Who let the dogs out? Tillis organizes Halloween dog parade

Sen. Thom Tillis pets a dog in a baby shark costume during his Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade in the Hart Senate Office Building on Oct. 31, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The house may seem divided on official impeachment rules, but that didn't "paws" the Halloween festivities outside the Dirksen office of Sen. Thom Tillis.

The North Carolina Republican organized what he called the Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, traveling from the Dirksen Senate Office Building to the Hart atrium.

DC’s plastic straw ban stirs up feelings on Capitol Hill
Deadline for compliance with straw ban is July

The Longworth Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the eateries on Capitol Hill transitioning to non-plastic straws. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If your warm-weather routine calls for a switch from hot coffee to iced, prepare yourself. Spring is officially here, and the plastic exodus is underway, according to Roll Call’s audit of straws on Capitol Hill.

Many staffers first felt the shift at the Longworth Dunkin’ Donuts, if all the queries we got in recent weeks are any indication. “What’s the deal with the paper straws at Dunkin’?” was a popular refrain.

Bummer on Capitol Hill: Seven Arrested at 4/20 Event

Seven people at a pro-marijuana legalization event outside the Dirksen Office Building were arrested on Thursday, three on possession with intent to distribute and four with possession. The event participants were giving out free joints to congressional staffers and believed they were on D.C. land where possession of marijuana is legal. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was on the scene.

Take Five: Ron Wyden
Oregon Democrat is pulling for the Warriors in close NBA Finals

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., shows off his father's novel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In this week's Take Five, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. , talks about when he was elected to the Senate, the NBA Finals and his father’s career as an author.  

Q : What’s your  favorite food from Oregon?  

Capitol Police End Another Lunchtime Wage Protest
Dirksen cafeteria protesters called for higher wages for contract workers

Sister Marge Clark, center, leads a prayer during the Dirksen cafeteria protest. (Courtesy Good Job Nation's Twitter page)

Protesters took over the salad bar area of the Dirksen Senate Office Building cafeteria on Tuesday to again demand a $15 per hour minimum wage, and a union for federal contract workers.  

In what is becoming a weekly event, Good Jobs Nation, an advocacy group for low-wage workers, joined NETWORK, a Catholic social justice organization, in their protest on Tuesday.  

Wage Protest Delays Lunch in Dirksen
Bend the Arc protesters demanded higher wages for cafeteria workers

Protesters declared their efforts a success after disrupting lunch for Senate staffers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Just as the lunch rush began in the Dirksen Senate Office Building cafeteria, protesters broke through to demand a $15 per hour minimum wage and a union for federal contract workers.  

Bend the Arc Jewish Action, an advocacy group for progressive domestic policies, was on Capitol Hill Tuesday for National Lobby Day and about 200 protesters marched through the cafeteria.