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Politics

Next stop: A flowbee.

Disgraced former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, reviled for his costy coifs on the campaign trail, now places his strands in the hands of the pros at Supercuts.

Edwards, who in his political heydey went to stylist Joseph Torrenueva, whose Beverly Hills salon charges $300 to $500 per cut, now goes to Supercuts in Raleigh, NC, for a $12.95 job, employees say.

via NY Post

Big news in Cantorland. [via Politico]

Veteran Republican operative Doug Heye is joining Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s press office as deputy chief of staff.

Heye, who was most recently an adviser to the Iowa Republican party, fills the spot of Brad Dayspring, who left the Virginia Republican’s office and joined the YG Action Network super PAC. Heye will be responsible for overseeing the Cantor press operation, which has four other staffers.

Congrats, Doug!

To help celebrate Twitters 6th birthday, the Edelman Digital team released an interesting report that evaluates effective use of Twitter by Members of the U.S. Congress: Capitol Tweets: Yeas and Nays of the Congressional Twitterverse

The report analyzed Twitter data from 89 U.S. Senators and 367 U.S. Representatives across a 112-day period from September-December 2011.  In total, the data set included almost 60,000 tweets sent by Members of Congress and 1,312,861 mentions of Members’ official Twitter handles.

The final white paper and infographic can be found on the Edelman Digital blog.

If you’re uncertain about whether or not a career on Capitol Hill is really what you want to do, you have a few options:

1. Continue to fly by the seat of your pants [This is what most of us do, until one day we wake up and we're 30 years old and have no idea what we're doing with our lives.]
2. Play more lottery tickets at Congressional Liquor and hope your office LD eventually takes that Administration job.
3. Complain endlessly to other Capitol Hill staffers as you spend your paycheck away at Happy Hours.
4. Stop by the graduate school fair next week.
5. Find your Magic Eight Ball.

Still confused? There’s always the Capitol Hill Flow Chart that can give you a glimpse into your future.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor just released a game-changing new application called Citizen Co-Sponsor Project.

Citizen CoSponsor will enable users to follow legislation they’re interested in. The application allows you to easily co-sponsor legislation and receive first-hand information and updates on the status of the bill as it moves through the legislative process.

From Mashable:

The platform is built on Facebook’s Open Graph, which lets developers create apps that seamlessly integrate into Facebook users’ news feeds and Timelines. Funding for the project came from directly from Rep. Cantor’s office.

Matt Lira, director of new media for Rep. Cantor, says the idea was sparked after Facebook launched Open Graph and the first apps to make use of it were released.

“We saw examples of its usage with The Washington Post’s Social Reader and Spotify and we said, ‘woah, we probably can’t do things as cool as they do, but there’s probably a nugget of an idea there we could use,’” says Lira.

Cantor’s office intends the platform to create more engagement between voters and government.

Congrats to Matt Lira, who continues to trail blaze in the legislative digital space.