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David Hawkings


Senior Editor David Hawkings writes the Hawkings Here blog and column for Roll Call.

His aim is to provide penetrating, non-partisan and forward-looking analysis of policies being formed on Capitol Hill and the people and politics driving the debates.

Hawkings has been a passionate Congress-watcher at CQ Roll Call for two decades.

Before his current assignment, he spent two years as founding editor of the companys Daily Briefing and six years as managing editor of CQ Weekly.

Hes also been senior editor for legislative affairs; the magazines economics editor and its congressional affairs editor; and co-editor of Politics in America, the signature reference work on members of Congress.

He offers analysis every Monday and Friday on NPRs Washington affiliate, WAMU, and is a regular guest analyst on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

Before joining the company, he was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of Thomson Newspapers and a reporter, columnist and editor at the San Antonio Light.

Hes a native of New York and a graduate of Bucknell University.

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Stories by David Hawkings:

Where He Really Lives Aside, Sen. Pat Roberts Has Moved to His Right

Feb. 10, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts might be in additional re-election trouble, thanks to a weekend story in The New York Times thats generating buzz about how the Republican doesnt have a home he can call his own in Kansas but he does have a new case to make about his conservative credentials.

Newest Senator Will Test (Historically Limited) Potency of Appointed Incumbency

Feb. 9, 2014

Although John Walsh will become the newest senator on Tuesday, the historical record and the political temperature in Montana suggest hell have no better chance of winning this falls Senate race than he did before.

Republican Hedges His Bets by Targeting House Seats in 4 States

Feb. 5, 2014

There have been a fair share of congressional carpetbaggers in history, but Allan Levene may be the first to assemble an entire set of matched luggage. And hes using it to run this year for no fewer than four open House seats in four different states.

Vote Studies Show Double-Sided Numbers for Senate's 'Red State Four'

Feb. 4, 2014

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama cited a single number again and again in warning that John McCain was not the sort of change agent the country needed: His Senate colleague and presidential opponent had voted with President George W. Bush 95 percent of the time.

Sober Look at the Depth Chart Intensifies for House Democrats

Feb. 2, 2014

With the departure of Henry A. Waxman, the seventh member of his caucus to announce retirement, Democrats will be saying farewell to more than a century and a half of House experience come January. Potential losses by just a couple of veterans in tough midterm races would cost the party six more decades of expertise.

A Minimum Wage Move With Maximum Confrontational Consequences

Jan. 28, 2014

Among the stranger phenomena of the modern State of the Union tradition is how White Houses of both parties work so hard to drain it of almost all news value before the speech actually gets delivered.

Seat Scramble for Big Speech Loses Its Crossover Appeal

Jan. 27, 2014

Seems like date night just isnt a thing anymore.

At Retreat, House GOP Will Decide Best Way to Sound Retreat on the Debt

Jan. 24, 2014

Better-than-even odds say the Great Debt Limit Debate of 2014 will be over before it really gets started, maybe by the end of this week.

The Real 'American Hustle': Could Abscam 7 Happen Today?

Jan. 22, 2014

In a year when the label worst Congress ever is being invoked as never before, a movie about the most over-the-top corruption scandal in congressional history is topping the roster of Oscar contenders.

This Year's Legislative Acid Test: Immigration Rewrite

Jan. 15, 2014

In theory, some people are refocusing attention on Congress this month after a period of total disconnectedness that began after the last election. For them, the most astonishing thing is surely that an immigration overhaul remains on the to-do list.

Will Miller's Exit Leave Pelosi Too Lonely at the Top?

Jan. 13, 2014

The long list of George Millers prominent official titles being unfurled is a reminder of why he is easily the most important member of the current Congress who has announced a retirement.

A Balance of Powers Case With Senate GOP Power in the Balance

Jan. 12, 2014

One of the biggest congressional stories of the decade starts unfolding Monday not at the Capitol, but across the street.

An Ethics Conflict Avoidance Period?

Jan. 10, 2014

This weeks belated appointment of two new board members for the Office of Congressional Ethics suggests the independent watchdog agency is approaching the sixth anniversary of its creation with a fading shroud of controversy.

The Other Reed Begins to See His Senate Spotlight Brighten

Jan. 8, 2014

If Januarys award for biggest out-of-the-shadows move by a Senate Republican goes to Michael B. Enzi, then the companion prize for a Democrat must surely be given to Jack Reed.

3 Reasons Congress' Year Might Start Unexpectedly Strong

Jan. 5, 2014

Congress is reopening for business this week, to begin what President Barack Obama says needs to be a year of action.

The 7 Most Important Things Congress Did in 2013 (and the Top 25 Things It Didn't)

Dec. 23, 2013

Every lawmaker and staffer at home for the holidays is surely spending much of the break answering some version of this same derisive question: Whats it like, being a part of the least productive Congress in modern times? Two numbers frame the discomforting answer: 7 and 25.

With His BFF Leaving, Is Boehner Eyeing the Exit, Too?

Dec. 18, 2013

With the postmortems of this years biggest congressional events winding down, its not too early to start forecasting the top Hill stories of the year ahead.

Lackluster Final Score for Congress This Year: 8 to 22

Dec. 16, 2013

Every lawmaker and staffer whos about to head home for the holidays knows to expect to spend the break answering some version of the same dreaded and derisive question: Whats it like, being a part of the least productive Congress in modern times?

Obama Replaces His Hill Lobbyist With a Senate Veteran

Dec. 13, 2013

President Barack Obama replaced his chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill today, concluding that his legislative affairs director for the past year had lost the confidence of too many congressional Democrats and made minimal inroads with the Republicans.

Daschle World Is Back at a Zenith, 5 Years Later

Dec. 10, 2013

For the Washington fantasists who like speculating about what might have happened in policy and politics if only, one of the most interesting questions at the moment is this: How would the administration be faring now if only Tom Daschle had properly paid his taxes.

Obama Skips Holiday Balls and Chance to Repair Congressional Relations

Dec. 9, 2013

This time there is a rock-solid excuse, but the sense of a continuing snub is sure to linger: Most members of Congress will not have any opportunity to socialize with the president this year.

Senators Return for 2 Weeks That Could Last a Needless Eternity

Dec. 8, 2013

The answer is 178 and a half hours.

Purse Strings Passed to a Different Sort of Republican

Dec. 4, 2013

Three weeks ago, and thanks mainly to the seniority system, an unusual midyear rearrangement of the House Appropriations power structure produced promotions for a quartet of relatively moderate and old-school Republicans.

Mixed Economic News Faces Budget Talkers as Congress Returns

Dec. 2, 2013

Updated: 6:00 p.m. | Some decidedly mixed economic signals are greeting lawmakers as they begin their balky return for the final month in this historically lackluster year of legislating.

Politics as Family Business: When Bad Moods Trump Big Dynasties

Nov. 25, 2013

Whats up with the family business is a perennial default conversation starter at so many Thanksgiving dinners. And thats likely to be especially true around the tables of families in the business of winning federal campaigns.

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