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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:

Cummings Vs. Maloney Splits Congressional Black Caucus

Dec. 15, 2010

New York Rep. Edolphus Towns’ abrupt decision not to seek the top Democratic slot on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee touched off a massive scramble for the job, splitting the Congressional Black Caucus as well as putting gender, regional and ideological politics into play.

Democrats to Decide Cummings-Maloney Oversight Race on Thursday

Dec. 15, 2010

The Steering and Policy Committee delayed until Thursday hearing presentations from Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.) and Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) for the top Democratic slot on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to Democratic lawmakers.

Watt Moves to Prevent Dicks From Holding Dual Gavels

Dec. 15, 2010

Rep. Mel Watt (N.C.) has put forward a resolution for Thursday’s Democratic Caucus meeting that would prohibit Rep. Norm Dicks (Wash.) from simultaneously holding the ranking membership on the Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on defense.

Hoyer Strengthens Cross-Aisle Ties

Dec. 14, 2010

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer appears to be solidifying his position as the Democratic leader whom Republicans can deal with and trust next year.

Maloney, Cummings Battle for Oversight Panel Post

Dec. 14, 2010

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) will face off Wednesday morning against Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) for the ranking member position on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the 112th Congress.

Wu Pursues Longer Extension of Jobless Benefits

Dec. 14, 2010

Rep. David Wu (Ore.) is planning to offer a resolution at the Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday evening that would extend unemployment insurance benefits for two years.

Larson Holds Off Staff Resignations Pending Budget Info

Dec. 13, 2010

The expected mass staff exodus in Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson’s office didn’t happen Monday.

Boehner-Pelosi Committee Talks Drag On

Dec. 13, 2010

Many House Democrats remain in limbo as outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues closed-door negotiations with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) over next year’s House budget and committee ratios.

Hoyer Suggests Tax Cut Package May Extend Session

Dec. 13, 2010

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Monday that he is hopeful the House can finish its work by Friday but left open the possibility that Members would have to come back to town before the end of the year to wrap up the tax cut package.

Promotion Puts Dicks’ Role on Subcommittee in Question

Dec. 9, 2010

Rep. Norm Dicks secured the top Democratic slot on the Appropriations Committee on Thursday, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he will continue to lead party colleagues on the Defense Subcommittee.

Profanity, Anger Spill Over in House Democratic Caucus Meeting

Dec. 9, 2010

The frustration with President Barack Obama over his tax cut compromise was palpable and even profane at Thursday’s House Democratic Caucus meeting.

Levin Wins Caucus Support for Ways and Means Ranking Member

Dec. 9, 2010

Rep. Sander Levin (Mich.) secured the top slot on the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday morning, bucking the recommendation of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to install Rep. Richard Neal (Mass.) as ranking member.

House Democrats Reject Bringing Tax Deal to Floor

Dec. 9, 2010

The House Democratic Caucus voted Thursday morning against bringing up the tax cut deal negotiated earlier this week by President Barack Obama unless changes are made.

Steering Backs Neal for Ways and Means

Dec. 8, 2010

Rep. Richard Neal (Mass.) leapfrogged Rep. Sander Levin (Mich.) on Wednesday in their competition to secure the top Democratic slot on the Ways and Means Committee, according to Democratic sources.

Steering Taps Dicks for Appropriations

Dec. 8, 2010

The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee has selected Rep. Norm Dicks (Wash.) to serve as ranking member on the Appropriations Committee in the 112th Congress, according to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

Noem Gets Early Star Treatment

Dec. 8, 2010

Rep.-elect Kristi Noem has all the makings of a fresh-faced rising star in GOP House leadership. The 38-year-old South Dakotan is photogenic, well-spoken, and able to draw a crowd and stay on message.

Chairmen Face Changes, Challenges

Dec. 7, 2010

The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday announced the new slate of committee chairmen, but the winners have their work cut out for them.

Rogers Tapped as Approps Chairman; Upton Gets Energy Gavel

Dec. 7, 2010

Rep. Hal Rogers, a longtime proponent of earmarks, was selected Tuesday to be the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Fred Upton was selected to lead the Energy and Commerce Committee

Pelosi Seems to See No Need for Change

Dec. 6, 2010

It’s not often that you hear any House Democrat holding up Harry Reid, of all people, as a model.

Boehner Backs Flake’s Bid for Appropriations

Dec. 6, 2010

Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday announced he is backing Rep. Jeff Flake to serve on the Appropriations Committee in the 112th Congress.

Democrats Resist Retirement Pull

Dec. 3, 2010

Several veteran House Democrats insist that a return to the minority won’t push them into retirement, even though historical trends suggest a wave of Democrats won’t seek re-election in 2012.

Boehner Taps Lungren to Head House Administration Panel

Dec. 3, 2010

Speaker-designate John Boehner announced Friday that Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) will head the House Administration Committee in the 112th Congress.

Reaching the Limit on Term Limits

Dec. 1, 2010

Majority Leader-designate Eric Cantor and other factions in the House Republican Conference have expressed support for term-limiting GOP leaders, but several lawmakers said Wednesday that the idea is a nonstarter.

New Worry for Democrats: Fewer Panel Seats

Nov. 30, 2010

The pain isn’t over yet for House Democrats. As Republican leaders continue hammering out details of how many Members will be assigned to each committee, House Democrats nervously anticipate major cuts from their ranks on key panels.

Expecting Cuts, Larson Asks Entire Staff to Resign

Nov. 30, 2010

As House Democrats prepare to deal with slashed budgets in the minority, Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) has asked for the resignations of his entire staff.

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