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August 20, 2014
The #IceBucketChallenge, that most ubiquitous of social media stunts, has not only captured the imagination of sitting politicos, parched celebrities and well meaning, but newly hospitalized philanthropists the world over, it’s got advocates thinking about how to tap into this seemingly limitless font of goodwill.
The ranks of those who have chosen to take a stand against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, continues to grow by the second.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, got double doused — first by his wife, and then by his daughters.
House hopeful Debbie Dingell, who is vying to replace her husband, retiring Democrat John D. Dingell, in Michigan’s 12 district, rallied to the cause earlier this week. Full story
August 18, 2014
Rep. Don Young can see himself walking down the aisle again.
As first reported by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the Alaska Republican — who lost his wife of more than 40 years, Lu Young, in 2009 — stepped out with his longtime companion Anne Walton over the weekend and officially used the “f” word.
“While this was not an engagement announcement, this is the first time he has publicly introduced Ms. Walton as his fiancée,” Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow told HOH via email.
According to Shuckerow, Young, 81, and Walton, 75, have been together for three years.
They appear to be OK with taking their time.
Shuckerow said no wedding date has been set, nor rings exchanged.
It’s good to know Rep. John Lewis can look back on all the awfulness he experienced as a youth and laugh about it now.
According to Nate Powell, the artist who has teamed up with the Georgia Democrat to help keep alive the revolutionary spirit that changed the state of race relations during the turbulent 1960s via a series of graphic novels, humor remains one of the greatest tools in the non-violent activist’s toolbox.
“Another day, another joke about nutsacks and revolution at Parchman Farm prison, 1961,” Powell shared with the Twitterverse while revealing a rough sketch of a panel from the second installment of Lewis’ incredible life story.
The septuagenarian lawmaker skipped Comic-Con this time around (Powell and co-author/congressional aide Andrew Aydin, made the trip), but is expected to return next summer with continuing saga in hand.
August 15, 2014
John A. Boehner and crew can relax.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has taken one for the leadership team, completing the charitable #IceBucketChallenge thrust upon him by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., without redirecting the temporary discomfort further up the chain of command.
Rather than rain on his colleagues’ summer plans, Scalise punted the fashionable fundraiser toward his celluloid brethren, entertainer Kevin Spacey.
The Academy Award-winning actor, who famously palled around with Scalise’s predecessor, now-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to help flesh out his scene-chewing alter ego, House Majority Whip Frank Underwood, D-S.C., is reportedly hard at work on season 3 of Netflix’s runaway drama, “House of Cards,” just up the road in Baltimore. Full story
Heard on the Hill continues its look back at the best Hits and Misses from 2014, this week focusing on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s love for children, baseball and fist pumps.
August 14, 2014
Rep. Cheri Bustos has decided it’s “Game On!” as far as dumping frosty water on one’s self is concerned.
Lawmakers have caught the water hurling-bug. Watch our compilation below.
Newly minted House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, come on down!
Thanks to Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., you’re the next contestant on: The Water. Is. Icy!
The Louisiana Republican, who is still getting the hang of placating House colleagues, now has 24 hours to give Ellmers exactly what she wants.
Scalise is the first congressional leader to be drawn directly into the Ice Bucket Challenge, a fundraising craze, fueled by social media, that has swept the nation in recent days for the neurological disorder ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
Participants, who are videotaped as a bucket of ice water is poured over their heads, then generally challenge friends and colleagues to do the same.
Technically, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, put Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the clock yesterday.
But something tells me hell will freeze over before either of the Sunder Twins allows himself to get rained upon with frigid liquid.
August 13, 2014
At the rate things are going, every single congressional lawmaker may very will get roped into the #IceBucketChallenge before the end of the summer.
The symbolic dunk, meant to show solidarity with those stricken by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), has taken the online community by storm. Sitting, aspiring and even retired pols have drenched themselves en masse, and new supporters are pouring in daily.
Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., joined the ranks of the sopping wet not 48 hours ago.
She nominated GOP Reps. Duncan Hunter of California, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Renee Ellmers of North Carolina as the next in line for a cold shower. Full story
August 12, 2014
The friendly #IceBucketChallenge that’s got everyone on social media dousing themselves with cold water just got real: Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni has officially thrown down.
Our fearless leader self-soaked across the pond after being called out by pal, Dan Lavoie.
— Christina Bellantoni (@cbellantoni) August 12, 2014
Bellantoni has now passed the baton to fellow newshounds Julie Mason, host of the P.O.T.U.S. Press Pool on SiriusXM radio and CNN correspondent Erin McPike.
The Bad News Babes vet also made sure to draw Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. — co-captain of the opposing squad in the annual congressional women’s softball game — into the mix.
“I have to keep our rivalry alive,” Bellantoni quipped.
Congresswoman, the clock is now ticking.
An infectious fundraising pitch has helped throw cold water on the notion that politicians today just don’t care about anything.
The social media-dominating “Ice Bucket Challenge,” a call to arms originally issued by Beverly, Massachusetts native and baseball star Pete Frates, has struck a chord with supporters ranging from sports team mascots to American political royalty.
Fans of Frates, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — the nerve-wracking malady better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — in spring 2012, have fallen in line behind an awareness raising effort that includes: 1) recording a video wherein ice cold water is dumped on one’s head, 2) contributing $100 to further ALS research (instead of taking the ice bath) and 3) nominating friends/family/acquaintances to do the same within 24 hours.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., appears to have been one of the earliest adopters of the shocking exercise (he got doused on June 30).
August 11, 2014
Whether gracing the silver screen (Mr. Sulu, you have the conn) or cracking wise from behind a touchscreen (Oh Myyy, that’s quite the universe of Facebook fans you’ve assembled), entertainer and political activist George Takei currently strives to live his life out loud.
But that wasn’t always the case.
The human rights champion would like to set the record straight about everything he’s experienced to date in the revealing documentary, “To Be Takei.”
Director Jennifer Kroot has been chronicling Takei’s incredible journey — a career trajectory that encompasses his breakthrough role as Hikaru Sulu on the original “Star Trek” as well as wildly successful forays into publishing, satellite radio (serving as guest announcer of the “Howard Stern Show”), social media and musical theater — for the past few years. The finished product, which will be released nationwide on Aug. 22, breezes into town next month for two special screenings (at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 4) at the AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md.). Full story
August 8, 2014
It’s been far too long since we’ve had a Gene Roddenberry acolyte railing against societal injustices on the House floor.
But that could all change this fall— assuming North Carolinians are willing to stun political prognosticators and transport long shot candidate David Waddell to Capitol Hill come November.
Waddell made national headlines earlier this year after jumping ship from the Indian Trail town council using Klingon.
Per the Charlotte Observer, the starry-eyed pol has since secured enough signatures to guarantee his spot as a write-in candidate in the upcoming midterm elections.
Our politics team has tagged incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan as one of the 10 most vulnerable senators in the current cycle, but it sounds like Waddell is well aware he’s light years away from a lock.
“I’m not going to tell you I’m starting to pack [for Washington],” Waddell told the Observer. “It’s a mission to get a message out.”
August 7, 2014
“We aren’t afraid to try new things, and that has given us great traction.”
— Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., at a recent visit to Oz Snowboards in Wheat Ridge, Colo., where “the congressman lathered a board in Oz’s environmentally friendly tree-sap resin and an epoxy, layered it with carbon fiber and affixed the custom top sheet,” according to the Denver Post. Perlmutter was visiting as part of Tuesday’s Startup Day Across America.
August 4, 2014
As cell phones, rhetorical questions and Chinese drywall graced the House and Senate floor, some members prepped for “summer vacation,” while others just could not wait to get to Waffle House.