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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

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Jen Bendery, Dannia Hakki, Gindy win Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives

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Round 2 of the FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives came to a close, and with it, who’s been named the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Biggest Troublemaker, and Best Hair.

 

HuffPost's Jen Bendery

In the category for Biggest Troublemaker, HuffPost’s Jen Bendery took the win with just under 50% of the votes over The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein, former editor of FishbowlDC; POLITICO’s Lauren French; The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin; The Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley; and Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle.

 

Moki Media's Dannia Hakki

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki wins Best Hair, over Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Erin McPike, former Fishbowl-er turned Mediaite’s Eddie Scarry, Benny Johnson, and WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave.

 

American Beverage Association's Chris "Gindy" Gindlesperger

And in the most voted for category of 2014 thus far with nearly 6,000 votes, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is the 2014 Hottest PR Person with more than 40% of the votes. Early on, it looked like it could be POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, or former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic. As the competition progressed, Gindy bested Petersen and Dornic, as well as Moki’s Maha Hakki, Story Partner’s Lauren Culberton, and SKDK’s Doug Thornell.

 

Earlier today we announced Round 3 nominees. Voting goes until Friday, August 15, at 6pm. A full list of 2014 FishbowlDC Superlative winners will follow.

Round 2 Superlatives: HuffPost’s Jen Bendery, Moki’s Dannia Hakki, ABA’s Gindy Leading

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On Tuesday we’ll announce the third and final round nominees in the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and before we close out round 2, we’re here with an update of where things stand in the final 24.

HuffPost’s Jen Bendery is leading in the Biggest Troublemaker category, with nearly 50% of the votes. Former FishbowlDC editor turned Daily Caller-er Betsy Rothstein is in second, followed by POLITICO’s Lauren French.

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki is winning in the Best Hair category, besting her bestie Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett. And CNN’s Erin McPike is in 3rd with an even 18%.

And so far the most cut throat category of 2014, for Hottest PR Person, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is in the lead with more than 40% of more than 5,000 votes, followed by POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, and former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic.

Nothing is set in stone, at least until Tuesday, August 12, at 2pm. So vote for your picks while you can. Round 2 winners to be announced tomorrow, as will the nominees of Round 3.

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Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives: Hottest PR Flack, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker

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We’re back with Round 2 of the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and today, we present the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker categories.

Based on reader suggestions (don’t blame us, blame your colleagues) we have a slew of new nominees, including 6 of the hottest PR flacks that make your heart skip a beat when they reach your inbox, finest heads of hair throughout town, and troublemakers with a capital T.

Voting for Round 1 closes Thursday, so get your votes in while you can, here. Leading for Hottest TV Personality is FOX 5′s Steve CheneveyFuture/Former Boy Band Member is The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, and Most in Need of a Reality Show is POLITICO’s Big Money author Ken Vogel.

We still have four more categories to announce - Sexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Cutest Couple, and Most #basic - so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Voting for Round 2 lasts until 2pm on Tuesday, August 12 so have at it. And we’ll make sure to update you along the way. And stay tuned – Thursday we’ll announce the winners of Round 1.

 

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National Journal Hotline Hosts Sixth Annual Political Pursuit

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 15.46.49National Journal Hotline’s Political Pursuit is back for the sixth year with a line up sure to be entertaining.

The “game show” will be hosted by NJ editor in chief Tim Grieve and Hotline editor Scott Bland and features a slew of members, press, and insiders well-known throughout town. Teams compete against each other and by the end of the night, one will prevail as the political expert among the competition.

Until this year, the game was held in April as a kick-off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend but is now slated for July 9 at the Newseum. Tickets are free, but will go fast. So if you’d like to be there, get yours now (here) before they’re gone.

The contestants:

Members – Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Deloitte’s Hon. Tom Davis, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Press – Bloomberg News’ Greg Giroux, NYTimes’ Jonathan MartinRoll Call’s Shira T. CenterWaPo’s Paul Kane, and LATimes’ Mike Memoli.

Hotline Insiders – The Polling Company’s Kellyanne Conway, IMPACT Strategies’ Angela Rye, Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, Purple Strategies’ Margie Omero, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Doug Thornell.

The event is underwritten by the Beer Institute and Volkswagon of America.

CBS’ “Washington Unplugged” Turns 1!

CBS News’ weekly webcast, “Washington Unplugged” celebrated its one-year anniversary with a slew of media types at 14K restaurant on Wednesday evening. And though the TVs above the bar were set to CNN, the guests below were rubbing elbows with CBS-ers like Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, John Dickerson, Chip Reid, Bill Plante, Nancy Cordes, Marc Ambinder, Kaylee Hartung, Christine Delargy, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez.

Boozing with the broadcasters were Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Emily Miller, Tammy Haddad, Politico’s Kiki Ryan with boy toy Tim Burger, Janet Donovan, Juleanna Glover, Matt Cooper, Cantor Press Secretary Brad Dayspring, Doug Thornell from Cong. Van Hollen’s office, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, Mark Paustenbach, Politico’s Mike Allen and WH wunderkind Ronnie Cho (wearing pants…sorry ladies).

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Photos by CBS News’ Tom Albano. More after the jump.

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Hacks & Flaks Happy Hour

Last night at Union Pub, hacks and flaks gathered for some drinks and basketball (and tips and info sharing, of course).

And who was there? Sasha Issenberg, Erin McPike and Meredith Stencil, Jessica Brady and Elizabeth Brotherton.

From the Hill (the poor journos were greatly outnumbered): Scott Mulhauser from Lautenberg’s office, Joe Shoemaker, Max Gleischman and Christina Mulka from Durbin’s office, Mike Spahn from Murray’s, Alex Reese from Shaheen’s, Cassie Harvey from Mikulski’s, Jennifer Kohl from Rep. Elijah Cummings’s, NRDC’s Erin Allweiss, Jamie Smith from Rockefeller’s office, Jena Longo with Commerce Committee, Rachel Racusen with the House Ed. Committee, Alexis Marks from Matsui’s office, SEUI’s Mark McCullough, Adrianne Marsh from McCaskill’s, Doug Thornell from Van Hollen’s and former Politico Dan Reilly, now from Markey’s office.