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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 Inches Closer to Unifying Caucus

Nov. 17, 2010

Just moments after nearly a quarter of her Caucus voted to fire her as their leader Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi vowed to make things right, using her acceptance speech to work toward party unity.

Defeated Democrats Factor In Pelosi

Nov. 17, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi haunted vulnerable Democrats for much of the past year, and now that she’s been elected as the party’s House leader once again, defeated Members considering another run worry that ghost will linger.

Hoyer Defends Pelosi’s Decision to Run

Nov. 17, 2010

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer hasn’t spoken much about Caucus politics in the days since Democrats lost the House majority on Nov. 2, but the Maryland Democrat finally opened up to Roll Call on Wednesday evening.

Pelosi Wins Bid for Leader Despite 43 Defections

Nov. 17, 2010

Despite the defections of 43 Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday easily won her bid to serve as Minority Leader in the 112th Congress.

Kucinich Announces Challenge to Towns for Oversight Slot

Nov. 17, 2010

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) announced Wednesday that he would challenge Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) for the ranking member position on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next Congress.

Democrats Won’t Delay Leadership Elections

Nov. 17, 2010

House Democrats voted 129-68 against a motion to delay Wednesday’s leadership elections, clearing the way for the party’s existing team, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to continue to lead the party in the minority next year.

Pelosi’s Leadership Faces the Test

Nov. 16, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi enters today’s leadership elections at one of the weakest points of her career, forced to stare down a series of challenges to her stewardship of the Caucus and the structure she created.

Democrats Reflect on Elections in Marathon Caucus

Nov. 16, 2010

A marathon House Democratic Caucus meeting was well into its fourth hour Tuesday afternoon with no end in sight as Members huddled behind closed doors to hear from dozens of their colleagues who lost their seats on Nov. 2.

Rangel May Seek Ranking Spot on Tax Panel, CBC Members Say

Nov. 15, 2010

Congressional Black Caucus members discussed the possibility that embattled former Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel might seek the ranking spot on the powerful tax-writing panel next year, according to three lawmakers in attendance at a closed-door meeting Monday night.

Leadership Deal Fails to Allay Democratic Unrest

Nov. 15, 2010

A deal Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck Friday to stave off a messy Caucus leadership fight appears to have done little to tamp down insurgency in her ranks and build a consensus for her bid to be Minority Leader.

Sources: Pelosi Calls Caucus Unrest ‘Minor Irritant’

Nov. 15, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted in a meeting Monday with her top lieutenants that unhappiness with her leadership is not widely felt and called it “a minor irritant,” according to several sources with knowledge of the session.

CBC Chairwoman Reserves Judgment on Deal

Nov. 13, 2010

One of Majority Whip James Clyburn’s most ardent supporters in his divisive battle for the No. 2 spot in Democratic leadership next year is reserving judgment on a deal announced late Friday that would keep the South Carolina lawmaker in his current third-ranking slot.

Clyburn to Serve as Assistant Leader

Nov. 13, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will designate Majority Whip James Clyburn as Assistant Leader in the 112th Congress, according to a letter she sent to Members on Saturday.

Towns Facing Possible Challenge to Be Oversight Ranking Member

Nov. 12, 2010

Rep. Edolphus Towns asked his Democratic colleagues Friday for support to become the ranking member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee next Congress, even as rumors swirled he may face a challenge.

Democratic Women Make Case for Pelosi

Nov. 12, 2010

Thirty-one House Democratic women sent a “Dear Colleague” letter Friday afternoon making the case for why Speaker Nancy Pelosi should stay on as Minority Leader in the 112th Congress.

Clyburn Touts Events in Runup to Whip Election

Nov. 12, 2010

House Majority Whip James Clyburn is touting the events that he will headline this weekend in Pennsylvania, Alabama and Texas, as he tries to build support for his bid to be Minority Whip in the next Congress.

Democratic Whip Race Will Be Last Decided

Nov. 12, 2010

According to an agenda circulated Friday, House Democrats plan to save their most contentious race for last at next week’s leadership elections.

Black Caucus May Face Leadership Race

Nov. 11, 2010

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver may face a challenge from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to chair the Congressional Black Caucus.

House Leaders: Leadership Elections Will Happen Next Week

Nov. 10, 2010

House Democratic leaders agreed Wednesday to stick with their plan to hold leadership elections next week, Democratic sources said.

CBC Will Gather to Discuss Whip Race

Nov. 10, 2010

The Congressional Black Caucus will hold an emergency meeting Monday evening to discuss the Democratic leadership race between Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn.

Gonzalez Seeks Support for CHC Chairmanship

Nov. 10, 2010

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez wrote to Congressional Hispanic Caucus members Wednesday asking them to support him as head of the group in the next Congress.

Pelosi Touts Endorsements

Nov. 10, 2010

Nancy Pelosi is running unopposed for Minority Leader, but she still is trumpeting support she is winning in advance of what is expected to be a divided vote on her nomination to lead House Democrats next Congress.

DeFazio, Kaptur Try to Postpone Leadership Elections Until December

Nov. 9, 2010

Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio and Marcy Kaptur are asking their colleagues to sign a letter to leaders asking to delay leadership elections until December to give the party the opportunity to digest its recent drubbing at the polls.

Van Hollen Asks Colleagues to Back Bid for Top Budget Job

Nov. 9, 2010

Outgoing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen officially announced Wednesday he is seeking the ranking member spot on the Budget Committee.

CBC Chairwoman: Black Republicans Welcome in Group

Nov. 9, 2010

The two newly elected black Republicans are welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus, CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee said Tuesday.

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