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October 24, 2014
With less than two weeks until Election Day, HOH’s tribute to members continues this week with Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, who pays homage to the Cuyahoga River, analyzes sheep journals and shows off his favorite tie.
October 22, 2014
According to the animal rescuer in the office of Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., who tended to the stray dog that popped by unannounced, its owner swooped by to scoop it up shortly thereafter.
The visit may have been short-lived. But the well-bundled mutt caused enough of a stir that an admirer surfaced on the other side of the Capitol.
“My 5-lb Chihuahua, named Sassy, thinks he’s kinda cute and wants to know if he’s seeing anyone…?” a Senate Democrat aide quizzed HOH after learning about the wandering rascal.
Per Sassy’s mom, her pint-sized pooch’s turn-ons include fashionable males (“Bonus points for this one, as he’s clearly well-groomed and knows how rock a stylish sweater!”) and romps in the park (who doesn’t?). Full story
Even after occupying every headline-grabbing address around the country, anti-establishment activists remain hung up on outdated grievances against elected officials.
Might some lawmakers be feathering their nest eggs with K Street contributions? That’s certainly a possibility.
But as “The Daily Show” cleverly portrayed just a few weeks ago, the greatest trick Congress ever pulled was making the electorate believe that what transpires on Capitol Hill is anything more than political theater. Full story
Democrat Bobby McKenzie utilizes an age-old TV favorite — the (overly) dramatic re-enactment — to shame Republican primary winner David Trott for making a buck off financially distressed Michiganders.
The new ad, which Team McKenzie began broadcasting Wednesday in the Detroit market, continues a line of attack the Freedom’s Defense Fund political action committee employed (unsucessfully) against Trott earlier this year to try and save Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., from becoming a short-timer.
McKenzie one-ups FDF’s static recapping of the 2011 eviction of the now-late Texana Hollis, a centenarian who was forced out of her home on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Trott & Trott handled part of the deal), by showing a pair of shadowy thugs bursting through a defenseless old lady’s door and rolling the confused, wheelchair-bound invalid right out onto the street.
October 21, 2014
Whichever club clinches the best-of-seven World Series — be it the back-after-nearly-three-decades Kansas City Royals or the ring-collecting San Francisco Giants — stands to earn their respective congressional delegations a humdinger of a celebratory feast.
Democrats in both chambers have seized on the season-ending baseball saga (Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. in Kansas City, Missouri) as an opportunity to talk smack to one another and trumpet their most prized regional spoils.
Over in the House, Minority Leader and self-styled cacao connoisseur Nancy Pelosi of California would presumably treat Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II of Missouri to a basket of gourmet confections should the Royals complete their Cinderella story.
Cleaver has countered with the promise of a president’s platter from Gates Bar-B-Q, which is renowned for its pork ribs and burnt ends.
“I don’t usually gamble, but I will make an exception and wager some of the finest barbecue Kansas City, Missouri, has to offer,” Cleaver said in a statement. “Victory shall be sweet indeed.”
October 20, 2014
Rep. Jason Chaffetz doesn’t like being away from Washington, D.C.
He loves it.
The aversion to #ThisTown, one might be surprised to learn, has nothing to do with the hyperpartisanship plaguing the current Congress or the mania surrounding the upcoming midterm elections.
The guy simply prefers basking in the glory of nature. And he strives to preserve those fleeting memories by capturing all he can through the lens of his digital camera.
“Mostly I like photographing wildlife. It’s a little more adventurous,” the Utah Republican told HOH about his penchant for sneaking shots of stunning creatures in their natural habitats.
The avid outdoorsman compared photo stalking with hunting — “I like hunting, but you can’t always get a permit or a tag. You can always have permission to go out and try to photograph an elk,” Chaffetz suggested — sans the bloodshed, of course. Full story
October 17, 2014
As election season rolls on, Heard on the Hill pays tribute to Rep. Don Young, the self-described “alpha wolf” of Alaska politics who loves cranes, beanies and the Anchorage Daily News.
Northern Virginia Democrats on Thursday rallied around retiring Rep. James P. Moran at the sold-out 21st Annual Kennedy-King Dinner, a political fundraiser focused on feting progressive leaders and civil rights champs.
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly took the opportunity to commemorate his long-serving colleague by presenting Moran with a flowery tribute destined to be woven into the fabric of the Congressional Record during the post-election lame-duck session.
“It is impossible to crystalize the entirety and the enormous impact of Jim Moran’s political career on our lives here in Northern Virginia … and on our nation,” Connolly reportedly assured the crowd huddled together at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.
Per an attendee, House hopeful and Moran’s presumed replacement, Don Beyer, paid tribute not only to his predecessor, but also heaved rhetorical laurels at one-time Moran aide and renowned Democrat strategist, the late Mame Reiley.
“I have just been blessed to be able to represent the people of the 8th District for 24 years,” Moran told the assembled well-wishers.
October 15, 2014
“Wow! I’ve never seen so many whiskeys I don’t recognize,” one apparently overwhelmed drinker declared as he surveyed the row upon row of handcrafted tipples trotted out by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States during its latest “Spirit of Mount Vernon” gala.
