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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:

Democrats Could Face Battle for Leader Post

Oct. 27, 2010

Tuesday may not be the end of bitter campaigns for House Democrats. If the party loses control of the House next week, the Caucus may face a competitive and acrimonious race to determine who will be Minority Leader in the 112th Congress.

It’s Looking Like Speaker or Nothing for Pelosi

Oct. 25, 2010

Democrats on Capitol Hill and K Street are increasingly convinced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have little interest in being Minority Leader — and may start preparing to leave Congress altogether — if Republicans win the House a week from today.

Some Members Shun Pelosi’s Cash

Oct. 20, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s allies think her fundraising efforts will help guarantee the Californian another term as House Democratic leader. But at least three vulnerable Members are saying her money is no good here.

Progressives See Upside of Democratic Losses

Oct. 13, 2010

Frustrated liberals who grouse that House leaders have been too deferential to moderate Democrats are gearing up to capitalize on what almost certainly will be a more left-leaning Caucus after Nov. 2.

Pelosi Counts Votes With Cash

Oct. 8, 2010

Nancy Pelosi isn’t acting like a Speaker in peril. The California Democrat hasn’t been calling her colleagues to ask them to pledge their loyalty to her, nor has she been making any other direct appeals to bolster her support for another two-year term as the Democratic leader.

Hispanic Lawmakers Eschew DCCC Dues

Oct. 1, 2010

Congressional Hispanic Caucus members are among the stingiest House Democrats when it comes to party giving.

All but one of the CHC’s 23 members had yet to meet their Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee obligations for the cycle, leaving close to $3 million in outstanding dues; a handful of Members had given nothing at all as of Aug. 24, according to a DCCC dues tally.

Vulnerables Keep Space From Pelosi on Stump

Sept. 29, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t likely to get many invitations from vulnerable House Democrats to visit their districts between now and Nov. 2.

Battle Begins Over Republican Pledge

Sept. 29, 2010

House Republicans failed in their first attempts this week to implement a portion of their new “Pledge to America” but are sending their Members back to their districts to tout the agenda as a road map for the next Congress.

Pelosi, Hoyer Send Mixed Signals on Tax Cut Vote

Sept. 28, 2010

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have become adept at masking their differences of opinion. But when it comes to whether the House should vote this week to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class, the two leaders have appeared at odds, and up until recently they haven’t seemed to care who knows it.

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