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Hinson on Republican Party and suburban women: ‘Words matter’

Ashley Hinson thinks she can bridge the divide between the Republican Party and suburban women. “I am one,” she said.

Iowa culture shock: Moving to the Midwest to staff a presidential campaign
Getting to know Hy-Vee supermarkets and Kum & Go gas stations

Former Rep. John Delaney has been running for president for over two years, and his campaign has had a presence in Iowa for much of that time. CQ Roll Call sat down with Gregory Christensen, a staffer for Delaney’s Iowa campaign team, to talk about the culture shock of uprooting from the coast...
The Iowa State Fair: Our hits, misses and lessons learned
Political Theater, Episode 88

DES MOINES, Iowa — For all its quaintness and fun, the Iowa State Fair does a pretty good job of approximating politics at the national level, be it questions about electability and charisma or trade and agricultural policy.

“The debate within the party that is happening right now, is happening right in front of me at the Iowa State Fair between these two people,” CQ Roll Call senior politics writer Bridget Bowman says, recounting a conversation between a couple after hearing South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg speak at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox on Aug. 13. The couple, both of whom told Bridget they were impressed with Buttigieg, were torn between what was more important for a Democratic candidate: offering bold ideas or being more likely to beat President Donald Trump.

Former Iowa governor: Take rural voters seriously
Ex-USDA secretary helped 2020 Democrats shape their rural policies

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack helped devise a handful of Democratic presidential candidates’ rural platforms, including those of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden, as part of his effort to boost Democrats’ appeal to rural voters.

‘Embrace it and take it all in’: Former Rep. David Young on the Iowa State Fair

Political Theater host Jason Dick sat down with former GOP Rep. David Young at the Iowa State Fair, where the congressman once worked as a teenager. Young is running once again for his old congressional seat, now held by Democratic Rep. Read more...
Tearing up the rules with puppets and Hendrix: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of July 29, 2019

Senators made their exit from D.C. for the August recess this week, but not before tearing up the Senate Judiciary Committee rulebook, making carpe diem puns and dressing up in matching outfits.

Leahy tears up committee rulebook after Graham pushes immigration vote
‘Tear them up,’ the Vermont Democrat says

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham pushed forward a committee vote Thursday on an immigration bill, despite protests from the panel’s Democrats that he was breaking the rules.

Watch: Staffers leap from the Hill to the improv stage
Heard on the Hill crashes improv rehearsal with a few staffers

Heard on the Hill reporter Kathryn Lyons caught up with current and former staffers to talk about their not-so-secret second life off the Hill: as players in the D.C. improv scene....
Lawmakers stick to their scripts during Mueller hearing

Despite all the anticipation ahead of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s testimony, were any lawmakers really going to change their minds?

Mueller Madness: Check out the Rayburn frenzy at today’s hearing

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller testified Wednesday in one of the most anticipated committee hearings of the decade, and the media and public showed up in full force.

Behind the scenes of covering headline committee hearings
Undercover Capitol: taking you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will testify before two House committees on Wednesday, an event that will no doubt get wall-to-wall coverage from the news media, despite the fact the Mueller is unlikely to actually say anything new.

Dark spirits were at play in Congress this week: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of July 15, 2019

“This has been a difficult and contentious week, in which darker spirits seem to have been at play,” said House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy during a long and stressful week on the Hill, which saw controversial tweets, members fearing Facebook and a House member straight up ditching his post on the House floor.

Blockchain Caucus co-chair: Ease up on Facebook's Libra

Rep. David Schweikert, co-chair of the Blockchain Caucus, warns that members of Congress may be letting their "disdain for Facebook" cloud their judgement on what he says is an opportunity....
House floor erupts into chaos after Nancy Pelosi remarks criticizing Trump
Cleaver sets down gavel after lamenting members just want to fight

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II abandoned the House floor Tuesday after a parliamentary skirmish regarding Speaker Read more...
GOP leaders aren’t calling Trump’s tirade racist

“No,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said when asked if President Donald Trump’s tweet attacking four lawmakers of color was “racist.”