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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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Inouye Relents to Anti-Earmark Movement, for Now

Feb. 1, 2011

Staring at a House earmark ban and a presidential promise to veto any bill containing earmarks, Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye announced Tuesday that he would not seek to insert earmarks into spending bills during the 112th Congress.

McCaskill ‘Bitterly Disappointed’ by DNC Convention Pick

Feb. 1, 2011

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said she is “bitterly disappointed” that Democrats opted not to hold their 2012 presidential nominating convention in St. Louis, and she suggested that the choice could represent a desire by President Barack Obama’s campaign team to woo the South.

Democrats Force Votes With Eye on Campaigns

Jan. 28, 2011

House Democrats have launched a floor strategy aimed at forcing freshman Republicans to take tough votes on politically sensitive topics, mirroring a tactic that the GOP deployed when it was in the minority.

No Love Lost Between Pelosi and Cantor

Jan. 26, 2011

All the recent talk of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill hasn’t thawed the chilly relationship between House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Maryland Is Packed With Democratic Power Players

Jan. 25, 2011

Maryland is becoming the new political powerhouse in the Democratic Caucus.
With Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger’s selection Tuesday as the ranking member on the Intelligence Committee, four of the chamber’s six Democrats now have important seats at the leadership table.

Obama Immigration Push Surprises, Pleases CHC Members

Jan. 25, 2011

House advocates of comprehensive immigration reform were surprised and encouraged by President Barack Obama’s call in his State of the Union address for Congress to tackle the issue.

Cantor Invites Pelosi to State of the Union

Jan. 25, 2011

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has invited Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to sit next to him during the State of the Union address, a Cantor aide confirmed Tuesday.

Pelosi to Sit With Bartlett; Hoyer Proposes Leaders Seating Plan

Jan. 25, 2011

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has floated his own proposal for House leaders of both parties to sit together at the State of the Union address.

GOP Sets Up February Vote on Spending Bill

Jan. 25, 2011

Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced Tuesday that the House would vote the week of Feb. 14 on a stopgap funding measure that Republicans are setting up as a vehicle to demonstrate their commitment to cutting spending.

Scalia Lectures About Constitution at Tea Party Caucus Event

Jan. 24, 2011

At least three Democrats were among roughly 50 House Members who attended a constitutional training session Monday with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Bachmann Downplays Speech Conflict With Ryan

Jan. 24, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann and GOP leaders are trying to dispel the idea that the Minnesota Republican’s planned speech following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address is an alternative to the official GOP response.

Cantor: Pelosi Isn’t Engaging With GOP

Jan. 24, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor continued House Republicans’ condemnation of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday by accusing the California Democrat of not reaching out enough to the new GOP majority.

Democrats Look to Past to Chart Future

Jan. 23, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Md. ­­— House Democratic leaders are returning to the strategy that helped them win the majority in 2006, hoping that a strong message and a catchy slogan will allow them to reconnect with the voters who abandoned them on Nov. 2.

Obama Thanks Democratic Members at Retreat

Jan. 21, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — President Barack Obama spent some quality time chatting up House Democrats on Friday night during a closed-door dinner here.

Democrats Unveil Majority-Making Slogan: ‘Drive for 25’

Jan. 21, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel on Friday unveiled the party’s majority-making campaign slogan for 2012: “Drive for 25.”

Liberals Ask Obama to Meet Before SOTU

Jan. 21, 2011

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is asking for a meeting with President Barack Obama before his State of the Union address Tuesday to urge him to argue against any cuts to Social Security.

Democrats Start Retreat With Positive Look at 2012

Jan. 20, 2011

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — House Democratic leaders said they were bullish on their prospects for retaking the House in 2012 as they opened their retreat here Thursday evening.

Divided Government Could Produce Deals

Jan. 20, 2011

We already know the outlines of the biggest fights to come in Washington, D.C.’s new divided government — showdowns over health care, spending and the debt limit are sure to dominate. But divided government may also create opportunities for big compromises.

GOP Builds a Case for Control

Jan. 16, 2011

BALTIMORE – House Republicans are invigorated to be back in the majority, but they don’t plan to let voters forget that Democrats are still running the show.

GOP: Members Have Never Had Assigned Seating for State of the Union

Jan. 14, 2011

BALTIMORE — House Republican leaders are dismissing a Democratic proposal to have mixed-party seating at the State of the Union address, pointing out that the event never has assigned seats and Members can sit wherever they choose.

Spending and Economy Top GOP Retreat Agenda

Jan. 14, 2011

BALTIMORE — House Republicans kicked off their retreat here with a heavy emphasis on cutting government spending, reducing the national debt and strengthening the nation’s global economic standing.

Giffords Still Takes Updates From Her Office

Jan. 12, 2011

The top staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been keeping her apprised of activity in her Congressional office, even while the Arizona Democrat recovers from a gunshot wound, according to an interview taped Wednesday afternoon.

GOP to Gather to Restart Agenda

Jan. 12, 2011

House Republicans gather today in Baltimore to plot the path forward for their hard-fought new majority under the inevitable shadow of the shootings in Tucson, Ariz., which essentially put the GOP agenda on hold this week.

Franks: Shooting Scene Needed More Guns

Jan. 12, 2011

A Republican from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ home state of Arizona suggested Wednesday that the shooting rampage that injured Giffords and killed or wounded 19 others could have been stopped sooner had there been more armed people at the scene.

Boehner Invites Obama to Deliver State of the Union

Jan. 11, 2011

Speaker John Boehner has formally invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 25.

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