Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
August 28, 2014

June 16, 2014

Bruce Braley Extols ‘The Amazingness of Bacon’ in Taste of America Voting

In a release replete with the salty trash-talking language that defines Roll Call’s Taste of America contest, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, says the votes among the remaining eight foodstuffs shouldn’t even be close and that bacon rightfully rules the world.

“Katy Perry called bacon the ‘meat candy of the world’ and she’s a vegan for crying out loud. Watching bacon lose to one of these second-tier foods would be an injustice,” the Senate hopeful says in the release that went out with the subject line: “Braley: Don’t Go Bacon my Heart.”

Aside from the Elton John/Kiki Dee duet play on words, we have to admire Braley for the brazenness of his appeal. This is raw (or cooked) regional culinary pride, topped out by his office’s claim that “while there are many proud and tasty culinary traditions in the world, they all pale in comparison to the amazingness of bacon.”

Or, as Braley states in the release: “Look, I like a good casserole as much as the next guy, and I have a great working relationship with my friend Cheri Bustos from Illinois — but a contest between deep dish pizza and Bacon is no contest at all — bacon wins running away.”

Voting ends Friday and the winners will be announced on June 25 at the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

And, returning to Braley’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” reference, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also provide the following cover of it by John Travolta and Captain and Tennille.

 

Tom Harkin, George Miller Score Cupcake Title IX Send-Off

Tom Harkin, George Miller Score Cupcake Title IX Send Off

Harkin, left, and Miller can expect cupcakes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The American Association of University Women is sad to see retiring lawmakers Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of  California go, but wants to watch them have a blast doing so at a reception featuring bubbly and gourmet baked goods.

The retiring Democrats will be feted on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Caucus Room (Russell 325) as part of the 42nd anniversary of Title IX. Harkin, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, and Miller, the ranking member and former chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee, are longtime advocates of the university community.

“Cupcakes and champagne will be served,” the open invitation reads. Well-wishers should sign their commitment to their team — Teams Free Booze and/or Sugar Rush — via the online registration site.

Teen Capitalists Demand Congressional Attention, Supply Dessert

Junior Achievement USA’s latest crop of budding entrepreneurs are looking to bend pols’ ears with prospective start-up plans on Tuesday. And the aspiring businesspeople are fully prepared to sweeten the deal by dishing out free ice cream.

JA’s annual “trade fair” is scheduled to take place Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hart 902.

Members and staff who attend the presentation will have the opportunity to pick the brains of more than six dozen teen problem-solvers hailing from Chicago; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Denver; San Diego; Minneapolis-St.Paul; Cupertino, Calif.; St. Louis; Nashville, Tenn.; Tampa, Fla.; Springfield, Mass.; Lancaster, N.Y.; and Camden, Del.

Some of the moneymaking ideas on the minds of the would-be wheelers-and-dealers include:

  • Subscription make-up delivery (a la a lipstick of the month club)
  • School mascot-branded belts
  • Hand-cranked robo vacuum (battery-free operation)
  • Branded digital screen cleaners
  • Customizable bracelets
  • A website development school (Check yo’ self, ITT Tech!)

Organizers said Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; and Reps. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.; Chris Collins, R-N.Y.; and Scott Peters, D-Calif., have all agreed to give the projects a look-see.

Their reward?

Jack and Jill ice cream (with assorted toppings) and freshly baked apple pie. And they can wash it all down with lemonade or iced tea.

Exit Interview: Justin Harding

He may be back home in his beloved Beehive State now, but veteran GOP aide Justin Harding tells HOH he will absolutely miss the hustle and bustle — and occasional solitude — of life on Capitol Hill.

The seasoned House aide is following in his latest boss’ footsteps, leaving the side of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, to serve as chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert. Chaffetz did time as chief of staff to then-Utah Gov. John Huntsman before striking out on his own.

Harding started his new gig Monday. Full story

June 15, 2014

Elephants, Mice and GOP Primaries, Oh My! | Capitol Quip

Elephants, Mice and GOP Primaries, Oh My! | Capitol Quip

Is an immigration overhaul the mouse that roared? Beats us. Maybe we should ask Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost his Republican primary in Virginia last week after his opponent, previously obscure economics professor Dave Brat, made immigration a big issue in the race. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Send us a caption for this week’s contest by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick five finalists on Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

By Jason Dick Posted at 7:05 p.m.
Capitol Quip

A New Low on Bowe? | Capitol Quip

A New Low on Bowe? | 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. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

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

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

Wedding Bells for John Rizzo, Tiffany Wynn

John Rizzo and Tiffany Wynn cut the cake.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., recently added a new line to his career summary: Marriage officiant.

