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Alan Grayson’s Double Life: Congressman and Hedge Fund Manager

by The New York Times on 02/11/2016

Ethics and Apartheid: How Israel Junkets Undermine U.S. Democracy

by Foreign Policy Journal on 02/02/2016

Lobbying World

by The Hill on 01/26/2016

For one day only, the Senate’s a matriarchy

by Roll Call on 01/26/2016

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Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 16, 2015

When a mailman dropped from the sky Wednesday with a special delivery for members of Congress, staffers who may have processed the letters through more typical channels took to Twitter instead.

Police descended on Florida man Doug Hughes after he landed at the Capitol as members and staffers looked on. In tweets, staffers wondered about security, USPS technology advances and centrally - why?

These are their top tweets:

Logan Dobson, communications adviser for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.):

"can CNN bring in some llamas to consult on this gyrocopter?" 

Jack Minor Jr., deputy digital director for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):

"Was gyrocopter man arrested because of the no-fly zone or because he did not use a renewable source of energy?"

Leigh Claffey, communications director for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.):

"All this talk about the gyrocopter is making me think of a Cesar salad wrap with a tiny little propeller on it."

Chris Peleo-Laza, correspondence manager for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.):

"Who had gyrocopter landing on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill in their office pool? #TheAnswerToWhosTheBigWinner"

Chris Connolly, legislative assistant for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.):

"You guys I really want a gyrocopter."

Trevor Foughty, deputy chief of staff/communications director for Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.):

"Does the postal logo on the gyrocopter tail fin mean this is the USPS's answer to Amazon's drones?"

Natalie Krings, communications director for Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.): 

"Is anyone else learning what a gyrocopter is for the first time today? #gyrocopter"

Tom Brandt, communications director for Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.):

"'So this one time I was flying my #Gyrocopter around the Capitol and...' - Brian Williams"

Madeleine L. Perry, new media director for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.):

"Trying to figure out the metaphor here. The man flying the helicopter represents America, the capitol police are corporations...?"

"But what does the helicopter represent? Freedom?"

Andrew Healey, staff assistant for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa):

"Nothing says 'campaign finance reform' like landing a helicopter on the Capitol lawn"




Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 15, 2015

As the nation remembered an assassinated president this week, lawmakers joined in honoring Abraham Lincoln on Twitter with photos, favorite quotes and even sketches of a leader who helped save the union.

Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre 150 years ago Tuesday and died the following day. Congress helped celebrate his legacy this week as an emancipator, Republican and fighter for freedom.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

"150 yrs ago today President Lincoln succumbed to his wounds. As Secretary Stanton said 'Now he belongs to the ages.'"  

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.)

"Church bells are ringing in DC remembering the passing of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago today."

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas):

"In remembrance of President Lincoln's assassination I thumbed through one of my favorite books, Lincoln at Peoria."

 Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.):

"150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Help me honor his legacy by fighting for freedom."

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.):

"Today we observe 150th anniversary of Pres. Lincoln's assassination, honor him for holding union together, emancipating millions #Lincoln150"

Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.):

"Honoring great leaders -- Yesterday: Thomas Jefferson's birthday. Today: 150th ann. of Abe Lincoln's assassination"

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.)

"150 years ago today, President #Lincoln was assassinated. His mighty legacy lives on. 'Now he belongs to the ages.'"

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah):

"Today marks 150 yrs since President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot. Im continually inspired by his wise words today"

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.):

"On this day in 1865, one of our greatest leaders, President Lincoln was shot. 1865 coverage from the NYT here:"

Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.):

"It's been 150 years since Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre. Here are 4 sketches I drew of how he aged in office."

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 14, 2015

A legislative staffer for Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) has registered to lobby at his new consulting job on behalf of Oklahoma State University.

Stratton Edwards was Cole's legislative counsel until last month, leaving after five years working in various positions in the office. Edwards now serves as legislative counsel at the Capitol Hill Consulting Group.

The lobbyist got his start on the Hill in 2003 as a staff assistant in another Oklahoma Republican's office, Rep. John Sullivan. For the university and university's Center for Health Sciences, Edwards has filed papers to advocate on health care, taxes, agriculture and education issues as well as homeland security.

Edwards, who has degrees from Washington University of St. Louis and George Washington University, has also worked in internships at the Department of the Interior and Marathon Oil Corp.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 13, 2015

As their colleagues rolled out presidential campaign announcements over the last few weeks, many of Congress' rank and file spent their April recess holding constituent town hall meetings at regional airports, fire stations, senior centers and hospitals.

Members of Congress have held 845 town halls with constituents so far this year and roughly a third, or 257, came in the last two weeks. LegiStorm tracks town halls by monitoring press coverage and social media.

Republicans in the House held 141 events during the recess period since the end of March compared to 46 for Democrats, while senators hosted 69 town halls, with 44 Republican events and 25 hosted by Democrats.

House representatives sat down for coffee, met aviation "stakeholders and enthusiasts" in Reading, Pa., and went underground in a West Virginia mine during a stop for an above-ground town hall. Senators conducted listening tours, hosted discussions on women's and senior issues at community dinners in Rhode Island, and interacted online via Twitter

So far this year, Republicans hold four of the top five slots for lawmakers hosting the most town halls, according to LegiStorm tracking. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) leads with 38, followed by Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) with 26, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) with 21, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) with 21 and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) with 18.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on April 10, 2015

The House Foreign Affairs Committee's Western Hemisphere Subcommittee has lost a professional staff member to Ford Motor Co.'s government affairs shop.

Ramon Zertuche started at the subcommittee in 2013 in his first job on the Hill and now serves as manager of international government affairs for the Americas at Ford. He has spent most of his career working at several organizations and agencies, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Inc., Inter-American Economic Council, Organization of American States and the Departments of Commerce and the Treasury.

Zertuche has not filed lobbying papers, but his new job takes him to a company that regularly lobbies on issues affecting the auto industry, from manufacturing to tax reform and highway funding. LegiStorm has tracked 65 former congressional staffers so far who have lobbied on Ford's behalf in the last 15 years.

Zertuche has a 2001 undergraduate degree in government, Latin American and Caribbean studies from Dartmouth College and a 2012 master's in international relations and international economics from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


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