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Jason Dick


Jason Dick is the House editor for Roll Call and coordinates Congressional leadership coverage of Capitol Hill. He previously 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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Who Still Has a BlackBerry?

Nov. 21, 2014

Thanks to the White House press corps, we might have found the most high-profile person who still has a BlackBerry: Barack Obama.

Decoding the Sometimes Mystifying Vocabulary of Politics

Nov. 19, 2014

Have you ever found yourself walking back a dog whistle on the basis of a Washington handshake? Sometimes the political world’s vocabulary is otherworldly. In those cases, “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech,” is here to help.

Hiking Arizona's Gabe Zimmerman Trail

Nov. 18, 2014

DAVIDSON CANYON, Ariz. — The bike rack at the Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead here is a twisted oxidized metal coil molded to look like a rattlesnake. It’s a small bit of whimsy amid a majestic part of the 800-plus-mile Arizona Trail dedicated to the victims of a dark chapter in the Grand Canyon State’s history.

The GOP's Midterm Elephant Walk | Capitol Quip

Nov. 16, 2014

The ending to “The Candidate,” a movie about a fictional senatorial campaign in California, offers a small lesson to the 2014 midterm victors. In it, Sen.-elect Bill McKay (Robert Redford) says this after his victory is sealed: “Now what do we do?” That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Capitol Quip Dances in the End Zone

Nov. 16, 2014

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Capitol Quip Presents: You Make the Call

Nov. 12, 2014

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your votes.

Congressional Baseball Game Players Designated for Assignment

Nov. 12, 2014

Baseball’s offseason can be quite cruel. Events that take place far from the baseball diamond alter rosters and the fortunes of teams. So it goes with the Nov. 4 elections, which bumped two incumbent members of Congress who won’t be back for the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game this coming summer.

GOP Expands The Red Zone | Capitol Quip

Nov. 9, 2014

On Nov. 4, the Republican Party drubbed Democrats nationwide, expanding the GOP’s reach across the map. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Brother, Can You Spare a Capitol Quip?

Nov. 9, 2014

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Meet the Wipeout Caucus: Republicans Who Didn't Catch the Wave

Nov. 7, 2014

Sometimes you catch the wave. Sometimes the wave, um, doesn’t let you catch it? Crashes down on you before you can catch it?

Party Like It's 1844

Nov. 7, 2014

An ambitious Kentucky lawmaker. A president mistrusted by his own party. Texas taking on an outsize role in Congress. Is this 2014, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell waiting gleefully to seize the majority, President Barack Obama under withering criticism from Democrats marooned in the minority and Lone Star Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz ready to take up spheres of influence in the Senate?

Tight-Knit Illinois Democrats Mourning Again, This Time for Lane Evans

Nov. 6, 2014

It’s been a rough year for western Illinois Democrats. On Wednesday, former Rep. Lane Evans, a Rock Island native who represented the 17th District for 12 terms, died at the age of 63. His death is one of three recently for a tightly connected political group.

Exit Polls: Congress Not Held in High Regard

Nov. 5, 2014

Congress, consider the American public skeptical.

Clay Aiken Lost! Long Live Clay Aiken!

Nov. 5, 2014

Clay Aiken won’t be coming to Congress. But that doesn’t mean Clay Aiken is going away, not if Esquire Network’s “four-hour limited documentary series” on the “American Idol” runner-up-turned-wannabe0lawmaker has anything to do with it.

A Shot and a Beer and Midterm Cheer

Nov. 5, 2014

On election night 2014, the Capitol Hill neighborhood was a subdued, quiet place.

Overheard: 'Enough' With All This Reflection

Nov. 5, 2014

“Enough about 2014. Let’s talk about 2016.”

Let's Do Election Day Lunch

Nov. 3, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections are finally here, and it’s important to have a nice big lunch before settling in to watch returns. For those tending to the capital fires in the District, here is a highly subjective list of some of Washington’s best Election Day lunch options.

Democracy Works Its Will | Capitol Quip

Nov. 2, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Election Day! Don’t feel that way? Do feel that way? That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Capitol Quip's Bipartisan Trick and Treat

Nov. 2, 2014

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Scaring Up a Good Time in D.C.

Oct. 27, 2014

Looking for something a little less terrifying than another round of campaign ads? How about a Halloween week dose of Franz Kafka, ladled over with a rock opera and topped with a smattering of fright-filled movies at Union Market, E Street and the AFI Silver Theater?

Life on Mars, or Running in Arizona’s 1st District

Oct. 23, 2014

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — The Grand Canyon State’s 1st District is so vast and diverse that running for political office involves time travel.

What To Do in D.C.'s In-Between Times

Oct. 20, 2014

Well, we all know what we’ll be doing in two weeks: sweating out election returns. And next week is Halloween. But what about this week — particularly if you’re not on the trail or otherwise — should you find yourself in Washington, D.C.?

Tom Colicchio Helps Mark World Food Day in D.C.

Oct. 14, 2014

Perhaps no other city in the United States provides the platform to address food issues better than Washington, D.C., a culinary hot-spot that also provides a public policy forum in the seat of government.

The Leaves of Political Change? | Capitol Quip

Oct. 13, 2014

If the leaves are falling, it must be the homestretch of midterm election season! Republicans say the wind is at their backs, but Democrats are keeping the faith in their fundraising and ground game. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip captioning contest.

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