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Jason Dick


Jason Dick is the interim editor for Roll Call. He was previously the publication's Capitol Hill editor, Heard on the Hill editor and House leadership editor. Prior to his time at Roll Call, he was editor of National Journal Daily and its predecessor publication, CongressDaily. He began his journalism career in Washington at National Journal’s environmental news daily, GreenWire, in 1998. A native of Arizona and a resident of Capitol Hill, he has also worked for the AmeriCorps program in West Virginia, and taught in Arizona and West Virginia.

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Senate Democrats, 2018 Math Is Not Your Friend

Jan. 20, 2016

If Democrats don’t retake the Senate majority this year, they face the prospect of a long winter in the minority, because the 2018 map puts them at a severe disadvantage that could leave them even further from the majority and any pick-up opportunities for the foreseeable future.

Today's Senate Roadblock Is Tomorrow's Safeguard

Jan. 19, 2016

The Senate has a reputation for being a slow-moving and conservative institution, but its recent political history is one of volatility: Since 1980, the party holding the majority has changed nine times and even had a 50-50 tie.

Word of the Week: Vacate Proceedings

Jan. 18, 2016

Vacate Proceedings. To nullify a chamber’s previous action, such as the passage of a measure, adoption of an amendment or conference report, or an order for the yeas and neas; also referred to as vitiating an action. Requests to vacate proceedings require unanimous consent and are usually made to correct some inadvertent error in the proceedings.

The Ryan Speakership Will Be on Time

Jan. 13, 2016

Republicans eager to register their displeasure with the Obama administration’s posture toward Iran teed up an easy vote for their members Wednesday: A bill to tighten oversight of the Iran nuclear sanctions program.

In Statuary Hall, Snapchats and Notorious RBG

Jan. 12, 2016

“I just did Snapchat,” Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., exclaimed to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The two were walking through the gauntlet of press in Statuary Hall to the House chamber for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday night. “Ten seconds! Ten seconds,” he said, recounting the allotted time the app allows.

The Lighting Before the Storm

Jan. 12, 2016

Traffic in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall was altered Tuesday as lighting technicians installed a canopy to make sure media outlets had sufficient light throughout their stand-up interviews after Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

The State of the Union as Roadmap

Jan. 12, 2016

Very few presidents get to do this: deliver a swan-song State of the Union at the end of eight years in office. Those who have done so tend to use it as a roadmap for their successors, regardless of political party.

Quiz: Which POTUS Said This During a State of the Union?

Jan. 11, 2016

We scoured the history books for presidential lines that may, or may not, surprise you.

Word of the Week: State of the Union

Jan. 11, 2016

State of the Union. “[The president] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;”

The Low Expectations for Obama's Last SOTU

Jan. 11, 2016

President Barack Obama says he’s upbeat about his final State of the Union address, but the public might not be there with him.

Giffords Marks Fifth Anniversary of Safeway Shooting

Jan. 8, 2016

It’s been five years since former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot at a Safeway in her district, a mass shooting that injured 12 others and killed six at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Casas Adobes near Tucson.

Democrats Content to Let GOP Hash Out Cruz Birther Issue

Jan. 7, 2016

As Republicans continue to discuss the question of Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be president, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seemed content to let them hash it out themselves.

Reconciliation Hasn't Always Been a Street Fight

Jan. 7, 2016

The budget reconciliation process sounds complicated and partisan, but it wasn’t always so.

The Seinfeld Vote

Jan. 5, 2016

If only all votes were this light and easy.

Word of the Week: Reconciliation

Jan. 4, 2016

“Reconciliation. Legislation that revises program authorizations to achieve levels of spending required by the budget resolution. Reconciliation bills usually also include revenue increases. The bills are based on instructions in the budget resolution that require authorizing committees to draft legislation specifying cost-cutting changes in programs under their jurisdiction.”

Congress, White House Reprise Familiar Tune

Dec. 31, 2015

A two-term president enters his lame-duck year feuding with a Congress controlled by the opposition party. The majority party in the House complains the Senate’s filibuster rules thwart the will of the people. Both sides of the aisle are disappointed a year-end omnibus bill doesn’t do justice to their legislative goals. And conflict in the Middle East creeps into political discourse at every turn.

Roll Call's Best News Photos of 2015

Dec. 29, 2015

John A. Boehner crying, one last time on the House floor? Check. Campaign finance activist and Florida mailman Douglas Hughes’ gyrocopter landing on the West Front? Got it. Rep. John Lewis at the Edmund Pettus Bridge? Uh-huh. From Iowa to Alabama, from the Capitol to the White House, Roll Call’s photographers were there for 2015’s iconic moments.

HOH Word of the Week: Goat, Goat Food

Dec. 28, 2015

Goat. Derogatory slang for a constituent.

Onward Christmas Warriors ...

Dec. 25, 2015

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the War on Christmas, at least for culture warriors alert to any signs of an anti-Santa strain. Lucky for them, Donald Trump is around.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Campaign

Dec. 23, 2015

Santa Claus poses for a photo with Harrison Shupe (18 months) and his brother Jonathan Shupe (5) before the start of a Dec. 18 campaign rally for presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Life Church in Mechanicsville, Va.

The 'Concussion' Effect? Congress to Probe Head Injuries

Dec. 22, 2015

“Concussion,” the eagerly awaited feature film about a doctor who takes on the NFL to warn about the neurological dangers of America’s most popular sport, will be released on Christmas Day.

Roll Call's Feature Photos of the Year

Dec. 22, 2015

From Jeff Bridges channeling “The Dude” to lobby for children’s nutrition to members of Congress competing for baseball diamond or gridiron glory to the many, many cute dogs and selfies and rough weather that make up life on Capitol Hill, Roll Call’s photographers are there to document it all. Enjoy 2015’s best Roll Call Feature Photos.

When Santa Was Fired Before Christmas

Dec. 17, 2015

The holiday season isn’t always a time for good cheer, especially when Santa Claus gets fired.

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