Michael E Capuano

Opinion: Democrats’ Own Spanish Inquisition Could Burn Party
How Democratic ‘restisters’ stand to hurt party’s chances in November

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign stage a sit-in at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. With the party’s progressive wing flexing its muscle in primaries, Democrats run the risk of nominating general election candidates far out of the mainstream, Winston writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When a Democratic candidate picks up nomination papers, to quote Monty Python, “nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition” — that is until now. More and more, Democratic primary candidates are being treated to a litmus test that feels more grand inquisition than great debate.

A particular brand of progressivism rooted in the “Resistance” is growing in its distemper and disassociation with what these activists see as outdated, traditional Democratic ideology, further dividing their leaderless and, as they see it, increasingly aimless Democratic Party.

Rising Stars 2017: Members of Congress
Four lawmakers to watch

CQ Roll Call’s Rising Stars of 2017 include four members of Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Washington has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump, but there are many in this city who will now wield power and influence either through their wits, careful planning or just dumb luck. 

CQ Roll Call has identified 17 of these people to watch in 2017. Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. 

Crisis Averted but Future Is Still Unclear for House Watchdog
Republicans promise bipartisan review of Office of Congressional Ethics

Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano, who chaired the committee that recommended the creation of the Office of Congressional Ethics, says he would welcome looking at potential revisions to the office. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans might have ditched a plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. But the future of Congress’ only outside ethics review board is far from guaranteed.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, or OCE, has been under fire from both parties since it was created eight years ago. Now the House GOP majority is promising to revisit a potential overhaul before the end of this session, possibly as early as August.

Word on the Hill: Is Your Resolution to be Healthier?
Here’s what’s happening this week

A sign announces the "Get Fit" program outside Senate Carry-out. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

If your New Year’s resolution is anything along the lines of getting in better shape, the Capitol wants to help you reach your goal.

Today is the launch of the “Get Fit” program in dining areas, especially the Senate Carry-out, judging by the giant sign outside. The program provides meals under certain calorie amounts marked with a big green circle label that reads “FIT.”

The Sisterhood of the Capitol Hill Staffers
Women’s Congressional Staff Association wants more women in higher positions

Eliza Ramirez, from the office of Massachusetts Rep. Michael E. Capuano, is president of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Capuano Files With FEC, But One District Over
The Massachusetts lawmaker frequently runs unopposed and has made this gaffe before

Capuano (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Rep. Michael E. Capuano filed his notice of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, he indicated that he would be seeking the 8th District seat in Massachusetts. The odd thing is that Capuano represents the 7th District — it's his fellow Democrat Stephen F. Lynch who represents the 8th.  

The Ethics Committee member has never faced meaningful opposition and frequently runs unopposed. Lynch also ran unopposed in 2014, so without new district borders there appears to be no reason for Capuano to file in the 8th.