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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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A Mild Journey to the Heart of Pentagon City (Video)

Jan. 28, 2015

“You can’t be subtle in this town.”

HOH Name Game: First Names First

Jan. 28, 2015

It’s time again for the HOH name game, when we provide a little public service with our handy pronunciation guide for members whose names have the potential to trip up those in and around the Capitol. Today’s group is the First Names First Caucus, those members whose first names have a much bigger potential to be mispronounced than their last.

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

Jan. 26, 2015

“Australian Ballot: System employed in the United States in which all ballots are marked in secret.”

How Much Hot Air Is in This Political Football?

Jan. 25, 2015

President Barack Obama has signaled to the 114th Congress that he’s ready to play some smash-mouth political football, which — along with the New England Patriots-provided #deflategate — brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Capitol Quip's Double SOTU Special

Jan. 24, 2015

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

Pumpernickel Stout + Hot Chicken = You Are Warm

Jan. 23, 2015

Winter does not stand a chance, not against the forces of Atlas Brew Works’ new Pumpernickel Stout and Maison Dixon’s Hot Chicken.

Americana on Display: Meat and Cars

Jan. 23, 2015

Meat and cars. There’s the potential for a lot of macho.

Mucca Pazza's Friday Junkanoo at 3 Stars Brewing

Jan. 23, 2015

Those needing to express a little Thank-God-It’s-Friday could do worse than to head to 3 Stars Brewing for a live performance by Mucca Pazza, a 30-piece rock marching band that goes pretty well with some beer.

#tbt: Lindy Boggs Dishes About Cokie Roberts

Jan. 22, 2015

Cuba’s in the news these days, as it was in the Jan. 22, 1998, HOH edition of Roll Call, albeit in a roundabout way.

HOH Name Game: Simple, Yet Deceptive

Jan. 21, 2015

HOH’s name game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Simple Yet Deceptive Caucus, members whose last names take up one mere syllable, but offer multiple ways to mispronounce.

No Labels Makes Sure Members Are Labeled

Jan. 20, 2015

No Labels, the group dedicated to solving the nation’s problems and avoiding labels at all costs, has gotten about 70 members of Congress to agree to be a “problem solver.” You can even see these folks at Tuesday’s State of the Union address because they’ll be wearing, um, labels.

A Guide to State of the Union Watch Parties

Jan. 19, 2015

If you won’t be in the Capitol to watch President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, fret not. There is no shortage of SOTU watch parties, nor to the range of political spectrums or organizations hosting them.

HOH Words of the Week: 'Let Me Be Clear'

Jan. 19, 2015

“Let me be clear”: A frequent expression of exasperation from a politician who believes he or she isn’t making a fully understood argument. It’s the rhetorical heir to Richard Nixon’s famous “Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”

Joke, Flatter, Dig In: Handling Post-Shellacking SOTUs

Jan. 18, 2015

If President Barack Obama is looking to break the ice at Tuesday’s State of the Union, he could do worse than quote Harry S. Truman, who in 1947, just a few months after his party lost its majorities in the House and Senate, told the assembled Congress: “It looks like a good many of you have moved over to the left since I was last here!”

Double Down on These SOTU Capitol Quips

Jan. 17, 2015

Have you ever wanted to play speechwriter for the State of the Union?

#tbt: Ted Kennedy Lets It All Hang Out

Jan. 15, 2015

We suspect the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., would have been gratified to see the Golden Globes and the heap of awards given to “Transparent,” the groundbreaking television series about a man’s embracing his transgender self.

Dahntay Jones' Proud Father-in-Law, G.K. Butterfield

Jan. 14, 2015

Those interested in keeping up with the latest pro-basketball deals could do worse than observe the House floor.

HOH Name Game: The Tongue-Twister Caucus

Jan. 14, 2015

HOH’s Name Game returns with an edition dedicated to helping you navigate the noms de Congress. Today’s subject is the Tongue-Twister Caucus, those members whose multi-syllabic names intimidate even the most erudite observer of the Legislative Branch.

Randy Weber 'Now' Realizes Hitler Comparison Wasn't Cool

Jan. 13, 2015

“I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.”

HOH Word of the Week: Satire

Jan. 12, 2015

“SATIRE, n. — An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author’s enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness. In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic. Moreover, although Americans are ‘endowed by their Creator’ with abundant vice and folly, it is not generally known that these are reprehensible qualities, wherefore the satirist is popularly regarded as a soul-spirited knave, and his ever victim’s outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent.

The Capitol Quip Blues

Jan. 10, 2015

Thanks to the 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.

The Dangerous Lives of Satirists

Jan. 9, 2015

“Foreigners are sometimes amazed at the suffering that we are willing to undergo here, and at the same time they are amazed at the things we are still able to laugh at. It’s difficult to explain, but without the laughter we would simply be unable to do the serious things. If one were required to increase the dramatic seriousness of his face in relation to the seriousness of the problems he had to confront, he would quickly petrify and become his own statue.”

#FF: She-Span on Tumblr

Jan. 9, 2015

If you’re waiting for a bus and are startled by a facsimile of a female member of Congress looking at you, fret not. It’s just another manifestation of She-Span, an art project dedicated to representing the women in Congress and ably chronicled both in public spaces and at she-span.tumblr.com.

Capito Mourns Her Father, Former Gov. and Rep. Arch Moore (Updated)

Jan. 8, 2015

Updated Jan. 9, 6:53 p.m. | Former West Virginia Gov. and Rep. Arch Moore, the father of newly sworn in Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., died in Charleston on Wednesday. He was 91.

#tbt: 'Vitter Dissed' on Swearing-In Day 2009

Jan. 8, 2015

My, how things change. When the 111th Congress was sworn in six years ago, on Jan. 6, 2009, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., walked down the chamber aisle to be sworn in for her third term — sans her home-state colleague, Republican David Vitter.

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