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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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HOH Words of the Week: Nighthawks Two and Three

May 11, 2015

“Nighthawks Two and Three: Helicopters that transport senior staff, Secret Service, other staff and press when traveling with the president.”

There Be Dragons — and Horses

May 11, 2015

Start off the week with a rock-star historian and end it with the spectacle of dragons gliding down the Potomac River. In between, mix with a little splash of ginger and take in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

#tbt Richard Gephardt as Hamlet?

May 7, 2015

The success of “House of Cards” has reminded people of the beauty of a Shakespearean yarn. Which reminds us that back in the May 8-14, 1989, edition of Roll Call, we released the results of our “You Be the Bard Contest” that gave readers the chance to match members of Congress to Shakespeare’s iconic characters.

At Tortilla Coast, Strasburg or Strasburger?

May 5, 2015

What’s more American than margaritas on Cinco de Mayo? How about a margarita on Cinco de Mayo at the capital of political Tex-Mex pubs, Tortilla Coast?

Getting the Run of the Place at Congressional Cemetery

April 30, 2015

Even the dead need a cold beer now and then. Hence the “City of Silence” coozies Historic Congressional Cemetery sells for five bucks a pop.

Taste of America Returns for 2015

April 30, 2015

Mark the calendar: Roll Call’s Taste of America 2015 food-on-food competition returns soon. Will Utah’s cherry cobbler repeat? Or will West Virginia’s pepperoni roll restore glory for the Mountain State?

Capitol Lens: Rep. Bruce Alger, 1918-2015

April 27, 2015

Rep. Bruce Alger, R-Texas, made no bones about how much he disliked Washington, D.C. The take-no-prisoners congressman (He led a confrontational protest in Dallas against a 1960 campaign visit by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson that Richard Nixon said likely cost him the election.), died on April 13, the Washington Post reported.

HOH Word of the Week: Optics

April 27, 2015

“Optics: How voters and the media perceive something. In politics, it often is an event, phrase, or policy that is pushed front and center because of the belief that it will help win the politician more votes.”

Senate Leaders Are Sports Throwbacks

April 27, 2015

A couple of generations ago, America’s top sports were baseball, horse racing and boxing. Times change, but the Senate’s top two leaders love to kick it old school.

Brown Praises GOP's Newfound Love for Obama

April 23, 2015

“I just think it’s a new day for our country,” Sen. Sherrod Brown deadpanned Thursday to a room full of reporters gathered to hear him and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., discuss their reservations with trade promotion authority legislation cruising toward the Senate floor.

Baseball Polling, in Black and White

April 22, 2015

Roughly one-third of Americans surveyed in a HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll released recently think the decline in African-American participation in baseball is reason for concern.

Vote For Your Favorite Gyrocopter Capitol Quip!

April 22, 2015

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

Guest-List App IDs D.C.'s A-List Venues

April 22, 2015

Of course there’s an app for checking in to a guest list, and for those heading to the MSNBC after party on Saturday after the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, you’ll be checked in using zkipster.

For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

April 22, 2015

For Capitol Police, it’s been an unsettling and rough few weeks characterized by speculation about their top leaders, a suicide on the West Front, a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn and members of Congress looking to trim the force’s budget.

Tim Ryan Goes 'Planetary' (Video)

April 21, 2015

One of Congress’ foremost messengers on mindfulness is set to lend his voice to an Earth Day after-movie discussion of “Planetary” Wednesday night at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md.

HOH Word of Week: Slop-over

April 20, 2015

“Slop-over. Pejorative description of the items found in the back of the Congressional Record.”

Sen. Robert Griffin, 1923-2015

April 20, 2015

When Sen. Robert Griffin died on April 17, much of the news coverage that followed focused on his filibuster against the nomination of Abe Fortas to be chief justice of the United States and his political alliance with Gerald Ford, a fellow Michigan Republican who rose through the House ranks to become minority leader, vice president and eventually president after Richard M. Nixon resigned.

What About #ThatTown?

April 20, 2015

This is the week #ThisTown lives for, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and its multiple party-time events. But what about #ThatTown, the folks who won’t be picking up the tux or cocktail dress from the cleaners?

Filmfest DC Returns 'Leaner and Meaner'

April 15, 2015

Filmfest DC, the homegrown international movie festival entering its 29th year, kicks off its 11-day slate Thursday. It almost didn’t happen.

A Busy and Bipartisan Tuesday

April 14, 2015

For all the talk of the death of bipartisanship, Tuesday’s busy legislative day in the Senate provided quite the counter-argument.

Stephen Colbert Portrait Set to Leave National Portrait Gallery

April 14, 2015

Nation! It’s come to this. Stephen Colbert’s portrait is coming down from its rightful spot in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, on the second floor between the bathrooms and above the water fountain.

HOH Word of the Week: Window Dressing

April 13, 2015

“Window Dressing. A speech or release of information that makes something seem more important than it is.”

And the Morris Dancers Pressed On ...

April 12, 2015

Accordion music drifted over the reflecting pool as police wrapped up their press conference about the horrific shooting hours earlier on the West Front of the Capitol. Washington, D.C.’s Morris Dance Cherry Blossom Day of Dance would not be denied.

MPD Will Lead Capitol Shooting Death Investigation

April 11, 2015

The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., will lead the investigation of the death of a man who shot himself on the West Front of the Capitol on Saturday, according to Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

Cherry Blossom Run Packet Pickup in CVC

April 9, 2015

Are you participating in the annual Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run on April 12? A reminder those competing in the event’s Capitol Hill Competition can pick up their race packets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center’s HVC-215.

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