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Kathleen Hunter


Kathleen Hunter is part of Roll Call's House leadership reporting team and writes about politically contentious topics ranging from repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to immigration to the latest developments in the flap over whether the White House offered Rep. Joe Sestak a job to discouraging him from challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter. At Roll Call, Kate has focused on covering factions within the Democratic Caucus, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition, with on emphasis on those groups' interactions with leadership.

Prior to coming to Roll Call in 2010, Kate spent four years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly. Kate has also worked at Stateline.org, where she covered trends in state policy and politics, and at the Chapel Hill News in North Carolina, where she covered local government. Kate is a 2002 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in journalism and political science and was the 2001-02 editor-in-chief of the award-winning campus newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel.

Hunter no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Kathleen Hunter:

Boehner to Hold DOMA Meeting

March 8, 2011

Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday afternoon will hold a bipartisan leadership meeting to determine whether the House should take legal action to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

CR Votes Could Clear Way for Bipartisan Deal

March 7, 2011

Senate Democrats and House Republicans said Senate votes as soon as today on competing stopgap spending bills could break their impasse over how to fund the government through Sept. 30.

Democrats Searching for Unity

March 4, 2011

House Democratic leaders are attempting to do what they were unable to do in the majority: Unite behind a single message.

Pelosi Refuses to Get Specific on Spending Cuts

March 3, 2011

As Congressional leaders prepared to launch spending talks with White House officials, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled Thursday that Democrats could be open to allowing cuts elsewhere in the federal budget if Republicans would agree to restore funding to programs her party favors.

No Easy Path for Spending Deal

March 2, 2011

President Barack Obama is hoping to reprise his role as deal-maker-in-chief in the budget standoff simmering on Capitol Hill.

Obama Puts Pen to Bill to Keep Government Running

March 2, 2011

The possibility of a government shutdown was officially taken off the table, at least for this week, when President Barack Obama signed into law a two-week stopgap spending bill Wednesday afternoon.

E-Mail Flap Puts Issa to the Test

March 1, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa may have a bit more damage control to do before he can put this week’s e-mail controversy involving a senior aide behind him.

Boehner to Freshmen: Post Strong Fundraising Numbers

March 1, 2011

Speaker John Boehner urged his freshman Members to post strong first-quarter fundraising numbers during a closed-door session Tuesday morning at GOP campaign headquarters.

Pelosi Finds Her Footing as Democrats’ Attack Dog

Feb. 28, 2011

Two months on the job as Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi has been working vigorously to raise her profile and reassert herself as one of the nation’s most powerful Democrats.

Republicans With 2012 Ambitions Score Points in CR Debate

Feb. 19, 2011

A trio of House Republicans who are eyeing 2012 bids for statewide office succeeded in changing the GOP’s stopgap spending measure in ways that could bolster their campaign credentials.

Republicans Face Pressure to Vote in Lock Step

Feb. 16, 2011

Rebellious rank-and-file House Republicans are feeling pressure from leaders to toe the party line.

CR Causes Headaches for GOP

Feb. 15, 2011

House Republican leaders may have to make an unexpected course correction on the continuing resolution to head off defections from unhappy moderates.

Liberals Use Delay Tactic Against House GOP Spending Bill

Feb. 15, 2011

Liberal House Democrats are staging a filibuster of sorts to register their opposition to Republicans’ spending proposal for the remainder of fiscal 2011.

NRCC Chairman Pressures Members to Pay Up

Feb. 15, 2011

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions pressured delinquent Members Tuesday to pony up their outstanding dues at a Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club.

Boehner: We Will Not ‘Punt’ on Entitlements

Feb. 15, 2011

Speaker John Boehner pledged Tuesday that House Republicans would tackle reforms to Social Security and Medicare in their annual budget proposal and not “punt” on entitlements as the GOP has accused President Barack Obama of doing.

House Passes PATRIOT Act Bill That Caught GOP Leaders Off Guard

Feb. 14, 2011

The House passed an extension of three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act with little fanfare Monday night, almost a week after GOP leaders failed to muster a two-thirds majority the first time they tried to pass the measure.

Cardoza-Pelosi Relationship Turns Chilly

Feb. 14, 2011

Rep. Dennis Cardoza suspected that his January vote against fellow California Democrat Nancy Pelosi for Speaker might cost him the informal leadership post he’s held for more than three years. He was right.

Rep. Israel: Aim Is 25, but No Promises

Feb. 11, 2011

As the new chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Steve Israel must pick up 25 seats in the next election. Anything less means House Democrats will spend another two years fighting political irrelevance.

Jeff Flake Says He’s Interested in Senate Bid

Feb. 10, 2011

Arizona Republican may seek Senate seat now that Sen. Jon Kyl won’t go for re-election bid.

Boehner Faces First Defections

Feb. 9, 2011

Speaker John Boehner is getting his first real dose of what it means to govern. In less than 24 hours this week, the new Speaker witnessed an uprising from within his own ranks that resulted in a trio of legislative setbacks.

Boehner Sets Low Expectations for Obama’s Budget

Feb. 9, 2011

Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he was not optimistic that there will be much he likes in the president’s forthcoming budget proposal, slated to be released next week.

Blue Dogs’ Complaints Challenged

Feb. 8, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s allies are pushing back forcefully against criticism from leaders of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition that she has not done enough to reach out to them.

Mock Hearings Used to Mock GOP

Feb. 2, 2011

House Democrats are returning to yet another tactic they employed the last time they were in the minority: holding mock hearings to draw attention to their positions.

Democrats’ Convention Choice Showcases Tension

Feb. 1, 2011

The decision to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., sent a clear message that Barack Obama’s next presidential campaign is likely to be as ambitious as his last.

Mubarak Says He Will Not Run for Re-Election

Feb. 1, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term in September after 30 years of rule, a move that caps a week of scrambling by the Obama administration to respond to growing political unrest in Cairo.

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