Hey thanks! I was playing with the padding instead of the margins. After a bit of fiddling, the correct answer (based off your suggestion) ends up being:
<p style="margin:0px;">blah blah</p>
<ul style="margin-top: 0px;">
You have to set the margin equal to 0 in *both* for it to work. Also, you can only set the top margin in the <ul> tag or your bullets disappear off the left edge of the page.