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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:

Flipping Burger Beats Into a Battle of the Congressional Bands

Feb. 5, 2015

Shake Shack — still coming off its price-doubling IPO high, no doubt — is looking to spread some love by giving local bands a shot at nationwide exposure via its “Burger Beats” contest.

Kentucky Republican Celebrates 'Bourbon Barrel of Compromise'

Feb. 4, 2015

Lawmakers from across the Capitol poured into the Willard Hotel Tuesday to honor the unique flavor bourbon has contributed to Congress.

The feel-good presser was the brainchild of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association; the former provided historical context while the latter kept the predominantly Southern crowd in good spirits.

Kentucky Republican and proud member of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus Andy Barr addressed the crowd at the event, discussing the history of Henry Clay and his significance to Kentucky.

Novelty Bourbon Delivery an Uncompromising Success

Feb. 4, 2015

Lawmakers from across the Capitol poured into the Willard Hotel Tuesday to honor the unique flavor bourbon has contributed to Congress.

Gardner, Rangel Ready to Rumble

Feb. 2, 2015

Colorado Republican Cory Gardner and New York Democrat Charles B. Rangel are already yukking things up in anticipation of Wednesday’s Washington Press Club Foundation dinner.

Symbolic Bourbon Barrels Toward D.C.

Feb. 2, 2015

It may not be happening in the Oval Office, but master distillers from Kentucky are making their way to Washington Tuesday to supply Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a self-styled bourbon summit.

Congressional Budget Office’s Other Number Problem

Feb. 2, 2015

Some political observers maintain that adopting the Republican-endorsed practice known as “dynamic scoring” would gravely undermine the Congressional Budget Office’s credibility moving forward.

Cheese and Thank You, Sona

Jan. 30, 2015

The little Capitol Hill creamery that could is celebrating its one-year anniversary by doling out surprise cheeseboards to people customers feel are most deserving of some gourmet gratitude.

Sheldon Whitehouse Throws Cold Water on Climate Change Deniers

Jan. 29, 2015

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse recently assured fellow eco-warriors that the tide on Capitol Hill is turning against those who feel protecting the environment is a non-issue.

Hospitality Giants Aim to Mobilize Food Fans to Action (Video)

Jan. 29, 2015

It turns out that huddling with food-conscious Washingtonians and raising millions of dollars for local charities was merely an appetizer for “Sips & Suppers” co-founders José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters.

Jim McGovern Joins Sips & Suppers Trio at Rayburn Reception

Jan. 28, 2015

Massachusetts Democrat and House Hunger Caucus Chairman Jim McGovern welcomes "Sips & Suppers" co-founders Alice Waters, Joan Nathan and José Andrés to the halls of Congress, following their whirlwind weekend of raising money for local food charities D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha's Table.

GOP Snowmobile Trek Mirrors Meat Week

Jan. 28, 2015

Reps. Dan Benishek and Bill Huizenga are hitting the back roads of the Wolverine State Thursday for their 2nd Annual Congressional Snowmobile Ride — a wintry romp punctuated by plenty of meaty pit stops.

‘Compared to What’ Team Campaigns to Bring Flick to D.C.

Jan. 27, 2015

Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler, the documentarians who filmed former Rep. Barney Frank throughout the Massachusetts Democrat’s final year in Congress, have launched an online fundraising effort to help spread their still-in-need-of-fine-tuning project nationwide.

Gardner, Rangel Co-Headlining 2015 Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

Jan. 27, 2015

Newly minted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and veteran Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., will effectively be campaigning for the biggest laughs on Feb. 4, when they face off at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Annual Congressional Dinner.

House Staffer Keeps 'Em Guessing on 'Jeopardy!'

Jan. 26, 2015

Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!” What else would you expect from a trivia buff who claims his mother still has home movies of him blurting answers out at the TV while growing up?

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Jan. 26, 2015

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.

Ultraconservatives Dig In via House Freedom Caucus

Jan. 26, 2015

GOP lawmakers who find the far-right Republican Study Committee too squishy now have a new clique to call home: the House Freedom Caucus.

Ford Trinket Transports Mike Quigley Down Memory Road

Jan. 23, 2015

In anticipation of the 2015 Washington Auto Show, representatives from Ford Motor Company fanned out across the Capitol to deliver commemorative models of the latest Mustang to the 150-odd members of Congress whose districts produce parts for the iconic muscle car.

Political Aides Pounce on Whatever-gate

Jan. 23, 2015

Seizing on an opponent’s latest shortcoming is the currency of the communication director’s realm. But in an age when cleverly crafted GIFs or shade-throwing listicles grab more eyeballs than immediately deleted, boilerplate email blasts, it pays to have one’s digital way with the news of the day.

Exit Interview: Matthew Leffingwell Treasures Congressional Raconteurs

Jan. 23, 2015

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: longtime House staffer calls it quits, moves on to sweet gig in the nonprofit world. Same old story, right?

Chilling Out Is What It’s All About at the Dolcezza Factory

Jan. 22, 2015

The little, local gelato maker that could has come a long way from solely dishing scoops of handmade refreshment to college kids and thrusting samples in the faces of those perusing different stalls at the farmers market. The decade-long trek to the top of the frozen dessert heap in D.C. has culminated in the development of the bright, welcoming Dolcezza Factory at 550 Penn St. NE that took up residence in the shadow of next-gen shopping hub Union Market last winter.

Texans Rally to Give Charlie Wilson His Due

Jan. 21, 2015

Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Wednesday were expected to kick-start the process to nominate fellow Lone Star Stater Rep. Charlie Wilson for a Congressional Gold Medal.

Senate Aide Scores Picture-Perfect SOTU Keepsake

Jan. 21, 2015

Alejandro Renteria didn’t have any paper handy when President Barack Obama inched closer on his way out of the House chamber post-State of the Union. So the quick-thinking Democratic aide stuck his neck out and asked to have something a little unusual autographed: his tie.

OK Go Aims to Help Drone Lobby Take Off

Jan. 20, 2015

Is your office abuzz about unmanned aircraft systems? Allow OK Go to set your mind at ease about making the most of miniature flying contraptions during a pro-drone tutorial at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW).

State of the Union Drink-o

Jan. 20, 2015

Why should politicos be the only ones to get all punchy while President Barack Obama yammers on about something or other Tuesday night? Tap into the excitement surrounding #ThisTown’s version of the Academy Awards/Super Bowl by punctuating each prescribed buzzword with a wee nip of something special.

John Lewis’ Publicity Tour Marches Onward

Jan. 20, 2015

Rep. John Lewis has once again donned his graphic novelist cowl, officially swinging back into campaign mode on Wednesday to help promote the second installment of his illustrated memoir, “March: Book Two.”

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