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April 24, 2015

WHCD Comes to Capitol Hill

Members of the Creative Coalition in town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Friday are expected to pop by a few congressional offices for some face time.

A tipster told HOH nearly two dozen actors, directors and all-purpose entertainers are planning to fan out across the mostly empty Capitol and take meetings about shoring up support for the arts with aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as whatever appropriations personnel happens to be around.

Some of the better-known performers staff may see peeking through the front door include:

Creative Coalition President Tim Daly

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April 23, 2015

Tom Colicchio Displays Hunger for D.C. Advocacy

Tom Colicchio Displays Hunger for D.C. Advocacy

Colicchio, center, was Pingree’s, far right, guest at this year’s State of the Union. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Guys, this isn’t a one-time deal. You have to keep coming back,” is the message Tom Colicchio said he gives to every chef who comes to Washington, D.C., with him — and it’s the message he follows.

Colicchio, 52, keeps a busy schedule. He’s the founder of Craft Restaurants and owns and operates restaurants from California and New York to Las Vegas and Miami. He’s a judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” which will air its 13th season this fall, and he is becoming one of the most identifiable celebrity lobbyists on food and hunger issues. Full story

April 22, 2015

Minnesota Hotdish Banter Is Simply Delicious

Minnesota Hotdish Banter Is Simply Delicious

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

How good a cook is Rep. Betty McCollum? Skilled enough that the eight-term Democrat didn’t have to campaign — or even show up, for that matter — at the fifth annual Minnesota Hotdish Off to clinch congressional bragging rights.

McCollum bested the rest of the delegation with a combination of savory ground turkey, cruciferous greens, meaty mushrooms and nutty wild rice bolstered by just a hint of cinnamon. Full story

Yoga on the Hill Sliding Over to East Lawn

When last we checked in with the Congressional Yogi Association, the nascent group of Hill staffers had selected the West Lawn to serve as the staging area for its debut event.

The CYA has since repositioned itself, bending over backward to make its coming-out party — still scheduled for May 1 — more attractive to the community.

Yoga on the Hill Sliding Over to East Lawn

(Screenshot)

“It will be more convenient for members and participants to access … and easily visible on Independence Avenue Southwest,” an organizer told HOH about shifting the al fresco workout over to the grassy area opposite the Cannon House Office Building.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, remains on board as official host, while former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell is still expected to run the show.

All attendees need to worry about is getting there and being well prepared.

“Please bring your own mat and take public transportation,” the CYA implores fellow enthusiasts.

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April 21, 2015

Dick Durbin, Honky Tonk Man (Video)

Dick Durbin, Honky Tonk Man (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin said he would personally be willing to meet with actual or prospective Democratic challengers to former Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Minnesota Pols Prep for Hotdish Fest

Carb lovers, rejoice!

The Minnesota delegation is expected to once again flood the halls of Congress Wednesday with the aromas of melted cheese-covered, processed meat-packed, condensed soup-spiked, fried potato-filled delicacies better known as hotdish.

Minnesota Pols Prep for Hotdish Fest

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The invitation-only event — reserved for Gopher State pols, their staff and congressional press — is scheduled to take place in Room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building beginning at 12:30 p.m. Full story

April 16, 2015

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of ‘Empowered Women’ Effort

Reps. Stefanik, Comstock Join Launch of Empowered Women Effort

Stefanik, left, and Comstock, center, joined The Empowered Women Project for its launch event Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

More than 200 people, including no shortage of current and former congressional aides, gathered Wednesday evening to launch a new platform for conservative-leaning women.

The Empowered Women project, a nonprofit that launched a website Wednesday with a manifesto, is the brainchild of GOP political strategist Mindy Finn, who has worked for, among other things, Twitter and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

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Happy Emancipation Day, Washington, D.C.!

Happy Emancipation Day, Washington, D.C.!

Activists stand vigil at the “Liberty Pole.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Emancipation Day: It’s not just about the “Liberty Pole” D.C. activists erected in front of the Capitol Wednesday.

Today’s District holiday commemorates the 1862 act that ended slavery in the District, and includes official events such as concerts, a parade and a fireworks display. It also includes a series of events at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, the Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration, a four-day event, spanning everything from poetry readings to a walking tour.

Co-producer and resident scholar Sharita Thompson told HOH the events are designed to “cater to different demographics” and a “wide range” of topics.

All of the events are free, but tickets are needed. To reserve a ticket, visit Hill Center’s website.

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By Megan Evans Posted at 12:11 p.m.
DC, HillSide

April 15, 2015

Bill Johnson’s Clout Undercut by Gyrocopter Mayhem

It turns out we’re all equal in the eyes of the U.S. Capitol Police when things go cuckoo on the congressional campus.

