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May 14, 2013

We Are Marshall, Sanford That Is

HOH continues its roll out of the welcome wagon for former-but-soon-to-be-officially-back-again Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.

Or is that Rep. Marshall Sanford?

We Are Marshall, Sanford That Is

The nameplate for the newest member of the House. (Photo courtesy of HOH Tipster)

For the record, the Biographical Record of the United States Congress does indeed list the former governor as Marshall Clement Sanford Jr. (Mark). But in all our years, we’ve never heard anyone refer to him as anything but Mark.

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:18 p.m.

Check Out the Bipartisan Bryce Bros

HOH is feeling the bipartisan love, at least when it comes to Senate leaders’ affections for Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.

As our colleagues at #WGDB reported, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have found something they agree on: Wishing that Washington Nationals star player Harper gets better after his run-in with Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

Check Out the Bipartisan Bryce Bros

Harper, left and Reid hang out at Nationals Park last year shortly after Harper’s call up to the majors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


In a game late Monday night, Harper slammed into an outfield wall at Dodger Stadium and required 11 stitches in his chin. The Nationals won 6-2. Harper was examined by physicians, and X-rays came back negative for a concussion, according to The Washington Post. According to, Harper’s playing status is day-to-day.

Horton’s Kids to Take Over Nationals Park

Thirteen members of Congress and more than 60 staffers will join CNN’s Jake Tapper and celebuchef Spike Mendelsohn to hit up the 5th annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids.

Hortons Kids to Take Over Nationals Park

Mendelsohn will help fete Horton’s Kids at Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The invite-only Nationals Park event, scheduled for Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will raise money for the Ward 8 charity, which provides direct services on the Capitol campus for about 500 children and families in D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood. Full story

By Neda Semnani Posted at 11:44 a.m.

Hungary Ayes

If your understanding of what exactly the Hungarian American Caucus has been up to in recent years is as clear as a bowl of paprika-spiked goulash, allow HOH to bring you up to speed.

The group, which was most recently led by former-Rep.-turned-Fox-News-commentator Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, is getting back into action in the 113th Congress with three new co-chairmen: Reps. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, Andy Harris, R-Md., and David Joyce, R-Ohio.

A spokesman at the Hungarian Embassy welcomed the infusion of new blood and expressed hope that the tightly knit band would help strengthen the cross-cultural connections (global security issues, economic cooperation, cultural expression) the two nations have fostered for decades.

And just to show they’re not wasting any more time, Hungarians will commemorate the 20th anniversary of ongoing relations between the Hungarian Defense Forces and the Ohio National Guard — “Cleveland has the second largest Hungarian population, after Budapest,” Joyce told HOH about the rock-solid Buckeye-Magyar bond — with a celebratory luncheon Wednesday in Rayburn 2358-C. Kaptur, Harris and Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, are scheduled to speak at the event, alongside Hungarian Ambassador to the United States György Szapáry and James J. Townsend Jr., deputy assistant secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy.

If all that sounds a little too dry for you, Hungary will also be strutting its stuff as the guest nation during the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 26-30, July 3-7).

May 13, 2013

Taste of America: Where’s a Voter to Sample?

The second round of CQ Roll Call’s 2013 Taste of America throwdown is under way, with culinary partisans voting for their favorite vittles from sea to shining sea.

Arizonans teed up their chimichangas. West Virginians are flogging their pepperoni rolls. D.C.’ers (we have no idea how to differentiate Washington-state people from Washington-nation’s-capital people, so there you go) are behind their half smokes.

In the spirit of fairness, we here at HOH encourage all voters in this competition to keep an open mind and palate, and sample as much fare as your waistlines will allow. For D.C. voters, we have taken the top five vote-getters from last week who moved on to the second round and compiled a list of Capitol Hill or nearby establishments to nosh. And, of course, we welcome all, ahem, feedback, because we know there’s more out there. And yes, we know it’s all better back home. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:10 p.m.

Sen. Johnny Isakson | Take Five

It’s Tuesday and time for another Take Five, HOH’s chance to get to know a member of Congress with five lighthearted questions relatively unrelated to legislative work. This week, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., dishes on Peach State cuisine, T-ball versus ballet and life in multiple legislatures.

Q. What is your favorite food and why?

A. Fried chicken. It’s really very simple: My mother cooked the best fried chicken anybody ever cooked, and I grew up eating fried chicken every Sunday after church for lunch. Full story

Overheard: The Lamentations of the Expos

“It’s still painful.”

— A baseball fan from Montreal attending Sunday’s Washington Nationals-Chicago Cubs game at Nationals Park. The Montreal Expos left Canada in 2004 to become the Nationals.

