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July 30, 2015

July 24, 2015

Coveting a New Roll Call Cup

Crenshaw, left, and Yarmuth, middle, go head to head again on July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Crenshaw, left, and Yarmuth, middle, go head-to-head again on July 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic lawmakers hope to put an end to their losing streak and retake the coveted Roll Call Cup from their Republican counterparts at this year’s 14th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge.

Lawmakers will hit the Columbia Country Club links in Chevy Chase, Md., on Monday for 36 holes of golf, culminating in a reception and trophy ceremony that evening at Cornerstone Government Affairs. Full story

July 23, 2015

Support Democracy: Devour Drumsticks!

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(Screenshot)

Uber, Nestlé and Capital One are teaming up Friday to see which side of the aisle also happens to be the biggest fans of brain freeze.

DC denizens that can make chauffeured rides appear via smartphone will from 11 to 5 p.m. be able to summon partisan cones — red for the GOP, blue for Democrats and white for independents — by electing for the “ice cream” option.

Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:58 a.m.
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#tbt: Roll Call Praises John Kasich on Congressional Pay Stance

Kasich and Domenici, seen here as chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kasich and Domenici, seen here as chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Back when this publication wrote editorials, newly declared presidential candidate and current Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich won plaudits for pushing back on the politics of congressional pay raises.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, the Ohio Republican worked to block a Senate provision from being included in a budget resolution conference report that would have called for a seven-year congressional pay freeze. Roll Call reported that even senators were unaware of the language, which was attributed to Senate Budget Chairman Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M.

Ultimately, a pay freeze amendment was adopted for fiscal 1996 as part of the old Treasury, Postal Service and general government appropriations bill, but that applied only to that year, as opposed to Domenici’s sweeping plan to freeze the salaries for seven years.

Here’s how Roll Call editorialized about the efforts of Kasich and Domenici, 20 years ago this month: Full story

#tbt: Donald Trump Spreads Political Donations

This photo of Trump ran with the K Street Files column on July 12, 2004. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This photo of Trump ran with the K Street Files column in the July 12, 2004, issue of Roll Call. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

What are archives for? In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, Roll Call took a closer look at The Donald’s political donations in a K Street Files column, published just a few months after the launch of Donald Trump’s NBC reality series, “The Apprentice.”

As the real estate magnate and former United States Football League franchise owner runs for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, here is a glance back at all the money he had spread around to both parties by mid-2004, including cash to some current rivals for the GOP nod and with a little more than half of the money going to Democrats. Full story

July 22, 2015

Senate Invites British Invasion

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Have you switched sides?” Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada asked Pat Roberts on the Senate floor Tuesday night.

“I don’t know what the other side is going to offer,” the Kansas Republican replied. “I’m keeping my options open.”

“Cheerio,” both men said jokingly to each other as they parted ways, with Roberts sporting a conspicuous Union Jack tie. The flashy accessory drew comments from colleagues all day long, but in fact, Roberts had not swapped his Senate pin for a seat in the House of Lords. Full story

Congress, Between a Sausage and a Veggie Burger

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dietary allegiances were tested on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the meat lobby and vegetarian-friendly toque Todd Gray squared off in a culinary tug of war for control of the hearts and minds — and mouths — of the legislative branch.

Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association founder Adam Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at the inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The North American Meat Institute and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine arranged for the widely attended free lunches, with each group courting its specific constituency with custom touches. Full story

Yarmuth: Donald Trump Is ‘America’s No. 1 Dumpster Fire’

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 3: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, chats with Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., during the Bourbon Barrel of Compromise reception at the Willard Hotel in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and the Kentucky Distillers Association joined forces to send a barrel of Kentucky Bourbon to Washington D. C. to be received by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Yarmuth, left chatting with Speaker John A. Boehner, who on Wednesday suggested he associated himself with Graham’s assessment of Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Confidential to Donald Trump: Do you have Rep. John Yarmuth’s cellphone number?

The presidential candidate gave out Sen. Lindsey Graham’s digits Tuesday, in retaliation for being called a “jackass” on CNN by the South Carolina Republican and fellow 2016 presidential competitor.

Trump might have to get creative with his punishment once he hears Yarmuth’s choice words.