John Rizzo, press secretary for Casey, and Tiffany Wynn, a lawyer at Crowell & Moring, were married on May 31 at the Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. John is from Scranton, Pa., and started his career in Casey’s office as an intern. He also worked in the press office of Democratic New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer. Tiffany is from Connecticut and a graduate of Duke University and Georgetown Law.

“My staff and I never thought that John’s dedication to, some might say ‘obsession with,’ press coverage could be rivaled by anything other than sports … that is, until he met Tiffany,” Casey said in his remarks at the ceremony.

Full story

June 14, 2014

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of June 9 (Video)

Even with Majority Leader Eric Cantor stealing the spotlight for much of the week, members managed to focus their attention on beef jerky, hamburgers, pools and Ewoks.

June 13, 2014

Health Subcommittee Diagnoses Country’s Mood | Madisonville

Health Subcommittee Diagnoses Country’s Mood | Madisonville  The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has gotten to the heart of what’s ailing the country. It turns out we’re sick. Literally. Almost half the country — 133 million people, one witness said — has a chronic medical condition or disability. That’s the news. The bad news is that it’s going to get worse. No wonder everybody’s in a bad mood.

The June 11 hearing on 21st century cures raised the question of how to encourage investment in potential treatments or cures for all those sick people. The issue combines two things Americans are passionate about: Their health and getting rich. The hearing was accordingly filled to standing-room-only capacity.  Full story

Tim Ryan Welcomes New Son, Brady Zetts Ryan

Rep. Tim Ryan has already had a taste of fatherhood raising two stepchildren with his second wife, Andrea. But he’s about to get a whole new flavor in raising his new son, Brady Zetts Ryan, who was born on Thursday, just a few days shy of Father’s Day.

The Ohio Democrat announced the birth of Brady, a 19 ¾-inch tyke weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces the day after the birth.

“We are thankful that Brady and Andrea are both doing very well,” Ryan said.

“Mason and Bella are very excited to have a new little brother,” Ryan said of his two stepchildren.

In a statement, Ryan thanked the doctors, nurses and their midwife for their “excellent care and kind words.” In February, he announced that his wife was expecting.

Ryan, 40, is serving in his sixth term and is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee.

By Matt Fuller Posted at 1:45 p.m.
Kiddies, Reps

Fifty Years Ago, Jim Bunning’s Perfect Game at Shea Stadium (Video)

Fifty Years Ago, Jim Bunnings Perfect Game at Shea Stadium (Video)

(CQ Roll Call Archives)

It was Father’s Day 50 years ago that former Sen. Jim Bunning made history, pitching a perfect game at Shea Stadium.

The Kentucky Republican’s hall of fame career featured no shortage of milestones, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t let the anniversary go by without a tribute to his former colleague — a man with whom he at times famously disagreed.

“The date was June 21, and in front of his wife Mary, his eldest daughter Barbara, and more than 32,000 cheering fans, Jim Bunning delivered the perfect Father’s Day gift by pitching a perfect game,” McConnell said of the game day in New York.

Full story

By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 1:33 p.m.
Sports Desk

Do You Want to Work for Clay Aiken?

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina’s 2nd District, is staffing up.

No longer “Invisible,” Aiken’s campaign is looking to hire a field director for his race against GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers, according to a job posting on a Listserv for progressive campaign jobs. For aspiring campaign workers, “This is the Night” to get involved.

“Do you want to work for Clay Aiken?” reads a job posting to the JobsthatareLEFT job Listserv. “Clay is the 2014 Democratic nominee in the North Carolina 2nd congressional district election. Our race was named a DCCC emerging race and is one of the few competitive races in this battleground state.”

Full story

By Emily Cahn Posted at 11:42 a.m.
Celebs, Staffers, VIPs

June 12, 2014

Seersucker Day Returns, Who Wore It Best?

Seersucker Day Returns, Who Wore It Best?

Seersucker was in the House! (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thanks to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss, June 11, 2014 will go down as one of the most chaotic days in the modern history of the United States Capitol.

But it will also go on the books as the moment Seersucker Day returned to Capitol Hill.

The hallway leading to the GOP conference meeting where Cantor announced his resignation from leadership served as almost a Seersucker fashion runway as the ranks of the GOP members strutted, (or more often, trudged) their way to the meeting past reporters and cameras.

As one of our faithful readers coined it, Capitol Hill got its “Matlock” on. Full story

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.

 

June 11, 2014

For Team Cantor: A Spotify Playlist for Commiserating

Team Cantor is at the Tune Inn, drowning their sorrows and listening to ’90s and 2000s rock. So what does the sound of political depression sound like? We at HOH humbly offer this Spotify list of tunes to nurse a crushed soul. Or soul-crushing tunes. One or the other:

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...