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October 31, 2014

November 7, 2012

Cash Bar Sets Tone for GOP’s D.C. Gathering

Perhaps the Republican National Committee’s election night party was doomed from the beginning, when guests arrived to find a cash bar instead of a free-flowing booze-fest.

If not, it certainly didn’t help keep the crowds thick as the results slowly trickled in to show a bluer electoral map than red.

At the start of the evening, the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., showed signs of success. Organizers had been expecting huge crowds. The guests were, by and large, young and beautiful, with the women wearing elephant-print dresses and the men wearing bowties. People gladly paid for chips with which to buy rocks glasses of Johnnie Walker Red and flutes of champagne. The food was free, though, and the spread ranged from lobster mac n’ cheese to chicken satay. Full story

November 6, 2012

‘Vote White’ and ‘Vote Black’ Hashtags Are as Awful as They Sound

Twitter is a pretty amazing mirror, which reflects the best and worst of America.

By mid-Election Day, for example, two hashtags began picking up steam: #VoteWhite and #VoteBlack.

The #VoteWhite tag was started early Oct. 31 by @MichaelTGoodman to @Jamesdjudson, @Jamisoncruce and @RodentRuler, his buddies. Three of these guys are from the University of Georgia, while the Rodent Ruler aka Blaine Holbrook hails from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The hashtag was co-opted later that day by @NotSoThuggin, who encouraged his followers to #VoteYes and #VoteWhite. The following day @Jtayy4 continued the trend with his tweet: “When in doubt, #VoteWhite.”


Vote White and Vote Black Hashtags Are as Awful as They Sound

On Nov. 1, @laniikormz tweeted: “#VoteBlack.” From that point the two tags have picked up speed, though the #VoteWhite hashtag seems to have a lot more traffic as of 5 p.m., but the #VoteBlack hashtag is starting to pick up speed.  Full story

Downballot Races Complicate Women’s Softball Roster

A lot more than House and Senate control rides on the results of tonight’s election returns. How Americans vote tonight will have major implications for the next roster of the Women’s Congressional Softball team.

Most Member players are a safe bet to return to the yearly game that pits female Members against female members of the Capitol Hill press corps. The game is a source of much contention between the two camps, especially because the Members suffered at the hands of the merciless reporter team last June.

A glut of female candidates on both sides of the aisle means that Member captains Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) will likely be working the phones tonight to recruit new teammates.

After calls to Democratic and Republican sources around the country, loads of biographical research and personal interviews with candidates, this political reporter/press team co-captain is greatly concerned about how this election will affect the Member lineup.

Here is what to watch for after the polls close:

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Obama Voter in Pennsylvania Claims Ballot Fraud in Viral Video

The top video on Reddit this morning was posted by a voter with the handle “CentralPaVote,” but its veracity seems to be in doubt.

The footage shows a voter attempting to use a computerized touch screen to mark the ballot for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. Instead, a check goes up alongside the GOP presidential ticket, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

Sources in Pennsylvania claim the video is fake, but CentralPaVote swears it is true.

“There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited,” CentralPaVote writes in the video’s description. “I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.”

CentralPaVote’s entire voting experience as described on YouTube available after the jump. Full story

Take Five With Rep. John Olver

It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for HOH to hang out with a Member of Congress and mull over five fun questions. This week, retiring Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.) talks a little science, rock climbing and bananas.

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12 Political Comedies

It’s Election Day, and you can’t bear to watch. It’s for just such occasions we’ve compiled 12 for ’12, the political comedy films that will keep you out of the dumps about the future of the country.

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November 5, 2012

Connecticut, Where Political Parties Never Die

It seems that in Connecticut, you just cannot kill an old political party.

Connecticut has a competitive Senate race to get new voters interested in Tuesday’s general election, but some of them are affiliating with parties that are practically defunct.

For instance, nine new Connecticut voters this year have joined the Connecticut for Lieberman Party — the party established in 2006 to secure a ballot line for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) when he lost the Democratic primary to challenger Ned Lamont.

Since then, a group of anti-war voters opposed to Lieberman have taken over the party, even though it remains officially the Connecticut for Lieberman Party, with 83 members heading into Election Day.

