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CQ Roll Call Oct. 1, 2014
Politics

Pat Roberts Ranks Among Most Vulnerable Senators

While the structure of the competitive Senate map has finally solidified, plenty of uncertainties remain as the two parties enter the final month of the midterm elections.

At the Races

Florida Family Legacies Clash in Critical House Race

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Fla. — Former Florida first lady Adele Graham does not entertain the word “if” in polite conversation, at least when discussing the political future of her daughter Gwen. It’s only “when.”

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Are Changes to FMLA Eligibility on the Horizon?

President Obama has said he wants to help working families, what does that mean for expansions to FMLA eligibility?


Hill Life

Judge Rules Larry Craig Must Repay Campaign Funds Used in Bathroom Scandal

Larry Craig’s 2007 arrest in a Minnesota airport bathroom sex sting continues to cost the former senator.

Dissidents Planning Boehner Coup Face Long Odds

Dissidents Planning Boehner Coup Face Long Odds

Speaker John A. Boehner is on a stronger footing with the House GOP rank and file than he has been in years. But when the new Congress convenes in January, that won’t stop the party’s anti-Boehner wing from staging another revolt.

Hill Life

Ethics Office Finds Evidence Petri Violated House Rules

The House Ethics Committee announced on Tuesday it will continue to investigate whether Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., used his position in Congress to help certain companies in which he held significant financial interest.

During Recess, Congress Goes to the Dogs

During Recess, Congress Goes to the Dogs

With their tails wagging, Maya and Cash trotted around House office buildings Tuesday to raise awareness for a bill to protect pets of domestic-violence victims.

Senators Laud FCC Rollback of Sports Blackout Rule

Senators on Tuesday lauded the Federal Communications Commission’s move to do away with the rule that, in effect, keeps National Football League games that don’t sell out off the air in hometown markets.

Hill Life Secret Service Takes Beating in Rare Recess Hearing (Video)

Secret Service Takes Beating in Rare Recess Hearing (Video)

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson took a beating from nearly 20 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers who traveled back to Washington for Tuesday’s rare, three-and-a-half hour recess hearing.

Texas Congressman: More Doctors Needed in Congress

Rep. Michael C. Burgess has a new goal: Bring more doctors to Congress.

Politics Republican Cavalry Starts Spending on House Races (Finally)

Republican Cavalry Starts Spending on House Races (Finally)

For months, Republicans feared outside groups would skip over House races this cycle, saving their cash for the battle over Senate control.

Forest Service Photography Rule Faces Bipartisan Critics in the Senate

Senators don’t seem satisfied with the Forest Service’s latest assurances that a proposal to require permits for commercial filming and still photography on federal lands won’t apply to the press or to recreational photographers.

Policy Shutdown as Campaign Issue? That Was So Last Year

Shutdown as Campaign Issue? That Was So Last Year

Even before the government started shutting down, one year ago Tuesday night, it seemed a sure bet that throughout the coming campaign congressional Republicans would be made to rue the political consequences of their showdown strategy.

Policy

Who Really Speaks for Veterans? | Rules of the Game

Veterans organizations with overtly partisan messages and agendas have spent millions promoting candidates in tight Senate races in this election, prompting criticism from veterans and established vet groups on both sides of the aisle.

Boehner Aide Calls Earnest's ISIS Remarks 'Stupid'

Boehner Aide Calls Earnest's ISIS Remarks 'Stupid'

Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman ripped White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s remarks today tying Boehner’s position on defeating ISIS to President George W. Bush’s Iraq policy.

The Oklahoma Guide to Getting Along

OKLAHOMA CITY — This is a state that knows what it’s like to recover from a disaster.

Congressman or American Idol? (Video)

Congressman or American Idol? (Video)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — John Lennon, Lady Gaga and Bono have all covered Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.”

Politics

Shift in Landscape Makes Bigger GOP House Gains Possible

Only three times since the Civil War, as any political junkie knows, has the president’s party gained House seats in midterm elections — in 1934, 1998 and 2002. It now seems quite clear 2014 won’t be another exception to that rule.

