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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

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Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Veteran Photog Douglas Graham Quits Roll Call

Roll Call’s longtime  photo editor Douglas Graham has had enough of This Town. So after 30 years in the business -17 at CQ Roll Call – he’s heading for the exits. And he doesn’t mince words about why.

“I’m just tired of it.” Graham told FishbowlDC. “It’s like Groundhog Day.  Covering Congress is such a laser-focus part of journalism, instead of working for a regular daily where you get to cover lots of different things. And I’m just sick of Congress’ inability to do anything interesting anymore.”

The commute probably had something to do with it too. Graham lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of West Virginia, between Leesburg and Winchester. Downtown DC is a two-hour MARC train away. And as he puts it, “I like where I work, but I really like where I live.”

He had nothing but kind words for his colleagues at Roll Call though.

Tom Williams and Bill Clark are absolute masters,” he says, referring to his staff photographers. “And being their boss, I got to take credit for all their work. You couldn’t ask for a better team. And (former RC photog) Chris Maddaloni, I can’t forget him. I loved my job, loved working in DC, loved working at CQ Roll Call.”

Doug’s last day of work is January 31st. Then he’ll be freelancing in DC through February before returning to West Virginia to work on a new venture with his wife.

His final thoughts on leaving DC?

“I’m sad to leave, but not that sad.”

From the Road: The World’s Largest Reuben

Roll Call reporter Shira Toeplitz turned the lens on longtime photog Tom Williams Wednesday as he showed off what looked to be lunch for a family of four and maybe a horse. Actually, it was the “World’s Largest Reuben” sandwich, which they discovered while covering the Altmire-Critz primary. Someone on Critz’s staff suggested they find it at the legendary 40-year-old establishment, The Haven Bar.

“Tom didn’t finish the sandwich, but he got through half of it and took the rest home,” Toeplitz explained to FBDC this morning. “I never tried the sandwich because I was too full from eating my own southwestern Pennsylvania delicacy — a grilled chicken salad with french fries on top.”

This is Toeplitz’s third five-day Roll Call road trip with Williams during this campaign cycle, following trips to Iowa in august and Cleveland in February. “Things are getting serious, too,” she joked. “He met my mom yesterday when we were in my hometown of Pittsburgh.” (Shira got engaged to her real beau in February.)

Toeplitz wrote on Twitter, “This is what a $12 Reuben looks like in Johnstown, Pa. #pa12,”

 

Cantor Flak Dance Attack

Photograph by Tom Williams of Roll Call.

In news of the absurd…FishbowlDC recently stumbled upon some photos of Megan Whittemore, deputy press secretary to House Maj. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), spreading her legs all over the Capitol grounds. But unlike Jessica Cutler (“Washingtonienne”), Whittemore’s posing provocatively in the name of art. That’s right, she’s a dancer.  Earlier this week, Roll Call highlighted Whittemore’s modern dance moves in a feature story headlined “Choreographing Her Career.”  The photos from her shoot that didn’t make the cut (though captured beautifully by Tom Williams) are hilariously superb — Whittemore hanging upside down in a short, tight green dress with elderly tourists watching on; legs spread eagle in Statuary Hall, then up a wall in a stairwell. We’re not sure who green lighted this bizarre photo shoot but we are concerned about Cantor’s press ops. If Brad Dayspring is preoccupied with soft porn tweets and Whittemore’s out  igniting tourists with her sweet interpretive dance moves, just who is manning the phones?

Maybe they could combine efforts. Are you thinking what we’re thinking, SexyTwitPics?

 

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From the Road

As the campaign trail heats up, we’re once again seeking reporters to talk with us about their travels. Today’s guest is USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, who recently flocked to Iowa for an intense several days. If you have someone you’d like us to interview on the road, let us know at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.


Photo by Roll Call‘s Tom Williams: Taken at Newton’s Paradise Cafe en route to the Black Hawk County GOP fundraiser where Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann all spoke.

1. What’s the worst thing you ate last week….and the best? Mango sugar-free red bull smoothie … for both questions.

2. Would you ever want to live in Ames? I could live in any state they have Diet Coke and Big Ten football (except Michigan).

3. Is there camaraderie within the press corps on the road? Of course! How do you think I found the red bull smoothie? The competition never goes away of course, but just like covering Capitol Hill or anywhere else where there are a huge group of reporters covering one event, at the end of the day you are all in it together.

4. What kind of hours did you keep generally? I feel like time exists only two ways on the campaign trail – whether you are late to an event or early.

5. What is the strangest thing you observed last week? The line for meat sundaes and the sundaes themselves.

6. If you had to guess right this second, who will be the GOP candidate? My Magic 8-ball says “Better not tell you now.”

The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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A Famous Recess Bash

It’s cocktail time…at least that’s what our friends at FamousDC tell us.  This Thursday, the famed bloggers of FDC and an equally famous event committee: Anne Brady, Jessica Brady, Charles Chamberlayne, Sara Diaz, Robert Grant, Blair Milligan, Marissa Mitrovich, Lauren Torlone, Brian Walsh and Tom Williams, will host a recess bash on the roof of Cava at 527 8th St. SE.

If you’re famous for DC, fame-curious or just need an excuse to booze, join the crew at Cava from 6-9 pm.  *Cash bar.

Roll Call Photogs Snag Six WHNPA Awards

Photographers Tom Williams and Bill Clark made out like bandits in this weekend’s White House News Photographers Association photo contest.  The dynamic duo from Roll Call won a total of six awards combined.  Williams, a FishbowlDC fav,  took 1st place in the “On Capitol Hill”  category for his photo of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) after being censured on the House floor for ethics violations.  Clark won the “Portrait” category for his photo of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) supporters posing with Michelle Obama magazine covers.  Congrats to Bill and Tom!

For the full list of winners and photos, click here.  For the winning Roll Call photos, here.  Internal memo from Doug Graham announcing the guys’ successes after the jump.

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Brotherton Leaving Roll Call’s HOH – and Traditional Journalism

Another one bites the profession.

Elizabeth Brotherton, lead writer for Roll Call‘s HOH gossip column, is going to Green Media Toolsheds Netcentric Campaign Division as the new media senior writer and editor. A goodbye fest has been scheduled for next week.

We wish her all the best.

Brotherton remarked to FishbowlDC, “I’m sad to be leaving Roll Call, and I’ll especially miss all of the wonderful people who I’ve worked with here over the years. But I’m excited about this new opportunity.”

Photograph above taken by Roll Call photog Tom Williams.

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