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July 22, 2015

Congress, Between a Sausage and a Veggie Burger

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dietary allegiances were tested on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the meat lobby and vegetarian-friendly toque Todd Gray squared off in a culinary tug of war for control of the hearts and minds — and mouths — of the legislative branch.

Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association founder Adam Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at the inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The North American Meat Institute and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine arranged for the widely attended free lunches, with each group courting its specific constituency with custom touches. Full story

July 21, 2015

Sporty Pols to Partake in Charity Tennis Match

Around a dozen intrepid lawmakers have agreed to prove their worth on the tennis court Wednesday by participating in the rapid-fire Washington Kastles Charity Classic.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tickets to the fourth annual fundraiser, scheduled to take place at Kastles Stadium at the Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m., start at $10 per person and climb to $50 for VIP amenities. Per organizers, all proceeds are expected to flow through to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, DC Public Education Fund or Food & Friends, with attendees deciding which group should benefit from each ticket purchase.

As part of the program, tennis pros and participating pols will be split into Team Stars and Teams Stripes and pitted against one another in a series of successive tiebreakers. Full story

July 20, 2015

New Site Makes Sport of Sizing Up Pols

Lawmakers looking for a little pick-me-up (or, possibly, some of the most depressing news ever) need look no further than the completely inane “Sexy Congress” selection tool.

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The nascent time suck functions on a basic premise: Pick the pol(s) you find most attractive.

There’s no bracket to configure. No swiping (right or left) to maneuver. Just a simple point and click on whoever happens to get you hot under the collar at this exact moment in time. Full story

July 12, 2015

Graphic Artist Sparks Impromptu Bernie Sanders Rally at Comic-Con

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SAN DIEGO – Could the (fury) road to the White House one day lead through Comic-Con?

Mario Prado, a printing wiz currently smitten with 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders, doesn’t see that as such an absurd proposition.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“Comic-Con attracts a lot of nerds. Nerds are very much on top of politics,” the printing shop owner told CQ Roll Call of his decision to stump for the Vermont independent.

Prado erected an eye-catching depiction of the populist pol facing off against the conservative Koch brothers in a Mad Max-like landscape along a heavily traveled crosswalk just outside the bustling entertainment hub. That, coupled with the fire engine-red T-shirt he wore in support of “Bernie Man” — showing Sanders’ signature shock of white hair replaced by flaming coiffure — drew in passersby, many of whom Prado said were not all that familiar with the veteran pol. Full story

July 2, 2015

Scott Brown Is Listed as AdvoCare Distributor

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brown speaks at a rally for his failed 2014 Senate bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown appears to be on his way to fattening his wallet with some supplemental income — all thanks to a drug cocktail his son-in-law, Keith Weiser, brought to his attention.

The one-time lawmaker on June 25 signaled a career change when he blabbed about his secret weapon in the battle against bulge on social media. Brown posted before-and-after shots of his newly svelte self on Facebook and gushed about watching the pounds slide off (42 and counting) courtesy of the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge.

When critics accused him of being a shill, the ex-pol asserted his editorial independence.

Just as an update which I put out as a comment on the original post, neither Gail nor I are paid spokesrepresentatives…

Posted by Scott Brown on Thursday, June 25, 2015

“Neither Gail nor I are paid spokesrepresentatives for Advocare,” he reiterated on more than one occasion.

Spokesman or not, the robo-response HOH received after pinging him for additional information about the surprise endorsement strongly suggests that he is actively involved in the peer-to-peer marketing program. Full story

May 26, 2015

Staffer Bids Adieu to ‘Jurassic Congress’

“We spared no expense.”

House aide Tom Brandt took to heart the phrase made famous by fictional eccentric billionaire John Hammond in the 1993 film “Jurassic Park” in orchestrating the ultimate send-off for his friend, Senate staffer Mitch Erdel.

In preparation for Erdel’s last day working for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Brandt, the communications director for House GOP Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, showed up on May 21 at the Capitol’s East Front in his jeep, adorned with a “Jurassic Park” decal he’d purchased on eBay especially for the occasion.

The purpose of the exercise?  So Erdel could pose like this … Full story

May 11, 2015

Gerry Connolly, Hulk Hogan Look to Smash Cancer

Fundraising for caretaker organizations is always more enjoyable with friends.