The annual fundraiser, held each year on the same grounds former president and founding father George Washington once called home, benefits causes ranging from the educational efforts spearheaded by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington which has cropped up nearby, to the veterans-focused Wounded Warriors Family Support Program.
Retiring Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., was honored for his commitment to keeping tax rates low and as well as his ambitious plan to streamline the increasingly complex code.
Some people paid attention to the awards presentation.
Most folks, however, remained riveted by the rare and pricey pours offered up for public consumption. Full story
October 14, 2014
The autonomy-seeking advocates at DC Vote — a District-minded group backed by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton — plan to honor the Herb Block Foundation Wednesday for continuing to nurture the spirit of democracy.
According to organizers, the 2014 Champions of Democracy Awards Gala is scheduled to take place at the Library of Congress from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the fundraiser — which is also expected to commemorate the 40th anniversary of D.C. Home Rule — are $175 per person.
“Americans living in our nation’s capital raise families, pay full federal taxes and fight and die in wars but are denied voting representation in the House and the Senate,” is how DC Vote summarizes its mission to defeat the disenfranchisement faced by local residents.
Norton is scheduled to serve as honorary chairwoman of the annual fete, an event that has historically attracted fellow pols such as Rep. José E. Serrano, the New York Democrat who made an appearance at the group’s 2013 get-together. Full story
October 10, 2014
The GOP wants a piece of the Old Dominion. Which is why Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie rallied the troops Oct. 9 for an impending “deployment.”
According to a tipster, over 100 volunteers showed up for the “March to Victory” recruiting event held at the Capitol Hill Club.
Those in attendance were asked to bolster pre-election efforts by pledging to fan out across the state each Saturday — from dawn till dusk, no less (though meals are provided) — beginning Oct. 18.
The planned grassroots assault is designed to infuse the historically purple commonwealth with a bit more red.
Former congressional aide and state Del. Barbara Comstock is hoping to replace her former boss, retiring Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., in the House (a possible succession the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee might be coming to terms with) while ex-RNC Chairman Gillespie continues duking it out with centrist leader Sen. Mark Warner.
May the best ground-gamers win.
October 8, 2014
He might be retiring from public service this fall, but don’t expect Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., to ever abandon Def Jam singer/songwriter Jeremih.
The octogenarian lawmaker is apparently so entranced by the R&B performer’s latest single, “Don’t Tell ’Em,” he couldn’t help but blast out the chorus to his online flock — if only for a hot second.
Per the Sunlight Foundation’s “Politwoops” site, the seemingly pop-culture savvy tweeter — or, gasp!, some staffer entrusted to clandestinely riff on current events on behalf of the the 30-term House member — pressed the panic button on the head-scratching plug for Jeremih’s forthcoming album after less than half a minute.
Team Dingell declined to comment about who the closet Jeremih fan might be.
Will let you know what we uncover once we’re done hacking Dingell’s Spotify account.
Rep. Steve King doesn’t appear to be the least bit fazed by all the rhetorical jabs thrown at him on social media.
If anything, the cyber-sparring seems to tickle his funny bone.
The Iowa Republican recently engaged in a little self-deprecating exercise his re-election campaign has dubbed “King Mean Tweets” — an ego gut-check originally developed by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
“I enjoy their colorful nature,” King told HOH about the staff-selected taunts he and his wife, Marilyn, scrolled through during the inaugural video segment.
Capitol Hill got its first taste of mean tweets mania this spring, after Now This News convinced a handful of sitting pols to face the online firing squad. Full story
October 7, 2014
It would appear that Rep. Lee Terry, if only for a second, was up for making new friends on the World Wide Web.
As astutely theorized by Omaha-World Herald scribe Matthew Hansen, the Nebraska Republican randomly expressed his gratitude to a well-established gay and lesbian community in the Windy City instead of presumably thanking the youth-oriented outfit he’s championed in the past.
— Matthew Hansen (@redcloud_scribe) October 3, 2014
A simple mistake, no doubt.
Terry and Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., had, apparently, been in contact with the nonprofit children’s group a day before.
— Rep. Tim Murphy (@RepTimMurphy) October 2, 2014
October 6, 2014
Suspense lovers weren’t the only ones desperately waiting for auteur David Fincher’s treatment of author Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” to grace the silver screen. Solons and civic leaders couldn’t be prouder of the film.
The buzzy Ben Affleck-led thriller — based on the 2012 beach read about one of the most disastrous couplings of all time — separated fans of doomed marriages from $38 million in discretionary income this past weekend.
Ticket sales are, of course, paramount to Hollywood.
But the powers that be here in Washington, D.C., and down in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where parts of the film were shot, are much more interested in the attention that comes with being associated with a highly anticipated feature.
“I am super excited that ‘Gone Girl’ was filmed in my congressional district,” Missouri Republican Jason Smith told HOH. “I hope that when people see the film, and how beautiful, unique, and historic the city is, they will come to Cape to see it in person.”