coffman selection is he is the only lawmaker on Maher’s list actually representing a competitive seat.

Coffman’s race in the 6th District is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. The three others — Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, John Kline of Minnesota and Blake Farenthold of Texas — are in contests rated Safe Republican.

Maher said on the Aug. 1 summer finale of his HBO show “Real Time” that Coffman earned the final slot.

“That’s right, Mike is a deep-red conservative trying to keep pace with a district that’s turning purple and smokin’ green,” Maher said, grinning. “He once said that [President Barack] Obama is just not an American. Wow, you’d have to be high to re-elect a guy like that.”

That’s a reference to a May 12, 2012, fundraiser, during which Coffman reportedly said he isn’t sure about Obama’s citizenship. The Denver Post reported the quote as, “I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”

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July 28, 2014

Bill Maher Flip a District Contest: Ellmers in Final Four

Bill Maher Flip a District Contest: Ellmers in Final Four

Bill Maher’s Flip a District project added Ellmers to the final four. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bill Maher’s attempt to oust a Republican member of Congress is nearing its final stage, with the liberal comedian announcing July 25 on his HBO show that Renee Ellmers of North Carolina has made it to the final four of his viewer-driven “Flip a District” contest.

Ellmers joins John Kline of Minnesota and Blake Farenthold of Texas. Maher will announce the last of the quartet on Friday night, his final show before “Real Time” takes a summer break. The aim appears to be the selection of one Republican in the final stretch of the midterm cycle and then support for that lawmaker’s Democratic challenger with both money and attention. The Flip a District “loserest loser of all,” as Maher dubs it, will be announced when his show films from Washington, D.C., on Sept. 12.

He went after Ellmers, who was among the “tweet 16″ finalists, on July 25.

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May 6, 2014

Congressional Women’s Softball Rosters Are Out

The Congressional Women’s Softball Team and its archrival, The Bad News Babes, are out with their rosters about a month ahead of  the Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Both teams feature 20 players. The member team will have strong delegations from Florida and Arizona. The press team boasts strong contingents from CNN, NBC News and The New York Times, and, of course, Roll Call.

Game day is June 18, and it benefits The Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.

The big takeaway are the rookies. Rep. Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., joined the team after her December special election win, along with Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

Similarly, The Bad News Babes added ABC Deputy Bureau Chief Sara Just and The New York Times’ Carolyn Ryan to its own roster.

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April 25, 2014

Overheard: Only in D.C. or, Tax Extenders Bring Up the Rear

“I think my butt was on TV during the tax extenders markup, though.”

— One staffer to another on Wednesday in the Russell Senate Office Building basement

December 12, 2013

Overheard: Rand Paul’s Hell-Freezing-Over Timeline

“I don’t think there’s going to be unanimous consent on anything until hell freezes over.”

— Sen. Rand Paul

By Roll Call Staff Posted at 12:58 p.m.
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July 17, 2013

‘Sneak a Bite’ Offers Bite of the Apple From Korea

Seoree, a Korea-based produce distributor, is marking its debut in U.S. markets by hosting a brand launch reception today, aiming to make the connection between specialty dishes and cocktails derived from its produce and the new U.S.-Korea free-trade agreement.

The “Sneak a Bite” event will feature Seoree products prepared by a Korean chef and and looks to showcase the types of good and products, such as Seoree’s organic apples and pears, that will be shared because of the FTA, as well as promote deeper mutual cultural understanding.

The launch is supported by two other Korea-based organizations: the Kim Chang Joon Future U.S.-Korea Foundation, led by former Rep. Jay Kim, R-Calif., and the Korea Fruit Agricultural Company Federation. The event will be held at the W Hotel (515 15th Street NW). Doors open at 5 p.m. to those with an invitation.

June 13, 2013

Mary Landrieu’s Kid Arrested on DWI Charges

Frank “Connor” Snellings, the 21-year-old son of Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., was arrested Thursday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run driving and driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the French Quarter, as well as possession of an alcoholic beverage in the car and not maintaining proper control of the car, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

According to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, the car Snellings was driving hit a pedestrian, who was not seriously injured. Snellings and a passenger were not hurt.

“We love our son wholeheartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night,” Landrieu told the Times-Picayune. “These actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system.”

Landrieu asked people “to respect his privacy as we work through this challenging time for our family.”

June 12, 2013

Weekend Work? Don’t Make Me Laugh | Overheard

“Usually we say that we’re going to do it on Friday and usually that threat seems to get it wrapped up on Thursday night. I have never missed a recess around here nor a weekend.”

— Senate Armed Services ranking member John McCain, regarding the defense authorization bill his panel is considering.

April 9, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“I know I didn’t have anything to do with it.”

— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on the possible bugging of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign office.

March 18, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“We invited the American cardinals to a reception. So, unless I’m prepared to join the Eastern Orthodox Church, as a Roman Catholic I’d better show up or I’ll lose my soul.”

— Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., yukking it up in Italy, where he is leading a delegation for Tuesday’s papal installation ceremony for Pope Francis.

February 26, 2013

Former Surgeon General Once Gave Senate a Scare

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died Monday, prompting tributes to the 96-year-old public servant for his part in warning the nation on the risks of smoking and AIDS.

One of his last moments in the spotlight on Capitol Hill came at the height of the health care overhaul debate in November 2009, when a letter he wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hand-delivered to Reid’s office and set off a scare.
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February 15, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“The only purpose I serve around here is to cast a losing vote.”

— Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., at a Friday House Financial Services markup.

February 7, 2013

Overheard on the Hill

“On behalf of the conservative movement, we are demanding you terminate Mr. Collegio. An apology is not acceptable.”

— Letter from Citizens for the Republic to American Crossroads CEO Steven Law regarding Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio. Collegio earlier this week called Brent Bozell III a “hater” on the radio.

January 30, 2013

Capitol Quip: Vote for Your Winner

Capitol Quip: Vote for Your Winner

CQ Roll Call continues its new weekly cartoon caption contest with a second round this week. CQ Roll Call editors have culled this week’s entries to move to the next stage: five finalists our readers will be able to vote for during the next day.

So, using the comments section, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. Thursday. SPECIAL NOTE: If you submit your comment anonymously, we might have some difficulty getting you your signed print if you win. So before cloaking yourself, think about how we can contact you to get you your prize if you’re a winner. If you’re super shy, you can send us an anonymous line that only we will see at hoh@rollcall.com. Thanks for playing!

Here are this week’s finalists:

• “You mothers wear combat boots”

• “Full Metal Jackass”

• “I’m ready for that 3:00 AM phone call …”

• “Amateurs …”

• “2016….2016……please let it be 2016!”

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

January 28, 2013

Capitol Quip: Your Punchline Goes Here

Capitol Quip: Your Punchline Goes Here

CQ Roll Call editorial cartoonist R.J. Matson has submitted another Capitol Quip image for your consideration this week. Submit your entry in the comments below. Editors will pick five finalists to go before readers for another vote.

Capitol Quip: Your Punchline Goes Here

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for our first Capitol Quip contest. The winning entry, as voted by readers of the Heard on the Hill blog, is “Here’s our number. So call us, maybe …”. The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing.

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