Just ask newly minted besties Rep. Gerald E. Connolly and WWE icon Hulk Hogan.

(Courtesy Gerry Connolly)

(Courtesy Connolly)

“It was a lot of fun meeting him,” the Virginia Democrat said of squeezing into a pic with the former wrestling champ. The Hulkster was in town this past weekend to serve as grand marshal of the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Full story

April 28, 2015

Clothier Resurrects ‘Pro-Life’ Photo-Hunt Challenge

Camera-shy politicians, beware! The American Life League has tasked its social media-savviest supporters with seeking out high-ranking, reproductive rights-minded members of Congress for selfie-centric advocacy during National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week.

Although it’s been part of the annual promotion before — an ALL aide said the group first rolled out the NPLTW program in 2004, gradually building from a single day of action to a full week of exposure — the Congressional Photo Challenge is being emphasized this year in the hopes fans will push themselves to score actual face-time with elected officials.

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The rules of the game are simple: NPLTW fans have one week (the contest kicked off Tuesday and draws to a close May 4 at 11:59 p.m.) to snap pictures of themselves — wearing an ALL-produced shirt, or at the very least, some sort of religious garb (homemade, even) modified to include the official NPLTW badge — completing various tasks. Full story

Paul Strauss Snags New Recruits for Statehood Push

(CQ Roll Call archives)

(CQ Roll Call archives)

The celebrities who flooded into town for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner have since dissipated. But their influence on the D.C. statehood front keeps building via the trickle of support D.C. shadow Sen. Paul Strauss is patiently collecting.

While the rest of #ThisTown drank itself silly, Strauss immersed himself in conversation with visiting celebs he thought might be willing to lend their voices to the D.C. statehood campaign. Step one of the charm offensive was making the out-of-towners feel at home in the Capitol. Full story

April 21, 2015

Steve Knight Lashes Out at Conservative Activists

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Updated 7 p.m. | Freshman lawmaker Steve Knight got so fed up over the weekend with the anti-immigration protesters who have been hounding him for months that he finally snapped.


“If you touch me again, I’ll drop your ass. Alright?” the vulnerable California Republican warned an activist who confronted him outside his Simi Valley office. Knight,  who in January replaced retired GOP Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, is facing a steep learning curve when it comes to fundraising (according to the latest Federal Election Commission data, Knight collected under $29,000 this past quarter).

The weekend exchange, first reported by SCVTalk blogger Mike Devlin, was captured by supporters of the immigration-reduction outfit NumbersUSA. 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.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(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

April 8, 2015

Shake It Up, Bustos (Video)

Think you partied hard this spring break? Rep. Cheri Bustos certainly attempted to rock her constituents’ world.

The Illinois Democrat Wednesday pounded the skins during a swing through a nursing home nestled in her district.

Bustos appears to bongo with the best of ‘em, keeping time as best she can while her co-performers chime in via guitar, tambourine and rain stick. Full story

March 3, 2015

Jocks Blanket Congress

Current and retired athletes — along with one of the winningest National Football League owners in recent history — Tuesday claimed home-field advantage on Capitol Hill, fanning out across the campus to dazzle feds and fans alike.

Opportunities for hero worship abounded, no matter what pastime one might be into.

Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., teed up a little viewing party for those most interested in gawking at the Vince Lombardi Trophy — a conversation-starter currently in the possession of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who spent part of his morning in the House chamber digesting visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s thoughts on international affairs, was scheduled to show off the fabled award in H-122 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Full story

March 2, 2015

Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome

Administration officials have made it very clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not get to press the flesh with President Barack Obama before or after Tuesday’s politically charged appearance on Capitol Hill. But, thanks to congressional spouse Elizabeth Roskam, Bibi won’t be going home completely empty-handed.

The wife of Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., has prepared a gift for the polarizing world leader: A shadowy still life of the Capitol Dome. The artist has dubbed it “Dome of Consequence.”

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

“Dome of Consequence” by Elizabeth Roskam (Courtesy Peter Roskam)

Full story

February 26, 2015

Posers Abound at #CPAC2015

It’s a good thing Buzzkill Boehner is considered too much of a squish to get his Conservative Political Action Conference on. Because there’s no way the selfie-averse Ohio Republican could tolerate the vanity fair happening across the river at National Harbor.

  Full story

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