- McConnell Campaign Manager Quits Amid Scandal
- Obama Weighs Delay in Action on Immigration
- Judge Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law
- Neck-and-Neck in Arkansas
- Judge Dismisses McDaniel Challenge
October 10, 2013
Revolution Messaging is enabling angry — and potentially plowed — constituents to reach out and browbeat someone via their shutdown-inspired engagement portal, DrunkDialCongress.org.
Keegan Goudiss, a partner at the mobile media firm, said the idea for the rabble-rousing project, which went live early Thursday, bubbled up to the surface amid the trickle of reports that House lawmakers showed up to vote on defunding the government with liquor on their breath and the flood of shutdown-related booze fests that have cropped up all over town. Full story
Bad news, patriots. If you were looking forward to getting a flag that has flown in the Capitol from your local congressman, you’re out of luck.
“Due to the continuing lapse in appropriations, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Flag Office remains closed. Flag requests will not be processed until the Flag Office reopens,” a downer message to the Capitol community from House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Strodel said today.
The flag may have been waving strong from everything from the War of 1812 battle that inspired Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” to the present time, but it seems that the idiocy of a government shutdown can bring it to heel.
Pouring it on, Strodel also informs congressional offices, at least those that can check their email, that they “may also wish to inform consituents that all requests for flags will be delayed because of the lapse.” Fear not, those, there’s a money back guarantee! “To refund a constituent who paid by check, please submit a voucher to the Office of Financial Counseling in B-245 Longworth HOB. To refund constituents who paid by credit card, submit the Pay.gov Credit Card Refund Request Form,” he states.
As someone in HOH HQ said when we saw the news, “womp, womp.”
October 9, 2013
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. EDT Thursday.
Here are this week’s finalists:
- Poor gal. She’s still carrying a torch for that no-good Uncle Sam.
- Boy, those Federal employees sure have it easy!
- Liberty on furlough.
- It looks like SHE’s just as tired of Congress as WE are.
- I guess it’s hard to keep standing for liberty when Congress deems you non-essential.
The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on Oct. 14 and in the following day’s 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.
Congress might have stopped pumping out larded-up legislation during the languishing standoff with the White House.
But that doesn’t mean everyone in town has given up on the art of sausage-making.
Over a dozen charcuterie fans made their way over to Union Kitchen on Oct. 3 to partake in Cured DC founder Chris Johnson’s step-by-step introduction to the wonders of meatpacking.
The epicurious group spent two-plus hours transforming a roughly 100-pound side of Old Spot pork into glistening, fat-studded links of Tuscan-style salami. Full story
Nine days into the first government shutdown in 17 years, members of Congress are not the only ones who cannot seem to reach agreement.
Following Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black’s remarks last week, asking God to “save us from the madness” of the shutdown, Black lambasted members again Wednesday morning for denying death benefits to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
“Forgive us for continuing to sow the wind even when hearing the sounds of the approaching whirlwind,” the former Navy chaplain said. “Lord, when our federal shutdown delays payments of death benefits to the families of children dying on far-away battlefields, it’s time for our lawmakers to say enough is enough.”
Black’s prayer contrasted with the offering from the House’s guest chaplain, Rev. Rob MacIlvaine, who praised members for their efforts.
“Father, I thank you for the heroic leadership that this House of Representatives has exemplified in the past week during this present crisis,” said MacIlvaine, who was sponsored by freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla. “I thank you for the late nights, I thank you their heroic efforts to seek compromise and I thank you for the creative solutions they’ve proposed. And yet Lord at present, there is no solution.”
As the country continues suffering through the ideologically motivated government shutdown, advocates hoping for a swift resolution have reached their wit’s end. Many are done mincing words.
Cultivated Wit creative director Brian Janosch is helping the frustrated masses communicate extreme displeasure with the state of affairs via an expletive-fueled advocacy effort that rhymes with Yuck Fou Congress.
The undiplomatic portal that launched Tuesday provides a conduit for the mounting disgust with Congress, logging about 42,000 visits and 220,000 page views from fiercely disillusioned citizens so far. Janosch said they’ve already gone bicoastal, collecting online supporters from New York City to Los Angeles and from those across the pond (London’s in the mix).
In addition to vociferously savaging those whom Team FYC holds personally responsible for derailing our democracy — a burgeoning Republican roster featuring Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and Reps. John Culberson and Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas — the site urges visitors to join the fight however they can.
