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Al Franken Explains the Minnesota Hotdish During Annual Cook-Off

The Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition was held Wednesday on Capitol Hill and Roll Call was there. Watch for who won (hint: it featured bear meat), who cheated (spoiler alert: someone didn’t just submit a hotdish to the hotdish cook-off) and lots and lots of warm food.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Steve Daines’ Joint Session Snap Story, Tim Scott’s Press Dinner Jokes
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano had a busy week in the district, from President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress to the annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner. Check out the video for Sen. Steve Daines’ Snapchat story prior to the president’s address, Sen. Tim Scott’s keynote remarks at the congressional dinner and Olympian Michael Phelps’ testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee.

HOH’s Valentine to You: Puppy Love 
 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosted their annual “Paws for Love” Valentine’s Day adoption event, which was attended by hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers on Tuesday. In the Rayburn Foyer, dozens of puppies and a few kittens were brought in by six animal rescue groups to play with attendees. ASPCA’s fifth annual event was extremely popular – “puppies!” was routinely exclaimed throughout the halls of Rayburn during the day.

Perry’s ‘Fun on Your Couch’ Gaffe to Franken
 

In a lighter moment Thursday at Rick Perry’s confirmation hearing to be secretary of Energy, the former governor said to Sen. Al Franken “I hope you’re as fun on that dias as you were on your couch.”

Heard on the Hill This Week: #HOHhalloween and Paul Ryan’s Musical Number
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano looks at politicians’ best Halloween costumes this year, from Sen. Ted Cruz as the Phantom of the Opera to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney donning a Mitt Romney mask. And of course Rep. Marc Veasey, who went all out for his Halloween festivities at an amusement park in Texas, where he performed on stage as a Music Man-inspired zombie.

Also, hear a musical foray into the thoughts of Speaker Paul D. Ryan from “This American Life” and the songwriters of “Frozen,” performed by Neil Patrick Harris.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Pre-Election DC Protests, Holmes Norton Depicted on Small Screen
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano checked out the annual 17th Street High Heel Race, a drag parade that this year protested Virginia GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock's positions on gay rights and gun control. Later in the week, Roll Call was on the scene for another protest, this one outside the Trump International Hotel. And D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will be depicted in the new Amazon series, "Good Girls Revolt."

Heard on the Hill This Week: Bar Hopping on Debate Night
 

While voters throughout nation gathered around TVs for the third and final showdown between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Roll Call's Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano went bar hopping to Capitol Hill's debate watch parties. These included a basement bar serving Trump-inspired cocktails and a Hill favorite with Clinton and Trump impersonators.

Also, straight from Nevada, senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski shares Minority Leader Harry Reid's advice for the Washington Nationals at the end of their season.

Office Space: Mark Amodei's Camp Nevada
 

Heard on the Hill This Week: Members Misspelling at a Bee and the Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano gives her week-in-review on the Hill, from reigning spelling bee champion Rep. Don Beyer Jr. dropping out first in the Politicians v. Press Spelling Bee, to Sen. Ron Wyden’s office pug winning a cute pet award.

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Congressional Buddies Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble Talk Friendship
 

Retiring Reps. Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble have been close friends since their first days in office. The two Republicans look back on their relationship, look forward to riding motorcycles together and visiting one another’s home states.

Roll Call sat down with the Republican duo to hear about how they became buddies at the Capitol.