Showing up for votes Monday is no big deal for Rep. David B. McKinley.
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The West Virginia Republican had already planned on riding into town with a dozen or so local college students his office recruited to accompany him on his inaugural Megabus town hall.
For those who don’t know, McKinley is an ardent supporter of the discount carrier.
On this latest trip, which will depart Morgantown, W.Va. at 8 a.m., McKinley plans to chew the fat with a handful of preselected travel companions plucked from the campuses of West Virginia University and Fairmont State University. “It’s going to be a pretty free-ranging discussion,” a McKinley aide told HOH about the roughly four-hour conversation that’s expected to unfold.
Per the aide, anything and everything is on the table, including jobs, health care or the swirling Syria/ISIS crisis.
Can’t find your bus pass?
Tweet a question (or 20) to #megabusMcKinleyTH once things get underway.
As McKinley is fond of pointing out, the bus is Wi-Fi enabled. So he won’t be able to say he was unreachable while on his way to work.
If Congress ever gets around to handing out superlatives, HOH stands ready to nominate Rep. Dan Kildee for Stare Down Champ.
The rather mesmerizing shot the Michigan Democrat shared of himself via Instagram would almost lead us to believe he’s come under the tutelage of universally acclaimed Broadway star, “The Amazing Alexander.”
Or perhaps he’s borrowed a page from the most persuasive of pets, the indomitable Hypnotoad.
Either way, we can’t take our eyes off you, congressman.
Heard on the Hill concludes its August recess flashback with a look at the relationship between lawmakers and their microphones — from the fumbling to the malfunctions, to members who just can’t resist the urge to say one more thing.
Aspiring lawmaker Nick Troiano is looking to broaden his fan base with a quirky new video and a crowd funded ad-buying campaign. Being on screen, however, remains a fairly new thing for the 20-something Pennsylvanian — unlike his extensive work behind the camera.
The independent candidate hoping to oust Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., this November recently unveiled a new spot pooh-poohing the contentious climate on Capitol Hill.
A Troiano aide said the plan is to plunk down whatever is necessary to get the “Washington’s a Zoo” message on TV between now and Election Day. The campaign expects to begin airing the ad during the week of Sept. 15, but is hoping to amplify the duration and scope of the media outreach by collecting supplementary capital via an online fundraising pitch.
Attracting prospective donors is always easier with personal touches.
Team Troiano will be rolling out a pair of companion endorsement videos — featuring kind words from ex-Sen. Alan K. Simpson, R-Wyo., (Troiano became acquainted with him through his work with The Can Kicks Back, an advocacy group focused on budgetary issues) and grunge rocker turned electoral reformer Krist Novoselic (brought together by FairVote) — before the Tilt bid expires.
The campaign is also offering up curated images from an extensive collection of time-lapse photos of D.C. Troiano and his mentor, the late Doug Bailey, captured over five years. Full story
First lady Michelle Obama pops up at the end of a new Funny or Die parody that swaps in nutritional hobgoblins for the living dead/pandemic event/fetishistic survival trials that seem to plague the protagonist of every young adult novel.
“Snackpocalypse” has its moments — “It’s like the more garbage everyone eats, the sicker they get. It’s a mystery,” muses school nurse (and “VEEP” vet) Sufe Bradshaw — but is unlikely to stir up the type of response President Barack Obama did last spring when he traded insults with Zach Galifianakis on “Between Two Ferns.” Full story
Activists in the District of Columbia plan to repurpose the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge,” during a Thursday night demonstration in front on the White House to show support for residents of the Gaza Strip.
Turmoil between Israel and Hamas means water is a scare resource in Gaza, but debris is plentiful. Organizers say 15,671 homes have been demolished or damaged since conflict began on July 7. To draw awareness to the destruction they will launch a “Rubble Bucket Challenge” at 6 p.m.
Maysam Yusuf, a Palestinian youth from Gaza, initiated the tongue-in-cheek campaign. The Facebook page she founded on Aug. 22 has generated nearly 10,000 likes. She explained it as a way to “raise awareness about the horrors that families of Gaza experience when they are bombed inside their houses.”
Instead of donating to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research, as millions have done during the past month, participants are asked to give money to help rebuild Gaza. CODEPINK and New Generations for Palestinian Children & Youth organized Thursday’s event.
“As silly as the ice bucket challenge for ALS seemed at first, it generated a lot of attention for a neglected disease,” said Pam Bailey, a freelance writer who has lived in Gaza and founded New Generations as a nonprofit. “Gaza has been neglected by the world as well, and we hope our response to the Rubble Bucket Challenge will both show our support for the Palestinians’ freedom and help educate passersby.”
The challenge will be taped and posted online. HOH will keep an eye out for Capitol Hill denizens dumping buckets of dirt and sand.
Fake pol Gil Fulbright wants to cause real problems for Senate hopeful Scott P. Brown.
The satirical candidate — previously scheduled to crash a showdown at Kentucky’s Fancy Farm, attended by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes — is the face of the Represent.Us campaign to shake up Congress.
Mayday PAC is bankrolling this latest attack against the former Massachusetts Republican currently vying to return to Washington by taking a run at Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.
The #IceBucketChallenge, that most ubiquitous of social media stunts, has not only captured the imagination of sitting politicos, parched celebrities and well meaning, but newly hospitalized philanthropists the world over, it’s got advocates thinking about how to tap into this seemingly limitless font of goodwill.
The ranks of those who have chosen to take a stand against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, continues to grow by the second.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, got double doused — first by his wife, and then by his daughters.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley is spending part of the August recess revisiting many of the same natural wonders and tourist traps he and his wife, Barbara, would have swooned over during their original honeymoon.
Retracing our honeymoon of 60 yrs we are now in SoDak Badlands
The Iowa Republican, who has famously feuded with the History Channel over its lack of focus, appears to be taking one of the most patriotic trips ever.
Due to the fact that he’s being stingy with the roadside imagery (perhaps it’s time to add Instagram to your social media arsenal, senator), HOH has cobbled together an ersatz travelogue so you can follow along with the reminiscing lovebirds.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana has taken one for the leadership team, completing the charitable #IceBucketChallenge thrust upon him by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., without redirecting the temporary discomfort further up the chain of command.
Rather than rain on his colleagues’ summer plans, Scalise punted the fashionable fundraiser toward his celluloid brethren, entertainer Kevin Spacey.
The Academy Award-winning actor, who famously palled around with Scalise’s predecessor, now-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to help flesh out his scene-chewing alter ego, House Majority Whip Frank Underwood, D-S.C., is reportedly hard at work on season 3 of Netflix’s runaway drama, “House of Cards,” just up the road in Baltimore. Full story