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When Being a County Supervisor Is More Appealing Than Congress

When Being a County Supervisor Is More Appealing Than Congress
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At the Races

Senate Democrats' Super Lawyer Preps for Overtime

As the Senate chamber erupted in applause after the swearing-in of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually looked up and directed his appreciation toward the newest senator’s attorneys.

Hill Blotter

Gainer Mooted as Next Secret Service Director

Is the Capitol’s former top cop the best pick to replace former Secret Service Director Julia Pierson? The world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers thinks so.

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The Attack Ads Harry Reid Didn't Want You to See

Harry Reid’s strategy of blocking amendments all year was intended with one clear objective in mind — protecting his majority.

Hill Life

No Changes at Capitol Following Jeh Johnson's Security Upgrade

The recent order to beef up security at federal buildings does not appear to have resulted in any changes for the men and women guarding Congress. On Wednesday, a day after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ordered enhanced protection against the threat of terrorism for government buildings in Washington and across the country, it was business as usual on Capitol Hill.

Hill Life

CITIZENFOUR: Snowden's Side of the Story

“In the end if you publish the source material, I will likely be immediately implicated. I ask only that you ensure this information makes it home to the American public. Thank you and be careful, Citizenfour.”

Ohio Natives Stump for James Traficant Flick

Ohio Natives Stump for James Traficant Flick

C-SPAN’s most prominent space cadet may be gone. But a handful of still-spellbound Ohioans — including Rep. Tim Ryan — simply cannot stop talking about larger-than-life former lawmaker James A. Traficant Jr.

Hill Life

Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Announced

The Minnesota White Spruce to be decorated for holiday festivities on the West Front of the Capitol was cut down Wednesday and is en route to Washington, where it will be lit by Speaker John A. Boehner on Dec. 2.

Politics Coup Brews Against NRCC Chairman

Coup Brews Against NRCC Chairman

While most Republicans are focused on Tuesday’s midterms, some members are already eyeing another race: The battle to be the next chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Hill Life

'Smitty' Vying to Become D.C. Attorney General

Through the drizzling rain on a gray October morning, blue signs emblazoned with “Smitty” are visible in the windows of a three-story red brick building in Shaw. In a small office upstairs, campaign staffers are working to make sure the signs’ namesake becomes D.C.’s first elected attorney general.


Democrats Losing Youth Vote: Millennials Turning to the GOP

Democrats have lost ground with millennials compared to past election cycles — a development that suggests the country’s youngest voters are open to both parties, according to a new Harvard Institute of Politics poll.

Indicted Grimm Says Financial Services Chair Saving Him a Seat

Indicted Grimm Says Financial Services Chair Saving Him a Seat

If outgoing House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas decides to challenge Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the Financial Services gavel and succeeds, it wouldn’t be a setback for just the current chairman.

Hill Life

All Work? Congress Averaging 70-Hour Work Week

Who are some of the hardest working men and women in Washington, D.C.? Congress, apparently. Members of Congress work an average of 70 hours per week when in session and nearly 60 hours per week for district work periods, with approximately 13 meetings a day, according to a report by the Business-Industry Political Action Committee and the Congressional Management Foundation. Congress gets knocked for its work practices constantly — and the 113th is on track to be one of the least productive congresses — but members are busy with active schedules.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: All In on Perez for Attorney General

Congressional Hispanic Caucus: All In on Perez for Attorney General

President Barack Obama hasn’t yet made public his pick for a replacement for outgoing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., but the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has: It wants current Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez to take the job.


A Darkhorse Emerges for DCCC Chairman in 2016

House Democrats have two things on their minds heading into next month: How many seats the party will lose on Nov. 4, and who will be the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?

Policy Republicans Join Attacks on Big Money | Rules of the Game

Republicans Join Attacks on Big Money | Rules of the Game

The Senate candidate warned that voters’ voices are being “drowned out” by “third-party special interest groups with unlimited spending capability,” and called on his opponent to help him bar big outside spenders from the race.

Hill Life

Grant Gerber, Nevada Activist, Dies From Fall Sustained on Horseback Ride to Capitol Hill

A horseback protest that trotted through Washington on Oct. 16 turned out to be one of the final rides of Nevada conservative activist Grant Gerber’s life.

