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November 28, 2015

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November 17, 2015

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ Focuses on Hill Staffers

'Stabbing in the Senate' is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Capturing the real-life drama of Capitol Hill in fiction can be a daunting task, but Colleen Shogan had an advantage: She’s been there, done that.

Shogan, 40, now the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service, used her time as a Senate staffer as the basis of her debut mystery novel, “Stabbing in the Senate,” the first installment in her Washington Whodunit series. Full story

November 16, 2015

Mobster-Turned-Minister Addresses Hill Staff

Michael Franzese is not your typical minister.

Around 30 years ago, he was listed among the most powerful mafia bosses, part of the notorious New York Columbo family. But after finding God while serving time in prison, he reformed. And on Nov. 13, he found himself talking about faith and redemption with Capitol Hill staff. Full story

November 5, 2015

Hill Community Remembers George Burke

Staffers honored George Burke Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Staffers honored George Burke Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., joined nearly 100 staffers and a few journalists outside the Rayburn House Office Building Thursday to honor Connolly’s late communications director, George Burke.

Burke, who had had known Connolly for 30 years and whom the lawmaker regarded as a close friend, passed away on Oct. 30 at the age of 64 after battling cancer. “He leaves a big hole in our operation and our family,” Connolly told the group gathered in the Rayburn horseshoe entrance on the warm afternoon. Full story

Spicing Up Career Move Messages, Hill Staffer-Style

Huffman raided Huffman for his new legislative director. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Huffman raided Huffman for his new legislative director. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With constant turnover and promotions on Capitol Hill, getting the formulaic career move email can be, well, boring.

But one Hill staffer chose to take a different approach to the “FYI, I have a new job” notice by framing his promotion as a new position.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I let you know that this Friday will be my last day as Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02),” Logan Ferree wrote in an email a tipster sent to HOH. “On Monday, October 9th I will start as the Legislative Director for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02).”

“This new job will bring with it a host of challenges,” Ferree continued, “but I believe my experiences in the Huffman office prepare me well for working in the Huffman office.” Full story

November 3, 2015

March for Life Previews 2016 Theme for Hill Staffers

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 22: The March for Life passes by the Russell Senate Office Building and heads past the Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the anniversary of the Roe v Wade abortion decision. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

March for Life organizers are reaching out to staffers on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two months before their annual rally against the Roe v. Wade ruling, organizers of the March for Life will lift the curtain on their 2016 theme, “Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand in Hand,” at a Capitol briefing.

Geared toward Hill staffers who oppose abortion from either side of the aisle, Wednesday’s lunchtime event will encourage attendees “to be bolder on the issue of life,” said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs for the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. Full story

November 2, 2015

George Burke Death Stuns Connolly, Va. Democrats

UNITED STATES - NOV 2 : Gerry Connolly, D-VA.,talks to the media after voteing at the Kena Temple in Fairfax Virginia. .( Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call via Getty Images)

Connolly knew Burke for more than three decades. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional spokesman George A. Burke died on Oct. 30 after battling cancer, a departure that left his boss, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly nearly at a loss for words.

“For more than 30 years I have been fortunate to call George my close friend. We will all miss his stories, his unwavering optimistic approach to life, and his love for his friends and family,” the Virginia Democrat said in a statement. “His loss will leave a great void in all our lives and I will miss him dearly.” Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 3:26 p.m.
Reps, Staffers

October 8, 2015

End. Multitasking. Now.

Eating at one’s desk is bad enough.


(Screenshot from Cloakroom)

House staffers clearly need to clean up their act. Full story

October 2, 2015

The NRCC Benghazi Fundraising Web Page That Wasn’t

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Hillary Rodham Clinton (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The NRCC wanted donors to be “Benghazi watchdogs” over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Don’t remember the National Republican Congressional Committee’s brief foray last year into raising money off the House Select Committee on Benghazi?

