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Special Report: Roll Call

by Lucas Everidge

Political enthusiasts everywhere used to read Roll Call every week from their website. However, starting in January, 2003 the stopped allowing the free reading of their news online. In order to read it now, you must subscribe to the paper.

What is Roll Call? The motto underneath their masthead reads "The Newspaper of Capitol Hill Since 1955," which is true. Read universally by everyone connected to the U.S. Congress,Roll Call is essential, if you want to keep you hand on the pulse of Washington, DC. For news about the US Congress, it is unmatched.

Don't look for typical political news on the major national issues. Roll Call covers the mechanics of politics, like who is running for what and news about the political races. There is always news on the parties and caucuses in Congress. See how the major bills of the day are moving through Congress. Follow what is happening with the major party committees, like the RNC, the DNC, and their House and Senate fundraising caucuses.

Roll Call also has excellent opinion columns from Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, who lay-out smart election predictions, as well as observations on how candidates are appeals to voters. There is a well-written column by Morton Kondrake, plus others.

Roll Call also includes handy collections of information, like who is retiring from Congress, who lost their primary, and who has died. (They call this their Casualty List) There is also a list of "Richest Legislators" and the "50 Most Influential Capitol Hill Staff."

This all makes for a publication well worth its price. And if you subscribe though Politics Now, you can also read their news on their website. It was nice while we could read it for free. But now you have the opportunity to get this news first by subscribing.

Subscribe through Politics Now, and get a better rate then from their website. Save 35% either with a 47 issue subscription, or a 94 issue subscription.

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