Overheard: The Lamentations of the Expos

Charlie Brotman, former announcer for the Washington Senators, holds up a license plate celebrating the move of the Montreal Expos to Washington at a November 2004 event announcing the team’s renaming to Nationals. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SNL Benghazi Skit Mismatches Members, Nameplates

“Saturday Night Live” had some fun with last week’s marathon Benghazi hearing, marrying House Republicans’ fervor for media attention with the basic tenet of sweeps week programming, like stunt casting:

We can’t quibble with the logic of exploiting newsmakers to make people notice what’s happening on Capitol Hill — frustrated conservatives bemoaned the same. But shame on NBC for mixing and matching the major players and nameplates in the SNL cold open.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., (played by Kenan Thompson) is indeed the ranking member for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, but in the skit his character is sitting with a nameplate that identifies him as Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

Another silly snafu: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., (played by Taran Killam) is sitting behind a nameplate that identifies him as Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

To the folks at SNL: The new “Congress at Your Fingertips” by CQ Roll Call is out. Give us a holler and we’ll send you a copy.

May 12, 2013

Glory Days | Capitol Quip

Glory Days | 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.

Welcome Back, Mark Sanford! | Capitol Quip

Welcome Back, Mark Sanford! | Capitol Quip

Illustrator R.J. Matson’s latest cartoon needs a caption.

Rep.-elect Mark Sanford, R-S.C., completed the latest leg of his comeback hike last week by winning a special election to replace now-Sen. Tim Scott. It’s a homecoming for Sanford, who served in the House from 1995 to 2001. His colleagues must be thrilled to have someone with such experience in their ranks! What do you think Sanford will say as he heads back to Capitol Hill?

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

By Jason Dick Posted at 7:30 p.m.
Capitol Quip

May 10, 2013

Taste of America: Reigning Champs Go Down!

America is changing before our eyes. Or at least CQ Roll Call’s Taste of America is changing.

In the first round of voting for 2013′s food fight, the past two champions — 2012′s Utah cherry cobbler and 2011′s Northern Mariana Islands apigigi — went down. Utah’s cobbler went down to Washington state trout, 833-584. Meanwhile, Idaho french fries deep-fried the apigigi, 963-121.

Other notable contests: The epic pastry-on-pastry showdown of Boston cream pie and West Virginia pepperoni rolls had smoked cured meat beating out sweet cream, 9,019-4,372. Georgia peach cobbler squeaked out a win against Texas 2′s corn dogs, 1,800-1,746. And Arizona chimichangas walloped Wyoming buffalo burgers, 6,350-627.

By Jason Dick Posted at 6:26 p.m.

Arrested Development to Play N Street Village Benefit

Two-time Grammy winner Arrested Development and super-producer Kevin “Khao” Cates will perform at the N Street Village‘s Night Sessions on May 16, a young professionals event to benefit the D.C. nonprofit.

N Street Village is a support and resource center for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. The nonprofit provides services to address emergency and long-term needs. The group is the city’s largest homeless service provider for women.

This year’s Night Sessions event will also feature the “musical inauguration” of the Village Bliss Award in Memory of Evan H. Bliss, a D.C.-area native who passed away suddenly in August.

Bliss was a local musician with a loyal, enthusiastic fan base — and a Washington Post Redskins blogger. He also performed at the 2010 N Street Village Night Session, which was held at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

Correction: May 13, 3:30 p.m.

An earlier version of this post misstated when Evan H. Bliss played the N Street Village Night Session. It was in 2010.

Tonight! Cocktails, D.C. History and the Chuck Brown Band

In Washington, it sometimes feels like every week is World Cocktail Week.

From May 6-13, however, it actually is World Cocktail Week. And Friday night, D.C. Toasts will hold its first annual Spring cocktail event to pay tribute to the art and diverse history of the well-built drink by throwing a killer party at the Howard Theatre, which will feature D.C.’s legendary Chuck Brown Band.

According to the website, D.C. Toasts was founded by Washington’s cocktail geeks to promote “excellence in bartending through diversity and education, by celebrating those who have made significant contributions to bartending but whose stories have gone virtually untold.” Full story

The Frost/Clinton Tapes

Budding filmmaker Jaiden Frost doesn’t necessarily consider himself a political animal. But he’s waded into the field with his recent tribute to pre-eminent lady politician Hillary Rodham Clinton, “White Room”:

“I wanted to feature someone who has been a true inspiration and a powerful woman in our country. She was the first person who came to mind,” Frost told HOH of his draw to the former FLOTUS/New York senator/secretary of State.

After digging through The Daily Beast’s treasure trove of Clinton clips, Frost married the former presidential candidate’s rhetoric to his dreamlike homage to women’s rights.

Full story

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