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A Toast for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Recent Publication of Off the Sidelines

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Last night at the home of Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire, friends and Washington media gathered to toast Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her recent publication of Off the Sidelines. Milstein introduced Sen. Gillibrand, who offered remarks and signed copies for attendees.

In attendance: CBS’s Rita Braver, MSNBC’s Andrea MitchellTIME’s Jay Newton-Small, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Tammy Haddad, SKDKnickerbocker’s Kelley McCormickKyle Volpe, POLITICO’s Daniel LippmanUS News’ Nikki SchwabThe Hill’s Judy Kurtz, Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Karen FinneyKathleen Sebelius, Gen. George Casey and wife Shelia, Bob Barnett, John Coale, Mark Ein, and Jayne Sandman.

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Roll Call Asks Readers to Choose Upcoming Coverage

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Have a suggestion for which House and Senate races Roll Call should cover in the run up to the midterm elections? Perfect! Because they have a poll for you to help guide their coverage.

“Unfortunately, there are still a few races we haven’t covered yet from the ground — and we’re running out of time,” writes Shira T. Center, Roll Call’s politics editor. ”We’d like help from you, our readers, to pick two of Roll Call’s final campaign stops this cycle.”

The outlet has asked readers to choose whether Alexis Levinson will cover the Senate race in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, and North Carolina and if it’s sending Emily Cahn to California’s 52nd, Colorado’s 6th, Nebraska’s 2nd, New Jersey’s 3rd, New York’s 11th, or Minnesota’s 8th.

Interesting approach. Vote here.

CQ Roll Call Unveils the 50 Richest Members of Congress

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 13.10.43With Congress back in session, CQ Roll Call has unveiled its 24th annual list of the 50 Richest Members of Congress. The list is based on financial disclosure forms from every member of Congress, including delegates. For the first time this year, Roll Call has published the complete list of Representatives, Senators, and Delegates that filed a financial disclosure form.

At the top of the list this year and last is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) with a net worth of more than $350 million. Rounding out the Top 10 is Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA). Read more

Roll Call’s Abby Livingston to Moderate West Virginia Candidate Forum on August 29

Abby LivingstonRoll Call staff writer Abby Livingston will moderate a 1st and 2nd district candidate forum in West Virginia on Friday, August 29. Republican Rep. David B. McKinley and Democratic state auditor Glen Gainer III in the 1st district and former Maryland GOP chairman Alex Mooney and West Virginia Democratic chairman Nick Casey vying for the 2nd district will discuss current state issues.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a front-row seat to West Virginia politics,” Livingston said in a Roll Call press release. “The Mountain State is the center of the political world this midterm cycle.”

Prior to joining Roll Call, Livingston was a producer for CNN’s “John King, USA” and writer for CNN’s Political Ticker. Possibly the biggest fan of Bruce Springsteen and the Texas Longhorns, Livingston regularly reps The Bad News Babes in the Congressional Women’s Softball game and was named MVP for the press team in June.

The forum is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and will take place during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit in Sulphur Springs, WV at 9:30am.

Congressman John Boehner Explains His Duties as Speaker

Ever wonder what it’s like to be Speaker of the House? Congressman John Boehner explains.

According to the Office of Speaker John A. Boehner 2013 Intern Manual, said monkey “was given to the Speaker as a birthday gift after the joke was made that [Boehner] was just wound up like a doll by his political advisors every night and he would proceed to clap his hands only to have his advisors wind him up again the next day,” as reported by Gawker in August 2013.

Sen. Cory Booker Pens Letter to AG Eric Holder on Michael Brown and Ferguson

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) yesterday penned a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, requesting a federal inquiry into the shooting of unarmed African American teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the infringement of police to peacefully protest and for a free press.

“I am troubled by reports that two law-abiding journalists, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, were arrested and detained while in Ferguson investigating the protests,” wrote Booker. “I am deeply concerned about reports that peaceful, law-abiding protesters, including local official Antonio French, were also arrested, detained, and/or subjected to overly extreme law enforcement actions including tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.”

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Sen. Harkin’s Comms Director Kate Cyrul Frischmann Joins Microsoft in PR Capacity

Kate Cyrul FrischmannA former Capitol Hill regular is trading in the halls of Congress for Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center.

Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-IA) communications director Kate Cyrul Frischmann joined Microsoft’s DC office this week as senior public relations manager. In this role, she’ll tell the story of Microsoft to government officials and those in the public policy realm.

Prior to joining Sen. Harkin’s staff five years ago, Frischmann led comms for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

Senators Celebrate ‘Seersucker Thursday’

Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 16.25.31US Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working hard across party lines to revive a popular tradition in the U.S. Senate - “Seersucker Thursday.” And as a result of their efforts, the stripped and checkered suiting has been seen prominently throughout the Capitol on Thursday.

Pictured from left to right: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

Also spotted donning seersucker today: Sens. Feinstein, Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.).

Beer, Bourbon Take Center Stage at HuffPost Politics Roundtable on Washington Lobbying

Part three of HuffPost Politics “Drinking and Talking” series hit the web this morning and this time it’s on the topic of lobbying in Washington.

At the table is John Feehery, president, Quinn Gillespie & Associates Public Affairs; Heather Podesta, founder, Heather Podesta & Partners; and QGA senior director Jim Manley with HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim, HuffPost White House correspondent Sam Stein, and a fine spread of wine, steak and martinis from The Palm restaurant and more from HuffPost’s fully stocked kitchen.

Pour yourself a lunchtime Makers and check it out for an under the influence look at Lobbying 101.

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The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ Celebration

20140729_193245Last night at Poste, The Hill celebrated its annual “50 Most Beautiful“ list, a nod to this town’s most beautiful – or not – members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, and other Capitol Hill/executive branch employees.

Many of the 50 selected were in attendance, although the five Representatives and two Senators who made the list were not. Either was White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Or FOX News’ Bret Baier or CNN’s S.E. Cupp. But CBS News’ Nancy Cordes and NBC News’ Kristen Welker were there.

Guests who entered through Poste’s entrance (and not Hotel Monaco) first stumbled upon a step and repeat for anyone but mostly those who made the list. The gathering took place on Poste’s outdoor patio amid perfect weather and included remarks from the recently announced new Hill editor in chief Bob Cusack. Guests noshed on shrimp cocktail, gourmet sandwiches, and passed hors d’oeuvre and enjoyed an open bar that seemed to reopen several times.

Conversation was comical. Especially if you stood near strangers and wrote down the laughable things you could hear them say. And with that brings us “The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful Celebration.” Read more

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