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April 4, 2014

FLOTUS Injects New Life Into Kitchen Garden Project

FLOTUS Injects New Life Into Kitchen Garden Project

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

No longer satisfied with fostering better eating habits amongst humans, First Lady Michelle Obama is now making a bid to nurture Mother Nature by weaving pollinator-friendly flowering plants into the agricultural mix that makes up the White House kitchen garden.

FLOTUS broke ground on the project in 2009 and has only seen interest in the ultimate testament to homegrown food multiply with each successive planting.

The carefully tended garden routinely doubles as an instructional tool for Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, a pet project designed to spur healthier eating and increased physical activity among America’s youth.

Sam Kass, executive director of “Let’s Move!” and senior advisor on nutrition policy, listed the pollinator plants, a bed of Lincoln oats and a recently transplanted pawpaw tree as the latest additions to the garden party. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 3:50 p.m.
FLOTUS, Food, Kiddies

April 2, 2014

Coloring Book Chief Draws on Success of Ted Cruz Title

Really Big Coloring Books ® Inc. publisher Wayne Bell captured the imagination of the politisphere last fall by releasing “Ted Cruz to the Future,” an activity book chronicling the rise to power of  a certain headline-grabbing Texas Republican.

Coloring Book Chief Draws on Success of Ted Cruz Title

The kiddie book is such a runaway hit — “Amazon the company itself orders by the pallet. Several pallets in fact,” Bell gushed — that RBCB has rushed three more politically themed projects into production. Bell declined to identify whom, exactly, might grace the mostly blank pages (“We prefer not to tell, as we really do not want those being profiled to ‘see it coming,’ ” he told HOH), but did intimate that a handful of Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are on the short list, while House members remain more iffy.

The new books are expected out within the next six months.

Having amassed six years of political workbook savvy beneath his belt, Bell has learned to pick his subjects carefully.

He published the debut entry in his burgeoning catalog of  “cultural event and political coloring books and novels” shortly after President Barack Obama clinched the keys to the Oval Office. Full story

March 3, 2014

Don Beyer’s ‘Cups’ Song Campaign Assist

How do you stand out in a crowded Democratic primary field with nearly a dozen well-connected, viable candidates?

Distribute a catchy ditty created by children of your family friends.

That’s what former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer is doing in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s open 8th District race.

Beyer, who recently finished up a stint as ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein, is one of 11 Democrats running to replace retiring Rep. James P. Moran in this heavily Democratic Northern Virginia House seat.

His campaign recently release a YouTube video created by Mae and John Keating, two middle-school students whose parents are friends of the Beyers, which touts Beyers’ credentials for the race. The video, released Feb. 17, already has more than 1,400 views.

Full story

February 11, 2014

Tim Ryan Readies for New Arrival

Rep. Tim Ryan is beside himself about welcoming a new baby into the fold, a milestone event poised to take place this summer.

Tim Ryan Readies for New Arrival

(Courtesy Tim Ryan)

The Ohio Democrat has gotten a taste for fatherhood while raising his two stepchildren, Mason and Bella. But staff said he is “simply ecstatic” about adding Brady Zetts Ryan, his first child with wife Andrea, into the mix this June.

No word on how “Brady” made the final cut; a Ryan aide explained that Zetts is Andrea Ryan’s maiden name.

Best of luck with all the diapering, sir!

January 10, 2014

Capitol Hill Fox: Monuments Fan

We know money’s tight over at the U.S. National Park Service (thanks, sequester!), so HOH has taken the liberty of penning the following public service announcement free of charge:

Dear tourists,

If, as you’re making your way around all the iconic D.C. attractions, you happen to spot a whiskered face staring back at you from the surrounding foliage, don’t be alarmed.

It’s probably just Capitol Hill Fox out stretching its legs.

P.S. It doesn’t appear to be particularly camera shy, so snap away.

According to every person who’s bumped into the increasingly well-traveled and amazingly well-behaved creature, the Capitol Hill Fox pays little mind to the two-legged gawkers in its path.


View Capitol Hill fox sightings in a larger map

The humans who spy the critter, on the other hand, are typically entranced.

Particularly youngsters.

