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February 19, 2015

Have Snowpiercer, Will Travel

If you think prepping for your commute across the wind-whipped, frozen tundra that’s overtaken the District this week (Wooly hat? Check. Gloves? Check. Lips? Painfully cracking.) has been a humdinger, get a load of what Rep. Chellie Pingree has been waking up to.

Have Snowpiercer, Will Travel

(Courtesy Bill Trevaskis)

In order to travel from her home on the island of North Haven, Maine, to the mainland, the Democrat had to slog across the fully iced-over Fox Islands Thorofare waterway. Full story

February 12, 2015

Lisa Murkowski Immerses Herself in Beer Culture

Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski is soaking in as much information as she can about craft brewing.

The returning co-chairwoman of the Senate’s Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus earlier this week worked on expanding her knowledge base by poking around neighboring Bluejacket brewery in Yards Park.

According to staff, the impromptu trip to the Yards Park area came about after Murkowski struck up a conversation with Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s resident beer guru Greg Engert at last month’s “Brewing Up History” event. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 2:25 p.m.
Booze, DC, Nationwide, Restos, Sens

February 9, 2015

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingell has cried foul over HOH dropping the ball on which college hoopsters will travel to College Park, Md., next to defend the Wolverine State’s honor.

Debbie Dingell Scores One for the Wolverines

(Tom WIlliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When last we took you behind the scenes of House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s burgeoning roster of athletic supporters, HOH hinted that Dingell’s delegation mates should leave their options open toward the end of the month.

Dingell drilled us for putting the wrong team on the court against the Maryland Terrapins. Full story

David Jolly Aide Accused of Poaching Bill Young’s Internal Rolodex

A staffer who worked for the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young Jr., R-Fla., says her colleague, a one-time case assistant who was subsequently promoted to constituent service representative after Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., took control of the seat, surreptitiously copied Young’s star-studded contact list.

David Jolly Aide Accused of Poaching Bill Young’s Internal Rolodex

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Harry Glenn, Young’s former chief of staff, told CQ Roll Call that office staff was alerted by the Clerk of the House in fall 2013 that any sensitive information — save for ongoing casework — had to be purged. Full story

February 5, 2015

Flipping Burger Beats Into a Battle of the Congressional Bands

Shake Shack — still coming off its price-doubling IPO high, no doubt — is looking to spread some love by giving local bands a shot at nationwide exposure via its “Burger Beats” contest.

The aspiring musicians who make the final cut stand to have their signature sound spotlighted on Shake Shack’s constantly evolving Spotify playlist.

Flipping Burger Beats Into a Battle of the Congressional Bands

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According to the fast-food giant’s Facebook page, the only real restriction is that any would-be performers must be located within the burger baron’s gradually expanding orbit, a community that currently includes: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Florida, Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and, you guessed it, Washington, D.C.

Which means congressional crooners are in play. Full story

February 3, 2015

Susan Collins Savors Tuber Win (Updated)

Updated: 6:30 p.m. | Chalk up another victory for the fresh, white potato.

A report released Tuesday recommends that the Department of Agriculture allow fresh, white potatoes to be eligible for purchase under the Women, Infants and Children food assistance program. The white potato had been the only vegetable or fruit excluded from the WIC roster.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, hailed the news as a “major victory.” She has pressed for years to have the potato included on the menu and argued that USDA has been using antiquated rules based on 20-year-old consumption data.

“As I have said all along, USDA’s decision ought to be driven by nutritional facts and the latest, accurate food science. In that kind of review, the fresh, white potato wins, hands down,” Collins said. “The potato has more potassium than bananas, a food commonly associated with this nutrient, which is important for pregnant women and new mothers.” Full story

January 28, 2015

GOP Snowmobile Trek Mirrors Meat Week

Reps. Dan Benishek and Bill Huizenga are hitting the back roads of the Wolverine State Thursday for their 2nd Annual Congressional Snowmobile Ride — a wintry romp punctuated by plenty of meaty pit stops.

The Michigan Republicans ventured out into the snow-covered landscape in 2014.

