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May 27, 2015

Senate Seersucker Thursday Returns June 11

Senate Seersucker Thursday Returns June 11

Cassidy, center, is championing Seersucker Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It is time to once again mark your calendars — Seersucker Thursday will be June 11.

The Senate tradition was resurrected last year after being discontinued in 2012 amid concerns the event wasn’t appropriately serious. The wearing of the lighter summer suits dates to the days before air conditioning in the Capitol, but it was Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi who really started the annual event in 1996.

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May 26, 2015

Staffer Bids Adieu to ‘Jurassic Congress’

“We spared no expense.”

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park” in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.

In preparation for Erdel’s last day working for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Brandt, the communications director for House GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, showed up on May 21 at the Capitol’s East Front in his jeep, adorned with a “Jurassic Park” decal he’d purchased on eBay especially for the occasion.

The purpose of the exercise?  So Erdel could pose like this … Full story

May 21, 2015

Freshmen Join Congressional Women’s Softball Game

Freshmen Join Congressional Womens Softball Game

Gabbard was among the star recruits after she arrived in Congress. There are three rookies joining the members’ team this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The lawmakers who play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game have three new recruits to brag about this year, ahead of next month’s charity game against the press.

The roster being released Thursday includes freshman rookies from the House: Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mia Love, R-Utah.

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May 1, 2015

Angus King Not Afraid to Cut Corners in the Kitchen

If knowing when to delegate authority is in fact a hallmark of brilliant leaders, someone hand Sen. Angus King the keys to the Oval Office right freaking now.

Angus King Not Afraid to Cut Corners in the Kitchen

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Maine independent may not have taken any of the top honors Wednesday night at the March of Dimes’ annual Gourmet Gala, but he’s got our vote for most creative problem solver.

Rather than wrack his brains for a family tradition that might have helped him surmount the culinary offerings presented by fellow solons, King threw red meat at the problem: barbecue from Kenny’s Smokehouse, to be exact. Full story

April 30, 2015

Overheard: Baltimore Congressman Has His ‘Rudy’ Moment

Overheard: Baltimore Congressman Has His Rudy Moment

Cummings made his mark on camera, shouting into a bullhorn Wednesday night. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings forged a powerful image during the second night of Baltimore’s self-imposed 10 p.m. curfew, using a bullhorn to clear crowds from the streets, including a Fox News reporter.

During a live-from-the-scene interview, Cummings wandered away from the camera, turning his attention to the street. Instead of responding to a question from Sean Hannity, he lifted the bullhorn and shouted, “I need you to help me get these people home. Let’s go home! Let’s go home!”

The footage may explain why Rep. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., seemed starstruck Thursday afternoon when she saw the Maryland Democrat in the Speaker’s Lobby. During an interview with HOH about campus security, the House Administration chairwoman did a quick double-take of the congressman, who stood chatting on his cell phone, back turned to the chamber. Full story

April 14, 2015

Rep. John Carney Is #AllAboutThatBasin

The hit Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass” is, depending on whom you ask, either a feminist rallying cry in praise of unconventional body types or an exploitative dirge objectifying women’s derrières. And now Rep. John Carney, D-Del., might be forever linked to it.

How? The song is applicable, apparently, to a certain parochial concern, if you just get take “bass” and get rid of the second “s” and add an “in.” To wit, on Tuesday, a group of bipartisan Northeastern lawmakers rallied  to introduce the “Delaware River Basin Conservation Act,” which would make the restoration and preservation of the body of water and its surrounding area a government priority. Full story

March 26, 2015

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

Richmond, left, looks to pass to one of his teammates. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“We talked about madness in March — this is as mad as it gets!”

The game announcer summed up the electricity in the Gonzaga College High School gymnasium Wednesday night as the Home Court Charity Basketball Game went into a second overtime. “Hill’s Angels,” made up of members of Congress and staffers, were tied with Georgetown faculty aka the “Hoya Lawyas,” at 41 points a piece. Next basket would win. Full story

March 23, 2015

Date Set for Congressional Golf Tournament

Date Set for Congressional Golf Tournament

Phil Gingrey works his way out of a sand trap during the 2011 tournament. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Get excited: The 14th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge is scheduled for Monday, July 27.

