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Democrats Top Republicans By One

20140408_capitol_classic_ff_007_605Democrats and Republicans are used to playing dirty -but not like this. Last night at RFK Stadium, Members of Congress from both parties went head to head in The Capital Soccer Classic, hosted by the US Soccer Foundation and POLITICO. Read what you will into this pundits: Democrats beat Republicans, 7  to 6.

According to POLITICO’s Lucy McCalmont,

It was a scoreless first half, largely because of the efforts of Swalwell, who as the goalkeeper for the Democrats made numerous saves against the Republicans’ strong offense. However, the Democrats scored three goals in quick succession to open the second half. The Republicans answered with one goal, but following another goal by the Democrats with just over a minute left, the score was 4-1 by the end of regulation time.

The list of sporty member who took to the field includes:  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN). They were joined by DC United coach Ben Olsen and former US Olympic athlete Staci Wilson.

(Photo by Rod Lamkey Jr./POLITICO: Rep. Dave Reichert jumping in the air)

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Hanson on The Hill! Oh, and Also Reps. McCarthy and Pelosi…

20140402_185528Last night at The Hamilton, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were recognized with a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation for “their support and understanding of music creators’ unique role in American life.” The evening included special performances by Lady Antebellum, Los Lonely Boys, and 90s chart toppers, Hanson. Hanson? Seriously?

The evening was a long one. Red carpet access to Lady A and Hanson began at 6, and the award ceremony and performances lasted until after 10pm.

Here’s how it went down.

5:59pm – Ushered to the 2nd floor of The Hamilton for a private red carpet and Q&A with Lady Antebellum, Hanson, high level execs from The Recording Academy and some members of Congress. Immediately notice a sea of wine glasses covering the bar. I’m talking at least 50 glasses of already poured red and white ready for the taking. I start my night with a Diet Coke.

6:20  The room quickly fills with so-not-DC folks, sporting tans we can only dream of and the bleachiest of blonde hair.

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TOTeS Fun at Taste of the South

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Cocktail dresses, cowboy boots, bourbon, and bow ties. That was the scene Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, where Hill staffers and press from the dirty South threw down and represented their home states.

TOTS, as the kids call it, is Taste of the South – a black tie-ish, non-profit gala. This year’s fete benefited a school for at-risk youth in Kentucky – the featured state.

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A few folks in a crowd of what seemed like thousands included Buzzfeed’s boy about town – Benny Johnson and CNN’s Matt Dornic who were palling around with Andrew Kovalcin from the US Chamber of Commerce, Matthew Haller, and Chase Hieneman. Also spotted were WaPo’s Cara Kelly, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, Judd Deere (Sen. Mike Crapo), Eric Wilson (Ed For Senate campaign), Story Partner’s Lauren Culbertson, Tom Brandt (Rep. Lynn Jenkins), Holli Heiles (Rep. Tim Griffin), Mandi Critchfield (US Senate Banking Committee), Scott Cunningham (Rep. Kenny Marchant), and Sarah Fairchild (Chairman of TOTS 2014, Senator Lamar Alexander).

Miles of BBQ, brews for days, and more bourbon than you can shake a stick at? Where do we sign up?

Giddy up!

Rep. Renee Ellmers Pushes For National Women’s History Museum

The Hill LogoRep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today penned an op-ed for The Hill in support of a National Women’s History Museum on the National Mall.

“Young women deserve a space to call their own—a physical space they can visit to hear and read about those who came before them and changed history. We need a tangible place that encourages our girls to wonder, to feel empowered, and to inquire about the people who fought to provide them with the freedom and opportunities they enjoy today.”

The North Carolina Congresswoman who sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee names several of her Congressional colleagues including Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) who sponsored legislation and testified before the House Committee on Administration this past December in favor of a commission to pursue the museum. Nearly four months later, Ellmers and her colleagues have seen no movement on the proposed bill.

Lawmakers and Lobbyists Face Off on the Ice

Lawmakers and lobbyists may have a cozy relationship most of the year, but on Wednesday, that relationship will be put on ice -literally.

The 6th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge will commence at 7:00 PM on Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, practice home of the Washington Capitals. The game raises money for the NHL Scholarship of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Now, we know what you’re thinking – a team composed of Members of Congress (where the average age is 57 in the House, 62 in the Senate) doesn’t seem very intimidating. But they won’t play alone. Congressional staff, administration officials, USA Warriors Hockey team members and Canadian Members of Parliament will all take to the ice as well. That’s right -Congress has got Canadians on their side. NHL Veteran and Capitals Alumnus Peter Bondra will also be donning the home colors for the Lawmakers.

For their part, the lobbyists have Comcast SportsNet Commentator and fellow Washington Capitals Alumnus Alan May.

The Lobbyists lead the series 3 games to 2, making this match an opportunity for the Lawmakers to even things up.

To buy tickets or donate, go here.

Senate Press Secretary Association Names 2014 Board

Picture 7The Senate Press Secretary Association has recently elected their 2014 Board of Directors, naming Liz Johnson, press secretary for Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), as its president. The 40+ years old organization hosts regular meetings with notable guest speakers, media and career networking events, social gatherings, and a January trip to New York City.

Johnson joins seven additional members to serve a one-year term. They include:

Amanda Critchfield, communications director, Senate Banking Committee
Tara DiJulio, communications director, Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
Taylor Foy, press secretary, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Matt Harakal, press secretary, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Micah Johnson, press secretary, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Christopher Moyer, press secretary, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Meghan Roh, press secretary, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Congratulations to the new members of the SPSA! We hope, you our readers, look forward to working with them.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain To Testify

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Just to spice up the monotony of the shutdown, Keith Colburn, one of the captains from Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” is in Washington today and is scheduled to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee. Colburn, a crab fisherman, will discuss the effects of the shutdown on the crab industry in Alaska.

Fans should be pleased. “Deadliest Catch” averages just under 3 million viewers a week.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture

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Only in Washington does a member of Congress brag about getting arrested. No doubt it plays well back home.

Rep. Keith Ellison is a Democrat from Minnesota.

 

Digital Director Weighs Unfairness of Gov. Shutdown Via Brother, Duvet Cover

duvet coverLike many people, Catherine Andrews, the director of digital content at Home Front DC, a strategic communications agency, and formerly the Editorial Director of Washingtonian, grew emotional about the government shutdown last night.

Naturally she gravitated to Twitter to vent. Hers was among the more colorful rants as she swayed from her difficult task of putting together her bedding to the more serious issue of her brother.

“If I can figure out how to put my duvet on in under 20 minutes, Congress can figure out a way to avoid the shutdown,” she wrote, adding, “Because seriously that duvet was REALLY complicated.”

This is when her thoughts escalated into rage. Read more

The Weinerization of Booker’s Campaign: Stripper Friend Prefers ‘Real Meat’

Unknown-3That she works for a vegan strip club in Portland, Ore. is besides the point.

An interview with TMZ reveals that U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker’s online stripper pal, Lynsie Lee, prefers real meat to, say, soy puffs or Nayonaise.

Has Booker, who exchanged private texts with Lee, never heard of Anthony Weiner?

As interviews go, it was pretty in-depth and friendly. TMZ founder… Read more

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