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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:

Capitol Mourns for Arizona Shooting Victims

Jan. 10, 2011

Shock turned to mourning Monday on Capitol Hill as Members and staff tried to come to terms with the Arizona shooting tragedy that included the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Partisanship Stalls in Wake of Tragedy

Jan. 9, 2011

Saturday’s shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz. — which left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life and killed or wounded at least 19 others — shook the Capitol like no event since 9/11.

Pelosi, Hoyer Reach for Power

Jan. 9, 2011

Nancy Pelosi wants to keep many of the responsibilities she held for the past four years as Speaker, while Steny Hoyer is grasping for the clout he once held as Majority Leader. Problem is: Pelosi is now the Minority Leader and Hoyer is Whip, and there’s far less authority to go around.

Democrats’ Hope for Unity Rests in Health Care Fight

Jan. 7, 2011

House Democrats hope to translate their success in exploiting a series of GOP missteps in their first days of power into the foundation for a more unified front, something they have sorely lacked since taking control of the chamber in 2006.

Democrats Pare Down Membership on Three Key Panels

Jan. 7, 2011

The House Democratic Caucus approved dramatically pared back committee rosters Friday afternoon for the Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means committees.

Bitter Blue Dogs Ready to Cut Deals

Jan. 7, 2011

Blue Dog Democrats remain deeply frustrated with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s leadership and are signaling they are ready to break ranks and cut deals with Republicans.

Pelosi’s Splintered Support Goes on Display

Jan. 5, 2011

Nancy Pelosi still has some work to do to gain back the confidence of her entire Caucus.

Boehner Shows Humility as He Rises to the Top

Jan. 5, 2011

An emotional John Boehner’s first move after taking the Speaker’s gavel Wednesday was to hush the whoops and hollers of his elated GOP colleagues by saying, “It’s still just me.”

Pelosi Loses Support of 19 Democrats for Speaker

Jan. 5, 2011

Nineteen Democrats — including two California Members — registered protest votes against Nancy Pelosi’s leadership and publicly supported another candidate for Speaker during Wednesday’s floor vote.

Pelosi’s Final Speech as Speaker Stresses Jobs, Economy

Jan. 4, 2011

Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi will vow to “fight for American jobs” and reduce the deficit during her final speech on the House floor before her successor takes the gavel Wednesday.

Day One: Let the Battles Begin

Jan. 4, 2011

John Boehner, who will be elevated from Minority Leader to Speaker today, is up against an enormous challenge: He must appease a flock of conservative and ambitious GOP freshmen while putting in place a strategy for his party to expand its Congressional majority and win the White House in 2012.

House Democrats Expect Obama at Retreat

Jan. 4, 2011

President Barack Obama is tentatively slated to make an appearance at an issues conference this month for House Democrats, a Caucus aide said Monday.

Hoyer Eyes Task Force to Hone Floor Strategy

Jan. 4, 2011

Incoming Minority Whip Steny Hoyer has been floating the idea of forming an intra-Caucus task force to help Democratic Members make better use of their floor strategy as they move back into the minority.

Shuler Plans Symbolic Challenge to Pelosi’s Leadership

Jan. 3, 2011

Rep. Heath Shuler plans to vote for himself rather than Rep. Nancy Pelosi during Wednesday’s floor vote for Speaker, and he predicted Monday that Democratic colleagues who are similarly displeased with her past leadership as Speaker would back him as well.

Cummings’ Influence on the Rise

Dec. 23, 2010

Rep. Elijah Cummings’ House Democratic colleagues are increasingly eyeing him as a possible successor to Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) in the Caucus’ elected leadership.

Deal Struck on 9/11 Bill, Congress Nears End

Dec. 22, 2010

The 111th Congress was heading toward the finish Wednesday as the Senate reached a deal on a 9/11 health care bill, the last piece of unresolved business.

Congress Inches Toward Wednesday Evening Exit

Dec. 22, 2010

The 111th Congress was heading toward the finish Wednesday as the Senate reached a deal on a 9/11 health care bill, the last piece of unresolved business.

Obama Signs DADT Repeal

Dec. 22, 2010

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a repeal of the military's 17-year-old policy banning openly gay service members.

Pelosi Encourages Her Committee Eyes and Ears

Dec. 21, 2010

Outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi called together the newly selected top Democrats on House committees late last week for what one lawmaker described as a closed-door “pep talk” as they head into the minority.

Hoyer: House Could Adjourn Late Tuesday

Dec. 21, 2010

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday morning that the House could adjourn for the year late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Tax Cut Bill Goes to Obama

Dec. 16, 2010

The House voted just before midnight Thursday to send an $858 billion tax cut package that President Barack Obama negotiated with Senate Republicans to the president for his signature.

Smith Wins House Armed Services Spot

Dec. 16, 2010

House Democrats tapped Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) late Thursday to become the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, ending a hard-fought three-way battle.

Democrats, Facing Revolt, Pull Rule on Tax Bill

Dec. 16, 2010

House Democratic leaders have pulled the rule for floor debate on a tax cut and unemployment benefit extension in the face of a revolt from rank-and-file Members who oppose the measure.

Democrats Defeat Measure Preventing Dual Approps Roles

Dec. 16, 2010

The Democratic Caucus on Thursday defeated a proposal that would have prohibited Rep. Norm Dicks (Wash.) from simultaneously holding the ranking membership on the Appropriations Committee and its Defense subcommittee.

Slaughter to Ask for Separate Vote on Tax Cuts to Appease Liberals

Dec. 16, 2010

House Democratic leaders have settled on a strategy to try to quell rebellion in their ranks that has stalled their plans to bring a tax cut bill to the floor.

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