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  • #WTHill: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

    Two things every Congressional staffer has done during their career: Drink at the Capitol Lounge and play in the Congressional softball league. Think of them as rites of passage. The Missouri delegation met every Tuesday in “our” corner; it just so happens that it was also 10-cent wing night. Purely a coincidence…There I was one Tuesday, out way longer than I should have been and feeling on top...
  • #WTHill: Fight For What You Believe In While Looking Good

    I randomly asked a coworker what ‘gladiator’ means to her and she replied Russell Crowe. Photo courtesy of DreamWorks PicturesIt took me a minute as that is not what I was expecting. I was thinking more of the "gladiator in suit" a la Scandal. Courtesy of ABC StudiosBut it got me thinking, what’s the difference? Just because one wears protective armor and the other in a well dressed suit, they...
  • #WTHill: New Year, New Resolutions

    I’m going to just say it. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I never understood the need and always thought it should be a journey of self improvement. Then I read an article that stated every year deserves its own word. After my initial dismissal of the concept, I realized it’s one I can stand behind. It’s motivation to help put a focus on my challenges for the year. Thus, my 2014 word is Move...
  • #WTHill

    Unlike our NAA Chairman who grew up following politics, I can’t ever recall discussing politics in my house. My parents watched the nightly news and read the paper but we never discussed the political climate of the country. My dad read the front page every morning and I read the Lifestyle section. I never wanted to be in politics. I didn’t even like politics. My career in politics just fell in...
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