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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.

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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

The Hill Names the ’50 Most Beautiful’

50mbweb1It’s that day. That one day a year The Hill publishes its “50 Most Beautiful” list, and you can’t help but laugh, just a bit.

The 11th annual list recognizes the Beltway’s “best-looking,” relevant to the audience. So not necessarily all of the actually hot people you see around town, but the “most beautiful” members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, other Capitol Hill personnel and executive branch employees.

Washington beautiful is tricky. It’s a far cry from “beautiful” as portrayed on DC-based television programs like “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” That said, this year’s list does include many who would catch your eye in Washington and elsewhere, along with several who might not even do so here in DC. Read more

Rep. Tom Marino’s Press Sec. Ryan Shucard Arrested for Gun Possession at Capitol

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Shucard via LinkedIn.

Ryan Shucard, a press secretary for Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), was arrested Friday morning by U.S. Capitol Police for attempting to bring into the Cannon House Office Building an unloaded 9mm handgun, which was discovered during a routine security checkpoint at entry.

POLITICO’s Lauren French reports, “William Tighe, the chief of staff for Marino, said Shucard was placed on unpaid leave once the office was informed of the arrest,” and that the office intends to cooperate with Capitol Police. Read more

Members of Congress, Media, and Athletes Headline Kastles Charity Classic

Last night at the Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center, the third annual Washington Kastles Charity Classic Set brought together members of Congress, national media and professional athletes to raise money for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Best Buddies, DC Public Education Fund, and Food & Friends.

In the end, Team Stripes won over Team Stars, 47-46 and a minimum of $5,000 was donated to each of the four charities, on top of yet to be tallied donations from ticket proceeds.

Participants included Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), former Louisiana Senator John Breaux, former director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Fox News’ Bret Baier and Ed Henry, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Bloomberg Television’s Peter Cook, former Washington Redskins Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh, former Washington Redskins Brian Mitchell, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Josh Wilson, and chair umpire Jim Vance of NBC4.

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