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Heard on the Hill: This Pence Is a Busy Bee

Mike Pence is set to take center stage in Washington next week — but he won’t be pushing the Republican legislative agenda.

Instead, this Pence is likely to be focused on his phonics.

Speller No. 75 in the upcoming Scripps National Spelling Bee is 12-year-old Michael Pence of Indiana — who, of course, shares a name with Republican Rep. Mike Pence, also of Indiana.

The younger Pence is a sixth-grader from Fishers who “delights in playing in the backyard” and watching baseball, according to his official spelling bee biography. Young Pence loved reading the “Harry Potter” series in elementary school, takes part in academic bowls at school, enjoys family vacations in Seaside, Fla., and is a big fan of the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals.

We aren’t sure whether the Congressman has read “Harry Potter,” but we do know he’ll be rooting for Pence next week.

“I hope he’s a better speller than this Mike Pence,” the lawmaker joked. “I wish Michael Pence all the best and know he will represent Indiana well.”

Please Stand By

A series of technical glitches created an embarrassing snafu for the House Administration Committee this month, blacking out hearings on transparency.

The committee held three meetings on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would create new rules designed to increase reporting of campaign contributions. Democrats say the measure will bring increased clarity to the political campaigning process. But when the panel took up the measure, the proceedings themselves weren’t very transparent.

The live Web stream on the panel’s website went out during two hearings, preventing the public from viewing the proceedings online (and forcing several reporters tuning in at their desks to sprint over to the committee room, HOH hears).

When the House Administration Committee marked up the bill last week, the video feed worked — but the audio went out for several minutes. D’oh!

“The irony is irresistible,” a GOP staffer said. “Let’s hope the Democrats who wrote the bill aren’t the same ones struggling to operate basic technology.”

From what House Administration spokesman Kyle Anderson told HOH, it sounds like the tech guys in charge of the site’s streaming feature got an earful.

“Based on my staff director’s rage during the technical glitches, our video streaming vendor wishes they were transparent to the point of being invisible,” Anderson joked.

Stealing the Salahis’ Spotlight

We still don’t know for sure whether White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi will actually appear on the Bravo reality show “Real Housewives of DC,” but one area resident also rumored to be a participant is ready for her close-up.

Catherine Ommanney, a British-born interior designer who’s married to photographer Charles Ommanney, is profiled in a three-page press release to reporters on Monday by spokeswoman Erika Paola Gutierrez. Ommanney is a “soon to be reality TV star on a widely popular reality series,” Gutierrez writes, hinting that the 38-year-old — who made headlines in the United Kingdom for claiming to have kissed Prince Harry in a bar in 2006 — will star on the show.

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