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January 20, 2015

The Bill Young Saga: Items the Family Has Yet to Recoup

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young set off a fight for custody of some of the Florida Republican’s personal effects. While many items have been returned to the Young family, some memorabilia is still not accounted for and in the family’s possession. Full story

Late Congressman’s Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

A giant thank you card to late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., collects dust on a shelf in a storage facility at St. Petersburg College. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

A giant thank-you card to Young collects dust on a shelf in a storage facility at St. Petersburg College. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

A corrosive mix of myopic estate planning, lax oversight and a moving truck-sized hole uncovered in guidelines governing continuing congressional operations has decimated those closest to the late congressman.

The 22-term Florida Republican died on Oct. 18, 2013; he was laid to rest on Oct. 24 not far from here, at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg. There’s been no such solace for those left behind, a group — including his widow, former House aide Beverly Young; the couple’s adult sons; newly minted Appropriations Committee member Rep. David Jolly and Young’s former chief of staff, Harry Glenn — currently at one another’s throats regarding the location of myriad keepsakes and the preservation of Young’s political legacy.

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Who’ll Steal the Show at SOTU?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The thing about the State of the Union address is, even though the American people are supposed to hang on to every word that drops from President Barack Obama’s lips, there’ll be 534 other highly opinionated people around that night who would also like to have their say.

Most of the time these easy breezy bicameral get-togethers go off without a hitch. Full story

January 19, 2015

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 12, 2015 (Video)

Even with party retreats this week, members still found time to recognize children born outside of marriage, debate NFL rules and bake cookies in the House chamber.

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HOH Words of the Week: ‘Let Me Be Clear’

“Let me be clear”: A frequent expression of exasperation from a politician who believes he or she isn’t making a fully understood argument. It’s the rhetorical heir to Richard Nixon’s famous “Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”

— From “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech,” by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark.

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January 17, 2015

Double Down on These SOTU Capitol Quips

Have you ever wanted to play speechwriter for the State of the Union?

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Or have you ever wondered just what Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, is thinking as he sits through the speech?

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Well, this week you can try your hand at both. Send us a caption for both of the cartoons this week by leaving it in the comments section, just make sure to mark it clearly with “Obama:” and alternatively, “Boehner:” before offering your quip. Editors will pick five 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 16, 2015

Marc Veasey Always Has His Game Face On

Rep. Marc Veasey isn’t just adept at moving Mary Kay cosmetics — he’s also a client.

The Texas Democrat recently brushed up on his one-on-one sales skills as part of his monthly “Marc Means Business Initiative,” a constituent outreach program predicated on him tackling different jobs across the Dallas-Fort Worth corridor. January’s task: brushing up on the beauty trade.

According to an aide, the two-term lawmaker nailed the makeup peddling assignment. “A client did purchase Mary Kay products after taking part of the ‘Love Your Skin’ party,” Team Veasey said of the marketing win.

He may have been so convincing because he’s able to talk from experience; staff told HOH the boss is a fan of the company’s signature shaving cream.

 

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Laser Cat May Just Take Your Breath Away

Follow Friday. Feline Friday. Whatever you want to call our weekly tumble down virtual rabbit holes, there’s no escaping the fact that you MUST pledge allegiance to Laser Cat.

An amalgamation of music, art and animatronics, Laser Cat is scheduled to shower Yards Park with all kinds of visual funkiness next month. The eye-catching experiment, which has so far been nurtured by the Barcelona-based visionaries known as Hungry Castle and the Art Directors Club, thrives on a steady diet of fan-submitted art, fun-loving DJs and global destinations.

⚡️ Laser Cat Brooklyn ⚡️ from Hungry Castle on Vimeo.

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January 15, 2015

Commander-in-Chief Helps Raise Charmington’s Profile

A “surprise” visit Thursday from President Barack Obama has helped put an employee-owned, Charm City café on the political map.

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(Screenshot)

Per a White House pool report, the First Belly rolled into town with Maryland Democrat Barbara A. Mikulski in tow and took the opportunity to chat up three local women about the administration’s paid sick-leave trial balloon. The “unannounced stop” fits the president’s MO of huddling with potential beneficiaries of proposed policy changes. Full story

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

What a drag! (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

What a drag! (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We suspect the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would have been gratified to see the Golden Globes and the heap of awards given to “Transparent,” the groundbreaking television series about a man’s embracing his transgender self.

A pioneer for minority rights for decades, Kennedy did more than just pursue legislation. When given the opportunity, he even walked a mile in a woman’s heels, as we observed in our Jan. 17, 1988, edition in HOH: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
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January 14, 2015

‘Spare Parts’ Perfectly Sums Up DREAM Act, Durbin Says

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Durbin watches “Spare Parts” at the E Street Cinema Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An uplifting film about four scrappy, Mexican teens who turned the tables on fate by winning a prestigious robotics design competition underscores the exact opportunities Sen. Richard J. Durbin has fought to provide for undocumented immigrants over the past decade, according to the Illinois Democrat.

The movie, “Spare Parts,” chronicles the mind-blowing journey Oscar Vazquez and his high school pals — a rag-tag group of grossly underfunded, would-be engineers — experienced after taking it upon themselves to enter a NASA-sponsored contest to build an underwater rover. Full story

Dahntay Jones’ Proud Father-in-Law, G.K. Butterfield

Butterfield, proud father-in-law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Butterfield, proud father-in-law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Those interested in keeping up with the latest pro-basketball deals could do worse than observe the House floor.

“My son-in-law just signed with the Clippers!” Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., said while exiting the chamber on Wednesday afternoon. Butterfield’s daughter Valeisha is married to Dahntay Jones, who signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.  Full story

By Emily Ethridge and Jason Dick Posted at 2:20 p.m.
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André Carson: House Intelligence News ‘Fired Up’ Tea Party

“It fired up the tea party, that’s for sure.”

— Rep. André Carson, D-Ind., who is the first Muslim lawmaker appointed to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Wednesday after being congratulated by a colleague on the House floor.

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HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus

HOH’s Name Game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Tongue-Twister Caucus, those members whose multi-syllabic names intimidate even the most erudite observer of the Legislative Branch.

And many thanks to our friends at the CQ Members desk, who supplied valuable intel on proper pronunciation.

de-SAWN-yay (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

de-SAWN-yay (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif. — de-SAWN-yay. Not to be confused with the guy who comes next in the list.  Full story

January 13, 2015

Congress, at Its Most Animated, Is Always Fun to Watch

Turning a legendary chamber-clearing brawl between House Democrats and Republicans into a cartoon short not only displays “Bills and Brews” creator Matt Laslo’s brilliance in capitalizing on the gems he extracts from pols during his booze-fueled interviews, it makes him a bona fide member of some of the most colorful satirists around.

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Retired Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., last fall laid the foundation for this fisticuff-y trip down memory lane by sharing how a handful of lawmakers dealt with disagreements back in the day.

Reducing screwy pols to mere caricatures of themselves is a time-honored tradition among those grossly dissatisfied with what does (or does not) routinely take place in the halls of Congress.

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