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Heard on the Hill This Week: Al Franken’s Hotdish and the Tallest Senator in Modern History

This week Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano checked out a Minnesota cooking competition hosted by Sen. Al Franken. In addition to sampling some North Star State “hotdishes,” Alex sat down with new Sen. Luther Strange, the tallest senator in modern history.

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.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Smithsonian’s Obama Documentary and a Super Bowl Wager
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano attended a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s new Barack Obama documentary at the National Museum of American History. Watch for a brief look at the film, as well as tidbits about Rep. John Lewis’ losing Super Bowl bet, and Sen. John McCain’s mom’s 105th birthday.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Poodle Emergency and McConnell’s Dinner Plans
 

It’s been a long week on the Hill, but no one has had a more “ruff” go of it than Rep. Mark Meadows’ poodle Jolie, who had a minor puppy emergency and had to be tended to by former veterinarian Rep. Ralph Abraham. Watch the video for more from Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano, plus special guest Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski on his “Take 5” interview with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Heard on the Hill This Week: Pence Borrows Reagan’s Bible
 

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.”