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April 15, 2015

Capitol Hill Alumnus Wants to Huddle with Hibernian Staffers

Former Hill staffer Keith Carney has a plan to help foster comity within the ideologically charged Capitol: unite the children of the Emerald Isle.

Come Friday, the former Senate aide intends to do just that via the launch of a new club, Hill Irish.

Capitol Hill Alumnus Wants to Huddle with Hibernian Staffers

(Courtesy Keith Carney)

“We want to bring staffers of Irish descent together to socialize and to celebrate our rich heritage in a relaxed atmosphere,” Carney said of the non-partisan, non-profit organization he’s shepherding into existence.

The kickoff party is scheduled to take place at Hamilton’s (233 Second St. NW) from 5 to 8 p.m.; the $10 admission fee nets attendees access to one drink ticket, light snacks and live music. Full story

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

Stressed out about not fitting enough relaxation time into your schedule?

Don’t sweat it. Yoga enthusiasts are preparing to flex some serious muscle on Capitol Hill.

Yoga Crews Court Congressional Posers

(Courtesy Congressional Yogi Association)

The LoveYourBrain Foundation plans to help staffers shake off work-related angst Thursday by offering a free yoga class.

The inaugural stretch fest, which is being put on in conjunction with the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, is scheduled to take place in the park immediately behind Rayburn (sandwiched between C and D streets Southwest) from 1 to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Full story

Tex-Mex Free-for-All Set for April 21

Never mind the tired axiom about Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and unattended TV cameras. History has clearly shown the most dangerous proposition on Capitol Hill is impeding the path of fast-food crazed congressional staffers.


The ravenous masses on April 21 will once again have the opportunity to ravage unsuspecting minimum-wage workers during the annual Taco Bell Franchisee Congressional Reception.

The carnage should commence promptly at 5 p.m., with the full-contact gorging expected to subside by 6:30 p.m. — or whenever the shell-shocked tortilla flingers flee the Rayburn Cafeteria.

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April 13, 2015

Exit Interview: Scott Overland Cherishes Congressional Cutups

Leaving the friends he made and inspirational figures he encountered while working on Capitol Hill is no easy task for former staffer Scott Overland.

But he’s made his peace with moving on (Best of luck leading the pack as PetSmart’s man for legislative affairs!) by clinging to the joie de vivre inculcated in him by quick-witted pols.

The communications pro flexed his messaging muscles in both chambers, working first for former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and most recently for Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.

Each man, he suggested, knew how to keep things pretty lively. Full story

April 6, 2015

The Dog Days of … April?

Spring break has apparently broken bad for staff trying to go about their business in the Hart building.

Per a tipster, the prospect of putting in an honest day’s work was rudely interrupted by the discovery of some highly offensive material.

“One of my staffers brought to my attention that there is a large pile of what appears to be either dog vomit or dog poop at the top of stairs here on the 5th floor of Hart near our office,” a Senate Democratic aide last week blasted out to those still hanging around town while the brunt of the legislative branch kicked it live across the country.

“Whatever it is, it was obvious that absolutely no effort was made by the owner to clean up this mess,” the none-too-pleased staffer fumed on an internal listserve. “I have called the Superintendent’s office but obviously this should not be their problem.” Full story

March 31, 2015

Exit Interview: Shane Skelton Appreciates the Ebb and Flow of Hill Life

He may (again) be done punching a clock under the Dome. But boomerang staffer Shane Skelton remains in awe of what he’s seen and done while working in the legislative branch.

Exit Interview: Shane Skelton Appreciates the Ebb and Flow of Hill Life

Bob Latta, R-Ohio, are photographed outside of Longworth Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)" width="445" height="296" /> From left, Jason Isakovic, Izzy Santa, and Skelton when they worked for Latta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The one-time GOP aide — who first got his feet wet interning for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and most recently swam with the sharks over at the House Budget Committee — recently decamped from the Capitol to become executive director of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure.

Skelton told HOH he learned much from toiling within the halls of Congress — not the least of which was developing an abiding respect for the institution as a whole.

His most moving experience: Watching all the hard work he poured into the bipartisan spending plan crafted by then-Budget heads Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., finally pay off. Full story

March 26, 2015

Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

With the budget vote-a-rama anticipated to consume the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body for the foreseeable future, Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday had resigned themselves to doing the people’s business behind closed doors — until the Fourth Estate weighed in.

Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Senate GOP aide alerted press that because of the ongoing floor action, a planned open executive session was being downgraded to an off-the-record huddle within the chamber.

