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January 30, 2015

Cheese and Thank You, Sona

The little Capitol Hill creamery that could is celebrating its one-year anniversary by doling out surprise cheeseboards to people customers feel are most deserving of some gourmet gratitude.

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 03: Conan O'Sullivan, owner of Sona Creamery and Wine Bar on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, and cheese maker Katie Carter, appear behind the bar of the restaurant. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

How about a little “Random Act of Cheese?” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Those interested in taking advantage of Sona Creamery and Wine Bar’s “Random Acts of Cheese” campaign are encouraged to nominate those worthy of a dairy-rich snack. Full story

January 29, 2015

Sheldon Whitehouse Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Deniers

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse recently assured fellow eco-warriors that the tide on Capitol Hill is turning against those who feel protecting the environment is a non-issue.

“That wall of denial is cracking and it is crumbling,” the Rhode Island Democrat told those gathered for an open house at Oceana on Jan. 27. “Congress is feeling it. And they can’t hold out.”

(Courtesy Oceana)

(Courtesy Oceana)

Whitehouse’s optimistic assessment seems to fly directly in the face of current events, what with “Greatest Hoax” author and newly minted Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., being put in charge of that chamber’s ecological stewardship. Full story

#tbt: ‘Go Time’ for the Ladies


When you gotta go, you gotta go.

At least that was some of the thinking back in our Jan. 29, 2007 HOH, when we observed that a member of the House had taken an interest in gender equity when it came to bathrooms.

“Go Time. Hey ladies, you’ve got a new champion on Capitol Hill, fighting for your equality. Full story

Hospitality Giants Aim to Mobilize Food Fans to Action (Video)

Sips & Suppers co-founders Joan Nathan, Alice Waters and Jose Andres address attendees at their Newseum event. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Sips & Suppers co-founders Nathan, Waters and Andres address the Newseum event. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

It turns out that huddling with food-conscious Washingtonians and raising millions of dollars for local charities was merely an appetizer for “Sips & Suppers” co-founders José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters.

Their next objective: getting the well-fed masses up from their respective tables and into the streets to clamor for change in school-lunch policies. Full story

January 28, 2015

Vote for Your Favorite Deflategate Capitol Quip!

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. ET Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • Let him try to throw this one … I’ve filled it full of lead.
  • Our little pre-game meeting worked. He never developed into a Johnny-Unite-Us.
  • I don’t understand why we continue to play his game.
  • Why does he look like Tom Brady and I feel like Johnny Manziel?
  • I think he just called us the JV team.

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Jan. 31 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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By Rebecca Gale Posted at 4:25 p.m.
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Overheard: Boehner ‘Not Sure’ if He’s Golfing This Weekend

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“I’m not sure what I might be doing tomorrow.”

— Speaker John A. Boehner, boarding a US Airways flight to Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday, when asked if he was looking forward to a round of golf

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Run! To Cherry Blossom Registration in Rayburn Foyer

On your pre-registration mark. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On your pre-registration mark. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cherry Blossom Run organizers are making it easy for congressional staffers and interns to register for the Capitol Hill Competition of April’s fabled foot race.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rayburn House Office Building foyer, those who help make the Capitol run can pre-register for April 12’s Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run race within the race at a kickoff event sponsored by Congressional Federal Credit Union. This will be the 14th year of the Capitol Hill Competition, where congressional racers compete for top honors. Last year, “Minnesota Nice and Fast,” from the office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., won. The overall race  supports children’s hospitals. Staffers are guaranteed a spot. Regular registration is open Feb. 1 through 28.

Staffers can RSVP for Thursday’s event at As there is wont to be, there will be some food and drink at this event, as will folks from Potomac River Running Store, likely eager to answer questions about equipment.

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Govs Rib Each Other Over Snowstorm

The governor of Vermont tweaked the governor of another New England state Wednesday morning for his state’s handling of the snowstorm that hit earlier this week.

