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Warren Rojas


Warren Rojas is a Heard on the Hill columnist for Roll Call. He returns to the business of shadowing our elected leaders after a five-year stint as the founding dining editor for Northern Virginia Magazine.

Rojas spent the early part of his career covering the sordid world of tax policy first as a Congressional reporter and later as the pioneering investigative reporter for Tax Notes. He holds journalism degrees from both James Madison University and American University.

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Stories by Warren Rojas:

Getting to the Meat of the Matter in Texas

July 10, 2014

From the looks of things on social media, folks in the Lone Star State can’t quite figure out exactly what they should be stuffing their faces with.

Man Bites Dogs -- A Case for D.C.'s Meats

July 9, 2014

The sea of flag-waving tourists flooding the National Mall has (thankfully) receded. And the cacophony of thunderous pyrotechnics that traumatized skittish pets for miles around is fast becoming a distant memory.

Politics & Prose Gives Amazon the Business

July 9, 2014

The District’s highest profile independent bookstore is getting political once more, weighing in on the ongoing tug-of-war between online retailer Amazon and authors with some cheeky in-store signage.

Another Bite of the Cleveland Apple

July 9, 2014

Carving up the Cleveland hospitality scene in anticipation of the 2016 GOP nominating convention has turned into quite the task. So much so, in fact, that we’re back with a second round of dining/drinking/carousing picks for those destined to head due west ahead of the next presidential election cycle.

Chowing Down, Cleveland-Style

July 8, 2014

Now that the Republican National Committee has elected to give Cleveland a star turn come 2016, it’s time for political operatives (and reporters) to begin debating the only thing that really matters during nominating conventions: Where we all gonna eat?

Boozy Treats, Sweaty Pits Await Rooftop Deck Caucus

July 8, 2014

On Thursday, Holland & Knight will once again play host to the “Rooftop Deck Caucus,” the informal nickname for the throng of fun-seeking congressional staffers who flood the lobbying firm’s sun-splashed offices each summer.

Stan Lee and John Lewis: The Drawing of the Two

July 7, 2014

Some lawmakers enjoy being able to drop out of sight during recess. Others, such as critically acclaimed graphic novelist/Rep. John Lewis, find it much harder to disentangle from the swirling celebrity life.

Fleshing Out the Disposition of the Senate

July 7, 2014

According to CQ Roll Call alumnus and current Washington Examiner senior correspondent David M. Drucker, Sen. John McCain has over the past few years evolved into the “conscience of the Senate.”

Activists Petition Congress to Stick it to SCOTUS

July 3, 2014

Pray at the Pump Movement founder Rocky Twyman wants Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to step up and help him clean house across the street at the Supreme Court.

Is it Live, or Is it Frank Lucas? Vote Study Suggests No Change

July 2, 2014

According to House hopeful Timothy Ray Murray, Rep. Frank D. Lucas is not who he says he is but a robot double, or some such thing. A look back at the Oklahoma Republican’s voting record begs to differ.

Nick Troiano Goes on 'Back to the Future' Campaign With DeLorean

July 1, 2014

House hopeful Nick Troiano is hoping to secure his future this fall now by setting out on a comprehensive trek across Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district in a tricked-out DeLorean.

Franken Feasts on Minnesota State Fair Menu Items (Video)

June 30, 2014

The eating extravaganza that is the Minnesota State Fair may still be months away, but Sen. Al Franken is already beating the drum about the heart-stopping offerings that attendees will encounter along the midway later this summer.

Luke's Butters Up Union Station Diners

June 25, 2014

Summering in New England has never been easier.

Ike Skelton Auction Items Illustrate the Softer Side of Public Service

June 25, 2014

The Kansas City Auction and Appraisal Company has cataloged a treasure trove of personal effects and private letters the late Rep. Ike Skelton amassed throughout his career and has made them all available to interested buyers through June 30.

Friends to the End — Can Congressional Leaders Overcome?

June 24, 2014

Never mind what that bitter old grump President Harry Truman said about folks in Washington having to turn to pets for genuine affection.

Anthony Weiner Suggests Cutting Adam Kuhn a Break

June 24, 2014

Sex scandal vet Anthony Weiner seems to believe Adam Kuhn, the disgraced ex-chief of staff who tendered his resignation Tuesday to Rep. Steve Stivers after an affair imploded and private photos found their way online, is getting a raw deal.

DC Toques Mix Things Up for Charity

June 24, 2014

Local tastemakers are scheduled to take a crack at custom cocktail creation Thursday during a “Chefs Behind Bars” fundraiser benefitting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Rangel Rap Ain’t All That

June 23, 2014

Rep. Charles B. Rangel has released a career-recapping rap ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Hirono Shepherds Taste of Hawaii to the Hill

June 18, 2014

Of all the “firsts” Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, has accomplished since succeeding retired solon Daniel Akaka, we’re most excited about the inaugural “Taste of Hawaii” event she’s cooked up for late July.

Rob Bishop Still Not Sold on Twitter

June 17, 2014

Sure, his office signed him up for the rapid-fire status sharing service more than four years ago. And he definitely gets updates when others drop his name in the Twittersphere.

Play, Y'all! Best Food And Drink Bets for Baseball Fans

June 17, 2014

No need to check your WeatherBug app: Summer is in full swing.

D.C. Libertarians Invite Dave Brat to Rock the Mic

June 17, 2014

The whole nation watched him dance circles around fading House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week. If Team Liberty Karaoke has its way, we’ll learn soon whether aspiring Virginia congressman Dave Brat can carry a tune.

Tom Harkin, George Miller Score Cupcake Title IX Send-Off

June 16, 2014

The American Association of University Women is sad to see retiring lawmakers Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California go, but wants to watch them have a blast doing so at a reception featuring bubbly and gourmet baked goods.

Teen Capitalists Demand Congressional Attention, Supply Dessert

June 16, 2014

Junior Achievement USA’s latest crop of budding entrepreneurs are looking to bend pols’ ears with prospective start-up plans on Tuesday. And the aspiring businesspeople are fully prepared to sweeten the deal by dishing out free ice cream.

Exit Interview: Justin Harding

June 16, 2014

He may be back home in his beloved Beehive State now, but veteran GOP aide Justin Harding tells HOH he will absolutely miss the hustle and bustle — and occasional solitude — of life on Capitol Hill.

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