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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:

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.”

The Bill Young Saga: Items the Family Has Yet to Recoup

Jan. 20, 2015

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young set off a fight for custody of some of the Florida Republican’s personal effects. While many items have been returned to the Young family, some memorabilia is still not accounted for and in the family’s possession.

Who’ll Steal the Show at SOTU?

Jan. 20, 2015

The thing about the State of the Union address is, even though the American people are supposed to hang on to every word that drops from President Barack Obama’s lips, there’ll be 534 other highly opinionated people around that night who would also like to have their say.

The Bill Young Saga: Harry Glenn’s Timeline

Jan. 20, 2015

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young produced a melee among his family, staffers and others entrusted with the Florida Republican’s legacy. Longtime Young Chief of Staff Harry Glenn has found himself in the middle of some of these fights, and he provided CQ Roll Call with his own timeline surrounding the events in question.

Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

Jan. 20, 2015

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

Late Congressman's Wife Inherits a Nightmare

Jan. 19, 2015

CQ Roll Call went with Beverly Young to St. Petersburg College to see what remained of the late congressman's archival memorabilia. Video by Warren Rojas.

Marc Veasey Always Has His Game Face On

Jan. 16, 2015

Rep. Marc Veasey isn’t just adept at moving Mary Kay cosmetics — he’s also a client.

Laser Cat May Just Take Your Breath Away

Jan. 16, 2015

Follow Friday. Feline Friday. Whatever you want to call our weekly tumble down virtual rabbit holes, there’s no escaping the fact that you MUST pledge allegiance to Laser Cat.

Commander-in-Chief Helps Raise Charmington’s Profile

Jan. 15, 2015

A “surprise” visit Thursday from President Barack Obama has helped put an employee-owned, Charm City café on the political map.

Resolve to Feast the Rest of January

Jan. 14, 2015

We’re now a few weeks into the New Year. So we’ll go ahead and assume any nonsensical diet plans or ill-conceived commitments to calorie counting have been wisely tossed aside.

‘Spare Parts’ Perfectly Sums Up DREAM Act, Durbin Says

Jan. 14, 2015

An uplifting film about four scrappy, Mexican teens who turned the tables on fate by winning a prestigious robotics design competition underscores the exact opportunities Sen. Richard J. Durbin has fought to provide for undocumented immigrants over the past decade, according to the Illinois Democrat.

Congress, at Its Most Animated, Is Always Fun to Watch

Jan. 13, 2015

Turning a legendary chamber-clearing brawl between House Democrats and Republicans into a cartoon short not only displays “Bills and Brews” creator Matt Laslo’s brilliance in capitalizing on the gems he extracts from pols during his booze-fueled interviews, it makes him a bona fide member of some of the most colorful satirists around.

Mark Takano Won’t Get Boxed Into Running for Senate

Jan. 13, 2015

Try as they might, the starry-eyed optimists behind the “Ready for Takano” campaign are not going to goad California Democratic Rep. Mark Takano into hustling to replace his retiring Senate colleague, Barbara Boxer.

Mark Pocan Practices Prestidigitation

Jan. 12, 2015

Rep. Mark Pocan is dusting off his performer’s cap for a new weekly series dubbed, “Magic Mondays.”

The Band Perry Ready to Rock Congress

Jan. 12, 2015

Lawmakers and staff craving Southern fried melodies Tuesday can feast their ears on the mini-show The Band Perry is expected to put on in the Capitol Visitor Center on behalf of the Recording Academy.

It’s Unanimous: Twitter Loves That Ted Cruz Reported for Jury Duty

Jan. 9, 2015

Confidence is high that social media-savvy crooks could have pulled off a daring jailbreak Friday morning in Houston. By all accounts, everyone in the courthouse appears to have been mesmerized by Sen. Ted Cruz’s surprise appearance.

‘March: Book Two’ Follows John Lewis Through Hell

Jan. 9, 2015

The second act of Georgia Democrat John Lewis’ animated history lesson, “March: Book Two,” portrays some of the grittiest times this nation has ever faced.

Rise and Shine, Johnny Isakson-Style

Jan. 9, 2015

Who’s hungry?

Social Media Enthralled by Political Lovefest

Jan. 8, 2015

The 114th Congress has only been in session for a few days now, but meme-makers appear to be quite smitten with what they’ve seen.

Roskams Welcome 114th Congress With Vivid Vistas

Jan. 7, 2015

Rep. Peter Roskam and his artist wife, Elizabeth, have once again teamed up to create one of the most colorful time keepers on Capitol Hill: the family’s homespun calendar.

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