Alex Gangitano

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?

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Mardi Gras, and Rick Steves is talking weed

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.

From 1820 to 2018: The Road to an All-Female Correspondent’s Committee
Women reported on the Senate a century before they served in it

Capitol Hill journalists elected the first all-female Standing Committee of Correspondents on Jan. 18.

USA Today’s Deirdre Shesgreen chairs the five-person panel, which will serve through the year’s end.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?

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.

McCaul and 10-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Push Legislation
Texas Republican says Sadie Keller is the best advocate for his childhood cancer bills

When Rep. Michael McCaul was in grade school, he lost his best friend to cancer. It has always affected him, especially when he meets with constituents whose children are sick.

And then three years ago, he met an inspiring new friend.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
The sleep-through shutdown, hating on Rand Paul, and let the games begin

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 Around the Capitol?
Watson offers Trump one of her hats, LoBiondo tells Eagles fans to behave themselves

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.

Pyeongchang Sendoff: Members of Congress Honor Olympians
Lawmakers celebrate skating Floridians, LGBT athletes and a brother-sister duo

A sunny town in Florida is sending three speedskaters to the Olympics — and it doesn’t even have an ice rink.

Erin Jackson, who trained on inline roller skates, grew up in Ocala. She is the first African-American woman to make the U.S. long track team.