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Former Arizona Rep. Ron Barber Returns to District Director Roots
Democrat accepted position with Rep.-elect Ann Kirkpatrick

Former Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., will return to his district director role, this time for Rep.-elect Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ron Barber will return to service as district director for the seat he once represented in Congress, starting in January, according to an announcement from 2nd District Rep.-elect Ann Kirkpatrick

“I asked Ron if he would serve as District Director because no one knows Southern Arizona better than him,” the incoming congresswoman said in a statement. “There’s no one who loves Tucson and Cochise County more than Ron. He is one of my top advisors, and I’m thrilled that he and Nancy are willing to step back into the arena to serve the people of Southern Arizona.”

House Intelligence Committee Staff Director Damon Nelson Dies
Nelson had worked for Devin Nunes since he came to Congress in 2003

Damon Nelson, staff director for the House Intelligence Committee, died Saturday following a brief illness. (Courtesy the House Intelligence Committee.)

Damon Nelson, the staff director for the House Intelligence Committee, died Saturday following a brief illness.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, Nelson’s boss, shared the news in a statement expressing “deep sorrow” for the death of his employee and friend. The California Republican did not provide further detail about Nelson’s illness. Nelson died at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland.

Rep. Chris Collins Is Combative in Post-Election Interviews
New York congressman says he will finish next term, but he faces insider trading trial before his next election

Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York blamed the negative perception of him among Republican voters on Democratic opponent Nathan McMurray and the media. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Rep. Chris Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president. These days, Collins sounds a lot like him.

Collins diminished the serious legal charges he faces, vilified the media and accused a critical constituent of being a “left-wing, radical liberal” in a series of defiant post-Election Day interviews with local media in in his Buffalo-area district.

Ex-Rep. Steve Stockman Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison
Texas Republican was found guilty of 23 fraud charges

Former Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, was sentenced Wednesday following conviction on multiple charges including mail fraud and money laundering. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman was sentenced Wednesday to 120 months in prison after a federal jury convicted him of 23 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission.

The Texas Republican was first elected in the 1994 GOP revolution, only to be unseated two years later. He returned to the House in 2013, but left after a term following an unsuccessful bid to knock off Sen. John Cornyn in the following year’s Republican primary.

Free, Quick and Convenient: Flu Shots at the Capitol
Office of the Attending Physician administers vaccines throughout the campus

Free flu shots for all congressional ID holders are available from the Office of the Attending Physician. Above, Kentucky Rep. Brett Guthrie gets his flu vaccination during a health fair in the Rayburn Building in September 2014. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call file photo)

Election Day is just around the corner, but flu season is already here. Anyone with a congressional ID can get a free flu shot — and mostly without a wait — right in the Capitol.

The Office of the Attending Physician administers flu shots at 10 locations across the Capitol complex each fall. The internal website for the OAP showed that all locations still had the vaccine in stock as of Thursday, but staffers told Roll Call they have been encouraged to get theirs soon because the OAP has limited supplies of the immunization. 

Capitol Insiders Make Their Predictions on the Midterms
Half of Republican aides say they'll keep control of the House, 9 in 10 Democrats predict they’ll take control

A voter arrives at the Philomont fire station in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, Rep. Barbara Comstock's district, on primary election day on June 12. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The midterm elections are just days away and both Republican and Democratic aides are hoping for the best.

In their responses to CQ’s Capitol Insiders Survey, half of Republican aides said their party would retain the House majority. That’s optimistic. Political prognosticators give the GOP little hope of that, given the large number of House GOP retirements and the antipathy toward President Donald Trump in suburban districts. The website FiveThirtyEight puts chances of a GOP House majority at 17 percent.

‘Congress Too’ Founders Launch Fundraising Effort for Fired Pregnant Staffer
Kristie Small says she was fired from Cueller’s office over pregnancy

Former Hill staffers have launched a fundraising campaign to help former Hill staffer Kristie Small, who says she was wrongly fired for being pregnant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The leaders of a group dedicated to fighting harassment and discrimination on Capitol Hill are raising funds for a woman who says she was wrongfully fired from her congressional job for being pregnant.

Kristie Small says that she was fired last week from a senior position in Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar’s office after revealing that she was pregnant.

Steve Bannon Is Now Giving Away Fundraising Food (And Other Campaign Calamities)
Low attendance plagues former Trump campaign and White House aide’s events

Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, aides to President Donald Trump, are seen on the West Front of the Capitol after Trump’s swearing in as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Less than two years ago, Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon was orchestrating rallies for candidate Donald Trump in front of dozens of thousands of people in some of America’s largest venues.

As the White House chief strategist until August 2017, Bannon advised the president on matters of national security, immigration reform and health care.

Child Care Woes and Waitlists Continue for Capitol Hill Parents
Even with expanding facilities, demand continues to grow among staff

A new study on child care options for children of Capitol Hill staff shows that many kids face long waitlists. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new study about child care on Capitol Hill calls the existing options for legislative branch staff “woefully inadequate to meet demand” and says child care challenges could be a factor in pushing Hill staffers to leave.

The House, Senate, Library of Congress, and Government Accountability Office have affiliated day care services, each within walking distance of the Capitol and the larger congressional office buildings. But there are many more congressional kids than seats at the pint-sized tables.

House GOP Incumbents Spent Hundreds of Thousands in Legal Fees to Head Off Crises
Mia Love, Scott Taylor, Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter all face competitive races

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., spent nearly $185,000 in campaign money on legal fees in the third quarter that ended Sept. 30. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At least six House Republicans combined to spend more than $325,000 in campaign funds in the most recent quarter alone on legal or crisis management fees related to brewing scandals that have wended their way into the court of public opinion — and, in some cases, real courtrooms.

New York Rep. Chris Collins, whom federal authorities indicted on Aug. 8 on 10 counts related to insider trading and securities fraud, shelled out $30,980.25 from his campaign account to the D.C.-based law firm BakerHostetler just three days later.