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March 25, 2014

Nancy Pelosi’s Epic Photobomb

Usually it is reporters who inadvertently appear in photos of members of Congress.

But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., turned the tables on Tuesday, photobombing a posed picture of two reporters and Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen at a Women’s History Month event at the Capitol.

Huffington Post reporter Sabrina Siddiqui, left, posted the photo on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, tagging her colleague (and ex-Roll Caller) Jennifer Bendery, who appears on the right.

Pelosi can be seen on the far right.

Nancy Pelosis Epic Photobomb

“That time Jennifer Bendery and I met Janet Yellen and got photobombed by Nancy Pelosi. Wait what?!” Siddiqui wrote on Facebook.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post misspelled Siddiqui’s name.

March 19, 2014

Warner Picks Hoos Over Alma Mater

Sen. Mark Warner may be a George Washington University alumnus, but he’s all aboard the University of Virginia Cavaliers’ bandwagon this March Madness.

The Virginia Republican has the Wahoos winning the whole thing, downing Florida, Villanova, Michigan State, Coastal Carolina, and, you guessed it, the Colonials en route.


HOH is sure some GW fans are a little sore over the pick, but they can at least give Warner credit for picking them to upset the 8th-seeded Memphis Tigers in their first game.

If you can’t get enough March Madness, check out the Roll Call bracket, which matches members of Congress with schools in their district that have made it to the tournament.

 

March 11, 2014

Celebrities Running Out of Time to File for Congress

The clock is ticking for any celebrity considering a run for the open-seat race to represent Beverly Hills in Congress.

At 5 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, filing will close in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman.

Waxman’s 33rd District covers Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, parts of West Hollywood and Malibu. Early on, we had high hopes that at least one fun celebrity would jump into the mix. But in the waning hours of the filing period, this scenario has not come to pass.

Despite our very best efforts to cajole/Twitter troll various celebrities, not one star opted for a run. Full story

March 7, 2014

Democrats Roast Ann Richards’ Granddaughter, Set Political Bar High

Democratic operatives all over town had a ball Friday afternoon ribbing their colleague, Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Lily Adams, after the 27-year-old was declared the future of the Texas Democratic Party on cable news.

It all started Friday morning, when MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” featured a segment on political up-and-comers in the Lone Star State.

Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater prognosticated that Adams will likely be a future occupant of the Texas governor’s mansion, her late grandmother Ann Richards’ former crib.

“This is the one that’s just going to cause waves today,” Slater foreshadowed. “She is extraordinary. She is bright.”

Full story

March 6, 2014

Team Congress Triumphs in Annual Hockey Game

 

Team Congress Triumphs in Annual Hockey Game

Rep. Erik Paulsen prepares for a faceoff on Wednesday. (Abby Livingston/CQ Roll Call)

Team Lawmakers have evened up the record against their rival hockey team, Team Lobbyists, in the sixth edition of the Congressional Hockey Challenge.

It was no blowout — the Wednesday night game was suspenseful to the end at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., the site of the Washington Capitals’ practice facility. The lawmaker team, made up of members of Congress, members of the Canadian Parliament, Hill operatives and federal government workers, trailed the lobbyists for much of the game.

But in a third-period rally, the lawmakers moved ahead to win 7-5. The record now stands at 3 wins apiece.

Full story

March 5, 2014

Capitol Hill to Face Off Against K Street— on the Ice

Capitol Hill to Face Off Against K Street— on the Ice

From left, Dayspring, Goodwin and Kerry skate in the 2012 game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The boys and girls of winter are set to face off at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the annual Congressional Hockey Challenge in Arlington, Va.

This is the sixth year that “Team Lawmakers,” comprised of members of Congress, federal staffers and campaign committee operatives, will cross hockey sticks with  ”Team Lobbyists.”

The record headed into Wednesday is 3-2, in favor of the Team Lobbyists.

The game will take place at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. It’s just a few blocks off from the Ballston Metro. You can buy your $10 tickets here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the puck drops at 7 p.m.

It all started in back in 2009, with a group of lobbyists and Hill staffers who played informal Monday night pickup hockey.

Full story

February 24, 2014

John Dingell, Ready to Sell the Bear’s Hide

Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., and Roll Call have grown together on Capitol Hill, having both arrived in 1955. Now, with Dingell announcing his plans to retire at the end of the 113th Congress, it’s worth noting that over the half-century-plus of his tenure, he has remained remarkably consistent in his larger-than-life presence, coupled with his love of blunt, saucy language. This just so happens to fit right into HOH’s wheelhouse.

On the occasion of Roll Call’s 50th commemorative edition in 2005, as well as his own half-century of service, the dean of the House wrote: “I do wonder what the Speaker who first swore me into office — the great Sam Rayburn (D-Texas) — would say about this milestone year for both Roll Call and me if he were still around. I might be, let us say, colorful — but I guarantee you one thing, it would be brilliant. Sam knew how to craft a sound bite before CNN was a glimmer in Ted Turner’s eye.”

Dingell could well have been referring to himself. Sound bites, pull quotes, whatever you call them, Dingell can serve them up with the best. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 6:22 p.m.
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February 18, 2014

Staff Assistants Warned: No ‘House of Cards’ Spoilers

Staff Assistants Warned: No House of Cards Spoilers

(JB Lacroix/Getty Images)

If there’s any truer maxim on Capitol Hill, it is this: Don’t mess with the staff assistants. Especially when it comes to ”House of Cards” spoilers.

