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December 30, 2013
This year, doing the business of the People’s House was, at best, a struggle. It’s well-known that 2013 was, legislatively, the least productive session in congressional history. Leaders strained to get to 218 — a majority in the 435-seat House (in case you had no idea where the blog name came from). And there were some pretty notable news stories as a result of all this congressional dysfunction.
But as painful as the year was for members, covering the House was a pleasure, one which we here at 218 only had the honor of doing for about half the year.
In that short time, 218 — or “Goppers,” as we were formerly known, which rhymes with “Whoppers,” for all you still wondering about that — had more than a few favorite stories.
Among the labors of love, there was a piece about the 10 Republicans who could one day be speaker, a story on an internal August playbook that went out to House Republicans telling them to profess how they were fighting Washington, and a piece (in response to his “calves the size of cantaloupes” comment) asking the question: How do you solve a problem like Steve King? Full story
September 9, 2013
We’re giving a new name to what should be a very familiar blog.
Staff reporters Emma Dumain and Matt Fuller will now be filing multiple posts a day to “218,” just as they have been doing for the past few months to the old “Goppers,” one of the most popular destinations on rollcall.com.
The name change reflects the new reality in the House of Representatives, where the Republican leadership used to set an agenda that everyone in Washington set their clocks by. Hence a blog that focused almost exclusively on GOP’s inner machinations.
Today’s House is more of a roiling cauldron of conflicting agendas, ambitions and partisan food fights. Speaker John A. Boehner is still the center of most the action, but other power centers are cropping up every day — some in his own GOP caucus, others over in the Democratic side of the aisle — demanding coverage and Roll Call’s signature political analysis.
The number 218, of course, is the threshhold of votes needed to pass a bill, adopt an amendment, approve a motion to recommit, or otherwise get your way on the House floor (assuming a full House of 435 members).
Whatever it takes to get to 218 is what everyone in Washington will be watching closely in the coming months. And that’s what this blog — and its authors Dumain and Fuller — will be covering like glue.
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