Heard on the Hill

On Their Pre-Election Checklist? Getting Married
Heller and Heinrich staffers tied the knot Saturday

Scarlet Doyle and Tony Samp met in 2013 through work. (Courtesy of Samp)

Aides from the offices of Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich and Republican Sen. Dean Heller did more than reach across the aisle Saturday. They walked all the way down it.

Tony Samp, 34, Heinrich’s senior policy adviser, and Scarlet Doyle, 27, Heller’s senior legislative assistant, got married at City Winery in D.C.’s Ivy City neighborhood.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Joe Walsh’s wife enters politics, Huffman’s book choice, Noem's #oops, and a hometown hero

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

Tim Scott’s Former Intern Shot in Chicago
South Carolina senator says DaQuawn Bruce is “full of joy despite the pain”

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., visits his former intern, DaQuawn Bruce, after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting. (Courtesy Sen. Tim Scott’s office)

After DaQuawn Bruce wrapped up his summer internship in Sen. Tim Scott’s office earlier this month, he returned home to Chicago for a quick break before heading to graduate school.

But less than two weeks later, the 23-year-old finds himself in physical therapy, recovering from a gunshot wound. Bruce was in his front yard on Friday in Chicago’s Riverdale neighborhood when he was hit by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting. The bullet entered through his lower abdomen, traveled across his abdominal wall and fractured his pelvis. No vital organs were hit or damaged.

Summer Reading, Lawmaker-Style
What members of Congress have been reading — and you can, too!

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., holds up his copy of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in his Cannon Building office in July 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Looking for a summer read? HOH has been asking lawmakers for months about the last book they read, and their choices have ranged from historical dives to books about their issues or districts.

Here are some of the interesting titles recommended by members of Congress.

Gary Peters’ Michigan Motorcycle Ride Includes Tariffs Talk
Michigan Democrat just finished his third annual #RideMI

Sen. Gary Peters has ridden his Harley around Michigan to meet constituents every August for the last three years. (Courtesy Sen. Gary Peters/Twitter)

For Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, an annual summer tradition has become a highlight of his year: driving his Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide around the state to meet with constituents. 

“If you have to go from Point A to Point B, why not do it on a motorcycle?” the Democrat said by phone Friday as he was heading out for the fifth and final day of his #RideMI bike trip. He ended it in Cadillac in Northern Michigan and spent all day Saturday riding back to where his journey began — his home in Bloomfield Township, outside Detroit.

#Flashback Friday: The Heard on the Hill ‘Blotto Files’
Five years ago, a time to reflect on drunken misdeeds

The August 6, 2013 Heard on the Hill went through “The Blotto Files” of congressional staffers who hit the sauce a little too hard. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

“Sometimes Hill staffers hit the sauce a little too hard,” Heard on the Hill reminded readers during the first full week of August recess five years ago. 

Followed, as outlined by HOH columnist Warren Rojas, was a rundown of “The Blotto Files” of congressional staffer misdeeds, including Rep. Rick Larsen’s “December to Remember” crew, and Rep. Steven Palazzo’s party-time Annapolis staff. 

D.C. Yoga Studio Offers F---Fascism Deal for Unite the Right Rally
“Let’s celebrate and fight for our right to be who we are,” Yoga District says

People perform yoga poses in the Upper Senate Park on July 22, 2010. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A D.C. yoga studio is taking the Unite the Right rally this weekend as an opportunity to call for peace and community.

Yoga District is offering a free meditation gathering for peace on Sunday at its studio on H Street from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.,  the company announced in a Friday email.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
#RideMI update, members together over recess and Moulton’s take on Trump

The Dirksen/Hart Senate subway line runs mostly empty during recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Tech companies for diversity, high temperatures and intern appreciation

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

Plaskett Cooks for Her Staff to ‘Bring Everybody’s Spirits Back Up a Little Bit’
Roll Call joined the Virgin Islands delegate for a potluck

Del. Stacey Plaskett's, D-V.I., favorite food is callaloo. (Thomas McKinless/ CQ Roll Call)

Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett is a self-described “foodie.”

“That’s the love my husband and I [have]. We think a date is going to the grocery store, a really great grocery store. I love ethnic foods. I love to understand not just the taste of the food but understand why and how it’s related to people,” she said.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Booker on Colbert, members over recess and thanks to Paul

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

When Getting ‘Trumped’ Means Extra Dessert
Jim Warlick’s latest project is Presidential Scoops

Ice cream cones sit on the counter at Presidential Scoops as an employee scoops ice cream at the store in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When John F. Kennedy ate ice cream, he was on a boat, in a polo shirt, with his mouth open wider than the cone.

It’s executive moments like those that inspire Jim Warlick. The political history buff and JFK fanatic has branched out into frozen treats with Presidential Scoops, just a block from the White House.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Big day in Ohio, lawmakers thanking veterans and members over recess

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Over Recess?
Peters motorcycle ride, Schatz’s Twitter campaign, and Payne “savage”

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

Youth Revolution’s on the Syllabus at Jamie Raskin’s Summer School
Maryland Democrat’s summer program was incubator for gun violence walkouts

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks to new fellows to kick off Democracy Summer on May 30. (Courtesy Raskin)

Rep. Jamie Raskin’s answer to the rough political climate is a little summer schooling.

“It’s been a tough time in Washington for the last couple years, and these young people give me hope,” the Maryland Democrat said of his political fellowship for 16- to 22-year-olds, Democracy Summer.