Cady Zuvich

Brian Baird Trades Congress for Family Time

For former Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., there is something to be said about the oft-ignored, rarely discussed “transition period” — that pivotal time when a member of Congress phases out of legislative life and must assimilate into a more normal one.

McCain Staffer Rachael Dean Lands at Javelin | Downtown Moves

Seven years ago, 20-year-old Rachael Dean entered the doors of Sen. John McCain's campaign war room just as the Arizona Republican's presidential race was getting off the ground.  

Now Dean, who first started as an intern, has left her post as press secretary in McCain’s press shop to take a shot at working in the private sector. After going from tackling graveyard shifts in campaign war rooms to fending off feeding frenzies beside McCain at the 2012 Republican Convention, she starts Monday at Alexandria-based Javelin, a public relations, literary and digital agency started by two Donald Rumsfeld team alumni.  

The GOP Twitter Shuffle: Eric Cantor Edition

Eric Cantor’s exit as House majority leader is near, yet he still reigns as owner of @GOPLeader , at least for now.  

If history in GOP Twitter accounts is telling, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., — who currently tweets from @GOPWhip — will take over the outgoing Virginia Republican’s Twitter handle, with Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., moving to McCarthy’s official GOP Whip account.  

Take Five: Rep. Cheri Bustos

It's time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

This week, Rep. Cheri Bustos , D-Ill., speaks about her career as a journalist at the Quad-City Times and growing up in the Land of Lincoln among politicians right at her kitchen table. A lightly edited transcript follows.  

FLOTUS Tweaks Congress Over School Lunch at Kids' State Dinner

First Lady Michelle Obama’s battle for school lunch reform continued to heat up Friday as she urged a room full of kids and parents to become advocates for healthy lunch programs, despite “grownups' ” attempts to block reform.  

“And while the vast majority of the schools are doing just fine with these new standards, those few complaining voices happen to be the loudest voices and they’re getting the most attention right now,” the first lady said at the third annual Kids’ State Dinner, slamming Congress for “undoing some of the progress” made.  

John Devaney Set to Take Leadership Role at Perkins Coie | Downtown Moves

John Devaney, who will soon become the new managing partner of law firm Perkins Coie , has some big shoes to fill.  

The law firm — whose clients include a collection of high-profile Democrats — announced earlier this month the change in the firm’s leadership. Come the new year, Devaney will replace Bob Giles, who has served as chairman for the past 28 years and will still act as an adviser to the firm.  

Jared Polis and Dan Maffei Welcome New Daughters

   

For Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., the past Fourth of July weekend was remembered for more than fireworks and American flags. The dads each celebrated births of their daughters, skipping out on typical Independence Day festivities.  

Malia Obama's July 4th Sweet 16

For the Obama family, Friday’s Fourth of July celebrations will also mark another milestone — Malia Obama’s sweet 16 birthday.  

President Barack Obama made note Tuesday during a speech in Washington of Malia’s upcoming Independence Day birthday, with the president showing some apprehension as Malia begins to inch toward adulthood.  

Mercury Public Affairs Adds Chris Mottola | Downtown Moves

Mercury Public Affairs added to its wave of high-profile hires made within the past year Friday, announcing that GOP media consultant Chris Mottola will join the firm’s team, bringing his consulting company Chris Mottola Inc. along with him.  

"Joining Mercury affords me the chance to work with a truly smart group of people who are experts in research, and understand how to translate the numbers attached to policy and politics into great creative content,” Mottola said in a statement.  

Congressmen Cover Prince, Battle Over 'Purple Rain,' 'Raspberry Beret'

Two congressmen took to Twitter to show off their musical chops, commemorating “Purple Rain,” Prince’s top-charting, critically acclaimed sixth album that turned 30 years old on Wednesday.  

First up was Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Also from Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, Ellison posted a 6-second Vine of himself from his office performing "Purple Rain," acoustic guitar and all. Ellison tweeted his disbelief in the album’s age and added the hashtag, “#Purplerain.”