Team ‘Press Pass’ Wins Hotline’s 6th Annual Political Pursuit

Team "Press Pass" (from left: The Los Angeles Times' Mike Memoli, The New York Times' Jonathan Martin, Roll Call's Shira T. Center, The Washington Post's Paul Kane and Bloomberg News's Greg Giroux) celebrate after winning National Journal's 6th Annual Political Pursuit at the Newseum July 10. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar)
National Journal
Zach C. Cohen
July 10, 2014, 12:17 p.m.

Polit­ic­al trivia aboun­ded at the New­seum Ju­ly 9 as con­gres­sion­al rep­res­ent­at­ives, journ­al­ists, and polit­ic­al strategists tried to prove who knew more about Scott Brown’s pink shorts or bi­par­tis­an gaffes.

Over five rounds, co-mod­er­ated by Na­tion­al Journ­al Ed­it­or-in-Chief Tim Grieve and Hot­line Ed­it­or-in-Chief Scott Bland, Teams “Mem­bers Only,” “Press Pass,” and “Hot­line In­siders” battled buzzers to earn the title of biggest polit­ic­al junkies.

In the end, “Press Pass” won the day with 290 points with the help of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Cen­ter, The Wash­ing­ton Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonath­an Mar­tin, and The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli.

Team “Mem­bers Only” walked away with 225 points, and “Hot­line In­siders” with 200.

Rep. Rich Hud­son of Team Mem­bers Only walked away with the coveted “Tom Dav­is Fa­vor­ite Award,” named for team­mate former Rep. Tom Dav­is. The con­gres­sion­al del­eg­a­tion from Dis­trict Trivia in­cluded Rep. Donna Ed­wards and Rep. Lor­etta Sanc­hez and Rep. Steve Is­rael.

The “Hot­line In­siders” team in­cluded Re­pub­lic­an poll­ster Kristen Solt­is An­der­son, The Polling Com­pany’s Kel­ly­anne Con­way, Purple Strategies’ Mar­gie Omero, IM­PACT Strategies’ An­gela Rye, and SKD Knick­er­bock­er’s Doug Thor­nell.

Spe­cial thanks to Fox News’s Greta Van Suster­en, NBC’s Chuck Todd, and CNN’s Jake Tap­per, who provided guest ques­tions over re­cor­ded video.

Fa­vor­ite ques­tions (and an­swers) from the even­ing in­cluded:

  • “Who said, de­scrib­ing the al­tern­at­ive to elect­ing him, ‘Or, you might have a farm­er from Iowa who nev­er went to law school, nev­er prac­ticed law, serving as the next chair of the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee’?
    • An­swer: Rep. Bruce Bra­ley, run­ning to rep­res­ent Iowa in the Sen­ate
  • “There are 4 House Re­pub­lic­ans whose dis­tricts touch the Pa­cific Ocean. Name them for five points apiece.”
    • An­swer: Don Young, Jaime Her­rera Beut­ler, Dana Rohra­bach­er, Dar­rell Issa
  • “There are four states left that have nev­er sent a wo­man to Con­gress. Which of the fol­low­ing is NOT one of them? Mis­sis­sippi, Iowa, Ver­mont, or Wyom­ing?
    • An­swer: Wyom­ing, rep­res­en­ted by Rep. Cyn­thia Lum­mis.
  • “Which two mem­bers of Con­gress man­age the Con­gres­sion­al Base­ball Teams, which faced off just a few weeks ago?”
    • Reps. Mike Doyle and Joe Bar­ton

Check out the high­lights of the even­ing’s fest­iv­it­ies on Twit­ter at #ppur­suit.

The event was or­gan­ized by Na­tion­al Journ­al Hot­line and Na­tion­al Journ­al Live Events. Thanks to our un­der­writers, the Beer In­sti­tute and Volk­swa­gen Group of Amer­ica

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