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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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Kinky Friedman on Cantor Primary: 'The Crowd Picked Barabas'

June 11, 2014

“Another Jewboy bites the dust,” said Kinky Friedman, reacting to the news that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his GOP primary in Virginia. “The crowd picked Barabas,” Friedman added, a reference to the crowd at Golgotha choosing to grant mercy to the thief Barabas over Jesus, who went on to die on the cross.

Boehner Dines at Trattoria Alberto's as Cantor Concedes

June 10, 2014

“He’s a lovely customer,” Juan Buruca, the owner of Trattoria Alberto’s on Barracks Row, said of Speaker John A. Boehner.

How Hard Could It Be to See Kinky Friedman Perform in D.C.?

June 10, 2014

Alas, Kinky Friedman won’t be the next agriculture commissioner from the great state of Texas, having lost the Democratic primary runoff last month. But that just frees up the troubadour/mystery novelist/humorist/friend to unwanted dogs for Wednesday night’s Washington Jewish Music Festival gig at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, where the Kinkster will, between ditties, likely talk about marijuana.

Eric Cantor: A Brief Biography

June 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary Tuesday night in an upset that stunned Capitol Hill. College professor David Brat defeated Cantor, 56 percent to 44 percent, according to The Associated Press. Below is more information about the Virginia Republican and his district from his CQ member profile.

Welcome to Washington, Bowe Bergdahl | Capitol Quip

June 8, 2014

With the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity, the military’s determination to leave no man behind has given way to Capitol Hill’s desire to leave no controversy behind.

Road Rules for Congress | Capitol Quip

June 8, 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.

Can Obama's Tumblr Town Hall Compete With 'Texts From Hillary?'

June 6, 2014

With President Barack Obama getting ready to host a Q-and-A on Tumblr on education, it’s worth revisiting one of the best Tumblr memes ever, which started with a little old exchange between Obama and a very in-charge Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

'Twas the Night Before Doughnut Day

June 6, 2014

Need to fortify for Friday’s National Doughnut Day and carb up for Saturday’s DC Donut Crawl? How about partaking in the Spy Museum Shake Shack’s Doughnuts Are Forever Concrete?

Hill Center Revisits 'Dream City' 20 Years Later

June 6, 2014

Twenty years ago, Washington, D.C., was a very different place, and it was artfully chronicled, from success to failure, by Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood in their seminal book, “Dream City: Race, Power, and the Decline of Washington, D.C.”

Rock Lobster! Maine Crustacean Cruising in Taste of America

June 5, 2014

The Maine lobster roll continues to claw its way to the top of the Taste of America 3rd Round vote totals, steamrolling (so far) Delaware’s boardwalk fries in a regional seafaring fight.

'Drones' Gets a D.C. Premiere, and a Moral Debate

June 4, 2014

“I think you’re going to be intensely affected by the movie you’re about to see,” Sen. Jeff Merkley said to an audience awaiting the Washington, D.C., premiere of “Drones,” a taut film about the use and morality of unmanned drones in combat zones. The Oregon Democrat wasn’t kidding.

Beer, Bikes and Doughnuts — Like You Need Anything Else

June 2, 2014

This is a good week if you like to drink beer, ride a bike and eat doughnuts and Nashville hot chicken.

Matisyahu, Klezmer Brunch Kick Off Washington Jewish Music Festival

May 30, 2014

Any music festival that kicks things off with brunch is A-OK with Roll Call After Dark.

Fat Tire's Tour de Fat Rolls Toward Capitol Hill

May 29, 2014

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday than riding your bike and drinking beer. Thanks to the New Belgium Brewing Company, one may do both come this weekend, at the 2014 Tour de Fat at Yards Park on the Anacostia riverfront.

Bacon or Ice Cream? Taste of America, Round Deux, Will Decide

May 28, 2014

Round Two of this year’s Roll Call Taste of America is underway, with last year’s champ, West Virginia’s Pepperoni Roll, after polishing off Boston Cream Pie in Round One, facing off against Delaware Boardwalk Fries.

Ian Fleming's Birthday Is Today, so Drink a Martini

May 28, 2014

Need an excuse to have a martini? It’s Ian Fleming’s birthday on Wednesday, so hoist one to the creator of Bond, James Bond.

Time to Start Hanging Out Outside

May 27, 2014

The mercury is climbing in Washington, which means it’s time to start scoping out your outdoor lounging sites, including open-air movies right next to Capitol Hill.

Shinseki, Waiting His Turn in Line | Capitol Quip

May 26, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has faced a number of tough situations in his military and public service career, and now he finds himself in hot water over wait times at VA clinics. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

Willie Wonka's Congressional Factory | Capitol Quip

May 26, 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.

Squire Sanders, Patton Boggs Decide NOT to Call The Whole Thing Off | Downtown Moves

May 23, 2014

Talk about a Friday news dump. At 5:42 p.m., when just about everyone was either a couple of sheets in at Happy Hour or halfway to Rehoboth, the announcement came in, subject line: “Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs Announce Agreement to Combine Firms.”

'D-Day: Normandy 1944' Movie Arrives in Time for Memorial Day, 70th Anniversary

May 22, 2014

This year’s Memorial Day weekend is followed shortly by the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a primo movie to go along with it all that opens Friday at its fancy-pants IMAX theater: “D-Day Normandy 1944.”

Potty Humor at ACLI Capital Challenge

May 21, 2014

One of the more charming aspects of Wednesday’s ACLI Capital Challenge were, um, how do we say this? The bathrooms. Every race has its porta-johns set up for runners seeking last-minute relief before the starting gun. This 3-miler, though, had some fun with it, labeling each receptacle in a tongue-in-uhh-cheek manner: Senate, House, Media/Left Wing, Media/Right Wing, VA (please move to back of line) and much more.

AFI DOCS Announces 84-Film Full Slate

May 21, 2014

The AFI DOCS documentary film festival announced its full slate of 84 movies today, and the list includes several films that touch on issues with contemporary political currency.

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