Candidate Spotlight: Lisa Blunt Rochester Poised for Historic Victory

Delaware is one of three U.S. states that has never sent a woman to Congress. This November, the First State’s Democratic candidate for its at-large House seat, Lisa Blunt Rochester, may finally change that, and also become the first African-American ever in its congressional delegation.

In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3-to-2, it’s all but certain that Blunt Rochester will win on Nov. 8. Roll Call hit the campaign trail in Delaware this month to find out more about one of the likely new members of the 115th Congress.

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Heard on the Hill This Week: Bar Hopping on Debate Night

While voters throughout nation gathered around TVs for the third and final showdown between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano went bar hopping to Capitol Hill’s debate watch parties. These included a basement bar serving Trump-inspired cocktails and a Hill favorite with Clinton and Trump impersonators.

Also, straight from Nevada, senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski shares Minority Leader Harry Reid’s advice for the Washington Nationals at the end of their season.

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Meet the Capitol Hill Jesus Lady

She’s been a fixture on Capitol Hill for decades. Members of Congress, staffers, journalists and other community dwellers all know her and her signature mannequin — of Jesus. She’s Rita Warren, more commonly known around the Hill as Jesus Lady.

Since 1979, the 88-year-old activist has been hauling a life-size Jesus mannequin to the steps of the Capitol to share her message of faith in Jesus to passersby. But what is Warren’s backstory? What inspired her to begin this crusade nearly 40 years ago?

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Where Does the U.S. Stand With Zika Funding?

Shortly after the Senate rejected a GOP-written funding package that would’ve provided $1.1 billion to help combat the Zika virus, Congress left town for a seven week recess, leaving additional funding for addressing the Zika crisis up in the air. As the reallocated Ebola money began to run out this month, $34 million was shuffled from other projects at the National Institutes of Health to allow the department to continue to administer vaccines and further NIH research into fighting the disease.

Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said that if Congress doesn’t allocate additional funds to combat the crisis, the current money will run out in December.

“We asked for $277 million, and if you do the math and you look at all the money that was reshuffled in different places, when you pay it back we still need $196 million to go through 2017 and into 2018,” Fauci said.

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David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Is August Recess Work or Play?

A few weeks into the longest August recess in over three decades, Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks out the whiteboard to get to the bottom of an age-old mystery: how do lawmakers spend their summer vacations?

While members typically work 70 hour work weeks while Congress is in session, a survey by the Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resources Management found that they spend an average of 52 hours a week at work during the August recess as well. So how much time will lawmakers really be spending at the golf course this month?

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What Went Wrong For Debbie Wasserman Schultz

After WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails sent by Democratic National Committee officials that suggested the DNC favored Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries, embattled DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down from her post following the convention in Philadelphia. With supporters of Bernie Sanders decrying the DNC’s treatment of their candidate, Roll Call looks back on what went wrong this election cycle for Wasserman Schultz.

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Roll Call’s Democratic National Convention Highlights and Analysis

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Roll Call editors offered their expert analysis each night of the 2016 Democratic Convention, breaking down the politics of Hillary Clinton’s historic achievement as the first woman to receive the presidential nomination for a major U.S. political party.

DNC Day One Highlights and A Look Ahead

DNC Day Two Highlights and A Look Ahead

DNC Day Three Highlights and A Look Ahead

DNC Day Four Highlights and A Look to the General Election

Videography by Thomas McKinless, editing by Cody Long. Hosted by Nathan Gonzales, David Hawkings and David Ellis.