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February 5, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

This photo is from the Roll Call archives of a call-in show hosted at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 1980, the year after C-SPAN first began broadcasting. Lamb, on the far right, is joined by, from left to right, Michael Kelly, Pat Gushman, Don West and Tack Nail.

The next time you need an “older than” joke, here’s some new material: members whose congressional careers are older than C-SPAN.

There are just 11 members of Congress serving today who were in office the day the network began broadcasting the House proceedings on March 19, 1979 — it took more than seven years for the Senate to vote to allow cameras to televise that chamber.

Full story

January 29, 2015

#tbt: ‘Go Time’ for the Ladies

#tbt: Go Time for the Ladies

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

At least that was some of the thinking back in our Jan. 29, 2007 HOH, when we observed that a member of the House had taken an interest in gender equity when it came to bathrooms.

“Go Time. Hey ladies, you’ve got a new champion on Capitol Hill, fighting for your equality. Full story

January 22, 2015

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

The late ex-Rep. Boggs, right, hangs out with her “baby” Cokie Roberts, left and then-Sen. Olympia Snowe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cuba’s in the news these days, as it was in the Jan. 22, 1998, HOH edition of Roll Call, albeit in a roundabout way.

Crippled in Cuba. Congressional reporters worried about being scooped by Cokie Roberts can breathe easy because everybody’s going to have a leg-up on the ABC News star for at least a few weeks,” Ed Henry wrote.  Full story

January 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 12, 2015 (Video)

Even with party retreats this week, members still found time to recognize children born outside of marriage, debate NFL rules and bake cookies in the House chamber.

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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January 15, 2015

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

What a drag! (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We suspect the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would have been gratified to see the Golden Globes and the heap of awards given to “Transparent,” the groundbreaking television series about a man’s embracing his transgender self.

A pioneer for minority rights for decades, Kennedy did more than just pursue legislation. When given the opportunity, he even walked a mile in a woman’s heels, as we observed in our Jan. 17, 1988, edition in HOH: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.

January 8, 2015

#tbt: ‘Vitter Dissed’ on Swearing-In Day 2009

#tbt: Vitter Dissed on Swearing In Day 2009

Vitter, still standing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

My, how things change. When the 111th Congress was sworn in six years ago, on Jan. 6, 2009, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., walked down the chamber aisle to be sworn in for her third term — sans her home-state colleague, Republican David Vitter.

HOH took note in the Jan. 7, 2009, edition of Roll Call:

“If the first day of a Congressional session really is like the first day of high school, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) was totally exiled to the cafeteria losers’ table.” Full story

December 31, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2014 (Video)

From food to Janet Jackson and mic drops to outer space, Heard on the Hill presents the best gaffes, insults and soundbites from Capitol Hill you just had to see one more time.

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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December 4, 2014

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

The Congressional Baseball Game and the Spartans at Thermopylae

To the victor go the ‘Spartans at Themopylae’ bragging rights? (Mickey Senko/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Here’s something you don’t see every day in the Congressional Record: a subhead titled, “The Spartans at Thermopylae.”

The occasion? No less than the annual gloating of the victorious team in the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, this time in floor remarks on Sept. 25, 1980.  Full story

November 26, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2014 Thanksgiving Edition (Video)

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Heard on the Hill takes a look at the times lawmakers simply could not get food off their minds.


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November 13, 2014

From the Drive-Thru to Congress: The Fast-Food Caucus Dishes

Apart from her immediate family — and, perhaps, the hog castrators of the world — no one appears to be prouder of Iowa Republican Joni Ernst than those she used to break bake bread with.

Hence the reason Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, rushed to congratulate the one-time breakfast-rush worker and senator-elect in a splashy ad in the Des Moines Register.

From the Drive Thru to Congress: The Fast Food Caucus Dishes

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

“Thanks, Joni, for reminding us that, in this great country of ours, your job and your life are what you make of them,” the head of the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. chains praised in the ad, after Ernst touted her biscuit-making past in her election night victory speech.

Her ascension to Capitol Hill follows a career trajectory familiar to the growing number of lawmakers who dedicated parts of their youth to slinging burgers and fries at various grab-and-go establishments.

Other members of what we’ve dubbed the Fast-Food Caucus include:

Rep. Paul D. Ryan

An aide to the 2012 GOP vice presidential pick confirmed that the Wisconsin Republican briefly worked at McDonald’s during the summer between his sophomore and junior years of high school.

According to his office, the former grill cook — “The manager didn’t think I had the social skills to work the counter,” Ryan told the New Yorker — gleaned plenty from the experience.

