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DC Vote Hosts Champions of Democracy Awards Gala at Library of Congress

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Last night in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, DC Vote hosted its annual Champions of Democracy Awards Gala. The evening honored the Herb Block Foundation, founded in memory of 40 year Washington Post political cartoonist Herb Block, with the 2014 Champions of Democracy award, presented by Chicago Tribune editorial board member Clarence Page.

Herb Block Foundation CEO and president Marcela Brane accepted the award on behalf of the foundation and introduced Herb Block scholarship recipient Oluwafemi Morrisey, who shared how the scholarship he received in honor of Block enabled him to pursue education at the University of the District of Columbia. Remarks were also offered by co-chairs Marie Johns, former president and CEO of Verizon, Washington, DC, and Barclays Wealth and Investment Management director Joseph Perta. Read more

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Google Explores ‘Digital Trends and the 2014 Midterm Election’

IMG_20141015_190840Last night at Google’s new DC headquarters, the tech giant hosted “Digital Trends and the 2014 Midterm Election” as part of its DC Talks series.

The conversation on November’s Senate races was moderated by ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. The panel consisted of Matt Canter, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee deputy executive director and his National Republican Senatorial Committee counterpart Matt Lira as well as Brad Dayspring, NRSC communications director, and DSCC’s political director Anne Caprara.

In attendance: TIME’s Jay Newton Small and Zeke Miller; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta and Jon WardRoll Call’s Tom Williams; Google’s Rob Saliterman, Natasha Sachs, and Ashley Wiers; Target Victory’s Scott Sendek and Zac Moffatt; NRC’s Sara Sendek; Bully Pulpit’s Jen Nedeau (just named to PRNewser’s Real Top 14 PR Twits for 2014); USTP’s Christina Sevilla; Tim Burger; Kyle Downey, and Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch

The Washington Blade Celebrates 45 Years

The Washington Blade celebrated its 45 anniversary Thursday night at the showroom of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on 14th Street. During remarks to the 100 attendees, Blade editor Kevin Naff highlighted the launched of the Washington Blade Foundation.

In addition to digitizing 45 years of The Washington Blade’s content, the foundation will provide funding for researchers of LGBT topics and offer scholarships for aspiring journalists. The paper is also soon to be honored by the DC Historical Society as a Washington institution, and a collection of past issues and historic moments in its coverage has been accepted by the Newseum.

The Blade’s October cover is a throwback to the paper’s inaugural issue in October 1969.

 

Bloomberg Politics Toasts ‘With All Due Respect’

Kittner_20141007_5422Tuesday night at Teddy and the Bully Bar, Bloomberg Politics hosted a watch party for its recently launched “With All Due Respect.”

TVs in the bar aired the program, hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, which almost no one paid any attention to. Rather, guests noshed on short rib tacos and fried chicken and waffle sliders and welcomed the open bar.

In attendance: Reggie Love; Burson’s Dag VegaTIME’s Jay Newton-Small and Zeke MillerNational Journal’s Jeff Cartwright and Alex Seitz-Wald; Yahoo’s Olivier Knox and Garance Franke-RutaWaPo’s Nia-Malika HendersonPaul Kane, and Ben Terris; Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur; POLITICO’s Mike AllenDaniel Lippman, Lauren French, Alex Byers, and Hadas Gold; USTR’s Christina Sevilla; Alan BjergaEmma AngererNate Tibbits, Dave WeigelCraig Gordon; Meridith Webster; Pam Stevens; Josh Green; Margaret TalevIndira LakshmananLisa Lerer; and Elizabeth Chmura.

GQ Stylist Sabir Peele to Host Fashion Event at Lord & Taylor Next Thursday

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 14.52.46Looking to up your style for your next TV hit? Where better to look than GQ.

During the month of October, the gentleman’s quarterly will hit the road with its “How-To” series, hosting more than 90 style, grooming, food and drink, and music events throughout the country.

In addition to stops in Nashville, Austin, Portland, and Miami, GQ stylist Sabir Peele will visit the District’s Lord & Taylor (5255 Western Ave. NW) on Thursday, October 9 from 6 – 8 pm. Peele will present style tips focused around ”How to Pump Up Plaid” – a Washington staple – and guests will enjoy drinks, food, and music.

No RSVP is required. Do yourself a favor, and plan to see us there.

Capitol File Celebrates its 2014 Men’s Issue in Style

Photo credit: Tony Brown/Imijination Photography

Photo credit: Tony Brown/Imijination Photography

Last night at Longview Gallery, Capitol File celebrated its 2014 Men’s Issue with a swanky affair, serving up Belle Isle moonshine and passed hors d’oeuvres by Windows Catering alongside big screens for ESA-provided video games and a Maserati.

“Kill the Messenger’s Jeremy Renner takes the cover of Capitol File’s latest issue. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons are among its contributors. FOX5′s Steve Chenevey is profiled for his on camera style. And Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL) come together for “Congressional Collaboration.” Read more

Heads Up: Bloomberg Politics to Host ‘With All Due Respect’ Viewing Party

Bloomberg Politics will host a viewing party for “With All Due Respect,” its long-awaited television show hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, on Tuesday, October 7th at 5 pm. The program debuts the day prior and will air daily at 5 pm on Bloomberg TV and online.

In recent months, Bloomberg Politics, which next week will also launch its website www.bloombergpolitics.com, has been on a hiring spree, picking up Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, Slate’s David WeigelEsquire’s Mike Nizza, ABC News’ Tom Johnson, and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King. The program will be taped and produced out of New York City.

For those who missed the invite but don’t want to miss, send a suck up email to Bloomberg News’ Emma Angerer.

We’ll see you there.

Bloomberg Politics - Launch Party Invitation 10.7.14

Animal Health Institute Names Winners of 2014 Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill

Rep. Denham and 2013 winner Lily

Rep. Denham and 2013 winner Lily

Last night at the Cannon Caucus Room, the Animal Health Institute announced the winners of its Cutest Pets competition (for which FishbowlDC editor Nick Massella served as a judge) at AHI’s Pet Night on Capitol Hill. Winners hailed from the offices of Sen. Boxer, Rep. Mike Honda, and Sen. Warren and were “unveiled” by  Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) dog “Lily,” a 2013 winner.

Hundreds packed into the room for one of Capitol Hill’s favorite annual events and posed for pictures with celebrity pets including Marti, who plays “Sandy” in the upcoming remake of “Annie” and Orion, who plays “Buttercup” in “The Hunger Games” (Rumor has it Jennifer Lawrence actually likes the fluffy cat…and there are actually two of them. Kinda like the Olsen Twins.).

In attendance: Story Partner’s Trudi Boyd, Amos Snead, Lauren Culbertson, Jen Voss, and Elyse Petroni, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), AHI’s Ron Phillips and Rich Carnevale.

360 Live Media Unveils New Office Space

Wednesday night, 360 Live Media unveiled its new green- and modern country-themed office space to friends and clients at 17th and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Guests enjoyed signature drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres while watching a live muralist and having their caricature drawn, and walked away with mason jars filled from a green-themed candy bar, a green anthropologie candle, and a potted succulent.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders at CNN & NJ’s Politics on Tap: ‘If I run, I will run to win’

20140916_190340-2Tuesday night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal reconvened for its second installment of “Politics on Tap.”

Headlining the evening was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who sat down with CNN’s “The Lead” host Jake Tapper and National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier to discuss a possible 2016 run for president.

“If I run, I will run to win,” declared Sanders. Read more

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