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Anna Palmer


Anna Palmer covers House leadership as a staff writer for Roll Call. She joined Roll Call in 2007 after spending nearly three years at the weekly newspaper Legal Times. At Legal Times, she covered the intersection of money and politics for the legal and lobbying industry, first as a staff writer and later as an editor.

Prior to that, Anna covered the lobbying business as a reporter for the industry newsletter Influence.

A native of North Dakota, Anna is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she was executive editor of the weekly campus newspaper, the Manitou Messenger.

Palmer no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Anna Palmer:

Car Fire Kills Lobbyist Ashley Turton, 37

Jan. 10, 2011

Democrats in Washington, D.C., lost a well-known powerhouse Monday morning when lobbyist and former Hill staffer Ashley Turton, 37, died in a car fire at her home on Capitol Hill.

Turton Car Fire Caused by Low-Speed Crash, Police Say

Jan. 10, 2011

The car fire that led to the sudden death of Ashley Turton was caused by the impact after a low-speed crash, according to the major crash investigation unit of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Gun Control Rhetoric Heats Up

Jan. 10, 2011

The latest iteration of the gun control debate on Capitol Hill — touched off after Saturday’s tragic events in Tucson, Ariz. — is set to focus on banning the type of extended handgun magazine clip used in the shooting that left six dead and 14 wounded.

Pelosi, Hoyer Reach for Power

Jan. 9, 2011

Nancy Pelosi wants to keep many of the responsibilities she held for the past four years as Speaker, while Steny Hoyer is grasping for the clout he once held as Majority Leader. Problem is: Pelosi is now the Minority Leader and Hoyer is Whip, and there’s far less authority to go around.

Slaughter Wants GOP to Investigate Early Votes

Jan. 7, 2011

The top Democrat on the Rules Committee called Friday for further scrutiny into two Republicans who took part in official House business without being sworn in.

Lofgren Taking Ethics Post — for Now

Jan. 7, 2011

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) will remain as the top Democrat on the Ethics Committee, but it may not be for long.

Sessions Sends K Street His Office Cheat Sheet

Jan. 7, 2011

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions is used to hitting up K Street for campaign contributions, but now the Texas Republican is making it a little easier for lobbyists to contact his Congressional office.

Fitzpatrick: Swearing-In Celebration Was Not a Fundraiser

Jan. 6, 2011

The freshman Republican who missed his own swearing-in fought back Thursday against accusations that he was instead at a fundraiser on the Capitol grounds.

Dreier Wants to Void Votes Through a Rule

Jan. 6, 2011

In his scramble Thursday to address votes taken by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) before they were sworn in to the 112th Congress, Rules Chairman David Dreier proposed nullifying the votes.

Sessions’ Blunder Puts Brakes on House Work

Jan. 6, 2011

House Rules Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) abruptly adjourned a hearing on a GOP health care repeal bill Thursday after he became aware that Rep. Pete Sessions was not sworn in as a Member of the 112th Congress, committee spokeswoman Jo Maney said.

Boehner Defends Early GOP Moves on Transparency, Health Care Repeal

Jan. 6, 2011

Speaker John Boehner used his first news conference since assuming power to dismiss criticism that House Republicans aren’t making good on their promise to create a more open legislative process and cut spending.

Pelosi’s Splintered Support Goes on Display

Jan. 5, 2011

Nancy Pelosi still has some work to do to gain back the confidence of her entire Caucus.

Boehner Shows Humility as He Rises to the Top

Jan. 5, 2011

An emotional John Boehner’s first move after taking the Speaker’s gavel Wednesday was to hush the whoops and hollers of his elated GOP colleagues by saying, “It’s still just me.”

Sherman Asks for Bipartisan Constitution Reading

Jan. 4, 2011

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) wants Democrats and Republicans to evenly share the task of reading the Constitution on the House floor Thursday.

Day One: Let the Battles Begin

Jan. 4, 2011

John Boehner, who will be elevated from Minority Leader to Speaker today, is up against an enormous challenge: He must appease a flock of conservative and ambitious GOP freshmen while putting in place a strategy for his party to expand its Congressional majority and win the White House in 2012.

Four GOP Freshmen Join House Rules

Jan. 4, 2011

Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) appointed four incoming GOP freshmen to the House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

Hoyer Eyes Task Force to Hone Floor Strategy

Jan. 4, 2011

Incoming Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has been floating the idea of forming an intra-Caucus task force to help Democratic Members make better use of their floor strategy as they move back into the minority.

GOP to Vote Thursday on 5 Percent House Budget Cut

Jan. 4, 2011

House Republicans plan to vote Thursday on a resolution that would cut House operating budgets by 5 percent, saying the move would save taxpayers $35 million.

Cantor Defends GOP’s Handling of Health Care Repeal

Jan. 4, 2011

Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday defended Republicans’ decision to bypass regular order on the health care repeal effort.

House, Senate Set to Convene 112th on Wednesday

Jan. 3, 2011

House Republicans have scheduled the vote for Speaker for early Wednesday afternoon, at which point Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to preside over the new GOP majority for the 112th Congress.

New Democrat Coalition Sees Opportunity in Party’s Losses

Dec. 28, 2010

The business-friendly New Democrat Coalition is ready to take a leading role in helping the Obama administration advance legislation after Republicans take control of the House in the 112th Congress, its members and senior Democratic aides say.

Cummings Secures Top Democratic Spot on Oversight Panel

Dec. 16, 2010

Rep. Elijah Cummings beat out Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Thursday for the ranking member position on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the 112th Congress, according to Democratic aides.

Slaughter to Ask for Separate Vote on Tax Cuts to Appease Liberals

Dec. 16, 2010

House Democratic leaders have settled on a strategy to try to quell rebellion in their ranks that has stalled their plans to bring a tax cut bill to the floor.

Towns Accuses Pelosi of Thwarting Bid for Committee Job

Dec. 16, 2010

Rep. Edolphus Towns is accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of thwarting his efforts to become ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee for the 112th Congress.

Cummings Prevails Over Maloney in Steering Vote

Dec. 16, 2010

Rep. Elijah Cummings beat out Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) in the first vote to decide the ranking member position on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the 112th Congress.

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