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August 18, 2013

It’s No Camel-ot Over There | Capitol Quip

Its No Camel ot Over There | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill, and in a rare August recess event, members of the Roll Call newsroom. (We had a tie and needed to break it. But we can assure you, employees were under no undue influence to pick any particular caption, and they voted via the comments section like other readers.)

The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

August 16, 2013

Domino’s Sends Proof of Halibut Receipt to Begich

How do you like them halibut? I guess OK, says Domino’s CEO J. Patrick Doyle, to Sen. Mark Begich, who called out the pizza magnate after an ad went after the famous Alaskan fish.

Domino’s posted a picture of Doyle with the fish sent to him by the Alaska Democrat in an “I <3 Halibut” polo shirt, which lord knows, they probably had to have made for the occasion.

The tweet:

Thanks again @SenatorBegich…usually it’s pizza for Friday lunch. Today, Alaskan Halibut. It’s “ofishal” – I love it! pic.twitter.com/dvUPquHyvW

August 14, 2013

5 Captions on Egypt | Capitol Quip

5 Captions on Egypt | Capitol Quip

Since Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. visited Egypt earlier this month, the situation has clearly gotten more dire and dangerous for the people of that troubled country.

McCain and Graham encouraged the leaders of Egypt’s interim government to release political prisoners associated with ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and to broaden political talks as they look to bridge the gap between the interim government and Morsi’s supporters. That obviously hasn’t happened.

So here are five captions to characterize the political situation in Egypt and U.S. efforts to calm it down:

  • You can lead a camel to water, but you can’t make him vote.
  • Geez, even Morsi got a better ride out of town than this!
  • I see the camel’s nose, but where is the tent?
  • Talk about déjà vu.
  • He wants to stay with his mummy.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. EDT Thursday.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog Aug. 18. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Emily Pierce Posted at 5:46 p.m.
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August 6, 2013

Immigration Cantaloupes Were Donated to Food Bank

When you work for a man who impersonates Santa Claus, you’re bound to have some generous ideas.

It was a staffer in the office of Old Fashion Santa & Co. proprietor and freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., who suggested re-gifting some politically charged cantaloupes to a local D.C. food bank last week.

Of the 224 melons delivered to Capitol Hill by immigration activists as a gag gift on Aug. 1, 96 made it to the Capitol Area Food Bank.

“It took one minivan and four people,” Bentivolio Communications Director Matt Chisholm told HOH.

The donation, first reported by the Washington Examiner, weighed in at 350 pounds.

Page Crosland, communications director for the Capitol Area Food Bank, said the fresh produce was then distributed to “some very luck families out there.” She emphasized that the food bank is nonpartisan and does not like to insert itself in partisan news stories.

July 23, 2013

Congressional Newbies Storm the Links

Monday’s Roll Call Cup not only featured late drama, with Republicans retaining the trophy in a tie match, but also four freshman House members who can now tout their experience on the greens.

Democratic Reps. Patrick Murphy of Florida and Scott Peters of California and Republican Reps. Roger Williams of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida navigated through Columbia Country Club’s narrow trees and 6,500-yard plus terrain at Monday’s competition. All strong golfers, veteran golfer Dan Tate Sr. noted the skills of Murphy and DeSantis, in particular, on the course.

Murphy, who faced off against fellow freshman Williams in the 4-ball and alternate shot morning rounds, was unable to find his groove for much of the day. He was didn’t get to finish his practice round Sunday thanks to lightning, and he could not overcome the course that once hosted the 1921 U.S. Open.

Williams played well, garnering 1.5 points in the morning rounds for the Republicans. He lost his final 9-hole match play to Peters.

DeSantis, who played baseball while studying at Yale University, lost 2 points in the opening two nine hole rounds before bouncing back in the afternoon to steal a point from Rep. Albio Sires, D-N.J. in the final nine holes.

July 18, 2013

Rat Becomes Newest Housemate for Durbin, Schumer

A pesky rat has infiltrated the group house inhabited by Senate Democratic leaders Charles E. Schumer of New York and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, and owned by Rep. George Miller of California, CQ Roll Call has learned.

A source close to the situation said multiple traps have been set up throughout the Capitol Hill “Animal House” to catch the rodent. Schumer was overheard on his cellphone in the Capitol discussing exterminators. The rat situation has been ongoing for days, our source tells us.

“Durbin and I are united in our hopes that it’s dead, but if it’s not, I hope it’s upstairs and he hopes it’s downstairs,” Schumer said in a statement.

No one would confirm whether the frat-like lifestyle of the prominent Democrats led to the rat’s break-in, but a 2011 NBC special “Inside Congress” filmed the lawmakers in their home and featured Miller chiding Schumer to “close up the cereal before you leave.”

Modest suggestion from your friends at CQ Roll Call, senators, check under the gross couch!

Rat Becomes Newest Housemate for Durbin, Schumer

(Screenshot)

 

July 11, 2013

Mitch McConnell’s Grave Warning

It appears that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., firmly believes fiddling with the filibuster rules would be the final nail in the coffin of Nevada Democrat Harry Reid’s career.

Catch Up With These Egyptian Finalists | Capitol Quip

Catch Up With These Egyptian Finalists | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 9 a.m. EDT Friday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • That’s going to land in your President’s lap.
  • Coil de grace!
  • That’s how we take care of the tip of the iceberg. Now we can get to work on the rest of the problem!
  • It’s our way of saying, “Tut, tut.”
  • Hope for democracy springs eternal!

