Alex Gangitano

Word on the Hill: Party Time
Burgers in Cannon today

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is a day away. But Friday is a big night for parties to start the weekend off.

RealClearPolitics, the Distilled Spirits Council, the National Restaurant Association and the Beer Institute are joining for the first annual Toast to the First Amendment. It is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the National Restaurant Association, 2055 L St. NW.

Members and Journalists’ Kids Take Over Capitol Hill
 

Kids were spotted all over the Hill on Thursday for “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” — from Sen. Tom Cotton’s two-year-old hanging out at an Armed Services committee hearing to a pack of journalists’ kids storming the stage after the House leadership press conferences. Also, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles addressed a crowd of children, pare...
Simone Biles Tries to Get Shelley Moore Capito to Dance on TV
Gymnast and her ‘Dancing with the Stars’ partner were in the Capitol for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles tried to put some pressure Thursday on Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to dance on TV.

But Biles and her ‘Dancing with the Stars’ partner Sasha Farber couldn’t quite get through to the West Virginia Republican.

Word on the Hill: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Messages in pill bottles and Cory Booker’s birthday

In both the Capitol and the White House, staffers and the press corps have a chance today to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

House leadership has invited the media to bring their reporters-in-training to Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s weekly news conferences at 10:45 a.m.

Clay Brings Controversial Constituent Painting to House Floor
Missouri Democrat said Speaker Ryan should be “ashamed” of himself

A controversial painting from the Congressional Art Competition for high school students made an appearance on the House floor Wednesday.

Missouri Democrat William Lacy Clay brought his constituent’s artwork “Untitled #1” to the floor to defend the piece that depicted police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri.

Three Celebrities on Capitol Hill for Three Reasons
Rob Thomas, Billy Hurley III and Huw Collins on why they came to D.C.

This week on Capitol Hill, a musician, an athlete, and an actor came out to lobby for causes specifically important to them.

Singer Rob Thomas came to discuss the challenges facing songwriters and federal regulations on licensing and was joined by other singers including Peter Frampton.

Word on the Hill: Golf Day on Capitol Hill
Free pretzels and shuffling staffers

It’s National Golf Day, which means golf industry leaders and PGA Tour winner Billy Hurley III will be on Capitol Hill.

A coalition of golf’s leading organizations, known as WE ARE GOLF, is scheduled to meet with members of Congress to discuss the sports economy and impact.

Take Five: Dwight Evans
Pennsylvania Democrat explains how to order a Philly cheesesteak

Freshman Rep. Dwight Evans, 62, a Pennsylvania Democrat, talks about starting a charter school, representing universities, and how he likes to eat a Philly cheesesteak.

Q: What has surprised you so far in your time in Congress?

Breitbart Denied Capitol Hill Press Credentials
Conservative news outlet failed to prove it completely cut ties with White House strategist Steve Bannon

Breitbart News has been denied permanent Capitol Hill credentials after it failed to prove that it has cut ties with White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

The temporary passes that the conservative outlet, formerly ran by Bannon, has been using for two years will not be extended when they expire May 31, the Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Daily Press ruled, the Independent Journal Review reported.

Life After Capitol Hill: Ex-Staffer Is Connecting D.C. to Silicon Valley
Jamie Corley founded ‘The Bridge’ to serve as a translator

Is life after Capitol Hill located 3,000 miles away? One former staffer thinks so and wants to bridge the gap between Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley.

“I think a lot of good can come out of [it] if Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. learn how to effectively work together,” said Jamie Corley, 30.

Word on the Hill: Singers on Capitol Hill
Mark your calendars for WHCD parties

The ninth annual “We Write the Songs” event is tonight, hosted by the ASCAP Foundation and The Library of Congress. The foundation gave the LOC original manuscripts, lead sheets, lyrics sheets, photographs and letters from some of America’s music creators.

The event will include performances from singers Peter Frampton and Gordon Kennedy (“Baby I Love Your Way” & “Change the World”), Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty (“Smooth”), Eric Bazilian & Rob Hyman of the Hooters (“One of Us” & “Time After Time”), and Ledisi (“Pieces of Me”).

4 Arrests After Pot ‘Smoke In’ on Capitol Lawn

Four demonstrators with the pro-marijuana group DCMJ were arrested after lighting up joints on the Capitol lawn Monday afternoon, several days after a 4/20 event nearby that lead to seven arrests. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was at the scene....
Four Arrested for Marijuana Use Near Capitol
DCMJ lead second demonstration in a week that led to arrests

Police made four arrests when marijuana legalization advocates took out joints and edibles and used them on federal land during a DCMJ demonstration Monday.

The group led its #Reschedule420 smoke-in days after seven were arrested while handing out marijuana to congressional staffers on Thursday in honor of 420, also known as National Weed Day.

HOH’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Party List
See what is and isn’t going on this year

It’s party time again in Washington, D.C., as the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner quickly approaches.

The dinner is April 29 and the bulk of parties surrounding the event start on Thursday, most of which are invite-only, closed parties.

Tenney’s Son Received a Surprise Call From Trump Before Deployment
Sen. David Perdue tipped off the president about deployment of lawmaker's son

New York GOP freshman Rep. Claudia Tenney’s son received a phone call from President Donald Trump before he deployed to Iraq on Saturday.

Before Marine Corps 1st Lt. Trey Cleary left for a six-month deployment, he was surprised to hear Trump’s voice on the other end of a Friday phone call, Syracuse.com reported.

Word on the Hill: Welcome Back
Your social calendar for the week

The two-week April recess is over and members are slowly returning to Capitol Hill today and tomorrow.

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this weekend will dominate the week’s social scene, with parties beginning on Thursday and the main event on Saturday night.

Controversy Lingers Over Capitol Art Competition
Deadline for student art submissions is Thursday

Submissions to this year’s Congressional Art Competition for high school students close on Thursday while the controversy from last year’s contest still hasn’t dissipated.

Debate still lingers over the painting by David Pulphus, a constituent of Rep. William Lacy Clay, that depicted police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri. Some Republican members took matters into their own hands and removed the painting from where it hung with others in the Capitol tunnel.

Word on the Hill: Earth Day Celebrations
Smoothies and staffer shuffles

Happy Friday and last day of recess.

Tomorrow is the 47th annual Earth Day and here are ways you can celebrate Mother Nature.

Bummer on Capitol Hill: Seven Arrested at 4/20 Event
 

Seven people at a pro-marijuana legalization event outside the Dirksen Office Building were arrested on Thursday, three on possession with intent to distribute and four with possession. The event participants were giving out free joints to congressional staffers and believed they were on D.C. land where possession of marijuana is legal. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was on the scene.

Seven Arrested During Marijuana Handout to Hill Staffers
DCMJ hosted its first ever #JointSession in honor of 4/20

What was intended as a lawful handout of marijuana joints to Capitol Hill staffers on 4/20, also known as National Weed Day, ended in seven arrests.

The handout was organized by DCMJ and was entitled the first annual #JointSession on Thursday. Seven volunteers with the organization were arrested while distributing joints from a large bag. Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ, was of those arrested.