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Campaign Sticktoitiveness

Dear Bureau of Labor Statistics, Just wanted to make sure you’d accounted for this specialized new position in your latest employment report.

Campaign Sticktoitiveness

(Courtesy Facebook)

The only question is: Will this innovator have a job Wednesday? (#1moreday)

November 2, 2012

Joe Lieberman’s Naked Ambition

Former VPOTUS hopeful Joe Lieberman wants all of America to know they missed out.

During a discussion about the current election cycle (#4moredays), the retiring Connecticut Independent — and one-time Democratic Party superstar — assured New York Magazine the country made a huge mistake not getting to know him better:

NYM: On the subject of running mates, apparently the words “Paul Ryan” and “shirtless” have been Googled nine times more often than “Paul Ryan” and “budget.” Are you puzzled that more attention was not paid to your physique?

JL: I am. Because beneath this shirt, there is really a lot to behold that would give voters a sense of confidence about my capacity for balanced leadership.

NYM: Could it have turned a few hundred votes in Florida?

JL: Yeah. That and a clearer ballot.

We’re calling it:Biden/Lieberman 2016.

Joe Liebermans Naked Ambition

(Courtesy The Onion)


Political Reporter’s Nightmare Comes to a Head This Week

One in an occasional series in which CQ Roll Call reporters share their point of view. This time around, political reporter Abby Livingston on having a name you can’t run away from.

A yearlong personal drama came to a head earlier this week, when a colleague asked me why people are Tweeting about me and broncos.

I checked my feed, and the culprit was my former boss and current Congressional softball team co-captain Amy Walter of ABC News.

  • @amyewalter: We are all Abby! RT ‪@Chris_Moody: New avatar. Solidarity with Abby. ‪#BroncoBamma ‪#MittRomenny

No. We are all not Abby. I am Abby. Full story

‘Black Tulip’ Filmmaker Talks About Shooting, Troubles in Afghanistan

Sonia Nassery Cole endured death threats, a kidnapping and bomb blasts to film “Black Tulip” in Kabul, Afghanistan.

But she survived, as did the film, and with a recent screening at the Motion Picture Association of America headquarters here in Washington and a publicity tour surrounding its release, the film could help remind Americans mired in election fever that there is still a war going on across the world.

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Hello Kitty, Hello President

HOH swung by LivingSocial’s 916 F St. NW space to check out the Hello Kitty for President extravaganza. We entered confused. We left happy, wildly confused and weighed down by swag and paper crowns.

Hello Kitty, Hello President

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

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Yes Virginia, There Is an Election Coming

Some NoVa Republicans are clearly ho-ho-hoping the Old Dominion will glow blood red next Tuesday.

Yes Virginia, There Is an Election Coming

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)


November 1, 2012

Third-Party Candidates Descend on D.C. for Last-Ditch Debate

Political gadfly Ralph Nader wants to give 2012’s class of third-party presidential candidates one last say before Election Day, gathering the four most viable long shots for a weekend debate at Busboys & Poets (2021 14th St. NW).

Ex-Rep. and Constitution party nominee Virgil Goode (Va.), former New Mexico Gov. turned Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson are all expected to bare their souls to select media from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. this Sunday, just two days before voters head to the polls.

Nader pitched President Barack Obama and GOP hopeful Mitt Romney about holding a debate here in the nation’s capital but told HOH he never heard back from either camp.

“The District has been exploited as a backdrop for large partisan fundraisers in its major hotels, restaurants and clubs. But the District’s human and political rights have been ignored,” Nader chided the main contenders in a Sept. 18 letter cosigned by a coalition of two dozen civic groups and concerned individuals, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and local restaurateur/debate host Andy Shallal. Full story

Voice Mail Greeting Doubles as Biden Time Machine

Vice President Joseph Biden’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination lives on.

Just call Sam Spencer, a former Biden campaign staffer, who has had the vice president’s voice on his cellphone voice mail for almost six years.

“I’m Sen. Joe Biden, and I’m running for President of the United States, and I’m making the greeting for Sam,” the former Delaware Senator says before the beep.

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