Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Travis Tritt is a big Chaffetz fan, Swalwell says thanks, and some Wednesday events to check out

(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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

Steaks and Scotch Can Restore Sanity, According to One Hill Staffer
An invitation to the Bipartisan Dinner Group is mysterious and vague

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., right, is the inspiration behind the Bipartisan Dinner Group for staffers. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Michael Hardaway was in an elevator with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy when he was just a young Senate staffer. He seized the opportunity to ask the liberal giant for advice on navigating D.C.

“Sen. Kennedy told me that members in the old days were able to pass bills and get things done because of friendships formed after hours, when members often gathered for steaks and scotch,” said Hardaway, now communications director for New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Swalwell’s sass, Rubio shares a passage and the library’s project for veterans

(Sarah Silbiger/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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Meet the new members, voting behind the scenes, and a new iconic political kid photo

(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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

Members Worry as Justice Ginsburg Is Hospitalized
RGB fractured ribs in a fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been on the bench since 1993. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized had members of Congress hoping for her quick recovery.

Ginsburg was admitted to George Washington Hospital with three broken ribs on her left side following a fall in her office on Wednesday night.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Massie asking questions about life in the minority, Mast protecting dogs, and watch Schumer's reaction

(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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

For Post-Election Comfort, Try Therapy Dogs
Dozens of congressional staffers surrounded three dogs on Wednesday morning

From left to right: therapy dogs Hans, Max and Chobe were in the Capitol complex on Wednesday to de-stress staffers. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

Hans the Portuguese water dog yawned. “Same,” a congressional staffer said. It was a long election night for political junkies, and it wasn’t over yet as of Wednesday morning.

Still, the sun was finally out in Washington, and it felt like another quiet recess day on Capitol Hill, with no members in sight until party leaders arrived for press conferences later in the afternoon.

Word on the Hill: The Morning After
More results rolling in, McCaskill’s next move is to have a drink, and Boyle’s message to Trump

Voters fill out their ballots at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Va., on Election Day. (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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: Election Day
Where to watch Election Night in DC, inauthentic authenticity, and campaign 2018 in photos

The election is the theme today at the “Barbie Pond on Avenue Q,” a collection of Barbie dolls posed around their own exclusive pond outside a house in Washington on Monday. (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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

A Definitive Ranking of Midterm Celebrity Stumpers
Actors, singers and sports legends got involved in 2018. But how much did they really do?

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke joins Willie Nelson on stage during his Turn out For Texas Rally, featuring a concert by Wille Nelson, in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If an Instagram post falls in the middle of election, does it make a sound?

Celebrities got a lot of credit for their political moonlighting this campaign cycle, from Beto-mania to … well, Beto-mania. But let’s be honest: How much did they really do?

Millennials Are TOTV. (That’s Texting Out the Vote)
With people hunched over their screens, it looked like any other day at WeWork

Dozens of volunteers filtered through the Chinatown WeWork on Monday night. (Alex Gangitano/CQ Roll Call)

Pizza and cold brew fueled volunteers at the Chinatown WeWork on Monday night as they shot out appeals to people thousands of miles away. They were for one reason: to TOTV.

That’s text out the vote, in case you didn’t know. Dozens of millennials hunched over their phones and computers, pinging people in Louisiana and Georgia. Their message was simple: Get to the polls.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Crenshaw and NRCC respond to Pete Davidson, Stephen King on Steve King and Mrs. Rocky’s endorsement

(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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

This Is Jackie Speier’s Survival Guide, Timed for Election Day
‘Undaunted’ comes out Nov. 6

Rep. Jackie Speier's, D-Calif., new book comes out on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Jackie Speier is no stranger to political violence. During the Jonestown massacre of 1978, cult members shot her at point-blank range — and that was just the beginning.

Death threats. Scars. A male colleague at the statehouse who, after hearing her speak on abortion, told her menacingly, “Jim Jones didn’t finish the job.”

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Rudy, who’s Don? Watson Coleman is recovering, and John Lewis makes Pharrell happy

(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 it. We look, but we don’t find everything. We want to know what you see, too.

5 Not-So-Newbies to Watch on Election Day
These midterm candidates were once congressional staffers

If Young Kim comes to Capitol Hill, it will be a homecoming of sorts. She worked for California Rep. Ed Royce for years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s no secret that those who come to Capitol Hill to work behind the scenes may have political aspirations of their own.

Dozens of current lawmakers were congressional staffers in a previous life. (We feature them once a month in Roll Call’s Staffer News.)