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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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CBC Endorses Clyburn for Whip

Nov. 9, 2010

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.

Becerra’s Support Gives Clyburn a Boost From Leadership

Nov. 8, 2010

Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) has thrown his weight behind Rep. James Clyburn in the increasingly contentious race for Minority Whip between the South Carolina lawmaker and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.).

Clyburn on Chairing Caucus: Been There, Done That

Nov. 8, 2010

Majority Whip James Clyburn signaled Monday afternoon that he has no interest in stepping down to Caucus chairman and that he is digging in his heels in his battle against Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) for the Minority Whip’s job in the next Congress.

Members Supporting Hoyer

Nov. 7, 2010

The following is a partial list of Democratic House Members who support Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) over Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) to be the party’s Minority Whip in the 112th Congress, according to a source close to Hoyer. Hoyer’s allies have been hesitant to release a full list of supporters while negotiations are in flux.

Shuler Keeps Quiet About Minority Leader Challenge

Nov. 7, 2010

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) has yet to make good on his pledge to challenge Nancy Pelosi for Minority Leader more than 48 hours after the California Democrat announced she would seek the post.

Members Supporting Clyburn

Nov. 7, 2010

The following is a partial list of Democratic House Members who support Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) over Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) to be the party’s Minority Whip in the 112th Congress, according to a source close to Clyburn, who said that those who had come out publicly were but “a small representation” of the endorsements he has nailed down.

Democrats Struggle to Unify

Nov. 7, 2010

House Democrats haven’t been able to stop campaigning. Rather than spending the days after Tuesday’s midterms regrouping, Members have been stuck fighting over who among them should lead in the minority.

Paul Sketches Budget Plan With Eye on Committee Spot

Nov. 7, 2010

Sen.-elect Rand Paul sketched out on Sunday the broad strokes of his strategy for executing his signature campaign issue: bringing the federal budget into balance.

Van Hollen Expects Hoyer, Clyburn to Stay in Leadership

Nov. 7, 2010

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said Sunday that House Democrats would try to find seats at the leadership table for both Reps. Steny Hoyer (Md.) and James Clyburn (S.C.).

Toomey Would Consider Joining Proposed Tea Party Caucus

Nov. 7, 2010

Sen.-elect Pat Toomey said Sunday that he would consider joining a tea party caucus when he comes to Washington.

Pence Mulls 2012 Presidential Bid

Nov. 7, 2010

Rep. Mike Pence, who stepped down from his post last week as the No. 3 House Republican, said he would make a decision early next year about whether to run for president in 2012.

Hoyer, Clyburn Pull Weekend Whip Duty to Lock In Support

Nov. 6, 2010

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Whip James Clyburn (S.C.) are burning up the phone lines as they work separately to nail down votes in what promises to be a contentious battle for the No. 2 spot in the Democratic minority.

Hoyer Allies Spurn Pelosi’s Decision to Run

Nov. 5, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to run for Minority Leader and the circumstances surrounding the California Democrat’s announcement have prompted a backlash from some allies of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

Pelosi Will Have Defectors in Bid for Leader

Nov. 5, 2010

Nancy Pelosi isn’t going to have unanimous support for Minority Leader.

Pelosi Encouraged Larson to Court Votes for Conference Chairmanship

Nov. 5, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave her close ally John Larson the green light to launch a behind-the-scenes campaign for a second term as Caucus chairman.

Becerra Mounts Vice Chairman Bid

Nov. 5, 2010

Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra on Friday became the latest Member to announce a bid for the leadership in the minority.

Pelosi Running for Minority Leader

Nov. 5, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in a tweet Friday that she would run for Minority Leader in the 112th Congress, dismissing calls from some Democrats who say it’s time for her to step aside.

Pelosi Acts as if She’s Staying

Nov. 4, 2010

Soon-to-be ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not made her plans public, but the California Democrat has been acting as if she will run for House Minority Leader — to the chagrin of some party moderates, who say it’s time for new leadership after the party suffered its worst defeat in generations in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Shuler Could Challenge Pelosi for Minority Leader

Nov. 4, 2010

Rep. Heath Shuler predicted Thursday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would act in the “best interest” of the Democratic Caucus and bow out of leadership, but said he would challenge the California Democrat for Minority Leader if she tried to stay on and no “viable alternative” candidate emerged.

Blue Dogs Added to Endangered Species List

Nov. 3, 2010

Nearly half of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition was wiped out in Tuesday’s GOP House rout.

Democrats Await Pelosi’s Decision on Minority Leader Run

Nov. 3, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is keeping mum about whether she wants to be Minority Leader, and her silence appears to have frozen out any jockeying for other leadership posts.

Pelosi’s Go-Big Style Will Define Her Legacy

Nov. 3, 2010

Nancy Pelosi will end her Speakership much the way it began — by making history.

Democrats Left Idling as Pelosi Decides Next Move

Nov. 3, 2010

The House Democratic leadership scramble — if there is to be one — is on hold for now.

Defeated Democrats spent Wednesday taking stock of their historic 60-plus seat drubbing and awaiting word from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) about whether she wants to be their Minority Leader.

A Primer: House Leadership Races Under a GOP Takeover

Nov. 2, 2010

If the anticipated GOP tidal wave hits and Republicans take the House majority, both parties will see a scramble for top leadership posts.

Democratic Leaders Try to Get Out in Front of Returns

Nov. 2, 2010

House Democratic leaders thanked campaign volunteers and urged Americans in states where polls have not yet closed to go out and vote during a subdued election-night reception near Capitol Hill on Tuesday night.

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