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Erin Mershon


Erin Mershon joined Roll Call as an intern in January 2011, and currently covers local events for the Around the Hill section. She previously served as a writer and researcher for the D.C. bureau of PolitiFact, a website devoted to finding the truth in politics. A political science major at Kenyon College, Erin also contributes to her campus newspaper as a reporter, designer, and editor.

Mershon no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Erin Mershon:

Spanish-Speaking Members Bring Camaraderie, Constituent Comfort

Aug. 26, 2011

A group of Members often gathers in the “barrio in the back,” where those fluent in Spanish meet to converse in the language on the House floor. Though using the language in official debate is frowned on, many of the Members say bilingualism is helpful in politics.

Bob Graham: Creating Fiction From Reality

Aug. 3, 2011

In his novel "Keys to the Kingdom," former Sen. Bob Graham doesn't dream up a better version of himself. Instead, Graham draws on his knowledge gleaned from 10 years of service on the Intelligence Committee.

Lawmakers Learn to Juggle Family, Office Duty

Aug. 2, 2011

When Rep. Wally Herger went door to door for his first campaign, he and his wife weren’t pulling the traditional wagon full of literature around the neighborhood. Theirs was filled with small children.

Presiding Loses Its Prestige in Senate

Aug. 1, 2011

Fifteen minutes into a recent shift as the Senate’s presiding officer, Sen. Al Franken put down a newspaper and pulled out his BlackBerry. Head ducked, the Minnesota Democrat kept the phone under the desk to check his email, until Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) cleared his throat.

For These Four Lawmakers, Baseball’s a Household Affair

July 13, 2011

When Rep. Erik Paulsen finally found a place to live in Washington, his housemates — Reps. John Shimkus, Kevin Brady and Steve Scalise — made him agree to one extra stipulation: He had to play baseball.

Democrats Root for Cedric Richmond

July 12, 2011

Wearing a purple Colorado Rockies jacket and a look of determination, the rookie phenom whom Democrats have pinned their hopes on for this year’s Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game stepped up to the plate for batting practice.

Commission to Pick Redesign for Ellipse Area

July 6, 2011

After the 9/11 attacks, security concerns required President’s Park South to change from an inviting space to merely an area secured by concrete barriers. Now, the Secret Service and the National Capital Planning Commission are hoping to beautify the space.

All the President's Menu

July 4, 2011

For President Barack Obama, even the location of a dinner date is a political decision. And so far, he’s shown the same tendency to split the difference in his dining choices that some critics say he has in his policies.

Rubio, Nelson Offices Receive Suspicious Mail

July 1, 2011

The Jacksonville offices of Florida Sens. Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) received suspicious packages containing a white, powdery substance early this week.

Fourth of July Festivities Across the District

June 29, 2011

The National Mall might offer an iconic backdrop for the Fourth of July fireworks display, but it’s hard to be patriotic when you’re surrounded by thousands of people vying for a comfortable spot to watch.

Flags Flying High in July

June 29, 2011

Flags blanket the District on July Fourth, flying from rooftops, cars and the waving hands of children atop their parents’ shoulders. At the heart of the city, two large flags fly from the top of the Capitol.

Capitol-Area Bars, Eateries See the Sign

June 22, 2011

To better serve their deaf clientele, local establishment employees brush up on their sign language skills.

Chambliss Embraces Technology

June 22, 2011

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) might not be the most technologically advanced Senator, but last week he was the first to release an iPhone application.

Community-Craved Farmers Market Arrives

June 21, 2011

The NoMa neighborhood opened its first farmers market earlier this month on a sidewalk plaza in front of the CVS at First and M streets Northeast.

As Showdown Looms, Congress Hits the Field

June 17, 2011

On July 14, Members of Congress will put down their BlackBerrys and pick up Louisville Sluggers for the 50th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Everything a Father Should Be

June 15, 2011

The January after he was first elected to Congress, Rep. William Lacy Clay was sworn in — for the second time in his life. Thirty-two years earlier, the Missouri Democrat had watched from the House floor as his father, former Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay Sr., was sworn in.

App Gives Washington a Walking Soundtrack

June 7, 2011

A new smartphone application uses GPS technology to play different melodies around the National Mall.

Hill Internships 101: What You Need to Know

May 31, 2011

To help keep you from becoming one of the “what not to do” examples for next year’s fresh crop of interns, we’ve gathered advice from Hill staffers, former interns, career counselors and even a Member of Congress.

Congressional Eagles

May 30, 2011

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and other Eagle Scouts in Congress say their boyhood experience was good preparation for a career in politics.

Heller Must Wait for His New Senate Website

May 24, 2011

Consider Sen. Dean Heller’s website to be in beta testing. While the newly appointed Nevada Republican will launch his official Senate website this week, it might be months before it actually looks the way he wants it.

The Political Acrobatics Of Cheerleading

May 23, 2011

Sen. Thad Cochran learned much about politics and campaigning when he ran to be elected a cheerleader in college.

Hill Talk: Dirksen Installs Succulent New Green Roof

May 18, 2011

The Dirksen Senate Office Building received a newly installed "green" roof in hopes of saving money.

Bike Thefts on Capitol Grounds Worry Staffers

May 17, 2011

A string of recent bike thefts on Capitol Hill has some staffers scared to ride to work. Since April, eight bike thefts have been reported on the Capitol grounds.

Church Offers Sermons, Screenings

May 17, 2011

The National Community Church will soon be holding services and screening films in a restored 1930s movie theater.

Shirtless Schock Promotes Health Challenge

May 9, 2011

Rep. Aaron Schock poses for Men’s Health magazine in a campaign to bring attention to health issues, but this isn't the first time the Congressman’s abs have garnered him attention.

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