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Heard on the Hill: Palin Splits Female Caucus

“St. Elmo’s” screenwriter Carl Kurlander appeared at the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday evening to screen his documentary, “My Tale of Two Cities.” An HOH spy in attendance says Kurlander also talked about writing “St. Elmo’s Fire,” the Demi Moore-Emilio Estevez-Rob Lowe headlined film following the lives of a group of recent college grads as they try to find themselves in Washington.

According to Kurlander, he decided to set the flick in the nation’s capital in part because a girl he had fallen in love with came to Washington to work as a staffer for Specter.

Who knew, right? Not Specter, according a spokeswoman.

“What great news to learn that Sen. Specter played a role — albeit a tangential one — in inspiring the screenplay,” spokeswoman Kate Kelly tells HOH. “The Senator bears no responsibility, however, for Rob Lowe’s haircut in the movie.”

Softball Questions. Game on! The lineup for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game in June is starting to shape up. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have just signed on as Senate co-captains. The Senatorial duo joins Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), the House captains, for the June 16 game that Wasserman Schultz founded last year to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The Florida Democrat is a breast cancer survivor — and a not-too-shabby softball player (although her game was hampered when she broke her leg during last year’s matchup).

The game will pit Members of Congress and their staffs against staffers of the campaign committees of both parties, and the proceeds will go to the Young Survival Coalition. Team Congress is already starting to practice for the big dance, HOH hears.

A Gillibrand spokeswoman said her boss is casting a wide net, looking for ringers to beef up the all-Congress team. “She’s talking to all her female colleagues — she’s recruiting everybody,” the spokeswoman says.

Pastor Plays Promoter. We’re not sure whether Rep. Ed Pastor has any thoughts on the classic rivalry between Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, but we do know this: The Arizona Democrat is excited to welcome the current giants of the squared circle to his district this weekend.

Pastor took to the House floor on Tuesday to spotlight World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual Super Bowl-esque extravaganza, WrestleMania, which takes place Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. And while we expect the 70,000 or so WWE fans expected to pile into the Glendale-Phoenix region this weekend are pumped for some flashy in-ring maneuvers, plenty of smack talk and maybe even a few cheap shots with a steel chair, Pastor said WrestleMania is a win for the area — the pay-per-view typically brings in $50 million in revenue for local communities.

“We welcome WrestleMania, the WWE, and their fans because they will experience the culture of our city, the great weather, and have the opportunity to patronize our wonderful businesses,” Pastor said.

“WrestleMania is truly a family-friendly event that creates an atmosphere where families from around the world can join together to celebrate their love for WWE and their favorite superstars,” Pastor added.

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