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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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Flacks Invited to Bipartisanly Commune at Tortilla Coast

March 12, 2014

Professional mouthpieces from both sides of the aisle are priming the pumps for recess via a “Bi-Party-San Communications Mixer.”

BLT Steak Baits Hill Staffers With Recess Bites

March 12, 2014

BLT Steak plans to reward those who stick around town next week with a specially designed “recess menu” featuring nearly a dozen gourmet snacks.

Barack Obama’s Turn on ‘Between Two Ferns’

March 11, 2014

With the March 31 deadline looming to shepherd as many of the uninsured as possible underneath the umbrella of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama has turned to Hollywood for a little help, appearing on Funny or Die’s parody talker, “Between Two Ferns.”

Restaurant Associates Recruits Raw Foodie for Lunch Demo

March 11, 2014

Postmodern Foods Founder and CEO Denise Hicks will prepare eco-friendly dishes and drinks in the Longworth cafeteria Wednesday as part of a special arrangement worked out with the Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association.

Aaron Schock’s New Spox Is Ready to Rock

March 10, 2014

Benjamin Cole, a former pitchman for energy policy advocacy groups, has landed on Capitol Hill and is already burning up the communication circuits.

Buying American Seems Foreign to #CPAC2014 Exhibitors

March 7, 2014

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — “Hi! Would you like an American-made keychain?” an aide with the Alliance for American Manufacturing asks while dangling a shiny, red- white- and blue-lettered bottle opener to the CPAC faithful.

Congress Reveres Guest Prayer Leaders

March 7, 2014

Maintaining that whole separation of church and state split is a tightrope act on any given day of the year.

A Top-Down View of #CPAC2014

March 6, 2014

Here’s what conservative conferees have on their minds scalps at CPAC:

Bumper (Sticker) Crop: #CPAC2014 Edition

March 6, 2014

Here’s what the rest of the world is faced with when conservatives reach the “braking” point:

The Early Buzz on #CPAC2014

March 6, 2014

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is just getting started at National Harbor, but the rat-a-tat online chatter about the far-right fest has already reached a fevered pitch.

Prose-Peddling Pols Swarm CPAC

March 5, 2014

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference is once again upon us, bringing together hundreds if not thousands of right-wing activists determined to crack the code to winning back over the government.

Getting to Know Ron Wyden’s Spokesarmy

March 5, 2014

Now that he wields the gavel to the agenda-setting Senate Finance Committee, Ron Wyden has also inherited a much bigger microphone.

DeFazio Swears Small-Brewers Caucus Is Legit

March 5, 2014

During last night’s debut of Web talk show “Bills and Brews,” congressional reporter Matt Laslo quizzed Oregon Democrat Peter A. DeFazio about his duties as chairman of the House Small Brewers Caucus.

Krist Novoselic Rolls to Republic for Democracy Party

March 5, 2014

Nirvana bassist cum political activist Krist Novoselic will trumpet the need for electoral reform around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Republic (6939 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, Md.) during a fundraiser piggybacking on the unveiling of the restaurant’s live shows.

Grayson Feud Boils Over Into Abuse Claims

March 4, 2014

Rep. Alan Grayson’s rapidly unraveling marriage is spinning even further out of control amid dueling allegations of spousal abuse.

‘Bills and Brews’ Pours Itself Into Politics of Drinking

March 4, 2014

Congressional reporter Matt Laslo may only have one episode of his new Web show, “Bills and Brews,” in the can, but he’s already got designs on exporting the barley-and-hops-fueled gabfest to a brewery near you.

Overheard: GPO Is Really Old

March 4, 2014

“I am especially glad to be here on this day of all days because it is the 153rd anniversary of the day that GPO first opened its doors for business in 1861. In other words, today is GPO’s birthday”

Pols Eat Up James Beard ‘America’s Classics’ Honors

March 4, 2014

Just thinking about the landmark restaurants the James Beard Foundation will formally crown as “America’s Classics” this May has lawmakers who have dined at the treasured eateries licking their lips with anticipation.

#FlipaDistrict Lights a Fire Under Peeved Constituents

March 3, 2014

Comedian Bill Maher isn’t the only one cracking wise about cleaning house on Capitol Hill.

Fitness Lobby Cheers on Earl Blumenauer, Shelley Moore Capito

March 3, 2014

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association will once again flood Capitol Hill with famous athletes on March 4 and 5, taking lawmakers to the mat for additional physical education grants and workout-related tax breaks.

House Hopeful Brent Roske Is Having a Blast

March 3, 2014

Entertainer cum independent candidate Brent Roske has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. It looks like his bid to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is following suit.

Pols Pounce on Kitties of Congress Campaign

Feb. 28, 2014

Political leaders have famously compared the infinitely frustrating chore of having to steer a majority of their members toward any given goal as being tantamount to herding cats.

Snarchitect Draws Political Battle Lines Across NoVa

Feb. 27, 2014

As the last few decades have taught us, Northern Virginia’s influence in the politisphere — fueled largely by a constant influx of upwardly mobile workers, swelling affluence and issues-minded electorate — remains on the rise.

Nuclear Fallout Colors Pro-Test-Ban Artist's Memories

Feb. 26, 2014

Standing up against nuclear weapons testing seems like a common-sense thing today. But the world was a very different place when renowned artist and test ban advocate Karipbek Kuyukov began down that very road nearly a quarter-century ago.

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