Politics Vulnerable Senate Democrats Almost Always Voted With Obama

Vulnerable Senate Democrats Almost Always Voted With Obama

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to avoid tough votes this year has backfired in one respect — it gave his vulnerable incumbents few opportunities to show off any independence from President Barack Obama.

Hill Life

DC Council Looks to Streamline Statehood Efforts

In the four decades since Home Rule, elected officials in the District of Columbia have created four different commissions aimed at making the city the 51st state. Looking at the current condition of those panels, it might be obvious why the flag only has 50 stars.

Politics Ed Gillespie Throws 'Redskins' Hail Mary

Ed Gillespie Throws 'Redskins' Hail Mary

Virginia Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said in an ad airing during Monday Night Football that he would oppose legislation forcing the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name.


10 Moments That Won or Lost Senate Control

The 2014 battle for the Senate has featured a few candidate bumbles and some colorful characters.

Politics McConnell Brings Back the Bloodhounds for Closing Week in Kentucky (Video)

McConnell Brings Back the Bloodhounds for Closing Week in Kentucky (Video)

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is calling out the dogs — but this time there’s some fun involved.

Cynthia Lummis: 'Our Hearts Are Broken' After Husband's Death

Alvin Wiederspahn, a former state legislator and the husband of Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis, R-Wyo., died Friday at the age of 65, according to a statement from the lawmaker on Saturday.

Policy Koch Lobbying Nears $10 Million, Donation Transparency Increases

Koch Lobbying Nears $10 Million, Donation Transparency Increases

Charles and David Koch are best known for their big political spending, but public records show the billionaire industrialists have also invested close to $10 million on lobbying Congress this year, targeting such issues as carbon taxes, renewable fuel standards, greenhouse gas restrictions and campaign financing.

Hill Life

CREW Awarded $86K After Court Fight for Don Young Documents

Refusing to release information on the “Coconut Road Corruption Investigation” that targeted Rep. Don Young will cost the Department of Justice more than $86,000, a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia has ruled.

Politics Without an Opponent, Jeff Sessions Still Spends

Without an Opponent, Jeff Sessions Still Spends

How does a senator running unopposed for re-election in a red state during a good year for Republicans manage to spend nearly $1 million?

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Peter DeFazio (Video)

With less than two weeks until Election Day, HOH’s tribute to members continues this week with Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, who pays homage to the Cuyahoga River, analyzes sheep journals and shows off his favorite tie.

GOP Gavel Fights: 11 House Committee Chairmanships In Play

GOP Gavel Fights: 11 House Committee Chairmanships In Play

Almost every House member is on the stump this month, wrapping up re-election bids, with most cruising to new terms and a handful on both sides of the aisle scrambling to hang on to their jobs. But for a select few GOP lawmakers — those actively seeking committee chairmanships — the final days before Nov. 4 are as much about lining up support among colleagues as they are about connecting with voters.


Candidates Get Platform With GOP Weekly Address

Every week after President Barack Obama delivers his weekly address, the Republicans get a chance to respond. Because they don’t, of course, have a singular figure who would naturally address the nation each week, the speakers vary. So far in 2014, 11 Republican candidates — four House hopefuls and seven vying for Senate seats — have had the honor to take to YouTube and spread their party’s message.

Politics 7 Nail-Biter House Races

7 Nail-Biter House Races

Less than two weeks before Election Day, the parties don’t agree on much — except these House races will be decided by the slimmest of margins.

Gay Chorus Flier Vandalized in Longworth

An unknown vandal scrawled the slur “fags” across an advertisement for a Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C. holiday concert posted in the Longworth House Office Building.

Hill Life Gainer's Capitol Fence Is Not a Popular Concept

Gainer's Capitol Fence Is Not a Popular Concept

The idea of building a security fence around the Capitol appears just as unpopular now as it was a decade ago, when then-Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer pitched the idea to Congress.

Hill Life

Hill Staffers Hit the Campaign Trail

When most people think of their dream vacation, they have reveries about eating their way through Paris or chilling on a pristine beach in the Caribbean. But if you’re a Hill staffer and it’s election season, then it’s likely you’re on “vacation” holed up in a battleground district or state, lucky to just grab one meal sitting down each day.

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