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August 22, 2014
As Heard on the Hill’s look back at 2014 rolls on, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid organizes his calendar, greases pigs and pays tribute to his favorite Americans — the Koch brothers.
August 21, 2014
Members of the George Washington University Colonials men’s basketball team had a ball wending their way through all the touristy spots in the Capitol.
The visiting collegians practiced taking the rock to the hole last week by performing impromptu dunks at various stops — including the Speaker’s Balcony and Statuary Hall — along the way.
The fun-loving contingent got the VIP treatment courtesy of former House aide Rich Landon. The ex-staffer told HOH he’s been pals with GWU coach Mike Lonergan since his shot-calling days at Catholic University of America.
Per Landon, Lonergan et al. ran into a number of congressional staffers — including one starstruck aide to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — who sought out the national championship-winning coach to ask for autographs and pose for selfies.
Next on Landon’s to-do list: seeing about showing a few aging rock-and-rollers around his old stomping grounds. And he hinted that he’s been in contact with one of the most hirsute Washington Nationals about possibly making the rounds.
August 13, 2014
Sen. Lisa Murkowski just became the daredevil philanthropist to beat after fearlessly plunging into icy Alaskan waters.
“I’m gonna challenge every single member of the United States Senate … Demonstrate your commitment to getting rid of ALS,” the Alaska Republican prodded fellow pols who have yet to participate in the viral fundraising campaign.
Murkowski has been calling attention to ALS for years, spreading the word about the crippling disease both in D.C. and around Alaska.
July 31, 2014
We wish we could blame it on the heat, but it was only 79 degrees in Washington on Wednesday.
Republican Reps. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, a pair often seen hanging out together on the House floor, exchanged fierce words Wednesday over appropriate footwear for Seersucker Day.
It all started on Tuesday, when Capito threw a jab at Ros-Lehtinen.
Both women were surveyed for advice to women ahead of the return of Seersucker Thursday in the Senate. Ros-Lehtinen, approached first, grumbled about her lack of buck shoes because of their price.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no,” she said. “They need to come down for Mama.”
When Capito was asked about footwear, she pointed to Ros-Lehtinen as the example of what not to do.
“Don’t do what Ileana Ros-Lehtinen does and wear matching seersucker shoes,” she said. “That is a no-no.”
Thirty-nine minutes after the story posted on Wednesday, the Ros-Lehtinen camp emailed this photo and message: “She says she went full Seersucker just to upset Shelley Moore Capito.”
Ros-Lehtinen stopped on her way into Wednesday evening votes to show off her shoes and gripe about Capito.
Capito’s office responded to the photo with a statement not backing off one bit.
“Not a good look,” Capito said.
Bless their hearts.
Think you nailed the seersucker look? See a member preening around Russell in the threads? A staff colleague? Snap a pic on Thursday, send it here with “seersucker” in the subject line, and we’ll determine “Who Wore It Best.” Can the Senate side can keep up with the House? Only time will tell …
July 30, 2014
After two years, Seersucker Thursday finally returns to the Senate. Back in June, when the House side hosted its own seersucker celebration, HOH ran an item Seersucker Day: Trent Lott’s Fashion Do’s and Don’ts.
Upon reflection, we realized that most of his advice was applicable predominantly to males. We reached out to Lott for female etiquette. But he shied away, referring us to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., one of the players integral to bringing back the tradition. Feinstein declined to give advice, but did issue a statement.
“Seersucker Thursday is a light-hearted tradition that fosters camaraderie, nothing more and nothing less,” Feinstein said. “It’s a brief, bipartisan reprieve from our normal routine.”
So we took the party over to the House side, and conducted a survey of Southern and Southern-ish female representatives of how to best wear seersucker.
- Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. (Though there’s much debate, we’re counting West Virginia as Southern for this project.)
- Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.
- Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y. (Born and raised in North Carolina.)
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.
- Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala.
July 2, 2014
From the opening stretches to Speaker John A. Boehner’s slow jam, watch members in all their glory as the Democrats capture their sixth-straight coveted Roll Call trophy in a 15-6 victory.
June 27, 2014
While members counted votes and confused reporters in their final week before the July Fourth recess, John A. Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell sang to overcome the odds.