Former Hill staffer Matthew Bisbee credited the CHF with pretty much making his 5-year-old son’s day during an otherwise exhausting lap around D.C. last summer. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:05 p.m.
Critters, DC, Kiddies, Staffers

December 20, 2013

Rohrabacher Comes Clean About Messy Housing Dispute

Rohrabacher Comes Clean About Messy Housing Dispute

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is not only confident he will be vindicated in an ongoing legal tussle — a rather nasty affair in which a former landlord claims that the California Republican and his family caused tens of thousands of dollars in property damage — he’s fairly certain he brought it on himself by serving in the public eye.

“If I wasn’t a member of Congress, no one would pay attention to this at all,” he said of the dirty laundry being aired by Robert Polyniak regarding a home he rented to the Rohrabachers a few years back. Full story

December 15, 2013

Joaquin Castro Welcomes First Daughter

 Rep. Joaquin Castro and wife, Anna, welcomed their first child, Andrea Elena Castro, into the world early Sunday morning.
Joaquin Castro Welcomes First Daughter

Castro and wife, Anna, seen here in the Cannon House Office Building earlier this year, had their first child. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The little girl, who weighed just over 8 pounds and measured 20 inches long, was born at 9:17 a.m. CST in San Antonio.
“Both mother and daughter are healthy and happy,” the Texas Democrat announced via a statement. “We are grateful to the staff at the Methodist Hospital and to all who have kept our family in their prayers. ”

December 4, 2013

Reps, Wizards Christen Horton’s Kids Hoops

“Do y’all know how to shoot any hoops out here in Ward 8?” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., asked the crowd gathered to cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished outdoor basketball court at the Horton Kid’s Community Resource Center.

Norton, along with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., both congressional hoopsters, were on hand Tuesday evening to celebrate the court’s reopening, a project funded by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation — a charitable wing of the Washington Wizards organization — and the Hoops for Youth Foundation.

Wizards Otto Porter Jr. and Jan Vesely attended as well as Wizards/Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

Reps, Wizards Christen Hortons Kids Hoops

Back row from left, Norton, Vesely and Porter helped christen the refurbished court. (Courtesy Horton’s Kids)

Brenda Chamberlain, the executive director of Horton’s Kids, said the court will be put to good use. ”This court gets used by hundreds of kids every day,” she said. Full story

December 2, 2013

Pols Post Up for Community Basketball Court Christening

Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will join iconic District sports figures at the Tuesday unveiling of a new basketball court erected outside the Horton’s Kids Community Resource Center at 2500 Pomeroy Road SE.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Hoops for Youth sprung for the “modern” blacktop, which replaces a woefully run-down predecessor.

Pols Post Up for Community Basketball Court Christening

(Courtesy Horton’s Kids)

“Most of the concrete was uneven and cracked,” a Horton’s Kids aide said of the dilapidated, single-hoop play area the local nonprofit had to contend with prior to the monthlong renovation.

Monumental CEO and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis will be on hand to help break in the new court, and he’s bringing along Wizards players Otto Porter Jr. and Jan Vesely to, presumably, run a few drills with local youths. The official program will run 4-5:30 p.m.; after that, the open-air court will be available to anyone who wants to drive to the hoop. Full story

November 25, 2013

McMorris Rodgers Gives Birth to Her Third Child

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave birth to her third child, Brynn Catherine, early Sunday morning.

McMorris Rodgers Gives Birth to Her Third Child

(Courtesy Cathy McMorris Rodgers)

The Washington Republican’s latest bundle of joy, who clocked in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces, arrived at 6:19 a.m. Sunday — slightly earlier than her December due date.

“Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing a new life into the world,” McMorris Rodgers said alongside a photo posted on her Instagram account Monday afternoon. “She’s beautiful and seems to be taking it all in stride. Our hearts are full.”

All three of McMorris Rodgers’ children were born while she was serving in Congress. She and her husband, Brian, welcomed Cole in April 2007 and Grace in December 2010.

The new addition to the McMorris Rodgers family continues the recent House baby boom. Fellow Republicans Kevin Yoder of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio both became fathers earlier this month.

