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Warren Rojas

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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:

Media Helps Keep Judiciary Committee Honest

March 26, 2015

With the budget vote-a-rama anticipated to consume the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body for the foreseeable future, Senate Judiciary Committee members Thursday had resigned themselves to doing the people’s business behind closed doors — until the Fourth Estate weighed in.

Congresswoman Demonstrates 'Worst Parking Job Ever' (Video)

March 25, 2015

Updated 5:02 p.m. | Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Pwning a Piece of Presidential History

March 25, 2015

Following Monday’s conservative pep rally down at Liberty University, it’s obvious that 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz believes in himself. Personally investing in said product — or, at least, his online persona — is something entirely different.

Congresswoman Demonstrates 'Worst Parking Job Ever'

March 25, 2015

Abandon all hope, ye who happen to park anywhere near geometrically challenged-motorist Eleanor Holmes Norton.

An HOH tipster watched in horror Wednesday as the 77-year-old D.C. delegate awkwardly forced her way into a wide-open spot in the carefully controlled corridor of New Jersey Avenue Northeast sandwiched between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.

“If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore,” one mystified observer — who wisely recorded more than a minute of the automotive travesty — suggests after witnessing Norton reportedly rub the correctly positioned, red sports utility vehicle to her immediate left with her improperly angled, silver sedan.

Hot Button Time Machine: Dan Mitchell’s Budget Tips

March 23, 2015

With House and Senate Republicans readying the horses for trading in the hopes of taking a victory lap after reconciling their competing spending priorities, HOH elected to check in with keen political observers about what has to happen to salvage the perennially doomed budget negotiations from ultimate ruin.

HOH Word of the Week: Politician

March 23, 2015

“A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead 10 or 15 years.” — President Harry S. Truman explaining a very important distinction (and why he was happy to be in the former camp) in 1958 per “The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics” by Rich Rubino.

Grammar Cops to White House: Spelling Counts

March 19, 2015

Convinced that the relationship between President Barack Obama and the unified Republican Congress simply could not get worse?

Girl Scouts Throw Members a Cookie Party

March 18, 2015

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital has whipped up the ultimate can’t-say-no event of the century: a fundraiser (duh) honoring lady lawmakers with ties to the civic-minded organization (grrl power!) by plying attendees with custom treats forged from the group’s signature baked goods (synergy, FTW).

Meal Ticket: Approaching 50, Mr. Henry’s Tries a Place Lift

March 18, 2015

Back when Mr. Henry’s put down roots on Capitol Hill, congressman turned commander in chief Lyndon B. Johnson was still calling the shots in the Oval Office, the only Washington Senators anyone cared about were the ballplayers who took the field at RFK Stadium and relations with Cuba were far less relaxed than they appear to be today.

Politically Savvy Student Owns Being a Congressional Albatross

March 17, 2015

Lauren Dickinson isn’t worried, per se, that she may be a harbinger of death (career-wise anyway) for self-styled, rockstar politicos.

Aaron Schock: Look at Me! (But Not Too Closely)

March 17, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock’s penchant for seeking out the spotlight appears to finally have burned him.

Illinois Republicans Bust Their Humps to Navigate Unfriendly Skies

March 17, 2015

“Being a member of Congress does not exonerate you from having to endure the same headaches the rest of us airplane travelers have to deal with,” an HOH tipster said Monday after witnessing a pair of time-crunched lawmakers hustle to make it back to D.C. in a somewhat orderly fashion.

Alaska, Hawaii Delegations Get Piggy With It (Updated)

March 17, 2015

Updated 2:05 p.m. | Lawmakers from the two last-to-the-party states share not only unique geographic ties (neither is directly connected to the Lower 48; both boast treacherous terrain), sometimes they also break bread together.

Maine Pols Think Tom Moser Might Just Make It in D.C.

March 16, 2015

Maine Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins are slated to help christen Thursday the latest showplace carved out by artisan furniture maker Tom Moser.

HOH Word of the Week: Crisis Management

March 16, 2015

“Crisis management. Like PR fixers for the stars in New York and Hollywood, Washington, D.C. hosts a bunch of crisis-management firms whose client lists are often secret, and their tactics not exactly what we read about in civics textbooks.”

Members Succumb to March Madness

March 16, 2015

Ahhh, the middle of March. That time of year when the eyes of the nation turn away from anything and everything business-related and become locked on whatever electronic device is handy — TV, computer, smartphone — in order to keep track of that all-important commodity: one’s meticulously crafted NCAA bracket.

Patrick Leahy Focuses on Instagram

March 13, 2015

The Senate’s pre-eminent photography enthusiast, Patrick J. Leahy, has dipped his toe into the well of frozen moments splayed across Instagram, sharing snippets of what it’s like to do the people’s business for a living.

No Doc Fix for Barney Frank Fans

March 13, 2015

It appears self-styled equality champ Barney Frank can no longer catch a break in #ThisTown.

Playing Politics With Trending Themes

March 12, 2015

The kids, they’re trying to dispense/gather as much life affirming advice (#GoodAdvicein4Words) as possible over on the Twitter.

Why Are Members of Congress Following a Salacious Twitter Feed?

March 11, 2015

Why would several members of Congress line up behind what looks to be a porn-intensive Twitter feed? It might have something to do with a concerned Scotsman, a former Cabinet secretary and a sick little girl from Pennsylvania.

Staffers Can Let It All Hang Out in Pseudonymous Cloakroom

March 11, 2015

Recovering Hill staffer Ted Henderson wants to liberate congressional aides from the specter of having their deepest, darkest work gripes traced back to them via pre-existing communication platforms.

John Lewis Bends Jon Stewart’s Ears About the Bad Old Days

March 10, 2015

Fresh off a trip to Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of the landmark protest that would come to define his career in civil disobedience, Rep. John Lewis described the merits of “necessary trouble” to “The Daily Show” Monday.

Senate Restaurant Staff Rebel Against Benefits Freeze

March 10, 2015

The 30 or so remaining dining services personnel who got swept up in the transfer of power from the Architect of the Capitol to Restaurant Associates in 2008 may now need pols to rectify unforeseen circumstances that have soured the entire experience for them.

Someone Is Very Lucky Chuck Grassley Keeps Busy

March 10, 2015

The public relations team over at the History Channel ought to thank Jebus that a certain social media-savvy Iowa Republican wasn’t Web surfing Monday night.

Medicare Lobby Is Sweet on Capitol Hill

March 9, 2015

Politically active seniors are circling D.C. this week, dispensing gourmet cookies and pro-Medicare Advantage anecdotes via the advocacy tool du jour: a custom food truck.

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