Heard on the Hill

Gary Peters’ Michigan Motorcycle Ride Includes Tariffs Talk
Michigan Democrat just finished his third annual #RideMI

Sen. Gary Peters has ridden his Harley around Michigan to meet constituents every August for the last three years. (Courtesy Sen. Gary Peters/Twitter)

For Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, an annual summer tradition has become a highlight of his year: driving his Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide around the state to meet with constituents. 

“If you have to go from Point A to Point B, why not do it on a motorcycle?” the Democrat said by phone Friday as he was heading out for the fifth and final day of his #RideMI bike trip. He ended it in Cadillac in Northern Michigan and spent all day Saturday riding back to where his journey began — his home in Bloomfield Township, outside Detroit.

#Flashback Friday: The Heard on the Hill ‘Blotto Files’
Five years ago, a time to reflect on drunken misdeeds

The August 6, 2013 Heard on the Hill went through “The Blotto Files” of congressional staffers who hit the sauce a little too hard. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

“Sometimes Hill staffers hit the sauce a little too hard,” Heard on the Hill reminded readers during the first full week of August recess five years ago. 

Followed, as outlined by HOH columnist Warren Rojas, was a rundown of “The Blotto Files” of congressional staffer misdeeds, including Rep. Rick Larsen’s “December to Remember” crew, and Rep. Steven Palazzo’s party-time Annapolis staff. 

D.C. Yoga Studio Offers F---Fascism Deal for Unite the Right Rally
“Let’s celebrate and fight for our right to be who we are,” Yoga District says

People perform yoga poses in the Upper Senate Park on July 22, 2010. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A D.C. yoga studio is taking the Unite the Right rally this weekend as an opportunity to call for peace and community.

Yoga District is offering a free meditation gathering for peace on Sunday at its studio on H Street from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.,  the company announced in a Friday email.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
#RideMI update, members together over recess and Moulton’s take on Trump

The Dirksen/Hart Senate subway line runs mostly empty during recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Tech companies for diversity, high temperatures and intern appreciation

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Plaskett Cooks for Her Staff to ‘Bring Everybody’s Spirits Back Up a Little Bit’
Roll Call joined the Virgin Islands delegate for a potluck

Del. Stacey Plaskett's, D-V.I., favorite food is callaloo. (Thomas McKinless/ CQ Roll Call)

Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett is a self-described “foodie.”

“That’s the love my husband and I [have]. We think a date is going to the grocery store, a really great grocery store. I love ethnic foods. I love to understand not just the taste of the food but understand why and how it’s related to people,” she said.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Booker on Colbert, members over recess and thanks to Paul

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

When Getting ‘Trumped’ Means Extra Dessert
Jim Warlick’s latest project is Presidential Scoops

Ice cream cones sit on the counter at Presidential Scoops as an employee scoops ice cream at the store in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When John F. Kennedy ate ice cream, he was on a boat, in a polo shirt, with his mouth open wider than the cone.

It’s executive moments like those that inspire Jim Warlick. The political history buff and JFK fanatic has branched out into frozen treats with Presidential Scoops, just a block from the White House.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Big day in Ohio, lawmakers thanking veterans and members over recess

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Peters motorcycle ride, Schatz’s Twitter campaign, and Payne “savage”

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Youth Revolution’s on the Syllabus at Jamie Raskin’s Summer School
Maryland Democrat’s summer program was incubator for gun violence walkouts

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks to new fellows to kick off Democracy Summer on May 30. (Courtesy Raskin)

Rep. Jamie Raskin’s answer to the rough political climate is a little summer schooling.

“It’s been a tough time in Washington for the last couple years, and these young people give me hope,” the Maryland Democrat said of his political fellowship for 16- to 22-year-olds, Democracy Summer.

Kennedy on Kennedyisms: ‘I Try Not to Talk Like a Senator Is Supposed to Talk’
Louisiana Republican attributes his gift of glib to his constituents, his father and reading

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy's willingness to stop and talk to reporters comes from advice from his first boss in politics. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. John Kennedy  loves a good analogy and a witty one-liner, and they’ve gotten him more attention than most freshman senators get.

“For better or worse, this is the way my mind works, and it’s the way I talk, and some people like it, some people don’t, but we all are who we are,” the Louisiana Republican said.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
First responder Fridays, shellfish Sunday, and Moore meets Negro League legend

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Trevor Noah on Jim Jordan, Colbert has an offer for Paul Ryan, and members on recess

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

California Congressman Mourns Former Intern Killed in Tajikistan Attack
Rep. Adam Schiff said Geoghegan was an ‘uncommonly intelligent, caring and adventurous young woman’

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he is in touch with the State Department about Geoghegan's death. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack in Tajikistan that killed Washingtonians Lauren Geoghegan and Jay Austin.

Geoghegan, 29, interned for Rep. Adam Schiff when she was in college at Georgetown University, NPR reported