Politics Congressional 'Perks' Under Siege in Midterm Ads (Video)

Congressional 'Perks' Under Siege in Midterm Ads (Video)

Flights home from Washington, D.C., a six-figure salary and the House gym: They’re all perks of the congressional gig.

Hill Life

Roland Burris Accused of Shakedown Scheme During Senate Tenure

Three years after his brief stint in the Senate, a federal court case in Chicago has raised questions about Illinois Democrat Roland Burris’ conduct while he was in office.

James Traficant Dies Following Tractor Accident

James Traficant Dies Following Tractor Accident

James A. Traficant Jr., an Ohio Democrat whose career as a colorfully combative congressional gadfly ended in 2002 when he became the fifth House member ever expelled, died Saturday at a hospital in his native Youngstown. He was 73 and had been critically injured Sept. 23, when the tractor he was driving at his family farm flipped over.

Politics

Democrats Dominate Michigan Senate Race Spending (Charts)

Outside groups are driving the spending on broadcast television ads in the final months of the Michigan Senate race and Democrats are dominating the spending battle, according to a breakdown compiled by Republican firm Echelon Insights for Terri Lynn Land’s campaign.

Inhofe Holds Up Ebola Funding, Seeks Details on Protecting Soldiers (Updated)

Inhofe Holds Up Ebola Funding, Seeks Details on Protecting Soldiers (Updated)

Senate Armed Services ranking member James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., is holding up most of a $1 billion request from the White House to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa until the administration proposes a plan to keep soldiers from contracting the illness.

Politics

Bill Cassidy Dips Into Landrieu Territory for Votes

NEW ORLEANS — At a Saturday morning community health fair in a Vietnamese enclave in the predominantly black eastern wing of this city, Cassidy wasn’t exactly in politically friendly territory.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Bill Nelson (Video)

With Congress out until after the midterms, Heard on the Hill kicks off election season by saluting the members who go the extra mile to make Capitol Hill such a unique place to work.

Cruz, Paul Make Early Presidential Pitches at Values Voter Summit

In a preview of what Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire can expect ot see a lot of over the next year, Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul reached out to conservatives at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Hill Life Yoga Community Argues 'Yoga Tax' Does Not Apply to Studios

Yoga Community Argues 'Yoga Tax' Does Not Apply to Studios

The D.C. yoga community is working to convince lawmakers that the district’s so-called “yoga tax” does not actually apply to yoga studios.

Hill Life

'Women Who Make a Difference' Honored in D.C.

An audience of mostly women filled the banquet hall of the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Northwest D.C. Thursday evening to honor four women in the first Women Who Make a Difference awards, organized by the Top Ladies of Distinction D.C. chapter.

Politics The Big Issue in the North Carolina Senate Race

The Big Issue in the North Carolina Senate Race

STATESVILLE, N.C. — The biggest issue in the North Carolina Senate race? It’s not health care, Syrian airstrikes or even the economy.

Hill Life

'Dear White People' Sparks Conversation on Race and Identity

As Sam White, an aspiring filmmaker, strolls through the courtyard at Winchester University, her teaching assistant tells her the best way to reach her viewers is to make her film a mirror and hold it up to the audience. The film in which the scene takes place, “Dear White People,” does just that.

Rep. Henry Cuellar: 'I Will Die As a Democrat'

Rep. Henry Cuellar: 'I Will Die As a Democrat'

After a summer spent defending himself against criticism from Democratic colleagues, Rep. Henry Cuellar was defiant Wednesday when his party affiliation was called into question.

Politics

Senate Chairmen Try to Avoid Historic Home-State Losses

With just weeks to go before Election Day, the fight for the Senate is coming down to a handful of states, and two of them are very familiar to the chairmen of the two Senate campaign committees.

Hill Life Jerry Moran Quits Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Jerry Moran Quits Eisenhower Memorial Commission

Despite criticism, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission plans to seek preliminary approval of architect Frank Gehry’s latest design during an Oct. 2 meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission.