“Congressman Ryan learned the value of hard work — a lesson that continues to help him in Congress today,” Team Ryan said. And before being elected to the House, Ryan further honed his hospitality skills working at Tortilla Coast.  Full story

October 14, 2014

Larry Pressler for D.C. Mayor?

Larry Pressler for D.C. Mayor?

Headline from June 11, 1998. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

If Larry Pressler doesn’t win a Senate seat in November, he might think about running for D.C. mayor. It wouldn’t be the first time.

The independent candidate and former Republican senator shaking up the South Dakota Senate race contemplated running for D.C. mayor in 1998, after he lost his re-election bid in 1996 and was working as a lobbyist.

The Daily Kos unearthed an Associated Press report Monday on Pressler’s potential mayoral bid, which cited an interview with Roll Call. So we dug through our archives and found the original interview that splashed the June 11, 1998, front page with the headline: “Pressler Plans Run for Mayor.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:32 p.m.
#tbt, DC, Sens

August 7, 2014

#tbt: Richard Nixon Smiles! With Roll Call’s Mort Kondracke

#tbt: Richard Nixon Smiles! With Roll Calls Mort Kondracke

Nixon, left, with Kondracke. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Richard Nixon had a life after leaving the presidency on Aug. 9, 1974, and part of it can be glimpsed in this undated-but-most-definitely-post-1970s pic from the Roll Call archives with our own Morton M. Kondracke, former executive editor and current contributing editor. Not to look too much into it, but Nixon looks relaxed, smiling even.

By Jason Dick Posted at 11:05 a.m.

July 3, 2014

#tbt: ‘Tricky Mitch’?

#tbt: Tricky Mitch?

McConnell and Nixon, together again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Those were the days! Back in 2001, our own Tom Williams snapped this photo of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., showing off his Russell Senate Office Building digs, with a portrait of a previous occupant, former President Richard M. Nixon, hanging prominently.

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:19 p.m.
#tbt, Sens, Shutterbugs

June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Eric Cantor Edition

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., made his first big splash on the pages of Roll Call with a photo capturing his razor-thin victory in the 2000 GOP primary.

Cantor, then a state delegate, won his primary by 263 votes. He outspent his rival, state Rep. Steve Martin.

After his victory, Cantor said Martin was a “formidable opponent,” adding, “We’ve been taking him seriously ever since the get-go because we knew he would have a significant grass-roots effort.”

Cantor’s first primary was described as a “bitter race.” The Virginia Republican was backed by outgoing-Rep. Tom Bliley, R-Va., which wasn’t much of a surprise considering Cantor had chaired Bliley’s re-election campaign for six years.

Cantor’s profile in Roll Call’s new member guide for the 107th Congress noted the state representative and attorney was hoping to land a spot on the Energy and Commerce or Ways and Means committees.

At the start of his second term, Cantor was appointed chief deputy whip for the House Republicans. Six years later, he ascended to GOP whip. In 2010, Cantor ran unopposed to become House majority leader.

“I have announced my intention to stand for election as majority leader because I am results oriented and I want to help lead that effort and bring about these changes,” Cantor wrote in a letter to his colleagues in 2010.


April 3, 2014

‘Parts Is Parts’ in This #tbt HOH Item

Parts Is Parts in This #tbt HOH Item

Oh, the things we learn reading the HOH stacks, such as this gem from the Feb. 26, 1996 edition of Roll Call by reporter Craig Winneker:

Above and Beyond Dept. The things Members do to help constituents. Consider the following letter from Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich) to Agriculture Department official P. Scott Shearer:
“Dear Mr. Shearer: I am writing to you on behalf of Mr. R. Miles Handy II, President, Oink-Oink Inc., 15526 Dale, Detroit, MI 48223.
“According to Mr. Handy, The United States Department of Agriculture was allowing Oink-Oink to purchase pork penises for use as a pet treat. They were purchasing the raw product from Iowa Packing Company. After several months of doing so, the USDA began to ‘dye the raw penises green.’ As a result of this, Oink-Oink Inc. is unable to use them because of this discoloration.
“I would greatly appreciate your comment on this situation.”
Knollenberg’s press secretary, Frank Maisano, told HOH Friday that “as far as our pets are concerned, parts is parts.”
He added that the Congressman was concerned “about Michigan jobs and allowing our pets to have the choices they deserve.”
Oh, and HOH suggests checking the label on Fido’s next box of biscuits.

By Jason Dick Posted at 1:27 p.m.

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