“I think he’s the No. 1 dumpster fire in the country right now,” the Kentucky Democrat told HOH Wednesday, rattling off the zinger with a polish that suggested he’d been waiting days for the opportunity.

“You’re always thinking about the way he might respond,” Yarmuth said of Trump, “so I’m curious with how he’ll respond to that.”

Trump, your move.

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Trumping the 2016 Contenders

Dear presidential backbenchers: Why wait to have your own feud with rhetorical bomb-thrower Donald Trump when Time has a fully automated name caller primed and ready to propel you into the discussions of the day?

The magic of the “Donald Trump Insult Generator” is that it’s almost as good as a browbeating from the real thing, a feat accomplished by plumbing the reality TV vet’s Twitter feed for inflammatory statements.

In the spirit of inclusion, HOH went ahead and plugged every presidential hopeful’s moniker into the DTIG, so the indignant fundraising letters can begin flooding virtual mailboxes ASAP. Full story

Congressional Bookworms Open Up to C-SPAN

Prefer your C-SPAN coverage a little less combative than vitriolic one-minutes or partisan committee hearings? Then tune that dial over to Book TV’s “Summer Reading” series, a literary love-fest that’s got lawmakers gushing about their favorite page-turners.

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Senior Executive Producer Peter Slen told HOH the quick-hit segments — all prompted by the interrogatory softball, “What are you reading this summer?” — used to focus on Washingtonians from all walks of life. But the team decided to bear down on elected officials this year, and has, to his delight, received an enthusiastic response.

“It’s been difficult, time-consuming and effective,” Slen said of the dozens of interviews conducted with pols on both sides of the aisle. Full story

July 21, 2015

‘Cheerio’ on the Senate Floor

“Cheerio!”

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., both joking about Roberts’ Union Jack necktie, which he wore Tuesday to mark a meeting between senators and members of the British Parliament earlier in the day.

 

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NAMA Offers Up Free Nom, Nom, Nom

Staffers who live and die by the omnipresent snack dispensers that dot congressional office buildings can, on Wednesday, feast on the future offerings the National Automatic Merchandising Association plans to dish out as part of its lobbying day.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the self-proclaimed “refreshment services industry” are expected to share a preview of the healthy alternatives making their way into coin-operated circulation during a reception slated to be held in Rayburn 339B from noon to 2 p.m.

Per a NAMA aide, some of the alternative munchies that should be up for grabs include: Trio nut bars, Fiber One bars, Nature Valley granola bars and Nutri-Grain cereal bars. No word on what types of guilty pleasures (oversized bear claw, anyone?) might also be on the table.

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Sporty Pols to Partake in Charity Tennis Match

Around a dozen intrepid lawmakers have agreed to prove their worth on the tennis court Wednesday by participating in the rapid-fire Washington Kastles Charity Classic.

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tickets to the fourth annual fundraiser, scheduled to take place at Kastles Stadium at the Charles E. Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m., start at $10 per person and climb to $50 for VIP amenities. Per organizers, all proceeds are expected to flow through to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, DC Public Education Fund or Food & Friends, with attendees deciding which group should benefit from each ticket purchase.

As part of the program, tennis pros and participating pols will be split into Team Stars and Teams Stripes and pitted against one another in a series of successive tiebreakers. Full story

Capitol Police Still Struggling With the Bathroom

Capitol Police are aces when it comes to keeping lawmakers and the rest of the congressional community free from harm. But a recent incident regarding sensitive equipment again left behind in restrooms portends that perhaps a refresher course on securing personal belongings maybe didn’t fully take.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While deadly firearms were not up for grabs this time around, a tipster told HOH about a tragicomic scenario that unfolded July 17 in a Senate office building. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Gary Palmer

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., talks about living in the Capitol, baseball and Led Zeppelin. Full story

July 20, 2015

Pennsylvania Partisans Face Off on the Mall

Casey gets a hit off of Specter at the 2009 softball game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Casey gets a hit off of Specter at the 2009 softball game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Time to brush up on those “Casey at the Bat” references.

Lines from the iconic poem capturing America’s pastime are sure to abound Tuesday evening when Pennsylvania’s two senators face off at their annual softball game, particularly since one of them shares a surname with baseball’s mighty-but-humbled slugger. Full story

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