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Michael Higdon Takes Kentucky Ties to Cornerstone | Hill Climbers

Dec. 10, 2013

After 14 years in various staff roles, most recently as the chief of staff to for House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., Michael R. Higdon will now use his Kentucky ties as a vice president at Cornerstone Government Affairs.

Capitol Visitor Center Marks 5 Years

Dec. 6, 2013

This December, the Capitol has seen a trifecta of anniversaries including 150 years since Thomas Crawford’s “Statue of Freedom” was placed atop the Dome and 222 years since the first purchase toward the building of America’s temple of democracy.

Baucus Adds Fellow Marathoner Park to Trade Team | Hill Climber

Dec. 4, 2013

As the race to pass his trade agenda heats up, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has signed fellow marathon runner and expert tax lawyer Jason Park to his team as international trade counsel.

'Tis the Season for Heckling at Capitol Tree Lighting?

Dec. 4, 2013

From the minute Speaker John A. Boehner began his address at the Capitol Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday evening, his words were washed out by the chants of dozens of immigration advocates.

Franken Challenger Says Minnesota GOP 'Starting to Unify' (Video)

Nov. 25, 2013

The candidate: Republican state Sen. Julianne OrtmanThe member: First-term Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. The state: Franken won by the smallest margin of any Senate race in 2008. He defeated then-Sen. Norm Coleman, a Republican, following a recount. The candidate’s team: Campaign manager Andy Parrish and media consultant Ed Brookover.

Where to Get Your Holiday Shopping Done on Your Lunch Break

Nov. 20, 2013

Thanksgiving falling so late this year means there’s a little less time than usual for holiday shopping. Fortunately for lawmakers and staffers, the Capitol Hill area is home to many local businesses and stores with unique gifts.

Jim Cooper Muses About App Replacing the Newspapers It Depends on

Nov. 20, 2013

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., believes government shortcomings and a concerned print news industry will soon be transformed into something more efficient.

Italian Envoy Drops by CVC for Lunch

Nov. 14, 2013

Italian-American members of Congress broke bread with Claudio Bisogniero, Italy’s ambassador to the United States, on Thursday at a Capitol Visitor Center lunch.

'Deep Bench' Lets Blumenauer Promote 5 Staffers From Within | Hill Climbers

Nov. 12, 2013

The recent departure of deputy chief of staff and counsel Janine Benner helped set off a number of promotions in Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s D.C. office. And they’ve got the bicycle lapel pins made famous by their boss at the ready.

Lobbyists, Congress Partner for Local Food Drive

Nov. 12, 2013

It’s not every day congressmen and lobbyists rally together for a common cause.

Baby Announcement by Steve King Gets Political

Nov. 12, 2013

There are few things cuter than a proud grandfather, even if Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, used the newborn’s photo op to talk politics.

Wounded Warriors Experience Aims to Increase PTSD Awareness

Nov. 11, 2013

Since the Vietnam War, the diagnosis and awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury in veterans has substantially increased.

Take Five: Rep. Tony Cardenas

Nov. 11, 2013

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Nevada Democrat Seeks Clinton, Obama Endorsements (Video)

Nov. 6, 2013

The candidate: Democratic National Committeewoman Erin BilbrayThe member: Two-term Rep. Joe Heck, a Republican, who won re-election by a 7-point margin last year. The district: President Barack Obama carried the 3rd District by a single point in 2012.

Illinois Democrat Estimates $2.5 Million Race for Top Competitive Seat (Video)

Nov. 5, 2013

The candidate: Former chief judge Ann Callis, a DemocratThe member: Freshman Rep. Rodney Davis, a RepublicanThe district: Mitt Romney narrowly won this district with 49 percent of the vote.The candidate’s team: Marshall Cohen (manager), Travis Lowe and Clare Gannon of Three Point Media (media), Jason McGrath and Mike Bocian of GBA Strategies (polling), Emily Parcell and Beth Hernandez of The Pivot Group (mail)

Lieberman's Independent Streak Carries On | Life After Congress

Nov. 4, 2013

Former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., became a household name during his four terms in the Senate but he has remained largely out of the political spotlight since his retirement in January. Since then, the tenured lawmaker has been making quiet, yet purposeful strides in the private sector.

Ohio Democrat: Obama Endorsement Would Not Be Helpful

Nov. 4, 2013

The candidate: Democrat Jennifer Garrison, former state lawmaker.The member: Two-term Rep. Bill Johnson, a Republican from Ohio. The state: In 2012, GOP nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 55 percent. The candidate’s team: Charlie Hale (campaign manager), Mark Riddle (senior adviser), The Campaign Group (media consultant), Benenson Strategy Group (pollster), New Partners (research), New Blue Interactive (digital strategist)

Take Five: Rep. Steve Daines

Nov. 4, 2013

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to his or her legislative work.

Veteran Aide Brings Bit of Wisconsin to Venn Strategies | Hill Climber

Oct. 28, 2013

After working in virtually every capacity for Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., including stints as chief of staff, campaign strategist and policy analyst, Erik Olson has moved to Venn Strategies, a full-service public affairs and government relations firm where he hopes to develop the same deep relationships with his clients as those that helped define his years on Capitol Hill.

Complicated Protocols Determine When Capitol Flags Fly at Half-Staff

Oct. 28, 2013

With recent deaths of members of the congressional community, the occasionally confusing protocols on how to fly flags over public buildings have come to the attention of the Capitol community.

Italian-American Gala Draws Top Federal, Hill Officials

Oct. 28, 2013

Red and green lights enveloped the ceiling of the International Ballroom in the Washington Hilton on Oct.26, bathing the National Italian American Foundation gala — including former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — in the colors of the Italian flag.

Montana Democrat Sets $2 Million Fundraising Goal (Video)

Oct. 28, 2013

The candidate: Democrat John Lewis, a former top aide to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.The member: Freshman Rep. Steve Daines, a Republican who represents the at-large district and is most likely running for Senate in 2014. Both parties expect an open race for this House seat in 2014. The state: Last cycle, Mitt Romney won Montana by more than a 13-point margin and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., won re-election by 4 points. But Republicans have held onto the state’s sole House seat for the past 17 years. The candidate’s team: Aaron Murphy (communications director), Barrett Kaiser (manager), Bob Funk (deputy manager), Geoff Garin of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group (pollster), Mattis Goldman of Three Point Media (media), Colleen Martin (finance director).

GPO Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Lincoln Visit

Oct. 24, 2013

Thursday marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s visit to the Government Printing Office.

Democrats Continue to Fight Nebraska GOP's Grasp

Oct. 16, 2013

Republicans boast a tight hold on the Cornhusker State’s delegation, leaving only one legitimate opportunity for Democrats to advance to Congress in the near future.

Volunteers Clean Up National Mall Over the Weekend

Oct. 12, 2013

Former Marine Ian Grinnals drove six hours from Syracuse, N.Y., to pick up trash on the National Mall as part of the “Fix Up DC” National Day of Service event on Saturday morning.

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