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Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go to space.

Bipartisan visits

Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta joined Republican Rep. Rodney Davis for a tour of his Illinois district.

Stay tuned for HOH coverage of more bipartisan district visits.

Book drop

Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg dropped off some books from the Library of Congress in Monroe on Wednesday.

Nike fallout

Louisiana Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond isn’t happy with Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn’s ban on Nike purchases by the Recreation Department, reported.

Zahn forbade Nike purchases two days after it launched its advertising campaign with Colin Kaepernick.

Will he or won’t he? Update: He won’t

Retiring Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said Tuesday he would “finalize this week” whether he will run for Chicago mayor, the Chicago Tribune reported

Today, Gutierrez announced that he won’t run and encouraged Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to run instead.

Rahm Emmanuel, the current mayor and former congressman and White House chief of staff, announced earlier he won’t run for re-election.

Fonda and Jayapal

Actress Jane Fonda teamed up with Rep. Pramila Jayapal to fight for changing federal overtime pay laws, KING5 News reported.

Climbing stairs in solidarity

New Mexico Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined firefighters from the Albuquerque area for their annual stair climb to mark 9/11, the Daily Post reported.

The firefighters climbed 120 flights carrying their gear, which weighs more than 50 pounds, to symbolize New York firefighters’ efforts at the World Trade Center.

Debate challenge

Iowa Democrat J.D. Scholten has yet to get Rep. Steve King to debate him, so he’s taking another approach.

“As an alternative, we could also do a free throw contest,” Scholten says in a new video. “The ball's in your court.”

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