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May 1, 2015

Congressional Yogi Association Flexes Some Muscle

Dozens of staffers — and at least one particularly limber lawmaker — Friday helped the fledgling Congressional Yogi Association get off on the right foot.

Congressional Yogi Association Flexes Some Muscle

(Courtesy Congressional Yogi Association)

The inaugural “Yoga on the Hill” session, originally envisioned as an outdoor spectacle, wound up taking place in the Cannon Caucus Room due to the uncooperative weather. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:14 p.m.
HillSide, Reps, Staffers

Dog Cuddles and More at Volunteer Capitol Hill Fair

Dog Cuddles and More at Volunteer Capitol Hill Fair

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Want to help make a difference? Consider stopping by the Volunteer Capitol Hill volunteer fair Saturday to learn about different ways to get involved in the Capitol Hill community.

In its third year, the fair is the perfect place for people to sign up for volunteer opportunities, and to network with organizations in the area. There will also be music and dogs in need of a good snuggle, courtesy of Rural Dog Rescue. Full story

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

Youth Ambassadors Bring Culture Fest to Capitol Hill

The International Festival of Language and Culture wraps up its 13th annual goodwill tour Thursday with a pit stop on Capitol Hill.

Members and staff will be treated to a taste of the artistic celebration, which organizers describe as “a genuine cultural Olympiad,” in the Cannon Caucus Room from noon to 2 p.m.

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April 29, 2015

Hill Center Is ‘on Fire’

Hill Center Is on Fire

A friendly reminder posted in the vestibule of the days-away-from-opening Bayou Bakery at Hill Center. (Courtesy Bayou Bakery)

Hillites, strap on your hungry pants now. Hill Center is poised to serve up a long-awaited eatery and has cooked up a new grilling curriculum.

Countdown to Crescent City Chow

He’s put down roots across the river, but New Orleans native David Guas said he fell in love with Capitol Hill when he first moved to the north.

Hill Center Is on Fire

Bayou Bakery founder and Travel Channel host Gaus. (Courtesy Scott Suchman)

During an April 27 discussion about his new cookbook, “Grill Nation,” Guas said that after relocating from the Big Easy, he spent a good deal of time at the home of then-Roll Call publisher Mary Glassman and her husband, ex-Roll Call editor James Glassman.

He found the environs intoxicating, noting that the wealth of historic properties and vibrant community reminded him of lazy days spent lounging on stoops in the French Quarter, drinking in the scenery by observing those “having way too much fun” as they stumbled by.

He’s jazzed to officially become a part of the fabric of the neighborhood with the debut of his sophomore establishment. Full story

South Dakotans Gearing Up for Potato Ole Day

The South Dakota State Society will continue its mission of taking carb-loading to new heights by whipping up another monumental batch of Taco John’s favorites on May 16.

“We’ve held this feed now for seven years due to the high demand from our membership and other displaced Midwesterners who long for a taste of home,” our tipster said of the annual tradition.

As per usual, the star attraction of the staff-prepared feast should be the signature spuds known as Potato Oles.

South Dakotans Gearing Up for Potato Ole Day

(Screenshot)

Full story

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

Full story

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.

Related:

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

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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.

Full story

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.

Full story

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

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