This year, Roll Call has promised a shiny new trophy for the winners.

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March 17, 2015

Members Shoot Hoops for a Cause

Members Shoot Hoops for a Cause

Reps. André Carson, D-Ind., and Jeff Denham, R-Calif., before the 26th annual charity basketball game in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mark your calendars for the 28th annual Home Court Charity Basketball Game, scheduled for next week.

Gonzaga College High School will host the Georgetown Law faculty and staff on March 25 as they take on members of Congress. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Full story

By Megan Evans Posted at 11:30 a.m.
Baller

March 16, 2015

Members Succumb to March Madness

Ahhh, the middle of March. That time of year when the eyes of the nation turn away from anything and everything business-related and become locked on whatever electronic device is handy — TV, computer, smartphone — in order to keep track of that all-important commodity: one’s meticulously crafted NCAA bracket.

Members Succumb to March Madness

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Politicos are not exempt from the collective obsession with the men’s basketball championship tournament. President Barack Obama has, for several years now, gone on record with his prognostications.

And plenty of sports fans on Capitol Hill — be they alumni of those on the hunt for a national title or proud supporters of the athletes they represent — love to trade barbs (and bet regional delicacies) in pursuit of ultimate bragging rights. Full story

March 6, 2015

Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

It may be a frozen tundra out there right now. But things are sure to being heating up as pols and press begin training in earnest for the seventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Congressional Softball Rivalry Resumes on June 24

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This year’s showdown — scheduled to take place at Watkins Recreation Center on June 24 promptly at 6 p.m. — is set to feature a whole host of new faces on the members’ squad, thanks to a significant uptick in the number of lady lawmakers who triumphed at the ballot box last fall.

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February 24, 2015

Could Reid Sport Shades on Senate Floor?

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid can sport his sunglasses inside, but can he wear such wayfarers on the Senate floor?

The question, provoked by the dark shades the Nevada Democrat donned during a Tuesday news conference, is dictated by precedent, based on a variety of established rules, customary practices and ad hoc arrangements made to suit specific circumstances. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 5:58 p.m.
Baller, Sens, Stylin'

Reid Wears His Sunglasses Inside

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid may be truly concerned with the fate of funding the Department of Homeland Security, but he looked cool as a cucumber during his news conference Tuesday in the Ohio Clock Corridor.

Nearly two weeks after a second eye surgery was required as he recovers from a New Year’s Day exercise accident, a pair of dark shades have replaced the bandage once covering the Nevada Democrat’s right eye. Full story

February 6, 2015

Patrick Meehan’s Cool-As-Ice Hockey Career

His best skating days may be behind him, but Rep. Patrick Meehan’s conduct during his hockey officiating career made a lasting impression on National Hockey League player and newly minted author Val James.

Patrick Meehans Cool As Ice Hockey Career

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

James, who details his life experiences in the forthcoming “Black Ice: The Val James Story,” recalls one particular incident when the Pennsylvania Republican’s character brilliantly shone right through.

“When two Richmond Rifles fans cast a fishing line with a toy monkey tied to it into the penalty box where James was sitting, referee Patrick Meehan stopped the [Eastern Hockey League] game and demanded the ejection of the offending fans,” political reporter and hockey aficionado William Douglas chronicled on his blog.

“He did something that could have possibly at that point got him killed or lynched after the game,” James wrote. “But, nonetheless, he stood up for something, and that means a lot to me.” Full story

Hanging With Steny Hoyer Is a Slam Dunk

Bourbon summit, schmourbon summit. If you wanna get in good with Maryland Democrat Steny H. Hoyer, you’ve gotta take it to the hole.

Hanging With Steny Hoyer Is a Slam Dunk

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

According to staff, the House minority whip is a “huge Terps fan” who semi-regularly rounds up colleagues to go to college basketball games with him at the University of Maryland. On Wednesday he rallied fellow alums Cheri Bustos of Illinois, William Lacy Clay of Missouri and delegation mate C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger to head over to College Park to watch the Terrapins take on the Nittany Lions. (Maryland topped Penn State 64-58.) Full story

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