- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Iran, architecture and fur

Just noticing … there are three Hill news conferences scheduled for tomorrow, according to the House Radio and Television Gallery. Usually there are at least 8 pressers scheduled about policy.

News Conference

Subject: Reps. Jim Moran, Ferguson et al introduce the Cat and Dog Fur Act.

At: 10:00 AM

On: 02/07/2007

Location: 1116 LHOB

News Conference

Subject: Rep. Blumenauer et al release survey ranking America’s favorite 150 pieces of architecture.

At: 10:30 AM

On: 02/07/2007

Location: 2105 RHOB

News Conference

Subject: Reps. Markey, Shays et al examine nuclear safeguards fix in light of Iran and N.Korea programs.

At: 12:00 PM

On: 02/07/2007

Location: 1334 LHOB

Perhaps members - with the exception of Markey and Shays, of course - plan to be feeling a little “under the weather” after tonight’s Congressional Dinner?

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

How to get elected

“Just fill the potholes, that’s all I can tell you. And I’m sure you are.” — President Bush’s advice to Manassas Mayor Douglas S. Waldron this morning during a visit to Micron’s facility in the city.

— Stephen Dinan, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

Hill salaries

The chief barber in the U.S. Senate earned $5,800 per month from April through September last year, according to new salary disclosures published by LegiStorm.

Mario Dangelo’s salary those six months totaled $34,836, LegiStorm reported, up from the $33,663 he earned in the previous six-month period. That’s before taxes, of course.

The Senate salon, located in the Russell building on Constitution Ave. Northeast, is open to anyone working here on the Hill. A men’s haircut runs about $21.

Legistorm, which started up last September, provides a database of Congressional staff salaries in an attempt to make government more transparent. Before LegiStorm posted salary information, citizens would have to scour records in the House and Senate document rooms.

The group announced yesterday a new Congressional forum and said folks who post to the site will be entered every two weeks into in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to PS 7’s restaurant.

They plan to add more prizes, and noted another incentive - posting is anonymous.

The idea is to allow Hillies in the know to post commentary on Congressional ethics and the like. Organizers at LegiStorm also are offering $75 for old Congressional expense reports.

— Christina Bellantoni, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

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