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Warren Rojas

Bio:

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:

The Maine Attraction: Getting a Taste of the Chellie Pingree Experience

Sept. 17, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine — Once aboard the boat that will speed us to North Haven, a Connecticut man opens up about his affinity for the Pine Tree State.

Web Firm Shows Democrats Extra Love Behind the Scenes

Sept. 16, 2014

There are those who suspect that politicians and, by extension, their corresponding messaging operations, will say one thing even if they secretly believe something else entirely.

Female Senators Work as a Team, Gillibrand Assures Supporters

Sept. 16, 2014

If there’s one thing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has come to appreciate about working on Capitol Hill (there’s gotta be something good about #ThisTown, right?), it’s the collaborative environment she and the other 19 female senators have joined forces to foster.

The Maine Attraction: Chellie Pingree Cultivates Her Own Food Capital

Sept. 16, 2014

NORTH HAVEN, Maine — Should she ever tire of battling opposing lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Rep. Chellie Pingree could always kick back and indulge in one of her favorite pastimes: shaking cocktails for the pleasure seekers who pour into her farm-to-table restaurant each summer.

Tim Ryan Dresses Down Urban Outfitters Over Sweatshirt-gate

Sept. 15, 2014

Bizarrely stained outer wear that Urban Outfitters rather unbelievably tied to Kent State University has made Rep. Tim Ryan’s blood boil.

Montana State Society to Spike Mendelsohn: Que Cojones

Sept. 15, 2014

Montana State Society President Jayne Leffingwell wants hospitality heavy Spike Mendelsohn to man up and get his own thing going.

Rock On, Rockland

Sept. 15, 2014

ROCKLAND, Maine – It may be a small town, but Rockland’s got a lot going for it.

The Tamworth Hogs at Turner Farm in Maine

Sept. 12, 2014

A shot of the Tamworth hogs at Turner Farm in Maine, courtesy Roll Call's Warren Rojas.

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

Maine Congresswoman Addresses Turner Farm Dinner Crowd

Sept. 12, 2014

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, tells the audience at Turner Farm about the food they will eat.

David McKinley Rolls Out Megabus Town Hall

Sept. 12, 2014

Showing up for votes Monday is no big deal for Rep. David B. McKinley.

Designer Flips Gillibrand Gaffe Into Local Fundraiser

Sept. 12, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has provided some cover for colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who offended local residents by demeaning a suburban enclave that wasn’t quite to her liking, via a custom made T-shirt.

Jeff Flake, Martin Heinrich Spearhead New Reality Show

Sept. 11, 2014

While the rest of us spent the August recess basking in the unseasonably cool temperatures that made summer in D.C. somewhat livable, Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., sneaked away to an uninhabited island in the South Pacific to find some common ground for a TV special dubbed, “Rival Survival.”

Just Try to Ignore Dan Kildee’s Piercing Gaze

Sept. 11, 2014

If Congress ever gets around to handing out superlatives, HOH stands ready to nominate Rep. Dan Kildee for Stare Down Champ.

Arlingtonians Come Off the Sidelines to Pile On Kirsten Gillbrand

Sept. 10, 2014

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand appears to have made enemies out of former neighbors after bemoaning the time she spent in Arlington, Va., in her road map to female empowerment, “Off the Sidelines.”

Picking the Leadership's Brains

Sept. 9, 2014

As the Big Four hunkered down at the White House Tuesday in hopes of forging some sort of unified front in the campaign to eradicate the burgeoning terrorist threat known as ISIS, the Islamic State and/or ISIL, we couldn’t help but wonder what was really on everyone’s minds.

Pols Roll Out the Red Carpet for Tinseltown Workhorses

Sept. 9, 2014

Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairmen Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., are doing their part to help give unsung Hollywood film and TV workers their due by co-hosting an entertainment industry event showcasing the pivotal contributions the below-the-line set brings to the table.

Sorting Out the Fax on Latest Terror Threat

Sept. 9, 2014

The war on terror, it would seem, is increasingly being waged with microprocessors, with our nation’s enemies independently broadcasting their horrific acts of defiance online while the administration fires back with automated drone strikes from above.

Lobbyists, Lawmakers Aim to Crush Crippling Disease

Sept. 8, 2014

Anti-Duchenne muscular dystrophy crusader Joel Wood can’t force all of Congress to come around to his way of thinking regarding the need for more funding and research to wipe the life-threatening illness off the face of the planet. But he can keep chipping away at the problem — as he has for the past 14 years — one spectacular gathering at a time.

Mickey Edwards Says Laws, Not Lawmakers to Blame for Congressional Morass

Sept. 8, 2014

Ex-Rep. Mickey Edwards, R-Okla., hates to break it to everyone, but our horribly paralyzed, results-challenged Congress is, sadly, performing just about right, given current law.

Grace Napolitano, Josh Thomas Team Up on Mental Health

Sept. 8, 2014

Call us crazy, but the “Please Like Me” screening and subsequent discussion on the current state of mental health affairs co-hosted by actor/show creator Josh Thomas and Rep. Grace F. Napolitano on Tuesday sounds like it could actually be interesting.

S’moresgate Engulfs Forest Service

Sept. 5, 2014

Looking to light a fire under conservatives? Just try and tell ’em how to ingest flaming confections.

Nick Troiano’s Been Scoping Out Washington for Years

Sept. 4, 2014

Aspiring lawmaker Nick Troiano is looking to broaden his fan base with a quirky new video and a crowd funded ad-buying campaign. Being on screen, however, remains a fairly new thing for the 20-something Pennsylvanian — unlike his extensive work behind the camera.

Postpone Your 'Recess Can't Be Over!' Malaise at BLT Steak

Sept. 4, 2014

Not quite ready for Congress to return to work (someone put 12 legislative days on the clock, please) next week? Local toque Jeremy Shelton sure is.

Funny or Die Skewers YA Flicks for New Lets Move! Plug

Sept. 3, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama pops up at the end of a new Funny or Die parody that swaps in nutritional hobgoblins for the living dead/pandemic event/fetishistic survival trials that seem to plague the protagonist of every young adult novel.

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