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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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Solons See No Slam Dunks in Alabama BBQ Bracket

April 4, 2014

Alabama’s tourism authorities have flipped March Madness into a food fight, pitting many of the Yellowhammer State’s revered barbecue purveyors against one another in an online popularity contest.

FLOTUS Injects New Life Into Kitchen Garden Project

April 4, 2014

No longer satisfied with fostering better eating habits amongst humans, First Lady Michelle Obama is now making a bid to nurture Mother Nature by weaving pollinator-friendly flowering plants into the agricultural mix that makes up the White House kitchen garden.

Harry Reid’s Instagram Feed is Picture Perfect

April 4, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be new to Instagram, but the veteran lawmaker is clearly well rehearsed in the art of putting one’s best face forward.

Ex-Hill Aide Taps Different Constituencies for PR

April 4, 2014

Gary Meltz, a one-time aide to Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., who has since carved out a niche for himself in the crisis management game, is inviting friends and colleagues to come celebrate the birth of Meltz Communications.

Pols Party Down at GRAMMYs on the Hill

April 3, 2014

Performers from across the musical spectrum helped star-stuck lawmakers get loose Wednesday night, as the annual GRAMMYs on the Hill awards once again blew the socks off of straight-laced Washington.

The Partisan Brings Meat Lovers Together

April 2, 2014

“You’ve got some straight food porn right there,” a nosy neighbor said as she shamelessly leaned over to take the full measure of the parade of mouth-watering proteins being escorted to our rapidly shrinking table.

Coloring Book Chief Draws on Success of Ted Cruz Title

April 2, 2014

Really Big Coloring Books ® Inc. publisher Wayne Bell captured the imagination of the politisphere last fall by releasing “Ted Cruz to the Future,” an activity book chronicling the rise to power of a certain headline-grabbing Texas Republican.

Thanks for the Pranks, Congress

April 1, 2014

Hill types had their fun this April Fools Day, filling the online ether with bogus press releases — or, in the case of New Mexico Republican Steve Pearce, just really weird news — designed to make everyone question the fragile construct we call reality.

Team Boehner Recasts HIMYM Stars as Budget ‘Splainers

April 1, 2014

Look out, President Barack Obama: House Republicans are done ceding the hipster vote to your social media savvy ways.

House Taxwriters Lobby for Taste of 'Ways & Means' Brew

April 1, 2014

Port City Brewing Company has worked up a new rye-based American special bitter dubbed “Ways & Means.” And thanks to Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., House taxwriters won’t have to wander beyond the Capitol to sample the 4.8 percent alcohol by volume beverage.

Tortilla Coast’s Strasburger Could Use Some Rehab

April 1, 2014

The long-awaited return of baseball season (The Nationals’ home opener is Friday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves) means restaurants can once again slip their Nats-related promotions back into the rotation.

Artists to Sing House Leaders' Praises at GRAMMYs on the Hill

April 1, 2014

The Recording Academy’s annual gala, the toe-tapping GRAMMYs on the Hill awards show, will once rock and roll its way through The Hamilton on Wednesday.

Pols Chime In on Capitol Bells

April 1, 2014

A former House staffer turned civic-engagement evangelist, Ted Henderson has amplified his efforts to connect Congress with constituents by introducing a new way to stake out personal positions: virtual “motions.”

Prying Dining Tips From Jim Himes

March 31, 2014

While we here in the Mid-Atlantic were busy screaming on social media about the screwy weather (surprise snow/hail storm, anyone?), Rep. Jim Himes spent Sunday evening in a paradise of his own design: the kitchen.

MSNBC Permanently Retires Ray LaHood

March 31, 2014

In the race to report the passing of Ray Hutchison, the late husband of former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, MSNBC made one fatal mistake: They pictured the wrong man dead.

Steve Pearce Cans Provocative Spox Rebekah Stevens

March 28, 2014

Rep. Steve Pearce has parted ways with barely settled-in mouthpiece Rebekah Stevens following days of unfavorable press stemming from the 24-year-old GOP operative’s in-your-face blogging career.

Ron Kind Puts LinkedIn Perk to Work

March 28, 2014

As opposed to those in the social mediaverse who routinely threaten to unfriend/unfollow/disown pals who perpetually pepper them with invites to join the professional networking set, Rep. Ron Kind has not only found a use for LinkedIn, he’s been ushered into an elite club: the “Influencers.”

Pair Up at Paws for Love

March 28, 2014

Searching for a wet-nosed significant other?

Public Can Propel Capitol Hill Restos to RAMMY Glory

March 27, 2014

A panel of secret judges may control the fates of the 60-plus contenders vying for the area’s top hospitality prizes, but everyday diners have one month to help crown their favorite brunch spot, fast-food haven and all-around hang out.

Nebraskans Know There's No Substitute for Runza | Noshtalgia

March 26, 2014

There’s nothing worse than disappointing a good friend.

Hill Staff Invited to Kick It at Capital Soccer Classic

March 26, 2014

Congressional aides used to scoring points in the office can take a shot at proving themselves on the pitch in a few short weeks during the nascent staffer tournament woven into the program for the 2nd Annual Capital Classic.

The Coupe Attempts to Stir Up D.C. Mayoral Contest

March 25, 2014

The Coupe is seeking to capitalize on the swirling race to take the reins of D.C. by running a straw swizzle stick poll featuring cocktails married to the current crop of mayoral hopefuls.

Query Us Behavior: All Sexed Up Edition

March 25, 2014

Every time over the last month that we have fired up the computer to try and do a little (OK, very little) work, it’s been there, staring us right in the face.

House Hopeful Brent Roske Mulls Congressional Council

March 25, 2014

Brent Roske, the entertainment vet currently running as an independent to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., is brainstorming all kinds of ways to stay ahead of the burgeoning pack of contenders who’ve cropped up around him — including bringing some of them under his wing.

GWAR Loses Frontman, World Loses Bloodthirsty Political Equalizer

March 24, 2014

Entertainer Dave Brockie, the human counterpart to intergalactic swordsman Oderus Urungus, died Sunday, leaving behind a massive void for metal-heads used to having the GWAR singer settle political scores for them.

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