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July 15, 2015

Capitol Bike Accident Reveals Cyclists’ Challenges in D.C.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Emily Estus’ daily bicycle route to work includes a stretch along the Capitol grounds, but her commute took a turn for the worse one day in April.

As the 23-year-old D.C. resident rode on the north side of the Capitol through the parking area along Constitution Avenue, a regular pathway for cyclists, she collided with a car as it turned into a parking spot. Full story

June 18, 2015

Region’s Leaders Demand Metro Accountability

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Federal Transit Administration released a scathing report Wednesday detailing the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s safety and management failures, leading the region’s officeholders to demand accountability.

“The FTA’s safety audit confirms my belief that WMATA is in need of a management restructuring and organizational turn-around,” District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “I will continue to work with the District’s appointees to the Board of Directors and our regional partners to demand accountability.” Full story

June 10, 2015

Report: Congressional Websites Not Ready for Secure Connection

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Go to any congressional website and you’re sure to find a form for constituents to contact their lawmakers. But a recent analysis found most congressional websites are not equipped to protect that data as it is transmitted.

The Sunlight Foundation, a group that advocates for government transparency, recently published an analysis of congressional websites that revealed only 15 percent of sites are ready to implement a secure browsing connection, known as Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. This code is visible at the beginning of a Web address and usually appears with a padlock next to it. Full story

May 19, 2015

GPO’s Real Estate Firm Disputes Criticisms

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The global real estate firm tasked with crafting a plan to develop the Government Publishing Office’s parking lot is disputing an independent report claiming it mishandled lease negotiations with another government agency.

The GPO awarded CBRE a consulting services contract for the parking lot development last week, citing the firm’s experience with other federal government projects. But the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General found flaws in the firm’s lease negotiations and estimated the postal service could be overpaying $9.5 million a year for leases negotiated by the company. Full story

May 15, 2015

Obama Honors Fallen Officers at Capitol Memorial

Hundreds of officers and their families gathered at the memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Officers and their families attended the memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families from every corner of the country gathered at the Capitol Friday to honor their fallen brethren.

At the 34th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, the local, state and federal officers, dressed in full uniforms, gathered on the West Front lawn for the solemn ceremony, which included remarks from President Barack Obama.

“Your jobs are inherently dangerous; the reminders are too common,” Obama said. “We cannot erase every darkness or danger from the duty you’ve chosen. We can offer you the support that you need to be safer.” Full story

May 7, 2015

Not Your District PAC Increases Outreach, Efforts

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Justin Robinson was scrolling through Facebook comments on a certain Maryland Republican’s page in December, he had an idea.

“This is great,” he thought as he saw the scores of District of Columbia residents commenting in opposition to Rep. Andy Harris’ push to block marijuana legalization in D.C. “But some staffer is reading this. [Harris is] not going to see it, or care.”

So the local DJ and restaurant server left his own comment, saying D.C. residents should start a super PAC and target Harris’ re-election. Then he said he realized that was actually a good idea. Full story

May 4, 2015

Paul Weighs In on Cruz Effort to Block D.C. Law

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combating workplace discrimination, seemingly supporting Cruz’s effort.

Last week, the House voted to block the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Texas Republican urged the Senate to take similar action. Paul appears to support the effort to block the law, which conservatives said could violate religious freedom. Full story

May 1, 2015

Capitol Police Investigating Gun Report Leak

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol VIsitor Center. (Photo courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol Visitor Center. (Photo obtained by CQ Roll Call)

After two CQ Roll Call reports Friday called attention to safety lapses involving firearms in the Capitol and raised eyebrows among concerned members of Congress, police officials announced a new investigation — into how CQ Roll Call got the story.

U.S. Capitol Police said an independent body is investigating the source of a report of instances of guns left unattended in three occasions on the Capitol complex. Full story

April 30, 2015

House Votes to Block D.C. Law

Norton said the resolution was "a double whammy." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Norton said the resolution was “a double whammy.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a largely symbolic move, the House voted mostly down party lines late Thursday night to block a District of Columbia bill that D.C. officials say would combat workplace discrimination.

A corps of mainly Republicans passed a joint resolution of disapproval 228-192, aimed at the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, which dictated that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their reproductive health decisions. Conservatives argued the act could force employers to violate their religious beliefs. Full story

Members Urge Capitol Police to Allow Sledding

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Through an amendment to a spending bill, lawmakers are urging the Capitol Police to allow D.C. residents to sled on Capitol Hill.

The ban on Hill sledding garnered attention this past winter, as families were turned away, sleds in hand, from sliding down the snowy hill with the Capitol in the background. Capitol Police reportedly told one hopeful sledder that a congressional appropriator insisted the ban be enforced. Full story

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