Minnesota Lawmakers are Making Hotdish Great Again
Tim Walz wins annual competition for Minnesota's signature dish

Sen. Al Franken, left, dishes up some Minnesota hotdish Wednesday for judges and Minnesota natives Ryan Jensen, Dorothy Sietsema, and her son, Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Rep. Tim Walz, standing right, won with his "Tim's Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The competition was tough at the sixth annual Hotdish Off, which the host, Sen. Al Franken, said has become “a monster.” But it wasn’t the tastes that took the prizes, it was the titles.  

The Minnesota Democrat looked down at Rep. Keith Ellison's "Chicken and Rice Hotdish" topped with Prince’s love symbol logo and renamed it “The Casserole Formerly Known as Hotdish,” which elicited calls of “Too soon!” from the crowd.  

Senate Honors Prince
And there's no objection

Senators united to honor Prince on Wednesday. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)

Prodded by the senators from his home state of Minnesota, the Senate found bipartisan agreement Wednesday on honoring the life of the legendary music artist Prince.  

"While the Senate may disagree on a lot of issues, today we agreed on one: Prince was a one-of-a-kind artist, fiercely independent and uniquely talented," said Minnesota Democrat, Amy Klobuchar.  

Wave of Prince Memories Washes Over Washington
Drudge Joins president, lawmakers in Purple Rain response to Prince's death

Prince performs onstage during his "HitnRun" tour last year in Montreal. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NPG Records)

The death of Prince brought a wave of memories and condolences across Washington on Thursday after the pop music superstar was found dead in his home in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.

Congress’ in-house music lover, Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, said, “Simply put, Prince was a genius. Whether it was pop, funk, rock, or gospel,  the depth of his talent was second to none. The world lost a true legend today.” He added that Prince’s album "Purple Rain" was the most influential showcase of his personal love and creation of music.

Congressmen Cover Prince, Battle Over 'Purple Rain,' 'Raspberry Beret'

Two congressmen took to Twitter to show off their musical chops, commemorating “Purple Rain,” Prince’s top-charting, critically acclaimed sixth album that turned 30 years old on Wednesday.  

First up was Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Also from Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, Ellison posted a 6-second Vine of himself from his office performing "Purple Rain," acoustic guitar and all. Ellison tweeted his disbelief in the album’s age and added the hashtag, “#Purplerain.”