Word on the Hill: How Do You Spell Cloture?

Edison statue, childhood education panel and opioid awards

Virginia Democrats Rep. Don Beyer Jr., left, and Sen. Tim Kaine, right, are reigning champs of the spelling bee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Virginia Democrats Rep. Don Beyer Jr., left, and Sen. Tim Kaine, right, are reigning champs of the spelling bee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted September 21, 2016 at 5:00am

Three years ago, vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., was on a different kind of big stage.

Kaine was the victor of the 2013 “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee, an honor shared by few others. Last year, fellow Virginia Democrat Don Beyer Jr. took home the gold.

Beyer is back with a dream team of Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Reps. Scott Peters, D-Calif., Tom Emmer, R-Minn., Mark Takano, D-Calif., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., to face the press at 6 p.m. at the National Press Club. Order tickets here and stay tuned for HOH’s coverage of the event.

Edison statue dedication

The dedication for the statue of late scientist and inventor Thomas Alva Edison takes place at 3 p.m. today in Statuary Hall. House and Senate leadership will preside over the ceremony. As Edison was born in Ohio, the state’s delegation is also slated to participate.

Ranger takes home the gold

At Pet Night on Capitol Hill on Tuesday night, the pug Ranger received the “Cutest Dog Award.” His owner is Lindsey Stanford, legislative aide to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on issues affecting LGBT Americans, aging, federal employees, the NIH and women. (For more adorable photographs, check out his Instagram page.)

Ranger the pug (Courtesy Ranger the pug's Instagram page)
Ranger the pug (Courtesy Ranger the pug's Instagram page)

Let’s talk childhood education

Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., will participate in a panel discussion on early childhood education surrounding the release of the documentary film, “Class of ’27,” at the Capitol Visitor Center, Room 268, at 5 p.m. The senators and education experts will discuss the experiences of children, parents and teachers in rural communities. Entry is free and you can RSVP here.

Shorts and blazers in Sen. Scott’s office

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., posted on Instagram on Tuesday a photo of him and his staff on the Senate steps — all wearing shorts and blazers. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented: “Best dressed office.”

(Photo courtesy of Scott's Instagram)
(Photo courtesy of Scott's Instagram)

Spotted: Former Senator day

Former Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, sporting one of his famous bolo ties, asked people in the Ohio Clock Corridor on Tuesday where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell‘s office was located. 

Former Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss in the Capitol on Tuesday.

Lawmakers awarded for fighting opioids

The Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose is giving out eight awards to recognize members of Congress for their work to end opioid abuse. The awardees are Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Fred Upton, R-Mich. 

#MenForChoice in D.C.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., will be special guest at NARAL Pro-Choice America’s  fourth annual Men for Choice event. At 6:30 p.m. at Baby Wale (1124 9th St. NW), this fundraiser is the largest of NARAL’s that celebrates men who support abortion rights.

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“Tim Tebow, I’m sure, is a fine man. His college career was terrific. … His professional career was kind of not so good.” — Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on the newly professional baseball player on the New York Mets.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com.

Bridget Bowman and Jason Dick contributed to this report.