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Sledding on Capitol Hill
Sledding on Capitol Hill

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▪ “I look forward to taking Sam with me next snowfall to officially lift the sledding ban for our kids and their families.” — Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Washington D.C. delegate to the U.S. House, on news that the ban against sledding on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol was about to be lifted.

Holmes Norton was speaking about California congressman Sam Farr, a Democrat, who introduced language to remove the ban. “Sledding on Capitol Hill is one of the longest-standing traditions in the District of Columbia,” Holmes-Norton said.

▪ “Any override of the governor’s veto, even with the majorities that [legislative Republicans in Missouri] enjoy right now is extraordinarily difficult, and ‘right-to-work’ will be no exception.” — Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson recently gauging the GOP’s chances of overriding an expected veto by Gov. Jay Nixon of the anti-union legislation.

Richardson appears to be on the money with this forecast. Legislative insiders don’t expect an override of a likely Nixon veto.

▪ “I shook her HAND! I didn't think she'd come out. Face to face! Holy smokes!" — Ronald Zuehlke, a former farmer who stocked the pet aisle at Target for 13 years on recently meeting Hillary Clinton in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The response to Clinton in Iowa has been somewhat muted if only because she travels with a Secret Service detail that interferes with her ability to mingle with audiences.

▪ “I might. I have to ponder it. I will put it on my list for due consideration.” — Hillary Clinton last week mulling over the idea of taking questions from reporters.

Clinton was kidding. She then began a brief Q&A with the traveling press corps. By the press’ own count, it had been 40,150 minutes — or about a month — since Clinton last responded to questions.