Neither did the NRCC apparently — until Thursday. Full story

Members of Congress, Staff Tee Off to Remember Chip Kennett

Kennett with his wife, Sheila, in Nov. 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kennett and wife Sheila in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress, current and former staffers are among the honorary host and tournament committees of The Chip Kennett Memorial Golf Tournament, scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Va.

Kennett was a former Capitol Hill staffer who received a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis in 2012 at the age of 31. He became an advocate for more cancer research funding and increased access to clinical trial medications, even testifying to Congress about his personal experience. He died on Jan. 17, at the age of 34.

Advocates within the cancer community credit his fight with helping spur congressional action. Full story

September 29, 2015

Aspiring Filmmaker Screws Around With Congress

It took some doing. But Brett Lewis is just about finished with his ode to everything that’s wrong with #ThisTown, the ribald “C Street.”

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for "C Street." (Screenshot)

Party animals let it all hang out in the trailer for “C Street.” (Screenshot)

“Some things happened along the way, but I persevered,” Lewis, who lost his mother to cancer last spring, said of the unexpected twist and turns he’s had to navigate to translate the vision in his head on to the big screen.

He originally intended to share his version of “pols gone wild” with the world ahead of the 2012 elections, but had to delay that self-imposed deadline as the money hunt — he attempted to raise $50,000 in 2012, but came up short — and personal issues continued cropping up.

All that’s changed. Full story

September 28, 2015

Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip in Boehnerland

His Sept. 25 decision to relinquish command of the increasingly unruly House of Representatives left many of those who learned the ways of Washington beneath the wing of retiring Speaker John A. Boehner utterly speechless.

(Bill Clark/Roll Call/Pool)

Sorrow, though, wasn’t the predominant emotion.

In some cases, it appeared to be relief.

Full story

September 23, 2015

Tim Walz Tickled About Appearing With T2P2

Staff said Rep. Tim Walz is psyched to reconnect Thursday with one-time aide Tane Danger when he finally hooks up with The Theater for Public Policy.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Danger told HOH that while still in college he briefly interned for the Minnesota Democrat.

Fast forward to today, when the director and co-creator of the now-traveling comedy troupe is living the dream of poking fun at politics — right here in Washington, D.C. — every night this week. Full story

September 18, 2015

Rand Paul Campaign Staffer Accuses Marco Rubio Aide of Assault

John Patrick Yob, a campaign strategist working on Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s presidential bid, announced Friday via social media that he was punched in the face by Rich Beeson, deputy campaign manager for Sen. Marco Rubio, and that he was formally pressing charges.

Per media reports, the ideological scrap took place Thursday evening at Horn’s Gaslight Bar & Restaurant on Mackinac Island. Full story

September 15, 2015

Steve King Crowns 24-Year-Old Queen of the Hill

Stevens has a brand new job. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Stevens has a brand new job. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

She’s still a few weeks shy of her 25th birthday and only three years into her congressional career. But Iowa Republican Steve King has given House staffer Sarah Stevens the ultimate vote of confidence: naming her chief of staff.

The newlywed aide — her husband, Christopher, signed on as executive director of the King-led Conservative Opportunity Society this summer — told HOH she’s been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support regarding her ascent.

“Co-workers were way too nice about this. And so was the congressman,” she said of all the fuss folks have been making about her likely becoming the youngest top aide on Capitol Hill. Full story

September 11, 2015

Hill Vet Amped About Private Kenny Loggins Show

Just more than a year after successfully soliciting strangers to bankroll a plan to have soft rock god Kenny Loggins perform in a certain superfan’s living room, former House aide Erick Sanchez stands poised to welcome his musical idol Sunday for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Upon discovering last summer that the fabled singer-songwriter was rounding up financial support for a potential album, Sanchez — a one-time aide to Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who has since become a senior advisor at Frontier Solutions — swung into action by issuing a cyber-SOS to fellow adult contemporary fans. Full story

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