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog July 14 and in the next day’s print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

June 18, 2013

Joaquin Castro Takes the Plunge

Updated 4:24 p.m. | Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is reportedly off the market.

According to local news outlets, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro first revealed his twin brother’s very recent engagement to longtime girlfriend Anna Flores on Facebook.

Castro aides said the boss made it official June 15, proposing to Flores in front of the Memorial Church at Stanford University, his alma mater. Castro was visiting that weekend to address graduates from the Stanford Latinos group:

News spread quickly on the Internet — “Congrats to @JoaquinCastrotx on his engagement. Being happily married will make politics seem like a big waste of time, my friend,” Austin American-Statesman/MSNBC columnist Jason Stanford proclaimed on Twitter — but things slowly trickled back to us folks in Washington, D.C.

Per staff, there is no wedding date yet.

But Castro does plan to have some people from Capitol Hill join in the festivities. “Haven’t started invite list, but expect to invite many colleagues,” Team Castro told HOH.

Now, on to the registry hunt …

June 16, 2013

The Writing’s on the Wall | Capitol Quip

The Writings on the Wall | Capitol QuipIllustrator R.J. Matson’s latest cartoon needs a caption.

As the Senate plods forward on a bipartisan immigration overhaul, many House members have been reluctant to take up a comprehensive bill. And one of the Senate bill’s authors, Republican Marco Rubio of Florida, is insisting his own bill needs stronger border security provisions to pass either chamber. What’s the future for this mine field of a policy debate?

Leave us your caption in the comments section below. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and then everyone can vote for the winner until Thursday afternoon. The winner gets a signed print from Matson.

Your Votes Were Properly Recorded | Capitol Quip

Your Votes Were Properly Recorded | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

The winner will receive a signed color print suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson.

June 14, 2013

Could GOP Turn to Texas for Pitching Help?

For the third year in a row, the pitching disparity between the Democrats and Republicans was the key to the CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

The Democrats are in a great position with Louisiana Rep. Cedric L. Richmond burning through the GOP lineup, giving up three hits in a complete game, 22-0, shutout. He’s given up only four runs in three games. And he’s 39 years old and represents a safe district.

Could GOP Turn to Texas for Pitching Help?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond in action at Thursday night’s 52nd Annual Congressional Baseball Game. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

On the other side of the field, Republicans are looking to shore up their rotation. Democrats hooked early into Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman, the only GOP pitcher not to give up a run last year, scoring five runs in the first. Stutzman, at 37, is younger than Richmond. But his relievers Thursday evening (Reps. Patrick Meehan and Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania) are both 57,  which doesn’t bode well for the future of the team.

Perhaps the Republicans should recruit Roger Clemens, who gave some campaign cash to his friend Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas. Also, Clemens wouldn’t have to worry about those pesky performance-enhancing drug allegations because the Congressional Baseball Game doesn’t test.

Could GOP Turn to Texas for Pitching Help?

Could Roger Clemens be the answer to the GOP’s pitching woes? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another opportunity could be with Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, who campaigned for former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul. He’s currently the president of the Texas Rangers.

Former President George W. Bush was co-owner of the franchise, and the Rangers started life as the expansion Washington Senators before moving to Arlington, Texas, in 1972, so the bloodlines make the franchise the equivalent of an elected official farm team.

June 13, 2013

Mary Landrieu’s Kid Arrested on DWI Charges

Frank “Connor” Snellings, the 21-year-old son of Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., was arrested Thursday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run driving and driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the French Quarter, as well as possession of an alcoholic beverage in the car and not maintaining proper control of the car, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

According to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, the car Snellings was driving hit a pedestrian, who was not seriously injured. Snellings and a passenger were not hurt.

“We love our son wholeheartedly, but we are extremely disappointed by his irresponsible actions last night,” Landrieu told the Times-Picayune. “These actions have serious consequences both at home and in our legal system.”

Landrieu asked people “to respect his privacy as we work through this challenging time for our family.”

Steve King’s Immigration SOS

Forget securing the U.S. border.

Steve King’s Immigration SOS

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Steve King is desperate to know how Senate lawmakers plan to keep the unwanted elements outside the Capitol.

The Iowa Republican sounded a distress call Thursday after several members of United We Dream, a pro-immigration overhaul outfit, showed up unannounced at his little slice of heaven in the Rayburn House Office Building.

“20 brazen self professed illegal aliens have just invaded my DC office,” King raged on social media.

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June 6, 2013

The Dean: The Longest-Serving Member’s Career in Photos

Rep. John D. Dingell becomes the longest-serving member of Congress on Friday, eclipsing the record of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd at 57 years, five months and 26 days.

The House will fete him next week for his distinguished career.

Dingell’s time in Congress predates him being a member, as he attended the Capitol Page School while his father, the late Rep. John Dingell, was a House member.

He was elected to succeed his father in December 1955 and has fashioned a career championing health care and overseeing wide swaths of the U.S. economy from his position atop the Energy and Commerce Committee. Here is a selection of images by our photographers and from the CQ Roll Call archives that represents but a sample of the Michigan Democrat’s storied career.

The Dean: The Longest Serving Members Career in Photos

His 1939 Capitol Page School class photo (Dingell is bottom row, ninth from the right).

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