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Posts by Jason Dick
March 4, 2015
Yellow police tape blocked access to the Capitol, a sign of enhanced security for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a colorful accent to the fight over funding the Homeland Security Department.
Why was this Tuesday different from any other? An ice storm. Black-hatted Orthodox Jews. Protesters. A Capitol Police armored car. Elie Wiesel. Robert Kraft and the Lombardi Trophy. Three floor managers at one time on the House floor. Senate President Pro Tem Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, sitting in the presiding officer chair most often occupied by the absent Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Netanyahu’s staff live-tweeting, in violation of House rules. Full story
March 2, 2015
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rep. Terri A. Sewell has her constituents in Alabama. Then she has “the” constituent.
“Everyone knows [who] the real congresswoman from the 7th District is,” the Alabama Democrat said. Her staff backs her up, almost in unison: “Nancy Sewell.” Full story
SELMA, Ala. — There’s “Selma” the movie, a powerful testament to the Civil Rights Era. And there’s Selma the city, where vacant storefronts abound on Broad Street, the main thoroughfare leading to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
“No one’s going to care about home more than we do. And I have a great sense of community that was nurtured in Selma,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell told CQ Roll Call during an extended interview in her district office recently. Sewell was born on Jan. 1, 1965, about two months before “Bloody Sunday,” “Turnaround Tuesday” and the Selma to Montgomery March, galvanizing events of the Civil Rights Era.
Virtually her entire life, the Democrat’s hometown has been a symbol of the movement, and as the representative of Alabama’s 7th District, she’s fought for Congress and the rest of the country to recognize its accomplishments. Full story
February 24, 2015
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Perhaps it’s fitting that an African-American man who addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in support of Barack Obama and the 2012 Republican National Convention against Barack Obama is running in a nonpartisan race here against a man named “Strange.”
Former Rep. Artur Davis, a native of this city who once represented Alabama’s 7th District as a Democrat, is about to test the life lessons espoused by his successor, Democratic Rep. Terri A. Sewell. Davis’ one-time ally likes to tell public school kids not to take short cuts, to be proud of who they are and where they’re from and that they can always go home. Full story
February 20, 2015
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — “I come to places like Sidney Lanier so you can see, congresswomen look like me,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell tells a roundtable of student journalists here at Sidney Lanier High School.
With apologies to the late novelist Thomas Wolfe, the Alabama Democrat contradicts the title of his 1940 book, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” Full story
July 30, 2014
Not everyone gets cards from Fermilab.
Democrat Bill Foster’s Longworth office is a modest one, its small waiting area festooned with the requisite Lincolnia befitting a House member from Illinois.
Amid the Land of Lincoln regalia is a more personal effect of the man who represents the 11th District, offering a hint of his role as Congress’ science guy. Displayed on the shelves are greetings and salutations from his friends at Fermilab, the national laboratory where Foster helped hunt down the top quark and pursue other experimental physics for nearly a quarter century. The snow-scaped image of Fermilab’s upside-down-Y-shaped Wilson Hall helps define who Foster is: a man whose scientific acumen has informed his life as an entrepreneur, physicist and public servant.
Foster has been proudly flying the science flag in the halls of Congress. On the floor, he’s gleefully pushed for the House’s science measures, even working in references to Star Wars.
In June he hobnobbed with Bill Nye the Science Guy at the White House Maker Faire, a kind of summit to push innovative entrepreneurship.
This is a man who seems comfortable verging into science geekiness.
June 10, 2014
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary Tuesday night in an upset that stunned Capitol Hill. College professor David Brat defeated Cantor, 56 percent to 44 percent, according to The Associated Press. Below is more information about the Virginia Republican and his district from his CQ member profile.
Officially, Cantor is the House majority leader. Unofficially, he serves as the GOP leadership team’s bridge to the younger and more conservative segments of the Republican Party. He is a powerful ally (and reputed occasional rival) of Speaker John A. Boehner.
Cantor wears stylish suits and speaks in a Southern drawl. Widely viewed as a speaker-in-waiting, he made clear after tough elections in 2012 that he would not challenge Boehner, calling him a mentor in a “real partnership” that is “focused on trying to deliver results.”
“I stand with Speaker Boehner when he says, ‘Let’s rise above the dysfunction, and do the right thing together for our country,’” he said in November 2012. “Economic growth, entitlement reform and solving our spending crisis are our top priorities.”
October 28, 2013
Former Republican Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona was sentenced to three years in prison for a rap sheet of crimes including extortion, bribery, corruption, money laundering, wire fraud, conspiracy and racketeering.
Renzi, first elected in 2002, retired from Congress in 2008 under a cloud of suspicion arising from a land deal in Arizona. In 2002 and 2003, Renzi sold his stake in a real estate investment company in two separate deals to business associate James Sandlin. In 2005, Renzi introduced legislation to swap land owned by Sandlin for federal land. At the prospect of the bill, Sandlin sold the property for a significant profit — another investment group paid Sandlin $4.6 million for the land — while the legislation, which never became law, was under consideration.
According to the federal indictment, Sandlin paid Renzi $733,000 for his services — a sum of money Renzi never reported on his congressional financial disclosures.
On Monday, Sandlin was sentenced to 18 months of jail for his part in the deal.
Renzi was also convicted of insurance fraud for diverting the premiums paid to his insurance firm to fund his first campaign for Congress. Altogether, Renzi was convincted on 17 counts and Sandlin on 13 counts related to fraud.
“Mr. Renzi abused the power — and the corresponding trust — that comes with being a member of Congress by putting his own financial interests over the interests of the citizens he had sworn to serve,” acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman, of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said in a DOJ statement.
Both men are set to begin their sentences in January.