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June 13, 2012

Let Billy Hit!

Practices for the upcoming Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on June 28 are in full swing, and it appears Members on the Democratic squad are having some fun on the field.

During team practices, the players launched the “Let Billy Hit” campaign, their effort to persuade their manager, Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.), to let Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.), the team’s batting coach, step up to the plate.
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Hearst Racers Dance Way to 5K Victory

Congrats go out to the Hearst Corp., publisher of newspapers and magazines and inspiration for “Citizen Kane,” for its big media division win during last Saturday’s National Press Club 5K.

Hearst, which didn’t field a team for the media division in last year’s race, came out of nowhere to triumph, thanks to the efforts of its top three runners, Zeus, Murdock and Modo, all of whom have the same last name, Dance-McQueen, and all of whom are listed as being 18 years old. Another 18-year-old Dance-McQueen, Lars, came in fourth on the Hearst team.
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June 12, 2012

Walsh Endorses Duckworth

Joe Walsh, musician, has decided not to endorse Republican Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.).

Walsh — a former Illinoisan, Grammy-winning musician and guitarist for supergroup the Eagles — has officially thrown his support behind Rep. Walsh’s opponent, Democrat Tammy Duckworth.  Full story

Party Crashing

Adult Swim talk show host Eric Andre showed up at a SoCal tea party meeting bearing gifts:

The fearless comedian was not welcomed with open arms.

Our favorite retort: “The Bible says love.”

Learning the Ropes

Got $15? Then you, too, can run for office — after completing “Candidate College,” naturally.

The crash course in campaigning, happening this weekend in Buffalo, N.Y., includes more than eight hours of quality time with assorted members of the politiverse (elected officials, political consultants, media). Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) remains their highest-ranking alumna to date.
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Take Five With Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Every week, HOH gives you a closer look at a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, we talk to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) about “Portlandia,” why he’s a bow tie guy and his most embarrassing moment in Congress.
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Pooling Our Resources

Washington summers are all swampy days and hot nights, so the hunt is on for gorgeous rooftops with pools to soak in and bars to lounge around. Consider this HOH’s philanthropic mission this summer: to bring news of such wondrous places.
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June 11, 2012

What’s Your Number?

The crazy kids manning the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee must be completely swamped.

In their hurry to put up the slideshow of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, they forgot the bill number. Oops!

Whats Your Number?

Screenshot of the Senate HELP Committee's website

Don’t worry, guys, we’re here to HELP. Your bill number is S 3187, and the sponsor is the committee’s chairman, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

Carry on.


Putting On Your Game Face

We can’t tell if it’s election-year mania or just business as usual in the new hyperpartisan America, but throwing your political affiliation/candidate/ideology in the face of the other party appears to be the daily goal of folks on both sides of the aisle.

With the conventions just around the corner and Halloween waiting in the wings, now seems as good a time as any to showcase some decorative headgear guaranteed to piss off the ones you most love to hate. Full story

Commandeering the North Dakota Way

What is the North Dakota Way? It’s the idea of commandeering your opponent’s slogan and using it against him.

For months, North Dakota Republican Rep. Rick Berg has campaigned under the slogan, “The North Dakota Way.”

But for some crazy reason, Berg, who is running for retiring Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D) seat, took a page out of former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s shuttered campaign playbook and didn’t buy the URL. Oops. Full story

Meghan McCain’s Mild Ride

A liberal comedian and GOP princess walk into a bar …

Admittedly, not the greatest setup for a joke. But the farcical premise plays out repeatedly in “America, You Sexy Bitch”— the he said, she said account of Michael Ian Black’s and Meghan McCain’s meandering pilgrimage across the U-S-of-A.

As far as political tell-alls go, the book is pretty tame.

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Lighting a Fire Under HOH

Who says potheads are forgetful and unmotivated?

We learned differently last week after the hemp lobby came out of the woodwork to cheer its latest legislative hero, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

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TSA Report Piles On

Trying to slam the unpopular Transportation Security Administration like a linebacker is nothing new, but a GOP report released last week took things a bit far when it initially mistook a disgraced ex-TSA worker for a disgraced ex-NFL star.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn released a scathing report June 4 that listed the arrest records for 50 former TSA employees arrested since 2005 for crimes ranging from bribery to child pornography. The Tennessee Republican said the TSA didn’t use sufficient criminal and background checks for its employees.

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June 8, 2012

Sweets Sweeping 2012 ‘A Taste of America’

The food warring rages on here at CQ Roll Call as voters work their will in the second annual “A Taste of America” regional foods battle.

The competition, which this year has been linked to the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, pits iconic dishes from across the country in a bracket-style showdown.

Last year’s winner, the coconut- and tapioca-based dessert enjoyed in the Northern Mariana Islands, is currently running neck-and-neck with Utah’s culinary ambassador, cherry cobbler. Full story

It Will Be Just Dandy

The Seersucker Ride and Social is back!

That’s right, Dandies and Quaintrelles, you don’t have to wait until autumn’s tweed ride to put on your stylish best. The seersucker ride will wander through the District’s streets on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The “retro bicycle ride” will meet at a secret location, which will be emailed to registrants today.

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