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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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Roll Call's Unsung Congressional Baseball Heroes

June 25, 2014

Sid, Buddy, Skip, Kassy, Joe and Tim are not on the rosters for the 53rd Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. But they have all helped shape this monument to Capitol camaraderie, a game that allows public servants to shed power suits and briefing books in favor of leather and lumber on Nationals Park’s elegant diamond.

Bart Stupak Scraps His Way to Congressional Baseball Hall Of Fame

June 24, 2014

Some ballplayers rack up win after win from the pitcher’s mound. Others bash hit after hit. Managers capture the coveted Roll Call trophy and put it on display in their offices. Any of these career paths can lead to recognition and honors.

But what about the low-key player who, over the course of 14 years, out-pitches his more celebrated teammates, wins an MVP award for his defensive prowess, changes the way pitchers are handled — and is the only player to ever strike out a Hall of Famer? One man has accomplished all of the above, and for that we have selected former Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., as the 2014 inductee into the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame.

Madame Tussauds' Terrifying D.C. Presence

June 23, 2014

The most terrifying thing about the Madame Tussauds D.C. wax museum outpost is the fact that designers grouped ex-Washington Wizard Gilbert Arenas with Babe Ruth and Jesse Owens. Of all the indignities to endure, the Sultan of Swat and the man who showed up Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games have to share a platform with a guy whose claim to fame is bringing a gun to the Wizards’ locker room.

House Republicans' Happy Marriage | Capitol Quip

June 22, 2014

House Republicans have chosen a new majority leader and whip, setting up a more stable leadership team for the remainder of the 113th Congress. Right? That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

A Brat in the House? | Capitol Quip

June 22, 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.

How Life Imitates the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

June 20, 2014

Members of Congress frequently use terms like “camaraderie” and “fun” and “bipartisanship” to describe the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. All true. It’s also a place where they barrel into each, break bones, spill blood and jockey for influence on their own teams. In short, it’s an accurate depiction of life in Congress.

Which Koch Brother Wanted to Date Marla Maples?

June 18, 2014

Do you know which Koch brother wanted to date Marla Maples, but thought better of it after Donald Trump picked her up?

D.C. Noshes Its Way to's Foodie List

June 17, 2014

It’s good to know all this eating isn’t going to waste: Washington, D.C., has landed itself on’s list of Top Ten Foodie Cities for 2014.

Bruce Braley Extols 'The Amazingness of Bacon' in Taste of America Voting

June 16, 2014

In a release replete with the salty trash-talking language that defines Roll Call’s Taste of America contest, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, says the votes among the remaining eight foodstuffs shouldn’t even be close and that bacon rightfully rules the world.

Elephants, Mice and GOP Primaries, Oh My! | Capitol Quip

June 15, 2014

Is an immigration overhaul the mouse that roared? Beats us. Maybe we should ask Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost his Republican primary in Virginia last week after his opponent, previously obscure economics professor Dave Brat, made immigration a big issue in the race. That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.

A New Low on Bowe? | Capitol Quip

June 15, 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.

Congressional Women's Softball Game Highlights a Busy Week

June 15, 2014

Think it’s going to be a busy week in the Capitol, what with a full legislative calendar and House leadership elections? There’s just as much going on in the outside-work calendar, including a throw-down between members of Congress and the media and a telling of the Koch brothers’ tale.

Throwback Thursday: Eric Cantor Edition

June 12, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., made his first big splash on the pages of Roll Call with a photo capturing his razor-thin victory in the 2000 GOP primary.

Vote for Your Favorite Bowe Bergdahl Quip

June 11, 2014

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

For Team Cantor: A Spotify Playlist for Commiserating

June 11, 2014

Team Cantor is at the Tune Inn, drowning their sorrows and listening to ’90s and 2000s rock. So what does the sound of political depression sound like? We at HOH humbly offer this Spotify list of tunes to nurse a crushed soul. Or soul-crushing tunes. One or the other:

How Eric Cantor's Loss Is Like Taste of America

June 11, 2014

Do you believe in miracles?

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.”

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.

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