Hill Life

D.C. Police Roll Out Body Cameras; None Planned for Capitol Police

Congress escalated its calls for more transparency in law enforcement in the wake of the Aug. 9 shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., suggesting body cameras for police officers might improve public safety.

Ginsburg Won't Resign, Notes Senate Kept Filibuster for SCOTUS Despite 'Nuclear Option'

Ginsburg Won't Resign, Notes Senate Kept Filibuster for SCOTUS Despite 'Nuclear Option'

Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounds like she might have retired from the Supreme Court if Senate Democrats went a step further with the “nuclear option.”

Policy

Latest Partisan Divide: Religion and Politics Should Mix

“Never discuss politics or religion in polite company” is one of those rules to live by that family elders have been passing on for generations. Now comes word that half the country has reached a different conclusion: Politics should play a bigger role in our religious discourse.

Hill Life Norton to Congress: Hands Off D.C.'s New Gun Law

Norton to Congress: Hands Off D.C.'s New Gun Law

Emergency legislation legalizing the carry of concealed handguns in the District cleared the D.C. Council unanimously on Tuesday afternoon, setting up a temporary “may-issue” permitting scheme.

Hill Life

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for Congressional Staff?

Capitol Hill staffers might be learning a new issue area in the upcoming Congress: preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.

Politics When NOT to Air Political Ads on TV

When NOT to Air Political Ads on TV

No matter how cluttered the airwaves become this fall with political ads, there are some television shows during which campaign operatives don’t dare air their spots.

Hill Life

The Roll Call Fab 50: An Evolution Begins

What exactly is it that makes a Capitol Hill staffer so fabulous?

Hill Life Congress Weighs In on White House Breach

Congress Weighs In on White House Breach

After an intruder managed to get inside the White House on Sept. 19, members of Congress are seeking answers from Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

Obama Won't Withdraw Boggs Nomination

President Barack Obama still supports the nomination of Michael P. Boggs for a federal judgeship in Georgia, even though Sen. Patrick J. Leahy told The New York Times there aren’t enough votes for confirmation.

Republicans to Obama: Show Us How You'll Change Immigration Law

Republicans to Obama: Show Us How You'll Change Immigration Law

President Barack Obama has said he won’t make sweeping changes to immigration policy until after the midterm elections in order to protect vulnerable Democrats in tight races, but House Republicans don’t want to wait to see what the president has up his sleeve.

Politics

Democrats Hit Chicago Airwaves for Key House Race

Freshman Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., released a new ad Tuesday, attacking his GOP opponent on the Chicago airwaves.

Politics Voters, Tigers and Beers — Oh My!

Voters, Tigers and Beers — Oh My!

BATON ROUGE, La. — Six weeks from Election Day, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu gathered the troops on the Louisiana State University campus, where tens of thousands of football fans and prospective voters congregated for hours ahead of the Saturday night game.

Hill Life

WMATA Receives $21 Million in Sandy Relief Funds

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority received $21 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Monday as part of a multi-billion dollar effort to help transportation systems recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare for future disasters.

McConnell Asks Medicare to Help Detect Lung Cancer in Smokers

McConnell Asks Medicare to Help Detect Lung Cancer in Smokers

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Medicare to do more for early detection of lung cancer, a particularly pronounced issue in Kentucky.

Bipartisan Quartet Ratchets Up Congressional Pressure on NFL

Congressional pressure for the NFL and other major sports leagues to get a handle on domestic violence continues to ratchet up.

113th Congress Could Yield Fewest Laws in 60 Years

113th Congress Could Yield Fewest Laws in 60 Years

Say this about the 113th Congress: It’s managed to live down to low expectations.

Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Pushing for Minimum Wage Boost, Nader Decries Vacationing Congress

Between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12, the House will have only been in session for eight days — translating to a $788 per hour wage for Speaker John A. Boehner.

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