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Batter Up!

Thursday night is the 51st Annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. This is when members of Congress take the field, dressed in their favorite hometown uniforms. Democrats have the advantage of last year’s MVP Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) though Republicans lead the series 38 to 35, with one tie game.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Weinerville) was always known to be a star player for the Dems. Last year (for obvious reasons) he didn’t play. In 2010 an apparently stunning catch he made landed him on ESPN.

From WSJ:

“After Rep. Kevin Brady hit a ball to deep left field, the wiry Queens congressman raced toward the warning track to make the Willie Mays-style catch. After throwing the ball in, Weiner pointed his index finger like a gun and blew the proverbial smoke off the tip.”

First pitch is at 7:05PM at Nationals Park. For those who get there early, Roll Call editor Scott Montgomery will induct Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) into the CQ Roll Call Baseball Hall of Fame.

To purchase tickets, go here.

Correction: Rep. Richmond represents New Orleans and not a town in Virginia. Go figure where our minds went on that one. Apologies to the congressman and his staff.

Roll Call Bids Adieu to Badass Stanton

And now the internal memo from Roll Call‘s Editor Scott Montgomery announcing the news of John Stanton‘s departure:

As you already have heard, John Stanton is leaving Roll Call. He’s going to become the Washington Bureau Chief for the new website Buzzfeed.

John came to Roll Call in 2005 from Congress Daily, and in the years since then he has been a pillar (pun intended) of our congressional leadership coverage. John at his best is as good as they come and he knows the Hill inside and out. Over the last year, he’s been our go-to reporter on one of the biggest stories in Congress, the management challenge Speaker John Boehner has faced with his conservative conference. John has broken news, spotted trends and challenged conventional wisdom.

We’ll miss, but we wish him the best of luck in his new role.

Scott Montgomery
Editor, Roll Call
77 K Street, NE

Roll Call Lifts its Latch

Roll Call is giving the world a present this holiday season — it’s the gift being able to read the publication gratis.

They posted the following on

Editor’s Note: To better serve our readers in the final days of this Congressional session, we have lifted the paywall on until Congress adjourns. — Scott Montgomery, Editor

Pssst…HOH to Step Outside the Paywall

HOH: Warren Rojas and Neda Semnani; Photo Credit: CQRC’s Doug Graham

Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” gossip column is moving beyond the paywall. Soon the longstanding column written by Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas will be available to all readers, not just the ones who can afford it.

“By moving Heard on the Hill outside of the pay wall, we’re giving more of our readers a chance to find out what is really happening on Capitol Hill,” said Scott Montgomery, Roll Call’s Editor. “Reporters Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas have shown tremendous talent in uncovering the mishaps, gossip, and antics that make Heard on the Hill a must read. Readers can go to Roll Call online, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter, to get up-to-the minute access and information from Capitol Hill’s longest standing gossip column.”

Find HOH here.

Livingston on the Move Again

In February of last year, Abby Livingston left her gig at NJ‘s Hotline to join “John King, USA.”  Now that she’s added CNN producer to her resume, Livingston is on the move again.  This time she’s headed to Roll Call as a reporter on the politics team.  Memo from Scott Montgomery below:

“We are pleased to announce that Abby Livingston is joining Roll Call as a reporter on our politics team. Abby comes to us from CNN where she is a producer on ‘John King, USA.’ Previously she was TV Editor at The Hotline and worked in the NBC News Washington Bureau as a research assistant to Chuck Todd, where she combed through video archives from the 2008 presidential race to find interesting stories.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Abby set out for a career writing soap operas. But, as she told us, ultimately she discovered “I love politics.” We were impressed by her enthusiasm and tenaciousness. When we asked her to give us some story pitches, she cold-called Sharron Angle. We think she will be an all-around great addition to the newsroom.  Abby’s first day will be Oct. 3.”

*We originally posted that Abby left NJ in 2011.  She actually left in 2010.

Roll Call Loses Heil to WaPo

Roll Call is losing one of their finest reporters to the Washington PostScott Montgomery announced to the newsroom tonight that Emily Heil is leaving the publication after more than four years to join WaPo’s national staff, where she will work with Al Kamen on the “In the Loop” column.

In an email announcing her departure, Emily said “It’s been an honor to be part of Team Roll Call. More than colleagues, you have been fierce friends, co-conspirators, mentors, sounding boards, and inspirations.”

Heil joined Roll Call in early 2007 to take over the “Heard on the Hill” franchise. She penned the column for three and a half years with Anna Palmer as a co-pilot and later, with Beth Brotherton.   Congrats to Emily and to WaPo!

Roll Call Breaks Up with Comcast, Kills RCTV

CQ Roll Call brass has put the kabosh on Roll Call TV, a weekly television program produced in partnership with the Comcast Network.  News of the show’s demise came in the form of an internal memo from Scott Montgomery and Mark Walters this afternoon.  Although RCTV was a revenue-producing venture, those familiar with the arrangement suggest the deal was more trouble than its worth and say the newsgroup’s reporters were less than enthused to participate in the program.

“We enjoyed working with the Comcast Network to launch this show and give many of our reporters the opportunity to fine-tune their TV skills. However, we have made the business decision to end the partnership,” explained the memo.

The divorce date is set for September 27, 2011.

Roll Call to Publish Extra Issue

On Roll Call‘s homepage is an editor’s note announcing an extra Friday edition this week. Typically, the publication publishes four days a week when Congress is in session, Monday-Thursday.

Editor’s Note
To meet the needs of our readers, Roll Call will publish a special Friday edition of our newspaper. This will continue our detailed coverage of the negotiations and legislative action on the debt limit that are expected through Thursday night and the weekend.

Scott Montgomery, Editor

Roll Call’s Bellantoni Lands Harvard Fellowship

Christina Bellantoni‘s smarty-pants stock is on the rise.  The associate politics editor for CQ Roll Call is headed to Cambridge this fall for a fellowship with Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.  Bellantoni was selected as one of six “notable thinkers” who will spend a semester on the Harvard campus to teach undergraduate students tricks of the political trade.

But don’t pull out your barrel-aged Hatorade to toast another CQ Roll Call departure because Bellantoni ain’t going nowhere.  According to a memo from Scott Montgomery, Christina will work from campus September through November. 

“She’ll work remotely on Mondays to help with the Tuesday politics section, take a few web duty shifts and assist with a few special projects. It also means we’ll have one of our best editors stationed in Boston and available to write occasional stories about the GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire or Massachusetts politics,” Montgomery explained in his memo.

At Harvard, Christina will focus on the media echo chamber and presidential politics.  She will also host guests from politics and journalism for off-the-record discussions over the course of the semester.  Congrats to Christina!

Montgomery’s full memo after the jump.

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Roll Call’s Peoples to AP

Steve Peoples, who joined Roll Call less than a year ago from the Providence Journal, is already moving on.  According to a memo from Scott Montgomery, Peoples has accepted a new post at the Associated Press, where he will be a Northeast regional political reporter and ultimately based out of Boston.

In the note announcing Peoples’ departure, Montgomery said, “Although his time here was short, his name will forever be linked with Santorum’s ‘Google Problem’ and the story he wrote assessing it.”

Congrats and good luck to Steve.