At least that’s the lesson a tipster presumes Rep. Bill Johnson learned when he attempted to play the “do-you-know-who-I-am?” card while cops were busy dealing with the flying dunceman who whizzed through restricted airspace before setting down in D.C.

Bill Johnson’s Clout Undercut by Gyrocopter Mayhem

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Bill Johnson and his staff tried the “I’m-a-member-of-Congress” trick to cut through the crime scene of the gyrocopter,” our spy said of the game played by just about anybody in D.C. sporting a patriotic lapel pin.

The Ohio Republican, it would seem, did not warrant special consideration. “Police made him walk around like everyone else,” the tipster told HOH, adding that the re-directed pol might have fared better had he offered the cops one of the baked goods staff were spotted carrying. Full story

Capitol Hill Alumnus Wants to Huddle with Hibernian Staffers

Former Hill staffer Keith Carney has a plan to help foster comity within the ideologically charged Capitol: unite the children of the Emerald Isle.

Come Friday, the former Senate aide intends to do just that via the launch of a new club, Hill Irish.

Capitol Hill Alumnus Wants to Huddle with Hibernian Staffers

(Courtesy Keith Carney)

“We want to bring staffers of Irish descent together to socialize and to celebrate our rich heritage in a relaxed atmosphere,” Carney said of the non-partisan, non-profit organization he’s shepherding into existence.

The kickoff party is scheduled to take place at Hamilton’s (233 Second St. NW) from 5 to 8 p.m.; the $10 admission fee nets attendees access to one drink ticket, light snacks and live music. Full story

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

Stressed out about not fitting enough relaxation time into your schedule?

Don’t sweat it. Yoga enthusiasts are preparing to flex some serious muscle on Capitol Hill.

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

(Courtesy Congressional Yogi Association)

The LoveYourBrain Foundation plans to help staffers shake off work-related angst Thursday by offering a free yoga class.

The inaugural stretch fest, which is being put on in conjunction with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, is scheduled to take place in the park immediately behind Rayburn (sandwiched between C and D streets Southwest) from 1 to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Full story

Tex-Mex Free-for-All Set for April 21

Never mind the tired axiom about Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and unattended TV cameras. History has clearly shown the most dangerous proposition on Capitol Hill is impeding the path of fast-food crazed congressional staffers.


The ravenous masses on April 21 will once again have the opportunity to ravage unsuspecting minimum-wage workers during the annual Taco Bell Franchisee Congressional Reception.

The carnage should commence promptly at 5 p.m., with the full-contact gorging expected to subside by 6:30 p.m. — or whenever the shell-shocked tortilla flingers flee the Rayburn Cafeteria.

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April 14, 2015

Key Lime Pastry Pops Up at Ted’s Bulletin

Capitol Hill’s home for reimagined snack treats has flipped the script on a Sunshine State staple, (Just in time for Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential run? Hmm.) whipping up a house-made goodie accented with fruity key lime, crumbly graham cracker and fluffy whipped cream.

The flagship Ted’s Bulletin has been cranking out signature sweets from the get-go, tempting passersby with display cases full of freshly baked cakes, pies and custom treats.

A key lime production Monday joined the platoon of pop tarts Pastry Chef Todd Miller and his crew crank out morning, noon and night.

Key Lime Pastry Pops Up at Ted’s Bulletin

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The bonus breakfast offering joins another seasonal player, salted caramel, on the revolving roster of oral entertainment. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:12 p.m.
Food, HillSide, Restos

April 13, 2015

Exit Interview: Scott Overland Cherishes Congressional Cutups

Leaving the friends he made and inspirational figures he encountered while working on Capitol Hill is no easy task for former staffer Scott Overland.

But he’s made his peace with moving on (Best of luck leading the pack as PetSmart’s man for legislative affairs!) by clinging to the joie de vivre inculcated in him by quick-witted pols.

The communications pro flexed his messaging muscles in both chambers, working first for former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and most recently for Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.

Each man, he suggested, knew how to keep things pretty lively. Full story

April 10, 2015

Golf Lobby Continues Chipping Away at Congress

Advocates for living life 18 holes at a time are scheduled to bring their “A” game to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for another round of links-related outreach.

Golf Lobby Continues Chipping Away at Congress

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Industry leaders are giving “National Golf Day 2015” all they’ve got, carting in Presidents Cup 2015 captains Jay Haas (U.S. team) and Nick Price (international team) to talk shop, Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed to help firm up the average duffer’s handicap and a slew of enthusiasts game to poke their heads into any congressional office that will have them. Full story

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