Stories by Rachael Johnson:
Oct. 5, 2012
Before the August recess, Roll Call tagged along for one day in a busy staffer’s life. We followed Keenan Austin, senior policy aide to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).
Aug. 9, 2012
Former Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Colo.), is taking a stab at app storytelling. The former CEO of the American Association of Publishers didnt think that shed be the voice of the new kids book app, The House that Went on Strike but she is. You just never know whats going to happen, Schroeder said from her home in Celebration, Fla.
July 30, 2012
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for HOH to catch up with a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). talks about skiing in blue jeans and Colorado delicacies such as the Slopper.Q: You are a fifth-generation Coloradoan. What is it about Colorado that’s kept your family in the state?
July 24, 2012
In the wake of a handful of theft cases during the past several years, archival institutions are beefing up security to ensure that priceless documents and rare books remain secure but still available to the public.
July 23, 2012
If it’s Tuesday, it’s HOH’s Take Five, where we get to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) talks about the Olympics and his deep seawater experience.Q: Disney World is one of the major attractions in your district. If you could create a ride for the theme park, what would it be like?
June 28, 2012
Rep. John Lewis placed three chickens on the table in his office. They never fluttered, pecked or shrieked, just sat idly on a solid round table. He looks at the iron statuettes and glass figures as if each of them were one of the chickens he practiced preaching to as a kid growing up on the farm in Troy, Ala. I keep the chickens around to remind me of another period in my life, he said.
June 26, 2012
He shrugs it off as just a nickname. But his teammates dont. Everyone on the team has a nickname; mines J-Rod, Rep. Jared Polis said, shaking off even a glimmer of comparison with MLB star Alex Rodriguez.
June 26, 2012
Rep. Joe Baca (Calif.)
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Baca is looking forward to the excitement and the insanity of playing in the Nationals stadium. Reliving our dream of when we used to play ball. Hell wear a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform, No. 22, on game day. Rep. Tim Bishop (N.Y.)
June 25, 2012
Walk by the old location for what was once a storied Capitol Hill watering hole and all to be seen is plyboards covering a work site. Check out the bar’s old website, hawkanddoveonline.com, and it’s a free online poker site.
June 25, 2012
Every week, HOH catches up with a Member of Congress through five questions. This week, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) talks about Rodney King’s memory, martial arts moves and what she likes about Will Smith.Q: If you could star in the remake of any movie, which one would it be and why?
June 18, 2012
If it’s Tuesday, it’s HOH’s Take Five, where we get to know a Member of Congress through five fun questions. This week, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) talks about castrating pigs and other aspects of life on the farm.Q: You were raised on a dairy farm in Kansas. What was the most memorable experience you had as a kid? A: One example might be the time my dad nearly cut my left pinky off with a razor blade as we were castrating pigs when I was 8 years old. Castration is a life skill every woman should learn.
June 8, 2012
He trucked a big suitcase with him as he wandered the streets near the White House on New York Avenue Northwest. Paul Blocher was looking for his hotel, and when he finally asked a police officer for directions, he was told he wasnt in the right place at all. His hotel was on New York Avenue Northeast.