“We wanted three good examples of organizations looking out for public interests to get the ball rolling and to communicate that message that we’re not as powerless as we sometimes think we are,” Janosch said. Full story
The baby boom in the CQ Roll Call newsroom continues. John Irons, our graphics and layouts maestro, and his wife, Halimah Abdullah, have welcomed son Malcolm Ahmad Abdullah Irons to the world.
Malcolm clocked in at a healthy 6 pounds, 13 ounces on Sept. 27. Our tipster tells us both mom and baby are doing fine.
Malcolm was born on the same day as another newsroom kiddo, Michaela Rayne Trygstad, the first daughter of Roll Call political reporter Kyle Trygstad and his wife, Kelly.
October 8, 2013
John Griffin may be the youngest person to ever vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dressed in his Christmas-sweater-vest-best, John — the toddler son of GOP Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas — accompanied his dad to evening votes Tuesday.
And John, who looks to be about 3 years old, voted for about a dozen members.
The House started voting around 7 p.m., but a few of its most progressive members may still be tied up with the Capitol Police.
Eight members of Congress were among the 200 people arrested at an immigration rally on the National Mall on Tuesday afternoon. Among those charged with “crowding, obstructing, and incommoding” were Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, John Lewis of Georgia, Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona, Joseph Crowley of New York, Al Green of Texas, Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Charles B. Rangel of New York.
Each will face a $50 fine for their civil disobedience on behalf of immigration reform.
Before being cuffed, Gutierrez vowed he and other members would “lose a few hours of our freedom to stand for justice for the children who are being put in foster care today because their parent was deported last night.”
The arrests began at approximately 4 p.m. on First Street between Maryland Avenue Southwest and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. As of 6:30 p.m., Gutierrez had not yet been released, according to Press Secretary Douglas Rivlin.
Tourists who wander along the closed-off stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue opposite the White House should, in theory, be used to seeing some pretty off-the-wall stuff.
Tuesday proved no exception.
“Look! It’s a BUNNY!” shrieked an out-of-town teen (the matching, dayglo t-shirts are a dead giveaway) — who will most likely return home with an Instagram feed chock full of pics of locked gates, barricaded monuments and traffic barrels festooned with yellow tape — upon spotting the sign-wielding character parading around outside POTUS’ pad.
The costumed crusader told HOH he was making the rounds to raise awareness about Purge Day, a fledgling movement that challenges everyone to unburden themselves of all negative thoughts once annually (next official observance: Aug., 20, 2014). Full story
“I’m just going through my list, guys. Talk to Jay.”
President Barack Obama, referring any reporter complaints about who was being called on at Tuesday’s White House news briefing to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Supercommittes need not apply. This is a job for the superdupercommittee.
This year’s intractable debt and shutdown fight requires a faster, stronger, newer supercommittee, according to House Republican leaders. Supercommittee simply won’t do. It needs a new name.
This isn’t just the opinion of HOH. Indeed, as soon as the news broke Tuesday that the House GOP would call for a bipartisan, bicameral committee to iron out differences, what was previously a joke around town — “Why don’t they create a supercommittee? Ha!” — became a legislative proposal. Full story
According to President Barack Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner, there have been no winners in the government shutdown that has paralyzed Capitol Hill and turned the District into a ghost town.
Guess they haven’t been keeping up with the growing number of Facebook fan pages where armchair campaign managers plot alternative power grabs by their dream candidate: Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
“I’m kind of amazed that I’ve been able to get this many likes. I’ve never created a group or page that got this much,” Mays told HOH. Mays also said he’s only really been reposting content shared on Gohmert’s official page, plus some color commentary about the burgeoning flock he’s gathered. “I’m pleased with it.”
Mays said he’s emailed Team Gohmert about drafting a new “Contract With America”-style manifesto to realign the country with conservative values. So far he’s heard nothing but crickets.
“I haven’t been contacted by anyone yet. And I guess I don’t really care if I am or not,” Mays said of the radio silence. “But it would be cool.” Full story
Sure, its featured content will likely still make a blue stater see red.
But the National Republican Senatorial Committee has adopted a hot pink color scheme for the remainder of the month to honor the life-affirming work of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Along with a prominent “Donate” button at the top of the home page, the site is firmly in the pink. Even links to outside websites, archived material and tweets are outlined in the breast cancer awareness hue.
“This was a very simple effort to call attention to the fight against breast cancer and pay tribute to survivors across the country,” NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring told HOH of the show of solidarity. One thing that doesn’t appear to change, though, is the NRSC determination to paint the Senate electoral landscape red.
We haven’t heard much from Team Komen since it waved the white flag after getting caught in the crossfire of the 2012 election. Perhaps they’ve decided to steer clear of political controversy for a while.