On Friday when federal government workers were ordered to work, on a delayed start, at least one junior staffer was none too pleased about the circumstances. The aide issued a stark warning at 12:23 p.m. to colleagues on the infamous White House Tours Listserv: leak any details about the Season Two Netflix release and get the boot.

Here’s the full text:

I know a lot of us are excited for the new season of House of Cards and due to Snowchi being fickle with additional snow we can’t watch the new season at home.  So this is just a warning, anyone who mentions House of Cards spoilers in their emails will be automatically kicked off the list.

Officially, the Listserv is a means for office White House Tour coordinators to communicate and trade tour slots for constituents.

So, all of this begs the question: Did anyone spill the beans?

February 7, 2014

Hollywood Producer/Charlie Sheen Foe ‘Mulling’ Run for Waxman Seat

Add television executive producer Chuck Lorre to the group of entertainment people jokingly giving a look at running for Congress in west Los Angeles.

The seat’s incumbent, Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman, announced his retirement in late January. The district represents Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Malibu. As a result, California’s 33rd is home to many movie stars and Hollywood players.

Lorre announced on Thursday that he is “mulling the congressional seat.” The comments came in the form of a “vanity card” he writes at the end of each of his television program episodes. This one flashed up on Thursday after an episode of “The Big Bang Theory”:

I’m also mulling the congressional seat recently opened by the retirement of Henry Waxman. Again, I think my complete lack of experience is a selling point. I’m also a big fan of incompetent government, as the overly organized ones tend to put people like me on trains to Poland. For this elective office I’m thinking I need a campaign slogan that alienates no one. Something along the lines of, “Send me to Congress and watch what happens!”

Full story

February 4, 2014

Lorenzo Lamas Mulls Run for Waxman’s Seat

In Heard on the Hill’s ongoing quest to bait as many celebrities as possible into running for the newly opened west Lost Angeles seat in Congress, we got a joking “maybe” from “Falcon Crest”/”Grease” star Lorenzo Lamas:

 

 

For context, Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman announced last week he is retiring from his west Los Angeles-based district. California’s 33rd is unique in that it covers Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, parts of West Hollywood and a whole handful of other movie star enclaves.

This is the first time since 1974 that the region will see  an open-seat race, and so we spent part of Monday afternoon trolling various movies stars on Twitter to see if they are mulling a run.

This race has the potential to be the greatest House race in the history of the United States, and we don’t want to leave any stone unturned. (For serious coverage of the race, check out our At the Races blog.)

Full story

February 3, 2014

Richard Simmons Will Not Run for Waxman Seat

Not that he was on anyone’s radar in the first place, but fitness guru (and Roll Call favorite) Richard Simmons will not run for Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s west Los Angeles-based House seat.

Responding to a query tweet from this reporter, Simmons wrote back, “I think not lol.”

 

Simmons’ fitness studio, Slimmons, is based in Beverly Hills. Simmons is somewhat active in politics. In the past he has testified on Capitol Hill on childhood obesity and he was a source of hope for discouraged members and staffers during October’s shutdown.

Our loss.

January 31, 2014

Chabot, Holtz Huddle at GOP Retreat

Leave it to Speaker John A. Boehner to bring fellow Ohio Republican Steve Chabot face to face with his past.

Boehner tapped College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz to motivate House Republicans during the group’s retreat in Cambridge, Md. — a pep talk which included a throwback pic of a mutton-chopped Chabot being courted by the then-third-year coach to play ball at the College of William & Mary.

Chabot, Holtz Huddle at GOP Retreat

(Courtesy Team Chabot)

Full story

December 17, 2013

Guess Who’s Not Retiring Today! Ileana Ros-Lehtinen!

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., took an opportunity Tuesday to remind the world that she is not retiring.

In what is quickly becoming known as ”Bloody Tuesday,” three members of the House announced, in a five-hour stretch, their retirements: Republican Reps. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia and Tom Latham of Iowa and Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah.

Between the Matheson and Latham announcements at around 3 p.m, this reporter tweeted at the masses, sarcastically asking if any members of Congress “want to get anything off their chest before I go on vacation? Anyone? Anyone?”

Ros-Lehtinen, often the target of Democrats pushing retirement rumors, responded.

 

There is some context to the exchange. Ros-Lehtinen once let this reporter have it for following up on Democratic “retirement suggestions.”

“They have me as the next president of a university,” she told Roll Call in April. “Democrats put out that rumor every six months or so. They always cast a wide net to see what kind of fish they can get.”

December 4, 2013

Reps, Wizards Christen Horton’s Kids Hoops

“Do y’all know how to shoot any hoops out here in Ward 8?” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., asked the crowd gathered to cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished outdoor basketball court at the Horton Kid’s Community Resource Center.

Norton, along with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., both congressional hoopsters, were on hand Tuesday evening to celebrate the court’s reopening, a project funded by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation — a charitable wing of the Washington Wizards organization — and the Hoops for Youth Foundation.

Wizards Otto Porter Jr. and Jan Vesely attended as well as Wizards/Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

Reps, Wizards Christen Hortons Kids Hoops

Back row from left, Norton, Vesely and Porter helped christen the refurbished court. (Courtesy Horton’s Kids)

Brenda Chamberlain, the executive director of Horton’s Kids, said the court will be put to good use. ”This court gets used by hundreds of kids every day,” she said. Full story

December 2, 2013

Christina Bellantoni Returns Home to Roll Call

If you’ve been anywhere near Twitter in the past hour, you will have heard the big news that former Roll Call Politics Associate Editor/current PBS NewsHour Politics Editor Christina Bellantoni is headed home to Roll Call to run the ship as editor-in-chief.

Here’s to you, Ms. Bellantoni:

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