Patrick Meehan

Yesterday’s US Attorneys May Be Tomorrow’s Congressional Candidates
Abrupt ouster by Trump administration provides incentive

Dana Boente could be a plausible challenger to Republican Scott Taylor in Virginia’s 2nd District. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump’s abrupt ouster of almost half the country’s U.S. attorneys has done more than create yet another tempest for his nascent administration. It’s also created a new and potentially potent Democratic political class.

Campaign consultants in both parties have long identified prosecutors — especially those confirmed by the Senate to act as the chief federal law enforcement officers in the nation’s 93 judicial districts — as top-flight congressional recruiting opportunities. But, for reasons that aren’t all that obvious, the Republicans have propelled many more crime busters onto Capitol Hill than the Democrats in recent years.

Roll Call’s 2017 March Madness Bracket
Meehan, Villanova defending title

Every year, Roll Call matches members of Congress with the field in the NCAA men’s college basketball championship bracket.

Word on the Hill: Hockey Challenge
Maker Caucus events all day

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen celebrates a goal for Team Lawmakers during the 8th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge last year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members and staffers team up to face off against lobbyists tonight at the 9th annual Congressional Hockey Challenge

On the lawmakers’ roster, Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and John Katko, R-N.Y., will be joined by staffers and three Canadian members of Parliament.

Democrats Delight in Delaware Special Election
Party hopes turnout boost in legislative race marks beginning of a trend

Democrat Stephanie Hansen’s victory in Delaware last week kept the state Senate in Democratic hands. (Courtesy Hansen for Senate)

From the women’s marches to town hall protests, Democrats are starting to feel emboldened about their prospects in the midterms. A recent special election for the state Senate in Delaware only added to Democratic optimism, but the realities surrounding the race are more sobering.

Democrat Stephanie Hansen, a former New Castle County Council president, scored a 58 percent to 41 percent victory over Republican realtor John Marino last weekend. The win was described as “critical” by Daily Kos Elections, considering control of the Delaware state Senate was hanging in the balance. Democrats were specifically encouraged by a boost in turnout, particularly for a special election in February. 

Room Named For POW-Turned-Congressman Sam Johnson
B-318 in the Rayburn building is renamed in honor of Texas Republican

Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan signs a photograph of Texas Rep. Sam Johnson as he enters the dedication ceremony. (Alex Gangitano/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Sam Johnson’s legacy will permanently be a part of the House of Representatives.

Room B-318 in the Rayburn House Office Building has been named “The Sam Johnson Room” to honor the Texas Republican.

Word on the Hill: Sasse Tweets Turn Into Staffer Brawl
Animal lover Bob Dole gets an award

This isn’t Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse’s first Twitter rant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ben Sasse’s Twitter rants get even better when staffers get involved.

On Wednesday, the Nebraska Republican went off on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Word on the Hill: Seth Meyers Taping
D.C. sports desk updates

D.C. fans are hoping the Nats make it back to play in D.C. on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Seth Meyers is in town to film his late night show from the Warner Theatre. You can go to his daily monologue rehearsal at 2:50 p.m. or attend taping of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" at 5:15 p.m. until Thursday.

But, tickets to the taping are not so easy to get. The waitlist for seats opened up in August.

Philadelphia: A Rough-And-Tumble Town Puts on Its Best Face for the Democratic National Convention
Few cities embody nation's history so much

Philadelphia City Hall as seen from Broad Street. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Few American cities embody the nation’s history as much as Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Constitution, home to the Liberty Bell, site of the first Republican presidential nominating convention and, this year, another groundbreaking event: the nomination of a woman at the top of a major party’s presidential ticket.  

It’s also a tough town that lionizes its contribution to cuisine, the cheesesteak; adores fictional boxer Rocky Balboa so much it placed a statue of him at the Philadelphia Art Museum; suffers the scars of brutal racial tension; and is home to such raucous sports fans that the old Veterans Stadium, once home to football’s Eagles and baseball’s Phillies, had its own jail. And they once even booed Santa Claus.  

Millennials Rage Against the Machine (and Lose)
2016 has not been a good year for young Democratic hopefuls

New Jersey congressional candidate Alex Law had a plan, just not a viable one. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alex Law came to our candidate interview with three interns, and I think one of them was wearing shorts.  

Some of my colleagues chastised me for scheduling a meeting with a 24-year-old kid challenging Rep. Donald Norcross in a Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st District, considering Norcross comes from one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most powerful political families.  

Villanova Basketball Has a Fan in the President
The NCAA champs were welcomed at the White House

Barack Obama showed his love of college basketball one last time as president by welcoming this year’s NCAA champion  Villanova Wildcats to the White House.  

“I guess it is the blue and white house today,” Obama said, referring to Villanova’s school colors.