“I send the regrets of Gov. Malloy of Connecticut. We got whacked pretty hard in the Northeast with a little bit of a snowstorm in our transportation infrastructure and you know, he would be here if he were not digging out. In Vermont, we got hit too, but our southern states aren’t as accustomed to snow as we are up in Vermont, so he’s still digging,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on the need for a new highway bill.

While the blizzard did not meet expectations in New York City, parts of Connecticut were walloped by the storm, including the eastern shoreline. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was scheduled to testify, but a committee aide said Wednesday morning that Malloy had canceled because of the weather. Shumlin appeared with Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama and South Dakota Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist.

“I should say that that’s the Deep South too, Gov. Bentley,” Shumlin quipped.

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GOP Snowmobile Trek Mirrors Meat Week

Reps. Dan Benishek and Bill Huizenga are hitting the back roads of the Wolverine State Thursday for their 2nd Annual Congressional Snowmobile Ride — a wintry romp punctuated by plenty of meaty pit stops.

The Michigan Republicans ventured out into the snow-covered landscape in 2014.

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HOH Name Game: First Names First

It’s time again for the HOH name game, when we provide a little public service with our handy pronunciation guide for members whose names have the potential to trip up those in and around the Capitol. Today’s group is the First Names First Caucus, those members whose first names have a much bigger potential to be mispronounced than their last.

HA-keem. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HA-keem. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. — HA-keem. His first name is no laughing matter.


BET-oh (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas — BET-oh. Uh-oh. You better not flub this El Paso-bred first name.

Like "Shelley" far right, mint-green jacket. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Like “Shelley” far right, mint-green jacket. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine — Like “Shelley.” If you ever eat at one of the congresswoman’s restaurants in Maine, you’re going to shell out some cash.

Many thanks to Jay Hunter at the CQ Members desk, who supplied valuable intel on proper pronunciation.


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January 27, 2015

‘Compared to What’ Team Campaigns to Bring Flick to D.C.

Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler, the documentarians who filmed former Rep. Barney Frank throughout the Massachusetts Democrat’s final year in Congress, have launched an online fundraising effort to help spread their still-in-need-of-fine-tuning project nationwide.

“Compared to What? The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” a pull-no-punches peek into Frank’s personal and professional lives, began making the festival rounds last year, opening first at Tribeca before migrating West.

While pleased with the industry response, Chandler told HOH he’s ready to share the film with a broader audience.

“It was fun being at the festivals. But we want the world to see it,” Chandler said of the dream of wider distribution.

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Chuck Grassley Talks Twitter Secrets

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Grassley is a Republican from Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Never one for false modesty, Sen. Charles E. Grassley thinks he’s pretty good at using Twitter.

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Gardner, Rangel Co-Headlining 2015 Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

Newly minted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and veteran Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., will effectively be campaigning for the biggest laughs on Feb. 4, when they face off at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Annual Congressional Dinner.

The dueling pols are sharing top billing at this year’s typically tongue-in-cheek shindig, a press-friendly gathering — MSNBC personality Alex Wagner is expected to serve as the master of ceremonies — that ushers in the cavalcade of seasonal awards dinners in #ThisTown. Full story

January 26, 2015

House Staffer Keeps ‘Em Guessing on ‘Jeopardy!’

(Courtesy Will Anderson)

(Courtesy Will Anderson)

Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!” What else would you expect from a trivia buff who claims his mother still has home movies of him blurting answers out at the TV while growing up? Full story

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

An aide to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told HOH that Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Martha Roby, R-Ala.; Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.; and Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., were expected to co-host a screening Tuesday of the historical drama for fellow House lawmakers. One of the staffers coordinating the showing said the South Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center has been reserved, but noted that the rapidly changing forecast — D.C. was supposed to be blanketed already, but may still see some treacherous precipitation before everything blows over — has given the group pause.

Lewis brought up the bipartisan movie plans during a National Press Club discussion of his latest autobiographical project, “March: Book Two.” Full story

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