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February 14, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 10 (Video)

Following last week’s five-minute extravaganza, HOH keeps it short and sweet this week as the IRS lurks in the shadows, clerks struggle with Roman numerals and Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., tells us about the familiar situation of the frog on the stove in a pot of hot water.

February 11, 2014

Ricki Lake Passes on Congressional Bid

Former daytime talk show host Ricki Lake will not run for Congress.

Granted, no one expected her to do so, but she is part of Roll Call’s ongoing experiment to bait as many celebrities as possible to run in the open-seat, west-Los Angeles House race to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif.

Lake (graciously) responded to Roll Call’s query on Monday night:

Additionally, film director Rob Reiner endorsed Democratic candidate Wendy Greuel on Monday.

Full story

February 10, 2014

Chewing on Beto O’Rourke’s Snacking Habits

Rep. Beto O’Rourke is a brave man. And not just because he’s open to rolling around town on public transportation, which he did late last week.

Nope.

The Texas Democrat wowed us by broadcasting his love for a certain guilty pleasure: Thin Mints.

 

 

Around midday on Feb. 7, O’Rourke interrupted his #BusingwithBeto adventure to stock up on the controversial confection.

Within minutes of the casual disclosure, the social-media-sphere passed judgment on O’Rourke’s shopping selection:

 

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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!”

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 3 (Video)

Members will stop at nothing to explain drunken fishing trips, Nordstrom’s return policy, why kids do drugs and how water is made. HOH condenses hours of content into five and a half minutes of the past week’s best and worst.

February 5, 2014

(The Legend of) Capitol Hill Fox Lives On!

Dead. Alive. Zombified.

Who knows what to believe when it comes to the state of the Capitol Hill Fox?


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Following a roller-coaster ride of a day when dozens of CHF fans flooded the HOH inbox with bulletins about the alarming mass of fur and bones clumped together alongside Interstate 395 North just near the Capitol, one true believer has come forth to squelch all the eulogizing.

“I saw the Fox this morning during a run on Hains Point under the 14th St. Bridge,” a tipster announced via Twitter.

It’s not the first time someone has reported spying the fox by Ohio Drive Southwest, but it’s certainly the most inspirational.

“We can all rejoice!” our ecstatic exerciser proclaimed.

The latest sighting appears to fly in the face of the CHF’s online persona. Full story

February 4, 2014

Conspiracy Theories Swirl Concerning Fate of Capitol Hill Fox

The sullen-sounding updates began trickling in just as the morning rush hour shifted into high gear.

A few tipsters seemed unwilling to jump to any soul-crushing conclusions, but many feared the absolute worst: The Capitol Hill Fox might have been dispatched to that great, big grassy Capitol complex in the sky.


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“Bad news. Driving in this morning I passed a recently killed fox on the House 295 exit ramp about 200 yards before the tunnel,” a source shared post-commute.

The death notices snowballed from there, with some spotters left reeling (“Today sucks,” one heartbroken gent declared) while others attempted to rationalize the hurt away.

“I think there is actually a whole family of foxes that live on the East Potomac golf course,” began one starry-eyed optimist, only to come to grips with the CHF’s likely demise midstream by calculating that any Hains Point dwellers were unlikely to “come into the city.”

HOH witnessed the matted mound of blood-stained fur strewn outside the Third Street tunnel while driving into work as well, but was unable to conduct a CSI-style deconstruction due to the briskly flowing traffic.

While never prone to panic, the only rational choices were to accept that the CHF might truly be gone — say it ain’t so, @CapitolHillFox! — or buy into the National Park Service’s preposterous position that there are MULTIPLE foxes living among us.

As the walls of reality continued crashing down around us, HOH began wondering whether foul play may have entered into the equation.

Sure enough, a potential enemies list soon came into sharper focus. Full story

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.)

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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

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 27

After a week off, Congressional Hits and Misses returns with Burger King, Lady Gaga and baseball’s newest historian, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

January 28, 2014

Capitol Hill Fox Resurfaces Pre-SOTU

Looks like someone just realized there’s going to be an army of television crews and paparazzi pointing and shooting their way across the Capitol this evening.

Capitol Hill Fox Resurfaces Pre SOTU

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

After disappearing from view for nearly two full weeks, the Capitol Hill Fox came out of hiding Tuesday to high-tail it over toward the big show.

A tipster said he saw the furry celeb racing across First Street Northeast, decamping from the camera-less Supreme Court area to the media-rich environment of the East Front.

“Smaller than I expected,” the fox spotter noted.


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Whaddaya expect from a cross-city marathoner?

Duck Dynasty Star Stirs Up Pre-SOTU Drama

Duck Dynasty Star Stirs Up Pre SOTU Drama

McAllister, left, invited Willie Robertson to the State of the Union address. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Twitter went a little crazy Tuesday, after it appeared that a pair of U.S. lawmakers might be trying to lay claim to the same reality TV star as their State of the Union “get.”

Congressional reporter Jamie Dupree touched off the social media firestorm by blasting out that Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., had snagged A&E personality Willie Robertson for the big night.

 

 

The problem was that Louisiana Republican Rep. Vance McAllister had already trumpeted that Robertson was accompanying him to the House chamber.

 

 

Team Inhofe suggested that something had gotten lost in translation.

“A senator was searching for available tickets for the Duck Dynasty crew, and Senator Inhofe was asked if he had an available ticket. Despite what has been reported, Willie is not using Senator Inhofe’s ticket,” an Inhofe aide told HOH.

So, who does Inhofe plan to have on his arm during the main event?

“At this time, the ticket is available for his wife, who is in town,” staff stated.

Robertson starred in an ad supporting McAllister in Louisiana’s 5th District special election.

January 27, 2014

Picturing POTUS in a Different Light

It’s not every day that the leader of the free world invites himself into our collective living room.

Picturing POTUS in a Different Light

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

So it’s very likely that Tuesday’s nationally televised State of the Union address will be the most animated that many Americans will see President Barack Obama all year.

Not so on the Internet, where the artsiest among us expend a great deal of time and energy reimagining what various presidents might look like under different circumstances.

Some unload on conservative policies (such as Ronald Reagan’s famous “trickle down” philosophy):

Picturing POTUS in a Different Light

(Courtesy Egar Enterprises)

 

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January 21, 2014

Capitol Hill Fox Flouts Snow Day

D.C. denizens may be cowering in fear ahead of Tuesday’s prospectively apocalyptic snowstorm, but not the Capitol Hill Fox.

Capitol Hill Fox Flouts Snow Day

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

A tipster spotted the furry rascal wandering around a desolate looking Hains Point.

“Foxes don’t take snow days,” our scout suggested, adding that the critter appeared to be favoring its right rear paw.


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Not that we’re surprised by the show of bravado.

The CHF did say the storm wouldn’t deter it from making its own fun today:

 

 

Stay warm, buddy!

January 17, 2014

Capitol Hill Fox: Our Once and Future King

We’re not ready to plunge into a Whovian wormhole and declare that the Capitol Hill Fox has been around for centuries. But stunning new evidence could send others spiraling.

The Architect of the Capitol’s unearthing of a faded photo of a man cradling a fox in front of the Capitol back in 1919 is just the latest piece of the mind-scrambling puzzle that is the CHF.

There are some who believe the red-haired rascal may be new in town. Administration types suspect the CHF is not working alone.

And still others are totally confused about the seemingly misdirected media worship. Full story

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