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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.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi haunted vulnerable Democrats for much of the past year, and now that shes been elected as the partys House leader once again, defeated Members considering another run worry that ghost will linger.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer hasnt 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.
Despite the defections of 43 Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday easily won her bid to serve as Minority Leader in the 112th Congress.
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.
House Democrats voted 129-68 against a motion to delay Wednesdays leadership elections, clearing the way for the partys existing team, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to continue to lead the party in the minority next year.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi enters todays 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Majority Whip James Clyburns 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to an agenda circulated Friday, House Democrats plan to save their most contentious race for last at next weeks leadership elections.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver may face a challenge from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to chair the Congressional Black Caucus.
House Democratic leaders agreed Wednesday to stick with their plan to hold leadership elections next week, Democratic sources said.
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.
Rep. Charlie Gonzalez wrote to Congressional Hispanic Caucus members Wednesday asking them to support him as head of the group in the next Congress.
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.
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.
Outgoing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen officially announced Wednesday he is seeking the ranking member spot on the Budget Committee.
The two newly elected black Republicans are welcome in the Congressional Black Caucus, CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee said Tuesday.
The Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday formally endorsed its former chairman, Majority Whip James Clyburn, over Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to be Minority Whip in the next Congress.