David Scott

So you want to be on ‘Jeopardy!’? The online test draws nigh
If you’re a political wonk, you can follow in the footsteps of four congressional staffers

Isaac Loeb, a legislative aide of Vermont Democrat Rep. Peter Welch, playing Jeopardy. (Courtesy Isaac Loeb)

Alex Trebek may have pancreatic cancer, but the game show must go on. The longtime host, who announced his diagnosis earlier this month, is still taping new episodes of “Jeopardy!” — and the show is still hunting for new contestants.

Mark your calendars, because the official “Jeopardy!” online test opens in less than a week. The exam is your ticket to an in-person audition, provided you can nail 50 questions, each from a different category. 

Regulators warn Congress not to pre-empt state fintech rules
“Investor protections must not be diminished at the state or federal levels”

The North American Securities Administrators Association is calling on lawmakers to be cautious when implementing fintech laws. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images file photo)

State securities regulators are concerned Congress could pre-empt state laws governing financial technology such as blockchain and cryptocurrency that are designed to protect consumers.

The North American Securities Administrators Association on Wednesday issued its legislative priorities for the 116th Congress, calling on lawmakers to be cautious when implementing fintech laws.

Key House votes in 2018: CQ Vote Studies
These 12 measures were the weightiest and most controversial of the year

Al Green, a Texas Democrat, offered an impeachment resolution highlighting Trump’s “bigoted statements.” The vote put some in his party in a tight spot. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The oldest of CQ’s annual studies, Key Votes is a selection of the major votes for both House and Senate for the past year. Editors choose the single vote on each issue that best presents a member’s stance or that determined the year’s legislative outcome. Charts of how each member voted on this list can be found at CQ.com.

Passage of a bill that would reauthorize for six years, through 2023, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which governs electronic surveillance of foreign terrorism suspects. Passed 256-164 (R 191-45; D 65-119) on Jan. 11, 2018.

Staffers Playing Softball Together Is a Decades-Old Tradition
The leagues have always been all-inclusive

Alysson Vogt of Rep. David Scott’s office bats during softball team practice on the National Mall in 2009. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate and House softball leagues are beloved traditions that have held strong despite partisan battles in the halls of Congress, field disputes and triple-digit summer heat.

The Senate league was founded first, and while the date of the first official game is unknown, the league’s trophy lists winners dating back to 1980. 

Rep. Scott Wants National Guard to Protect Schools
Also plans to introduce an assault weapons ban

President Donald Trump greets Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., before addressing a joint session of Congress in the Capitol's House Chamber in February 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Georgia Rep. David Scott said schools should be protected by the National Guard rather than arm teachers. 

Before a town hall in Atlanta, the Democrat told 11Alive he did not think President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers was the smartest idea.

Ahead, the First Pure Party-Line Modern Tax Cut?
Bipartisanship has heralded tax bills for decades, but the Trump era is all about unique dynamics

If President Donald Trump is able to pul off a significant tax cut, it may well happen without any support from Democrats. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The steady path toward today’s partisan polarization at the Capitol is etched in the history of tax bills over more than half a century.

If President Donald Trump is able to pull off his uphill drive to join most of his predecessors since World War II in securing a significant tax cut, it’s very possible he’ll do so exclusively with the votes of congressional Republicans.

Word on the Hill: Celebrity Chef in Hart
Bus tour and a hand chain for health care

Food Network chef Robert Irvine is bringing dessert to the Hill. (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images file photo)

Desserts prepared by a celebrity chef are making their way to Capitol Hill this afternoon.

Chef Robert Irvine, best known for the Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and “Worst Cooks in America” will join Hire Heroes USA and Walmart for an event to support veterans. He’s planning to man three dessert stations and serve as emcee.

Johnny Isakson May Have to Wait Until January for Victory
Georgia senator needs to win a majority of the vote to avoid runoff

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., may be headed to a January runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

No one expects Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson to lose in November. The two-term Republican may just need to campaign for a few more months to hold onto his seat. 

Winning in the Peach State requires carrying more than 50 percent of the vote. And Republicans aren't sure he's going to get there next month. 

Ground Games Could Make Difference in Tight New Hampshire Race
Both parties think their operations will put them over the edge

Sen. Kelly Ayotte talks with former state Rep. David Scott at the Seacoast Republican Women's Chilifest in Stratham, N.H., on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

STRATHAM, N.H. — Sen. Kelly Ayotte has called for Rep. Frank C. Guinta to resign. And she's condemned some of the more controversial statements by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

But she now finds herself sandwiched between those two candidates on the GOP ballot. And that gives her even more of an incentive to run a campaign independent of other Republicans on the ticket. 

Tuesday Trivia: New Hampshire Primary
Rep. Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter could face off for 4th straight election

New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta, left, seen here with former state Rep. David Scott on Saturday, will face Democrat Carol Shea-Porter for the fourth straight election, if he wins his Tuesday primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Should Republican Rep. Frank C. Guinta win his New Hampshire primary Tuesday, he will face Democrat Carol Shea-Porter for the fourth consecutive general election, the most of any pair running this year. Which of these pairs will face each other for the third consecutive time in November?

A) Will Hurd and Pete Gallego