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April 26, 2012

Jason Altmire Didn’t Miss Tuesday Vote

Jason Altmire Didn’t Miss Tuesday Vote

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pennsylvania Democratic voters don’t seem terribly concerned about whether their Congressman has perfect attendance.

On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania’s 12th district showcased a critical Member-vs.-Member primary between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz. Voters chose Critz.

Interestingly, Altmire wasn’t in the Western Pennsylvania district when the news of his loss rolled in. He was in Washington, not wanting to miss any votes. The soon-to-be-former Congressman is known for taking his job seriously enough that he has never, ever missed a vote. Full story

Overheard on the Hill

Overheard on the Hill

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

“I’m not so sure about these things. We were on a CODEL to Cuba, and we had to give our phones to Secret Service in Florida, and when we came back, we all got our phones back. It was like in ‘Lord of the Rings’: ‘my precious, my precious …’”

— Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, unprompted, about his smartphone.

April 25, 2012

Splash for Cash: Mystery Internship Plagues Pryor

Updated 7:50 p.m. | Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis got Congressional panties in a bunch by announcing that the season 3 winner of his “Hottest Girl in America” hunt would be dispatched to Capitol Hill this summer for a Congressional internship.

Per the GGW blog, Francis claimed to have purchased a four-week internship in the office of Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) during a “private auction” at a “Los Angeles-based temple.”

Not so, Pryor’s peeps insist: Full story

Can You Decipher This Logo?

Oh, thank goodness. The Eighth Annual Montana Society Testicle Festival is back.

This year, the “Legends of the Ball” will be Saturday, May 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For $25, revelers can drink their weight in booze and scarf all the bull testicles they can keep down.

Full story

Raul Labrador Puttin’ on the Ritz

Raul Labrador Puttin’ on the Ritz

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Idaho freshman Rep. Raul Labrador (R) got an accommodations upgrade when he returned to Washington during recess to tape NBC’s “Meet the Press,” trading his office for a room at the Ritz-Carlton. Full story

Lefty Births Obama Gripefest

Lefty Births Obama Gripefest

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A catharsis-seeking blogger at “Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy” is so fed up with President Barack Obama’s tack to the center that he’s hoping other disaffected Democrats will digitally dog-pile on POTUS during “Grumble About Obama Day.” Full story

Workhorses and Showhorses

Workhorses and Showhorses

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Humane Horsewoman of the Year, Sen. Mary Landrieu, will raise her glass against animal cruelty this morning.

The Louisiana Democrat will be joined by Willie Nelson’s daughter and granddaughter, Amy and Raelyn Nelson, 1970s pinup queen Bo Derek and Lorenzo Borghese, from season 9 of “The Bachelor,” for the Horses on the Hill event in the Russell Senate Office Building. Full story

April 24, 2012

Overheard on the Hill

“[Fallon] said Obama promised not to pander to UNC students, although he thought it was strange when the president changed his campaign slogan from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘Duke sucks.’”

— White House pool reporter David Boyer takes us behind the scenes of President Barack Obama’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” taping at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Eat, Play, Glug

Not hanging at Nerd Prom this weekend?

One-up the media elite by rubbing elbows with local cheflebrities and basking in the soft glow of TV camera lights at “Class Is in Session,” a charity soiree benefiting aspiring culinary school students. Full story

GOP Candidate Video Features Same-Sex Kiss

Uber long-shot GOP candidate Fred Karger has released a new campaign video featuring scantily clad people playing Frisbee, doing cartwheels and sharing kisses.

Full story

Baby Tiger and Baby Chimp Hug on Capitol Hill

Two baby tigers and a baby chimp are on Capitol Hill today.

We are too distracted by the cute to report exactly why the tiger cubs and baby chimpanzee were hanging out at the Longworth House Office Building.

However, we can report that one baby tiger and the baby chimp hugged. We can also report that Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) held a tiger cub. Pictures after the jump.

Full story

Hitting Reset on the Red, White and Blue

Counterculture author and political cartoonist Ted Rall can’t help but wonder how — or more to the point, whether — the good ole U-S-of-A would successfully weather a wholesale, authority-bucking uprising like the recent Arab Spring.

For a paltry $40,000, we could all find out. Full story

Food Flight

Capitol Hill diners will have to switch gustatory gears on North Capitol Street, when the tortilla-wrapped treasures advanced by Taqueria Nacional convert to seafood and creole offerings. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:01 a.m.

Take Five

Take Five

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tuesday is here once again, and that means it’s time for HOH to help you get to know another lawmaker through five fun questions. This week, Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.) discusses Peyton Manning, rap alter egos and art museums. Full story

April 23, 2012

Rewriting History

As an avowed splatter movie enthusiast — please, ask me about my unhealthy obsession with all things Dario Argento — I’ve been intrigued by the rise of what I like to call the “horcom fictory” trend.

Don’t bother researching that homegrown googlenope: It’s my personal shorthand for the horror comedy fictional history model of moviemaking — think Ken Burns’ Civil War series meets “The Evil Dead” — lumbering soon into a multiplex near you. Full story

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