“Because of the location and limited space for this meeting, the proceedings will only be accessible to people with floor privileges,” staff warned via email.

Per a committee spokesman, the procedural audible caused some reporters, including CQ Roll Call scribe Niels Lesniewski, to raise a red flag. Full story

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

A Taste of March Madness at Charity Basketball Game

Richmond, left, looks to pass to one of his teammates. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

“We talked about madness in March — this is as mad as it gets!”

The game announcer summed up the electricity in the Gonzaga College High School gymnasium Wednesday night as the Home Court Charity Basketball Game went into a second overtime. “Hill’s Angels,” made up of members of Congress and staffers, were tied with Georgetown faculty aka the “Hoya Lawyas,” at 41 points a piece. Next basket would win. Full story

March 19, 2015

Grammar Cops to White House: Spelling Counts

Convinced that the relationship between President Barack Obama and the unified Republican Congress simply could not get worse?

Oh, please. As long as there’s spell shaming to be done, of course it can.

One Washington Post scribe noticed recently that White House communicators had a helluva time putting out press releases last month. (Damn you, February!)

The shop doesn’t appear to be making incredible strides. Full story

March 11, 2015

Staffers Can Let It All Hang Out in Pseudonymous Cloakroom

Recovering Hill staffer Ted Henderson wants to liberate congressional aides from the specter of having their deepest, darkest work gripes traced back to them via pre-existing communication platforms.

His solution: the identity-eschewing Cloakroom.

Staffers Can Let It All Hang Out in Pseudonymous Cloakroom

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Ex-Rep. Dale E. Kildee’s former aide, who mined his inside-baseball experience to create the online advocacy tool Capitol Bells, told HOH he carved out the haven for free expression to enable no-holds-barred dialogue among rank-and-file feds.

“The listservs are all based on your staffer email address, so everything you say is attributed to both you and your boss,” Henderson said of internal channels used for everything from talking up potential new hires to extorting favors. Full story

March 3, 2015

From One Form of Sausage-Making to Another

From One Form of Sausage Making to Another

Kushner, center, Feder, left, and Alex Mejia, right, of MeatCrafters prepare lunch at the processing plant in Landover, Md. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For Aaron Kline Kushner, working on Capitol Hill was a perfect entree into doing what he loves now: sausage-making.

“We get the joke all the time,” Kushner said. “We really know how the sausage gets made.” Full story

February 23, 2015

Newseum Books John Lewis for More ‘March’ Talk

Freedom Rider turned graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis is scheduled to engage Newseum supporters Wednesday in an intimate discussion about the continuing saga of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

Newseum Books John Lewis for More ‘March’ Talk

Lewis stands on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in between television interviews on Feb. 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Georgia Democrat and one of his congressional aides, Andrew Aydin, are in the middle of producing the serialized treatment of Lewis’ rise through the ranks of civil rights-era leaders.

In late 2013, Lewis peeled back the curtain about his foray into comics writing for Newseum fans during a chat at the Knight Conference Center. Full story

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February 19, 2015

No Labels Hosts ‘Problem-Solver’ Party

Now that it’s got a fully functional mystery logo in hand, No Labels is prepared to get its branding on Feb. 24 via a collective toast to legislative cooperation.

The non-partisan advocacy group is scheduled to welcome pols back from recess by raising a glass to “the common bonds that unite us” (Capitol Hill receptions?) in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

No Labels leaders ex-Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.; ex-Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn.; and ex-Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, D-Mo., are expected to oversee the gathering of sitting members, congressional staff and business leaders. Full story

February 18, 2015

Generation Opportunity Wants to Hang

Generation Opportunity Wants to Hang

(Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

Fed-up millennials: Generation Opportunity wants you!

The youth-centric organization — an advocacy group partially bankrolled by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s favorite bogeymen, the Koch brothers — is hosting its monthly Millennial Meet-Up Feb. 23 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Senate Budget Committee room (Dirksen 608). Full story

February 11, 2015

Nando’s Serving Up Free Eats at Yards Park

Any House staffers looking to escape the drumbeat of war and Bibi bashing that’s engulfed Capitol Hill may want to consider dipping down to Yards Park Wednesday to take advantage of Nando’s latest free lunch promotion.

Nando’s Serving Up Free Eats at Yards Park

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The South African chicken specialist is scheduled to give away a free quarter chicken, chicken sandwich or chicken pita to any customer who swings by 300 Tingey St. SE between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb 11. Full story

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