November 15, 2013

Swalwell Puts San Fran’s Fate in Batkid’s Hands

California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell has an urgent message for Miles, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor who donned his Dark Knight costume to help secure the Bay Area today: San Francisco needs your help.

“Only you can defeat the Riddler and the Penguin. … We’re all counting on you, Batkid, to use your superhero powers to protect our city,” Swalwell said in a special S.O.S. to be delivered to the heroic youth who has captured the imagination of just-for-the-day Gotham.

Swalwell Puts San Fran’s Fate in Batkid’s Hands

(Courtesy Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area)

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area has recruited tens of thousands of people to help choreograph Miles’ dream day as the caped crusader. Follow along with the unfolding adventure here.

Ranking congressional Bat-fan (and “Dark Knight” guest star) Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., tweeted out his best wishes for the youngster.

 

November 12, 2013

Baby Announcement by Steve King Gets Political

There are few things cuter than a proud grandfather, even if Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, used the newborn’s photo op to talk politics.

The six-term member took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to share that his sixth grandchild, Wallace Henry King, had arrived at 5:21 a.m.

Full story

November 11, 2013

House Baby Boom Is in Full Effect

House Republicans Kevin Yoder of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio have officially entered into the fatherhood phase of their careers, welcoming Caroline Lucille Yoder and Brad Robert Wenstrup Jr., into their respective folds over the past week.

Yoder’s daughter was born at 2:16 p.m. Nov. 7 at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kan. The little girl, the first for Yoder and his wife, Brooke, weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was named in honor of several family members on her mother’s side.

“Caroline is a derivative of a male name ‘Carroll’ which dates back 200 years in Brooke’s father’s family and has been used many times as first and middle names since. Lucille is Brooke’s [late] maternal grandmother who Brooke always admired,” a Yoder aide told HOH.

“Someone once told us that having a baby is the one chance we get to help God perform a miracle. We’re so fortunate and blessed to add Caroline into our lives and thankful of God’s miracle of life that brought her into our family,” Yoder announced to the world on his Facebook page.

Wenstrup’s son — who logged in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces — arrived on the morning of Nov. 9 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wenstrup and his wife, Monica, had held off on learning the sex of the baby before the birth. But the proud poppa appears to have slipped right into doting parent mode.

“I can fully understand, even more than I did before, the need to not only protect and defend, but to nurture and provide for one that follows us. Monica and I have always felt called to try to leave the world at least a little better than we found it,” Wenstrup declared in a release. “Brad renews that commitment for us.”

The era of good feelings is set to keep going — House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is expecting her third child next month.

Kevin Yoder Welcomes New Baby Girl

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., has leaped into the parenthood fray, welcoming daughter Caroline Lucille to the world on the afternoon of Nov. 7.

Kevin Yoder Welcomes New Baby Girl

(Courtesy Kevin Yoder)

Per Yoder’s press office, the newborn — measuring in at 20 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce, as recorded by the staff at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kan. — officially joined the family at 2:16 p.m. last Thursday.

“Someone once told us that having a baby is the one chance we get to help God perform a miracle. We’re so fortunate and blessed to add Caroline into our lives and thankful of God’s miracle of life that brought her into our family,” Yoder announced to the world on his Facebook page.

This is the first child for Yoder and his wife, Brooke.

November 9, 2013

Brad Wenstrup Takes a Crack at Fatherhood

Brad Wenstrup Takes a Crack at Fatherhood

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Brad Wenstrup scored his first child Saturday, welcoming his 6-pound, 15-ounce son, Brad Robert Wenstrup Jr. to the world in Cincinnati.

The Ohio Republican told HOH earlier this year that he and his wife, Monica, were on board for a “surprise” birth, deciding they’d rather find out whether it was a boy or girl at the time of delivery. But the newly minted pop appears to have slipped right into doting parent mode.

“I can fully understand, even more than I did before, the need to not only protect and defend, but to nurture and provide for one that follows us. Monica and I have always felt called to try to leave the world at least a little better than we found it,” Wenstrup declared in a release. “Brad renews that commitment for us.”

Per his office, Wenstrup is planning to spend a week in Ohio with his newly expanded family before returning to one of the least productive congresses in history.

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