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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:

Pelosi Sits on Tax Cut Sidelines

Dec. 15, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has never been one to shy away from a fight. But she appears to have made the calculation that selling a tax cut plan she doesn’t like and did not have a hand in negotiating won’t pay her any dividends.

House Democrats Still Venting Over Tax Deal

Dec. 14, 2010

House Democrats appeared to inch closer to a plan for action on President Barack Obama’s $858 billion tax cut deal, even as they continued to vent Tuesday night about the proposal he negotiated with Senate Republicans.

Hoyer, Murphy to Introduce Standalone DADT Repeal

Dec. 14, 2010

The House will take up a stand-alone bill repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bars openly gay service members, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday morning.

Congress Can’t Seem to Let Go

Dec. 14, 2010

Attempts to wrap up a bitterly contentious session of Congress fell into disarray Tuesday as Republicans vowed to filibuster a one-year spending bill and Democratic infighting threatened to sink the White House’s tax cut deal.

Tax Package Hinges on House

Dec. 13, 2010

President Barack Obama’s tax cut package may have cleared a major hurdle in the Senate on Monday evening, but the measure is still far from becoming law as House Democrats continue to demand changes.

Obama Urges House to ‘Act Quickly’ on Tax Deal

Dec. 13, 2010

President Barack Obama on Monday night urged the House to “act quickly” to pass a $858 billion tax package shortly after the Senate moved one step closer to final passage.

Democrats Resist Retirement Pull

Dec. 3, 2010

Several veteran House Democrats insist that a return to the minority won’t push them into retirement, even though historical trends suggest a wave of Democrats won’t seek re-election in 2012.

House Passes Democratic Tax Bill

Dec. 2, 2010

The House on Thursday passed a permanent extension of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. Democratic leaders are pointing to the vote as an example of their party’s efforts to help working Americans before Republicans take control of the chamber in January.

Hoyer Taps Matheson to Join Whip Team

Dec. 2, 2010

Incoming Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Thursday that he has tapped Rep. Jim Matheson, a leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition, to join his Whip team in the next Congress.

Pelosi Announces Renewed Contracts for Miller and DeLauro on Steering

Dec. 2, 2010

Reps. George Miller and Rosa DeLauro will stay on to co-chair the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in the 112th Congress, outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

Hoyer Defends Ethics Panel in Wake of Staff Suspensions

Dec. 1, 2010

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) expressed confidence Wednesday in the chamber’s ethics committee, even as the panel suspended two of its attorneys.

Grijalva, Ellison to Lead House Progressives

Dec. 1, 2010

Reps. Raúl Grijalva and Keith Ellison were elected Wednesday evening as co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the next Congress.

Incoming Black Republican Won’t Join CBC

Dec. 1, 2010

One of two black Republicans elected Nov. 2 announced Wednesday that he will not join the Congressional Black Caucus.

House to Remain in Session Until Dec. 17

Dec. 1, 2010

The House will almost certainly be in session all next week and the week of Dec. 13 before adjourning for the year, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday.

Hoyer: Vote Thursday on Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Dec. 1, 2010

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday that he expects a vote Thursday on a permanent extension of expiring tax cuts for the middle class.

Centrist Democrats Fear Tax Cut Follies

Nov. 30, 2010

Several House Democrats are raising doubts about leadership plans to hold a vote to extend only middle-class tax cuts, saying the strategy — designed to bolster Democrats’ 2012 election prospects — could backfire.

Democrats Plan Votes on Taxes With No End Strategy

Nov. 29, 2010

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are apparently intent on holding at least one vote in the coming days on extending Bush-era tax cuts for middle-class wage earners, but there is no clear path to forging a bipartisan deal on the thorny issue.

Road Map: Still No Agenda for Lame Duck

Nov. 29, 2010

Republicans and Democrats appear content to end the 111th Congress the way it started, by following a “change” election with a round of fiercely partisan fighting over an agenda that even many Democrats have little interest in.

How Long Will the House Stay?

Nov. 29, 2010

House Democratic leaders are considering breaking at the end of this week — perhaps until the week of Dec. 13 — while they await Senate action on a long-term measure to fund the government as well as on other outstanding legislative items, Democratic sources said Monday.

Clyburn to Lead CODEL to Haiti

Nov. 24, 2010

House Majority Whip James Clyburn will lead a 12-Member Congressional delegation to Haiti observe national elections Sunday.

Owens Recants Threat to Vote for Boehner

Nov. 24, 2010

Rep. Bill Owens is now telling a local newspaper that he was just “blowing off steam” when he suggested this week that he might vote for Republican Speaker-designate John Boehner on the floor in January.

Pelosi's Top Allies Poised to Keep Control of Steering

Nov. 23, 2010

House Democrats voted last week to give the Caucus more influence over the leadership of the Steering and Policy Committee, but that may not end up changing much.

14 Democrats Line Up Behind Towns for Top Panel Job

Nov. 22, 2010

Nearly all of the Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee who won re-election on Nov. 2 have lined up behind Chairman Edolphus Towns in his battle to retain the ranking spot on that panel next Congress.

House Democrats Adopt Just One Steering Committee Rules Change

Nov. 18, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given a small nod to unhappy moderates in her Caucus by agreeing to alter the way in which co-chairmen of the Steering and Policy Committee are chosen.

Gonzalez Elected CHC Chairman

Nov. 18, 2010

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez was installed Thursday as head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which elected a new slate of leaders for the 112th Congress.

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