Alex Gangitano

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Kennedy on ‘The View,’ and a peek inside the political handicapping factory

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Congressional Offices Announced as Democracy Award Finalists to Help Establish Trust in Congress
Congressional Management Foundation picks finalists in four categories

To try to “restore a little faith” in Congress, the Congressional Management Foundation on Friday announced the finalists for its first Democracy Awards.

The organization chose its finalists for their focus on constituent services, their workplace environment, innovation, and transparency.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Michelle Wolf to headline Correspondents Dinner, olive branches and statue switches

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

D.C. Area Students Skip School to Push Gun Legislation
Hundreds marched from the Capitol to the White House to demand action

D.C. area students marched from the Capitol to the White House on Wednesday to tell lawmakers, especially President Donald Trump, they have a voice that needs to be heard.

Hundreds of students arrived at 11 a.m. off the Capitol steps, backpacks on shoulders and signs in hands, to stand in solidarity with their fellow students who were shot at on Valentines’ Day in Parkland, Florida. Students in Florida and throughout the country marched out of their classrooms and took to the streets to demand action on gun legislation.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Sean Duffy gets a celebrity challenger, Rubio or a houseplant, and Stephen King isn’t a Poliquin fan

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Hurd Staffer Joins NFL Stars to Bring Water to Eastern Africa
Director of constituent services Jon Arnold lost his leg in Iraq 10 years ago

Army veteran Jon Arnold has had a remarkable life of public service, and he’s not even close to stopping.

Arnold, director of constituent services for Texas Rep. Will Hurd, is taking time off for a 10-day trip to Tanzania with Waterboys, a charity started by Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long. The initiative pairs disabled veterans and NFL players to raise awareness and funds for sustainable water wells in Eastern Africa.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
McCain’s wife, daughter send photos of ailing senator, Nolan explains himself, and MacArthur represents both sides

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Floor Charts for the Floor Show
Our favorite garish visual aids from a month of congressional floor-watching

Botched votes, eight-hour speeches, endless milling around — watching the House and Senate floors can be a thankless task. But the floor charts make it all worthwhile.

Lawmakers like these oversized and sometimes garish visual aids because they help them get their point across. The Twitter handle @FloorCharts posts some of the daily highlights, and Roll Call now provides a monthly roundup of the best of the best.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Harry Reid headed to hall of fame, on the lookout for dogs on the Hill

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

How Orrin Hatch Found His Twitter Groove
‘He has this incredible sense of humor, he loves self-deprecating humor, he loves age jokes’

It’s not easy to create one of the most popular Twitter handles in Congress when you’re speaking in your 83-year-old boss’s voice.

But Matt Whitlock, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch’s communication director, has done just that. The Utah Republican has about 65,000 followers.

Rep. Rodney Davis Recalls Lessons From His Staffer Days
Illinois Republican was longtime projects director for Rep. John Shimkus

Rep. Rodney Davis was a staffer in fellow Republican Rep. John Shimkus’ Illinois office before running for Congress.

Davis, now 48, worked for Shimkus for 16 years.

Digital Staffers Focus on Getting on Message
Democrats fighting to catch up to Republicans in numbers and training

Breaking through the noise is a typical goal in communications, but this year, staffers just want to speak with one voice. They’re making coordination a priority within their parties.

That coordination is most obvious when multiple congressional offices blast out the same message with the same graphics on the same day. Whether it’s criticizing the Republican tax plan or celebrating Ronald Reagan’s birthday, it’s all from the same script.

Flashback Friday: ‘A Series of Tubes’
Here’s a phrase from the past that you might not know the story behind

Here’s a congressional throwback — a phrase or part of Capitol Hill culture that a younger generation of Hill staffers may not know or appreciate.

Why do people sometimes talk about the “tubes” of the internet? Well, it dates back to the late Sen. Ted Stevens, who once used the term to express his opposition to net neutrality.

Staffer Poll: Harassment on the Hill
Staffers reveal the most disturbing information to come out of sexual harassment stories

Stories about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, particularly involving members of Congress, have piled up in the past several months.

Roll Call polled people who anonymously identified themselves as congressional staffers about how these revelations have affected work life in Congress. The poll was conducted online Feb. 5-9.

The Hill Through the Eyes of Staffers
Staffers Instagrams provide insight into life on Capitol Hill

Roll Call photographers capture scenes from the Capitol of staffers at work on a daily basis. But we wanted to see what staffers are capturing themselves.

Through congressional staffers with public Instagram accounts, we found images of Capitol Hill life through their eyes.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Wyden sends Tinder a valentine, Love on the Hill, and J-Law in town

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Utah Delegation Weighs In on Whether to Send Martha to Washington
Women’s suffrage pioneer Cannon is a ‘friend’ of Hatch and distant relative of Curtis

Martha Hughes Cannon is one step closer in her march to the nation’s capital. The women’s suffrage activist and doctor is being considered for one of Utah’s two statues inside the Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

The movement to replace the statue of Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, which currently stands in the Capitol, has little to do with people disliking him and everything to do with Cannon’s legacy.

Colorado’s Senators Catch Olympic Fever
Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet stage curling competition in Russell hallway

Bipartisan curling would be a congressional sport if Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet had anything to do with it.

The two put in some Olympics training of their own to honor the many athletes from their home state of Colorado competing in Pyeongchang.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Valentines Day, Ash Wednesday and a new Olympic sport

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Take Five: David Kustoff
Tennessee Republican saves time and money by not eating all day

Rep. David Kustoff, 51, a Tennessee Republican, talks about eating only once a day, how he’s proud of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and his morning routine.

Q: What has surprised you so far in Congress?