June 26, 2014
The congressional Democrats’ baseball team secured a sixth straight victory on Wednesday night at Nationals Park, winning the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game by a score of 15-6 and securing a second straight coveted Roll Call trophy.
At a members’ reception after the game, Rep. Raul Ruiz of California secured the MVP honor for the victorious Democrats and Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas won the GOP’s MVP.
Ruiz posted impressive offensive numbers — hitting two doubles in the Democrats’ eight-run fifth inning — and showing impressive defensive skills at second base. Brady, a previous MVP during a more successful baseball era for the Republicans, showed off his offensive skills at the plate, securing two hits off of Democratic ace Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana.
June 20, 2014
As summer approaches, members turned to flavored e-cigarettes, arithmetic and CIA analysts on acid to make it through the heat of the week.
June 19, 2014
Good thing the next Congressional Women’s Softball Game is a year away.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., tore her hamstring Wednesday night as she was rounding the bases during the annual charity softball game and will be sidelined for “at least a couple of weeks” as she undergoes physical therapy for the injury, her office said Thursday afternoon.
Despite Wasserman Schultz’s injury early on in the game, the female members of Congress went on to defeat the female reporters in a triumphant 10-5 win — taking back the coveted trophy after a two-year slump.
June 18, 2014
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game Wednesday night.
Giffords left Congress in 2011, after she was shot during a gun rampage at an event in her district.
Her appearances in Washington are infrequent, and always spark emotion from lawmakers in both parties. She is close with the co-captains of the members’ team, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and she once played on the bipartisan team.
It’s that time of year again.
It is all because the Congressional Women’s Softball Game is Wednesday night.
The annual event pits female members of Congress against the women of the Washington press corps, and it benefits the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity that aids women under 40 who are fighting breast cancer.
“The members looked ready to go,” Bad News Babe/CNN political writer Leigh Ann Caldwell said of a recent reconnaissance mission of Team Congress’ practice. “Their batting was fierce, and their pitching was the strongest I’ve seen it.”
“It’s a good thing the press team has improved as well, or I would be scared,” Caldwell added. “We are going to have to play at our highest level this year to ensure we continue our winning streak.”
Get your tickets here. (And don’t forget to fill out your Fantasy Softball brackets!)
June 17, 2014
Congressional Women’s Softball Batting Practices Get Wild at New York Times, Huffington Post (Updated) (Video)
They ain’t messing around at The New York Times and The Huffington Post.
Both news organizations were the sites of indoor batting practice sessions on Tuesday, in preparation for Wednesday evening’s Congressional Women’s Softball Game. The annual match between female members of Congress and the women of the Washington press corps. The game benefits the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity. Tickets can be purchased here.
Over at the Times, bureau chief Carolyn Ryan is taking her game debut so seriously that she and day editor Jill Agostino regularly hold pepper drills in Ryan’s office.
“I think it speaks volumes about our confidence going into the game that Carolyn wanted to play pepper in her glass-enclosed office,” New York Times junior reporter Emmarie Huetteman observed.
Ryan, Agostino and Huetteman joined the softball team thanks to the scouting efforts of press coach and New York Times chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse.
As if she needed any more initiation, Ryan found herself sucked into a Twitter fight with the game’s founder, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., over the last 24 hours.
Step One: Ready the Batting Stance
June 12, 2014
Thanks to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss, June 11, 2014 will go down as one of the most chaotic days in the modern history of the United States Capitol.
But it will also go on the books as the moment Seersucker Day returned to Capitol Hill.
The hallway leading to the GOP conference meeting where Cantor announced his resignation from leadership served as almost a Seersucker fashion runway as the ranks of the GOP members strutted, (or more often, trudged) their way to the meeting past reporters and cameras.
June 10, 2014
Seersucker Day on Capitol Hill is less than 24 hours away, and the concept can be a bit tricky for those not from the Deep South.
So, as a service to our readers, we called on the originator of the Capitol Hill tradition, ex-Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, for his advice on how to make the most of Seersucker Day.
“It was one of those rare occasions when something was bipartisan and for both genders,” the former Republican leader said. He added that it was a fun-spirited day where members could “get a picture and laugh together a little bit.”
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