Full story

January 27, 2015

Chuck Grassley Talks Twitter Secrets

Chuck Grassley Talks Twitter Secrets

Grassley is a Republican from Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Never one for false modesty, Sen. Charles E. Grassley thinks he’s pretty good at using Twitter.

Full story

January 20, 2015

Late Congressman’s Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

Late Congressmans Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., collects dust on a shelf in a storage facility at St. Petersburg College. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)" src="http://hoh.rollcall.com/wp-content/uploads/Bill-Young-Oversized-Card-445x296.jpg" width="445" height="296" /> A giant thank-you card to Young collects dust on a shelf in a storage facility at St. Petersburg College. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

A corrosive mix of myopic estate planning, lax oversight and a moving truck-sized hole uncovered in guidelines governing continuing congressional operations has decimated those closest to the late congressman.

The 22-term Florida Republican died on Oct. 18, 2013; he was laid to rest on Oct. 24 not far from here, at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg. There’s been no such solace for those left behind, a group — including his widow, former House aide Beverly Young; the couple’s adult sons; newly minted Appropriations Committee member Rep. David Jolly and Young’s former chief of staff, Harry Glenn — currently at one another’s throats regarding the location of myriad keepsakes and the preservation of Young’s political legacy.

Full story

January 16, 2015

Marc Veasey Always Has His Game Face On

Rep. Marc Veasey isn’t just adept at moving Mary Kay cosmetics — he’s also a client.

The Texas Democrat recently brushed up on his one-on-one sales skills as part of his monthly “Marc Means Business Initiative,” a constituent outreach program predicated on him tackling different jobs across the Dallas-Fort Worth corridor. January’s task: brushing up on the beauty trade.

According to an aide, the two-term lawmaker nailed the makeup peddling assignment. “A client did purchase Mary Kay products after taking part of the ‘Love Your Skin’ party,” Team Veasey said of the marketing win.

He may have been so convincing because he’s able to talk from experience; staff told HOH the boss is a fan of the company’s signature shaving cream.

 

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January 15, 2015

Commander-in-Chief Helps Raise Charmington’s Profile

A “surprise” visit Thursday from President Barack Obama has helped put an employee-owned, Charm City café on the political map.

Commander in Chief Helps Raise Charmington’s Profile

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Per a White House pool report, the First Belly rolled into town with Maryland Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski in tow and took the opportunity to chat up three local women about the administration’s paid sick-leave trial balloon. The “unannounced stop” fits the president’s MO of huddling with potential beneficiaries of proposed policy changes. Full story

January 13, 2015

Mark Takano Won’t Get Boxed Into Running for Senate

Try as they might, the starry-eyed optimists behind the “Ready for Takano” campaign are not going to goad California Democratic Rep. Mark Takano into hustling to replace his retiring Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer.

Mark Takano Won’t Get Boxed Into Running for Senate

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“We are a group of young progressives that aim to draft Congressman Mark Takano to run for US Senate in 2016 or 2018,” the would-be kingmakers stipulate on a homespun Facebook page launched on Jan. 8. Full story

January 9, 2015

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

The second act of Georgia Democrat John Lewis’ animated history lesson, “March: Book Two,” portrays some of the grittiest times this nation has ever faced.

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

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Lewis — along with co-author and legislative aide Andrew Aydin, and graphic artist Nate Powell — hop right back into the seemingly hopeless situation of attempting to redirect society one incredibly brave step at a time. Full story

Rise and Shine, Johnny Isakson-Style

Who’s hungry?

The Georgia Republican would probably flip out if you don’t have at least a flapjack (or two).

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It’s Unanimous: Twitter Loves That Ted Cruz Reported for Jury Duty

Confidence is high that social media-savvy crooks could have pulled off a daring jailbreak Friday morning in Houston. By all accounts, everyone in the courthouse appears to have been mesmerized by Sen. Ted Cruz’s surprise appearance.

The Texas Republican made his way over to the Harris County legal complex to comply with the summons he’d received a few weeks back. His showing up was cause célèbre enough, given that federal lawmakers are, by law, exempt from having to be impaneled.

It’s Unanimous: Twitter Loves That Ted Cruz Reported for Jury Duty

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

So off Cruz toddled through the security line. Full story

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