Christina Bellantoni

From Showcasing Sexy Staffers to Boozing With Members, Roll Call Has Endured

When you have 60 years of congressional and journalism history to sort through, where do you even begin? It can be a struggle to fully comprehend every twist and turn, to get your arms around the vastness that is six decades. So I return to Sid.

Sid Yudain, the man who founded this scrappy newspaper in 1955 as an aide to a freshman Republican from Connecticut, loved Congress. And over the years, Congress grew to love him back. Sid was Roll Call.

Freshmen Join Congressional Women's Softball Game

The lawmakers who play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game have three new recruits to brag about this year, ahead of next month's charity game against the press.  

The roster being released Thursday includes freshman rookies from the House: Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mia Love, R-Utah.  

Freshmen Join Congressional Women's Softball Game

The lawmakers who play in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game have three new recruits to brag about this year, ahead of next month’s charity game against the press.

The roster being released Thursday includes freshman rookies from the House: Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mia Love, R-Utah.

#tbt Trivia: How Well Do You Know Congress?

The only thing better than celebrating a birthday is celebrating it all year long. Roll Call is turning 60, and we're doing a whole bunch of stuff to mark six decades of covering Congress.  

To kick it off, and in honor of #throwbackThursdays, we're doing congressional trivia via the @rollcall Twitter feed. Follow along  there!  

Pope Francis to Give Speech to Congress

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio announced that Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24.  

Francis will be in Philadelphia in late September for a global conference on Roman Catholic family values.  

Boehner: Pope Francis to Address Congress in September

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio announced Thursday that Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24.

#ThrowbackThursday: When the Cameras Turned On

The next time you need an "older than" joke, here's some new material: members whose congressional careers are older than C-SPAN.  

There are just 11 members of Congress serving today who were in office the day the network began broadcasting the House proceedings on March 19, 1979 — it took more than seven years for the Senate to vote to allow cameras to televise that chamber.  

Late Congressman's Wife Inherits a Nightmare
CQ Roll Call went with Beverly Young to St. Petersburg College to see what remained of the late congressman's archival memorabilia. Video by Warren Rojas....
Michele Bachmann Delivers Farewell Address
Rep. Michele Bachmann gave her farewell speech on the House floor on Dec. 9, repeatedly talking about the “privilege” of serving as the first female Republican elected from Minnesota, while thanking her supporters, staff and congressional employees for their service....
A Tribute to Michele Bachmann (Video)

Would it surprise you if I disclose that one of the most important pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten came from Rep. Michele Bachmann?

As the Minnesota Republican bids farewell to Congress, I’m not reflecting about her bombast or her penchant for causing trouble within her party.

Ohio Democrat Pushes Healthy Eating as Fiscal Issue

Rep. Tim Ryan’s ideal world would contain children snacking on salad at the school lunch table, local farmers supplying organic fruit to universities and community gardens replacing even the most dilapidated urban centers.  

“The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm” offers a blueprint for federal policies the Ohio Democrat believes could open a pathway to such a society.  

Ohio Democrat Pushes Healthy Eating as Fiscal Issue

Rep. Tim Ryan’s ideal world would contain children snacking on salad at the school lunch table, local farmers supplying organic fruit to universities and community gardens replacing even the most dilapidated urban centers.

“The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm” offers a blueprint for federal policies the Ohio Democrat believes could open a pathway to such a society.

Mitch McConnell Interview Transcript

CQ Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski interviewed incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Dec. 5. A lightly edited transcript follows.

Mitch McConnell Interview Transcript

CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski interviewed incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Dec. 5. A lightly edited transcript follows.

Nancy Pelosi Interview Transcript

CQ Roll Call's Emma Dumain interviewed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Dec. 5. A lightly edited transcript follows.  

Q: So it seems like you know you don’t know what’s going to come out of this appropriations package but it seems like between saving the tax extenders package deal that would not have been good for your party before the break and then looking ahead to next week where your party could be swooping in to save the government from shutting down, you know, you must be feeling kind of good right now in terms of the relevance of your party and the role that you play in sort of making things happen.  

Nancy Pelosi Interview Transcript

CQ Roll Call’s Emma Dumain interviewed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Dec. 5. A lightly edited transcript follows.

Incoming CHC Chairman Wants Role for 'Fresher' Faces

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez believes House Democrats should get newer members more involved in leadership, or at least showcase "fresher" faces.  

Sánchez told CQ Roll Call during an interview taped for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" that she has "been thinking a lot" about addressing agitation among younger members of the rank and file as she approaches her role as the incoming chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.  

6 Awesome Scenarios to Ponder Ahead of Election Results

The last few days before an election, an eerie sort of calm falls over a newsroom.

Plans are laid, the final lists of the most vulnerable House members and senators are published, every ad that could possibly run has already been shipped off to the television station, and we’re done with race profiles.

Ralph Hall Hospitalized After Car Accident in Texas

Updated, 7:13 p.m. | Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall was hospitalized Saturday following a car accident but is expected to make "a full recovery," according to his office.  

Hall staffers told reporters in an email Saturday night that the Republican congressman "was conscious and joking with paramedics" as he was transported via helicopter to Medical Center of Plano.  

Roll Call's #50Richest Project, Explained (Video)

There was a moment recently when I worried I had gone a little crazy. It was somewhere between realizing I’d skipped a page of Rep. Peter Welch’s assets and posting a photo of my cat Nephron laying on Sen. Tim Kaine’s financial disclosure forms on Instagram with the hashtag #catsof50Richest.

Why, you might ask, would the woman who runs Roll Call be doing this kind of data entry? Right about then I was asking myself the same question.