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February 5, 2015

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

This photo from the Roll Call archives shows a call-in show at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 1980, the year after C-Span first began broadcasting. Lamb, on the far right, is joined by, from left to right, Michael Kelly, Pat Gushman, Don West and Tack Nail.

This photo is from the Roll Call archives of a call-in show hosted at the National Press Club on Oct. 7, 1980, the year after C-SPAN first began broadcasting. Lamb, on the far right, is joined by, from left to right, Michael Kelly, Pat Gushman, Don West and Tack Nail.

The next time you need an “older than” joke, here’s some new material: members whose congressional careers are older than C-SPAN.

There are just 11 members of Congress serving today who were in office the day the network began broadcasting the House proceedings on March 19, 1979 — it took more than seven years for the Senate to vote to allow cameras to televise that chamber.

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February 4, 2015

Novelty Bourbon Delivery an Uncompromising Success

Lawmakers from across the Capitol poured into the Willard Hotel Tuesday to honor the unique flavor bourbon has contributed to Congress.

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)

House Speaker John A. Boehner shares a laugh with Rep. John Yarmuth. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The feel-good presser was the brainchild of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association; the former provided historical context while the latter kept the predominantly Southern crowd in good spirits.

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 3: One of the bartenders pours some Town Branch bourbon for a guest at 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)

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Vote for Your Favorite Today Is Tomorrow Capitol Quip!

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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:

Crude but effective.
Our forecast is in the pipeline!
Is that Harry Reid down there? He must have slipped on those tar sands!
Well, do you predict an oily spring?
Silent spring?

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Feb. 8  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.

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Congress Before the World Wide Web

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, works on his computer during a break in arranging his office.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, takes a break from arranging his office to work on his computer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With computers in every congressional office and smartphones attached to lawmakers’ and staffers’ hands, it might be hard to remember what Congress was like before the Internet.

But for former Rep. Jim Coyne, it feels like yesterday. Full story

Florida Footwear Foofaraw

One of Grayson's "30 plus" pairs of boots (Alexis Levinson/CQ Roll Call)

One of Grayson’s “30 plus” pairs of boots. (Alexis Levinson/CQ Roll Call)

There is tension in the Florida Democratic delegation: Sen. Bill Nelson is not a fan of Rep. Alan Grayson’s boots.

The Florida congressman has a penchant for ostentatious footwear. On Tuesday, he sported a pair of pink leather boots with crosses embroidered along the foot. They had pointed toes covered in metal caps. They were not, Grayson clarified, cowboy boots, as they had a zipper down the side. “They’re Italian boots,” he told CQ Roll Call in the Speaker’s Lobby. Full story

February 3, 2015

Susan Collins Savors Tuber Win (Updated)

Updated: 6:30 p.m. | Chalk up another victory for the fresh, white potato.

A report released Tuesday recommends that the Department of Agriculture allow fresh, white potatoes to be eligible for purchase under the Women, Infants and Children food assistance program. The white potato had been the only vegetable or fruit excluded from the WIC roster.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, hailed the news as a “major victory.” She has pressed for years to have the potato included on the menu and argued that USDA has been using antiquated rules based on 20-year-old consumption data.

“As I have said all along, USDA’s decision ought to be driven by nutritional facts and the latest, accurate food science. In that kind of review, the fresh, white potato wins, hands down,” Collins said. “The potato has more potassium than bananas, a food commonly associated with this nutrient, which is important for pregnant women and new mothers.” Full story

Take Five: Rep. Mike Bost

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. Mike Bost, R-Ill., speaks about giving a dog mouth-to-mouth, his love of cruises and how he came to be the owner of a beauty salon.

Q. As a firefighter, did you ever save kittens from a tree?  Full story

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February 2, 2015

Florida Democrat Goes There, Messes With Texas (Video)

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings did the one thing folks from the Lone Star State do not abide. He messed with Texas.

During a House Rules Committee hearing Monday on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Florida Democrat grew heated in an argument with Texas Republican Michael C. Burgess over states that did not create their own insurance exchanges — the subject of a pending Supreme Court case.

“Had governors worked with the administration, we might not be in this position,” Hastings said. “I don’t know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with — and I mean that just as I said it.” Full story

Symbolic Bourbon Barrels Toward D.C.

It may not be happening in the Oval Office, but master distillers from Kentucky are making their way to Washington Tuesday to supply Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a self-styled bourbon summit.

The participating purveryors, working in conjunction with the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, loaded up the “Bourbon Barrel of Compromise” in Lexington, Ky., Monday and sent it on its way to D.C. for a planned reception/tasting event scheduled to take place at the historic Willard Hotel.

“It was a bourbon geek moment,” Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory said of the intoxicating feeling of watching the commemorative cask roll out on route to the nation’s capital. Full story

Gardner, Rangel Ready to Rumble

Colorado Republican Cory Gardner and New York Democrat Charles B. Rangel are already yukking things up in anticipation of Wednesday’s Washington Press Club Foundation dinner.

Per the teaser video produced by CNN, it sounds like Rangel intends to revive the “I’ve gotta take this” fake phone call gag that’s gotten him laughs before. Gardner, meanwhile, appears to be leaning towards self-deprecation.

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Exit Interview: Dan Scandling’s Appreciation of Virginia Runs Deep

Although he’s worked in the District for more than two decades, Northern Virginia native Dan Scandling remains fiercely loyal to the Old Dominion.

“When I started in 1990, we had one printer in the office and a fax machine that used thermal paper! And ice was delivered in buckets to each office every day!” the veteran chief of staff said of his 25-year stint on Capitol Hill. That part of his career came to a close with the recent retirement of Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va. But Scandling has made a point of staying connected to those elected to act on behalf of the state known as the Mother of Presidents.

“The delegation has a long history of putting politics aside for the good of the Commonwealth,” the newly minted senior vice president for corporate and public affairs at the Ogilvy Washington shop said. Full story

Congressional Budget Office’s Other Number Problem

Some political observers maintain that adopting the Republican-endorsed practice known as “dynamic scoring” would gravely undermine the Congressional Budget Office’s credibility moving forward.

Actuarial tug-of-war aside, the agency shouldn’t be surprised if folks on Capitol Hill stop taking its calls altogether — particularly since the telecommunications gods appear to already be throwing shade.

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(Courtesy HOH tipster)

 

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February 1, 2015

Today is Tomorrow on Capitol Quip

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Happy Groundhog Day! The Republican-led Congress and President Barack Obama are on a collision course when it comes to the Keystone XL Pipeline, which brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Send us a caption by leaving it in the comments section. Editors will pick finalists Wednesday, and everyone can vote for the winner through Thursday.

To see our previous winners, check us out on Pinterest.

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January 31, 2015

Capitol Quip Has a Ball

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Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. We had that rarest of things, a three-way tie, when the dinner bell rang. Not having a three-sided coin to flip, we deferred to cartoonist prerogative to select our victor.

The winner will receive signed color prints suitable for framing from Roll Call cartoonist R.J. Matson. Check out our past winners on Pinterest.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
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