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May 9, 2013

‘A Taste of America’ Votes Coming In Fast and Furious

Forget about what may or may not be happening on the floor.

The real action (at least this week) has been happening in cyberspace, as pols and food lovers put on their lobbying hats to help shepherd treasured goodies through CQ Roll Call’s month-long “A Taste of America” food fight.

‘A Taste of America’ Votes Coming In Fast and Furious


The contest, which will whittle 64 signature eats to eight contenders over the next several weeks, is already shaping up to be a doozy. The winner will be revealed June 13 at a reception during the 52nd Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

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Softball: ‘Debbie Is Gonna Make Us Practice in the Rain’

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., is not happy with her softball team’s practice rain-out policy.

Softball: Debbie Is Gonna Make Us Practice in the Rain

Wasserman Schultz, second from left, is not happy with her team’s rain-out policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wasserman Schultz captains the Congressional Women’s Softball team, a group of female lawmakers who play against female Washington press corps members every June to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer charity.

It seems that on Monday evening, the Congressional team’s organizers canceled their Tuesday practice — set for 7 a.m. — in anticipation of rain.

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Capitol Tour for DSpan?

Denard Span, the Washington Nationals’ star center fielder and leadoff hitter, has a busy schedule in the coming months, especially if the Nats make a deep playoff push.

But one thing on his to do list? A tour of the Capitol.

He’s been to the White House but he has not had a chance to peer inside at the people’s Congress. And he even expressed interest at doing so if given the opportunity.

“There’s so much to see here. I don’t know where to begin. They need to have a chronological order to the city. Hoping to have enough time here to do that,” he said. “I see myself coming back [to D.C.] during the offseason.”

Span plays for D.C., lives in Crystal City, Va., and calls Tampa, Fla., his home. Perhaps there is a congressional office out there willing to host him on a Capitol tour?

Domenici Hopes to Repair Ties With Reid After Affair

Former Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., wants to patch up his relationship with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the Nevada Democrat refused to see him because of an affair Domenici had with the daughter of one of Reid’s close friends three decades ago.

“I have occasion to call him every now and then,” Domenici told the Albuquerque Journal. “Harry has been a longtime friend. I’m sorry for what happened 35 years ago, and I look forward to any opportunity to talk with him about these matters.”

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Tom Colicchio: ‘Just Say No’ to Farm Bill

“Top Chef” judge and anti-hunger advocate Tom Colicchio has some choice words for members of Congress when it comes to the farm bill: “Just say no.”

Tom Colicchio: Just Say No to Farm Bill

Colicchio said he thinks the status quo is better than making deep cuts to hunger programs. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

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By Jason Dick Posted at 1:56 p.m.
FightingWords, Food

David Schweikert’s Not-So-Sweet Life

Rep. David Schweikert was having a rough go of it Wednesday night — a side effect of going cold turkey on excess sugar:

The Arizona Republican admitted to HOH that he’s got a bit of a sweet tooth. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 1:18 p.m.

Membership Has Its (Enduring) Privileges

An eagle-eyed Capitol Hill visitor spotted the vanity-plated Benz belonging to former Sen. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore. — now head of the National Association of Broadcasters — cold-chilling in front of the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday.

Membership Has Its (Enduring) Privileges

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

While one of our colleagues pointed out that the lobbying curbs adopted by the 110th Congress pulled the plug on certain alumni parking privileges, a Senate aide told HOH there are exceptions to the rule.

“I do know that a ‘former senator permit’ does exist,” the aide said of the courtesy extended to former pols.

Must be nice …

By Warren Rojas Posted at 11:27 a.m.

May 8, 2013

Five Steps Toward the Best Caption | Capitol Quip

Five Steps Toward the Best Caption | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are all set. Now it’s your turn to vote.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

— “Let’s check in and head to lunch!”

— “(Sigh) I miss kindergarten.”

— “Woo Hoo! Recess in 21 days! Er, I mean ‘District Work Period’ in 21 days.”

— “If we time our furloughs right, we can cut that down even further. Oh, that’s right, only our STAFFS can be furloughed …”

— “Let’s see what sort of messes we can create this time.”

