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October 27, 2014
Democratic baseball star Cedric L. Richmond will undergo surgery after Election Day to repair torn cartilage in his right shoulder, threatening the golden pitching arm that has led the Democrats to victory since his first Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.
The Times-Picayune reported the surgery Monday as part of an interview with the Louisiana congressman, who said he could not lift his arm for two weeks after this year’s game.
“I suspect some Republicans are going to be excited when they see me walking around in a sling,” Richmond told the Times-Picayune. The surgery is set for some time after Election Day.
Richmond pitched the entire night in the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, helping the Democrats beat their Republican opponents 15-6. Richmond played baseball for Morehouse College and has been a Democratic star since he first took the mound in 2011.
There’s just a week and a day to go until Election Day, which means we may be able to save our inbox from fundraising spam hell in just a few short days.
Although HOH tries desperately to pay politics no mind, activists from across the ideological spectrum continuously flood our email (just like yours) with panic-ridden pleas for just enough cash to save a candidate from professional doom if we just ACT NOW!
This year’s midterm elections are shaping up to be a down-to-the-wire contest, with control of the Senate very much in play. A potential downgrade to minority status has a handful of Senate Democrats on high alert, perhaps none more so than Mark Pryor. Full story
October 26, 2014
Halloween and the midterm elections are almost upon us. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.
Send us a caption 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.
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.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken a pass on making a call about one of America’s great sports controversies.
Asked if baseball legend Pete Rose should finally be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Republican said, “He’s the Hit King, but I’ll leave it to those who do the voting.”
That’s according to a survey published by the Lexington Herald-Leader, which asked candidates on the ballot about a series of less serious policy questions.
October 24, 2014
With less than two weeks until Election Day, HOH’s tribute to members continues this week with Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, who pays homage to the Cuyahoga River, analyzes sheep journals and shows off his favorite tie.
An unknown vandal scrawled the slur “fags” across an advertisement for a Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. holiday concert posted in the Longworth House Office Building.
According to the chorus’ director of marketing Craig Cipollini, the flier, which was tacked to a bulletin board outside the Creamery, told HOH that a congressional staffer and friend of the chorus who works in Longworth noticed the aberration upon arriving at work Wednesday morning.
“We’re not sure, but it looks like it happened Tuesday evening or late Tuesday afternoon,” he said of the defacement.
October 23, 2014
Rep. David B. McKinley ought to thank his lucky stars a certain someone wasn’t feeling that ambitious Wednesday when he sauntered into the West Virginia Republican’s congressional office.
Based on what we know now, that impromptu visit from a seemingly confused pup could just as easily have spiraled into a hostile takeover.
You see, HOH’s new friend, Clark, has big plans.
The civics-minded pooch tends to mug for the camera (a la his antihero idol, Frank Underwood).
And is not averse to bucking the system in order to resolve pressing personal priorities. Full story
October 22, 2014
The visit may have been short-lived. But the well-bundled mutt caused enough of a stir that an admirer surfaced on the other side of the Capitol.
“My 5-lb Chihuahua, named Sassy, thinks he’s kinda cute and wants to know if he’s seeing anyone…?” a Senate Democrat aide quizzed HOH after learning about the wandering rascal.
Per Sassy’s mom, her pint-sized pooch’s turn-ons include fashionable males (“Bonus points for this one, as he’s clearly well-groomed and knows how rock a stylish sweater!”) and romps in the park (who doesn’t?). Full story
The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.
Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. Eastern Thursday.
Here are this week’s finalists:
If only these suits stopped contamination from toxic campaign ads.
What say we watch something other than MSNBC, CNN, and FOXNews?
I’m not sure which is more virulent, Congress or Ebola.
And when’s the last time you did everything a Czar told you to do???
They’ve effectively played the vulnerability card.
The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Oct. 26 and in the following print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.
Even after occupying every headline-grabbing address around the country, anti-establishment activists remain hung up on outdated grievances against elected officials.
Might some lawmakers be feathering their nest eggs with K Street contributions? That’s certainly a possibility.
But as “The Daily Show” cleverly portrayed just a few weeks ago, the greatest trick Congress ever pulled was making the electorate believe that what transpires on Capitol Hill is anything more than political theater. Full story
Anyone missing a sweater-clad canine?
An aide to Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., put the word out via an internal listserv that the turned-around pooch — which staff believes to be a French bulldog — randomly wandered into Cannon 412 a bit ago.
No word on what the four-legged visitor has been up to since making itself at home in McKinley’s office. Although we suspect office workers are enjoying the unscheduled interruption.
Update 1:30 p.m.: Multiples sources have reached out to HOH to say the mystery guest in McKinley’s office looks more like a Boston Terrier than a French Bulldog. Given our limited grasp of the universe of small dog breeds, HOH will defer to the armchair veterinarians out there.
More From Roll Call:
Democrat Bobby McKenzie utilizes an age-old TV favorite — the (overly) dramatic re-enactment — to shame Republican primary winner David Trott for making a buck off financially distressed Michiganders.
The new ad, which Team McKenzie began broadcasting Wednesday in the Detroit market, continues a line of attack the Freedom’s Defense Fund political action committee employed (unsucessfully) against Trott earlier this year to try and save Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., from becoming a short-timer.
McKenzie one-ups FDF’s static recapping of the 2011 eviction of the now-late Texana Hollis, a centenarian who was forced out of her home on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (Trott & Trott handled part of the deal), by showing a pair of shadowy thugs bursting through a defenseless old lady’s door and rolling the confused, wheelchair-bound invalid right out onto the street.
October 21, 2014
“I’m not gonna worry about what, you know, somebody from Massachusetts thinks about a New Hampshire race,” the one-time Bay State Republican assured Boston radio show host Howie Carr Tuesday. Full story
Whichever club clinches the best-of-seven World Series — be it the back-after-nearly-three-decades Kansas City Royals or the ring-collecting San Francisco Giants — stands to earn their respective congressional delegations a humdinger of a celebratory feast.
Democrats in both chambers have seized on the season-ending baseball saga (Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. in Kansas City, Missouri) as an opportunity to talk smack to one another and trumpet their most prized regional spoils.
Over in the House, Minority Leader and self-styled cacao connoisseur Nancy Pelosi of California would presumably treat Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II of Missouri to a basket of gourmet confections should the Royals complete their Cinderella story.
Cleaver has countered with the promise of a president’s platter from Gates Bar-B-Q, which is renowned for its pork ribs and burnt ends.
“I don’t usually gamble, but I will make an exception and wager some of the finest barbecue Kansas City, Missouri, has to offer,” Cleaver said in a statement. “Victory shall be sweet indeed.”