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February 12, 2016

Progressives Spread GOP Valentine’s Day Cheer

A progressive advocacy group is providing Valentines for every anti-conservative American out there this year. In a email on Friday, Democrat advocate Brad Woodhouse’s group, Americans United for Change, introduced its Valentine’s Day cards.

(Photos courtesy of Americans United For Change)

(Photos courtesy of Americans United for Change)

In November, Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked a woman in Iowa if she has ever dieted in an effort to explain the work he has done for his state’s budget. Full story

February 10, 2016

Senate Leaders Honor Longtime Gallery Director

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 10: Ed Pesce hangs out in his Capitol office on his last day as director of the Periodical Press Gallery, February 10, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ed Pesce hangs out in his Capitol office on his last day as director of the Periodical Press Gallery. Senate leaders from both parties honored him with remarks. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate leaders used opening remarks on the floor Wednesday to honor Ed Pesce, the longtime director of the Senate Periodical Press Gallery, calling him a fixture behind the office’s signature saloon doors.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., commended Pesce’s work, along with gallery staff, who act as nonpartisan liaisons coordinating communication between congressional staff and media outlets across several countries.

“Their fingerprints can be found on nearly every part of the Senate’s business,” Reid said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., got a little more personal – calling Pesce out for his constant exercise and dedication to certain films.

“You might see Ed queuing for the premier of a ‘Star Wars’ sequel, maybe even a prequel,” McConnell said.

McConnell called Pesce a fixture in the chamber with coworkers recalling “his infectious laughter and dedication to team building.”

Pesce, joined by his colleagues and reporters, sat in the gallery of the chamber as the leaders made their remarks.

“Fiction is one of his favorite genres,” McConnell said, at times looking up at Pesce. “History is the other. He certainly witnessed plenty of it firsthand.”

Pesce said McConnell was right to point to his relentless exercise – and said he was humbled and honored leaders took the time to express such personal appreciation for staff on the Senate floor.

Pesce, whose last day was also Wednesday, started working on Capitol Hill shortly after he graduated college in 1990. He became deputy director of the Senate Periodical Press Gallery in 1996. In December, Pesce announced he would retire from the position he has held since 2000.

He didn’t give details on his future employment plans but said it will probably be in communications or writing. In the meantime, he’s been traveling and enjoying time off. He recently enjoyed a rarity for anyone working in government and the press – having days off on both Christmas and New Year’s.

Reflecting on his 25 years working on Capitol Hill – including 11 sergeant-at-arms and a 50-50 split in Senate leadership – Pesce said his work has not always been easy, but that it was professionally rewarding to be a go-to person who worked with every staffer and reporter, no matter their allegiances.

“That’s a unique aspect,” Pesce said.

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February 3, 2016

Capitol Police Union Catch Congressman’s Ear

Leaders from the Capitol Police Labor Committee dropped by Rep. Richard Nugent’s office Wednesday to say thank you — in the form of a commemorative badge that recognizes the board’s 100 years of existence.

The visit also came with a little opportunity to catch the congressman’s ear about their needs, specifically how to lobby for cost of living raises and the benefits to delaying the retirement age days before budget season begins. Full story

January 20, 2016

‘Roske on Politics’ in Iowa With Bush and O’Malley

Brent Roske tracks down 2016 presidential hopefuls Govs. Jeb Bush and Martin O’Malley on the campaign trail in Iowa. Also on the lineup are Rep. Xavier Becerra, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver.

The Emmy-nominated “Roske on Politics” airs at 11 a.m. Sunday on NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”

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January 18, 2016

Word of the Week: Vacate Proceedings

Vacate Proceedings. To nullify a chamber’s previous action, such as the passage of a measure, adoption of an amendment or conference report, or an order for the yeas and neas; also referred to as vitiating an action. Requests to vacate proceedings require unanimous consent and are usually made to correct some inadvertent error in the proceedings.

— Congressional Quarterly’s “American Congressional Dictionary” by Walter Kravitz

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January 15, 2016

Celebrate Rand Paul’s Birthday on ‘Roske on Politics’

Brent Roske crashes Sen. Rand Paul’s 53rd birthday bash on the Emmy-nominated “Roske on Politics.” Roske also chats with GOP presidential hopeful Gov. Mike Huckabee and Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.

Tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”

Roske on Politics: Rand Paul’s Birthday

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January 14, 2016

Facebook Users Not That Into Rubio

Rubio is not very popular on Facebook (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio: Not so very popular on Facebook (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On Facebook, at least, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the least talked about on sitting senator running for president.

In the last month leading up to Thursday night’s Fox Business debate, 1.49 million people in the United States posted about, shared, like or commented on content about Rubio over 4.5 million times, according to data released by the social media platform. Full story

January 13, 2016

#SOTUin3Words: 2016 Edition

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Sen. Tim Scott offers his three-word take on the State of the Union address.

Following President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, CQ Roll Call reporters Eli Yokley, Eric Garcia, Katherine Tully-McManus, Hugh Ferguson, Katherine Scott and Andy Van Wye caught up with members of Congress in Statuary Hall to get their reactions to his speech in their own words (and handwriting).

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January 12, 2016

Police Arrest 13 at Capitol Ahead of SOTU

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police arrested 13 protesters on the East Steps of the Capitol Tuesday, ahead of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

All 13 were charged under the District’s law prohibiting obstruction of public or private buildings, Capitol Police’s Kimberly Schneider said. The misdemeanor violation carries a fine of $500, a penalty of 90 days in jail or both, according to the city’s code. Full story

December 10, 2015

Roske on Politics Talks With Santorum, Paul

Roske speaks with Presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum this Sunday. (Photo Courtesy Brent Roske)

Friend of CQ Roll Call Brent Roske sits down with two presidential hopefuls  — former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky — on the Emmy-nominated “Roske on Politics,” airing on Dec. 13.

Tune in to the all-new episode this Sunday at 11 a.m. on WHAG, NBC-Hagerstown, right after “Meet the Press.”

Roske on Politics: Rand Paul on Eminent Domain

 

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December 9, 2015

7 Senate Secret Santa Gifts

Cornyn, left, received a gift from Leahy, right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cornyn, left, received a gift from Leahy, right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators didn’t let contentious negotiations over how to fund the government dampen their holiday spirit Tuesday night, when they gathered to swap gifts with one another.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., organizes the annual “Secret Santa” event, letting senators take a break from their day jobs, drink some eggnog, and have a good time. Wondering what senators would give one another for the holidays? HOH takes a look at seven secret Santa gifts exchanged: Full story

December 3, 2015

Busted! 10 Best Jokes From Cheney’s Bust Unveiling

Cheney, his wife and grandkids unveiled the marble bust. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Cheney, his wife Lynne and their grandchildren unveiled the marble bust. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The marble bust of former Vice President Dick Cheney was unveiled Thursday at the Capitol. And though there were no cracks in his marble likeness, there were plenty of wisecracks from the presenters.

Top Republican leaders from the House and Senate, along with former president George W. Bush and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., honored Cheney in the Capitol Visitor Center ceremony. Cheney’s bust joins other vice presidents’ busts that are placed throughout Senate’s second and third floor to commemorate their role as presidents of the Senate.

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November 25, 2015

Bedlam Takes Over Inhofe’s Office

(Courtesy of Inhofe's office)

(Courtesy of Inhofe’s office)

There was bedlam in Sen. James M. Inhofe’s office last week.

On Nov. 19, with half the Oklahoma Republican’s staff dressed in University of Oklahoma crimson and the other half dressed in Oklahoma State University orange, the staffers celebrated the time-honored rivalry in the Sooner State known as the “Bedlam” series that pits OU against OSU.

A spokeswoman for Inhofe’s office said the staff posed for a picture after they celebrated Thanksgiving dinner. “We’ve been doing this for years,” she said, “and are thrilled the tradition has continued.”

But there was no word on why Inhofe, a University of Tulsa grad seated in the center of the group picture, was sporting OSU colors with an orange and black tie.

Perhaps he was anticipating the OSU Cowboys would be victorious against the OU Sooners in the game set for Saturday. OSU pulled out a win in the 2014 game, besting the Sooners, 38-35.

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By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:54 p.m.
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November 21, 2015

The Winning Honeymooners Caption | Capitol Quip

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, and thanks to the readers who contributed captions to our Capitol Quip contest.

Capitol Quip winners will receive signed color prints suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Please write to R.J. to claim your prize.

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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

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