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog on May 13 and in that 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.

By Jason Dick Posted at 5:42 p.m.
Capitol Quip

Tim Griffin Gears Up for Motocross Meetup

Some lawmakers complain about spinning their wheels while they are stuck here in Washington, D.C. Rep. Tim Griffin can’t wait to do that just as soon as he gets back home.

Tim Griffin Gears Up for Motocross Meetup

(Courtesy Rep. Tim Griffin)

The Arkansas Republican and avid supporter of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus is organizing a “Ridin’ With Your Rep” event for June 1 (10 a.m.-noon) in an effort to better sync up with his cycle-straddling brethren.

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Mark Sanford: Baby, He Was Born to Run

Now that the people of South Carolina’s 1st District have spoken, Democrats would need a restraining order to keep returning lawmaker Mark Sanford out of the U.S. Capitol.

Mark Sanford: Baby, He Was Born to Run

(CQ Roll Call archives)

As seen above, the boomerang Republican — who served in the House from 1995-2001 before skipping town to become governor of the Palmetto State — used to be really into running.

Hiking seems to be more his speed these days …


Eva Longoria: Could She Be Here for the Food?

Actress Eva Longoria made one of her not-infrequent stops in Washington on Wednesday to testify on Capitol Hill, and she told HOH there’s a good reason to come to D.C. other than for political/policy reasons or the cherry blossoms.

“I’m a big foodie,” she told HOH, saying Washington’s burgeoning restaurant scene is home to some great eats.

Eva Longoria: Could She Be Here for the Food?

Longoria has a lot of reasons to visit Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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Bryce Harper: Washington’s Most Powerful Nevadan

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will need to reconcile the fact that he’s no longer the most powerful Nevadan in Washington.

That honor falls to Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals’ star outfielder and slugger. And since Harper is all of 20 years old, coming off a National League Rookie of the Year season and is a prospect for Most Valuable Player this year on a contending team, Reid will likely have to get used to it, unless the Nationals lose their minds and trade Harper.

To get an idea of how this all happened, Las Vegas sportswriter Rob Miech is popping into town to talk about his book “Phenom: The Making of Bryce Harper” at the University Club on Thursday. It should be interesting for anyone wanting to learn a little more about the dude who’s knocked Reid off his perch as the Silver State’s most popular native son in D.C.

Bryce Harper: Washingtons Most Powerful Nevadan

Washington Nationals outfielder Harper, left, has quickly become the most popular Nevadan in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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May 7, 2013

Reid Has Nothing to Do With Domenici Anymore

Reid Has Nothing to Do With Domenici Anymore

Reid, left, and Domenici, center, were once close colleagues. (Scott J.Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to see former Sen. Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., recently because of Domenici’s affair with the daughter of his friend and one-time opponent, former Republican Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada.

“I don’t mention Domenici anymore because of what he did to Michelle [Laxalt],” Reid said in an hourlong interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week.

“He asked to see me last week, but I wouldn’t meet with him. But that’s another story,” Reid said.

Reid is close with Laxalt, 90, who walked him to the well of the Senate to be re-sworn in after his tough 2010 re-election campaign. The two grew close after Laxalt defeated Reid for the Senate seat in 1974 by fewer than 1,000 votes, one of the closest races in history. Reid replaced Laxalt after he retired in 1987.

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#Yourtime, #Mytime, Doesn’t That Make It … Our Time?

As the House prepares to consider legislation on Wednesday on comp-time legislation, House Republicans have been urging working-class Americans to share how they might spend comp days via the #Yourtime thread.

A quick HOH survey of the Twitters reveals more Republican members flogging their bill than American working-class types, but we did spy a retweet from one of the legacy Run DMC members, the Reverend Run, aka Joseph Simmons.

#Yourtime, #Mytime, Doesnt That Make It ... Our Time?

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Russian Around

From the looks of things, Secretary of State John Kerry might be a tad early for his meeting at the Kremlin.

Russian Around


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By Warren Rojas Posted at 3:54 p.m.

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