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Emily Pierce


Emily Pierce is a senior staff writer at Roll Call, where she has worked since 2003 covering Senate leadership and policy issues. Emily also writes the award-winning Road Map column that appears in Roll Call every Tuesday. Before her stint at Roll Call, Emily worked for six years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly. At CQ, Emily covered banking and technology policy, campaigns and elections, as well as Senate leadership. A native of Georgia, Emily graduated from American University.

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McConnell’s Relationship With Obama to Be Tested

Nov. 12, 2010

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joked recently that Republican gains on Nov. 2 have finally put him on President Barack Obama’s “speed dial.” But even though the president called the Kentucky Republican twice during the week of the election, their relationship still has a ways to go.

Reid Looking to Announce DSCC Pick Tuesday

Nov. 12, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could announce his pick to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as early as Tuesday. But he still doesn’t know who it’s going to be.

Lame Duck: ‘Long List’ but Little Time

Nov. 6, 2010

Congressional Democrats are divided over whether to pursue an ambitious agenda in the lame-duck session that begins next week or avoid the partisan fights and go home for the holidays.

Nelson: No Plans to Switch Parties

Nov. 4, 2010

Sen. Ben Nelson said Wednesday that he has no plans to change parties, despite the drubbing Democrats took in Republican-leaning states and districts in Tuesday’s election.

Durbin and Schumer ‘Absolutely’ Support Reid for Leader

Nov. 4, 2010

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) put an end to speculation that either of them might challenge Majority Leader Harry Reid for the top spot after the party suffered bruising losses in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Senate Democrats Stay Upbeat as They Explore Election’s Lessons

Nov. 3, 2010

Senate Democratic leaders made clear to their rank and file Wednesday that they may be down, but they are not out.

Reid Victory Energizes Democratic Conference

Nov. 3, 2010

Senate Democrats lost at least six seats on Tuesday and significantly weakened their majority. But even in defeat, they feel some sense of victory having survived what could have been a blowout; Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was able to eke out a fifth term, and the party held on to seats in West Virginia, Colorado and California.

Senate Losses Upend Democrats’ Strategy

Nov. 3, 2010

Senate Democrats held on to control of the chamber Tuesday night, but the challenges they face have barely begun.

Change Bites Back for Democrats

Nov. 1, 2010

It’s been just 1,397 days since Democrats took the reins of power on Capitol Hill, but in a single day, they could see it come to an end.

Schumer, Durbin Won’t Run Until Reid's Race Is Called

Nov. 1, 2010

All Senate Democratic eyes will be on Nevada on Tuesday as Members anxiously wait to hear whether Majority Leader Harry Reid ekes out a fifth term or falls to Republican Sharron Angle. But don’t expect his would-be successors to immediately launch campaigns to shore up support for his leadership job.

Senate Democrats Get Creative to Help Harry

Oct. 27, 2010

Senate Democrats have been pursuing all fundraising avenues to help save Majority Leader Harry Reid’s job, with nearly every Member of his caucus giving generously to his imperiled re-election campaign, the Nevada Democratic Party and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

‘Race’ Takes On New Meaning in Nevada Contest

Oct. 20, 2010

Both candidates in Nevada’s Senate race see the immigration issue as one that has the potential to get their base voters to the polls before or on Nov. 2. And it appears to be resonating, even though the state is suffering from more than 14 percent unemployment and the economy had been seen as the issue that would dominate the campaign.

GOP May Face Shutdown Fight

Oct. 18, 2010

The campaign rhetoric of tea-party-inspired Republicans is on a collision course with the federal debt limit, which could make the threat of a government shutdown an early order of business in a new Republican majority.

Elections Will Determine Haste of Tax Debate

Oct. 13, 2010

Democrats and Republicans face a lame-duck dilemma on tax policy, and divisions in both parties are likely to complicate a debate that affects millions of Americans facing higher tax rates on Jan. 1.

Senate Staffers Rush to Help in Key Races

Oct. 8, 2010

Looking for a top Senate staffer? You might have more luck in West Virginia than on Capitol Hill: Numerous veteran aides from both parties — but Democrats in particular — have decamped in recent weeks to help candidates in some of the tightest Senate races in the country.

First-Term Members Alter Face of Senate

Oct. 5, 2010

First-term Senators could make up 40 percent of the chamber next year, wielding significant influence over their parties and the institution itself.

Conflict Awaits in Lame-Duck Session

Oct. 1, 2010

Democrats studiously avoided Senate floor fights over taxes and spending before hitting the campaign trail last week, but the post-election debate on those issues promises drama and gridlock.

Earmark Battle Awaits Senators

Sept. 28, 2010

Senate Republicans are headed for a showdown over earmark reform in the lame-duck session, with Senators on both sides of the issue preparing for combat on the floor and within the GOP Conference.

Road Map: Senate Democrats Eager to Exit — After Flashy Finish

Sept. 27, 2010

As they prepare to hustle home to campaign, Democrats aim to make a splash with outsourcing legislation before adjourning. Senate Majority Harry Reid got the debate under way with an unusual live quorum Monday night.

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