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Melanie Starkey


Melanie Starkey joined Roll Call as night Web editor in 2010 after two years on the copy desk of Congressional Quarterly. She edits and helps direct Roll Call’s Web coverage in the afternoons and evenings. She previously worked on CQ’s weekday newspaper, weekly magazine, website and reference books as a copy editor. She also was responsible for Web production duties at CQ. Before becoming a Washingtonian, Melanie lived in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she was a weekend news editor, wire editor and copy editor for the St. Petersburg Times. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison Stands by Criticism of Rick Perry

Nov. 6, 2011

Retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison refused today to soften any of the criticisms she leveled at Texas Gov. Rick Perry when she challenged him in last year’s GOP gubernatorial primary.

Connie Mack IV to Run for Senate

Oct. 26, 2011

Rep. Connie Mack IV will enter the Senate race in Florida, the Republican’s chief of staff confirmed to Roll Call late Wednesday.

George McGovern Hospitalized for Fatigue, Expected to Fully Recover

Oct. 25, 2011

George McGovern, a former presidential candidate and Senator, was admitted to a South Dakota hospital, the Associated Press reported today.

Gabrielle Giffords to Visit North Carolina for Therapy

Oct. 23, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left Texas today to undergo intensive therapy in North Carolina through Nov. 4. The Arizona Democrat will receive treatment from a therapist who has worked with her for several months in Houston as she recuperates from a brain injury.

Michele Bachmann Replacing New Hampshire Team After Resignations

Oct. 23, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann is looking for new campaign staff in New Hampshire after her team in the state quit last week, the Minnesota Republican said today.

GOP Senators, Hillary Clinton Disagree on Troops Leaving Iraq

Oct. 23, 2011

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) slammed the Obama administration today for deciding to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq this year, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton emphasized America’s commitment to the nation during a swing through the morning political shows.

Iowa Sets Date for Caucuses

Oct. 17, 2011

The Iowa Republican Party will hold its caucuses on Jan. 3, according to the Des Moines Register.

Calls Intensify for Tougher Sanctions Against Iran

Oct. 16, 2011

Top members of Congressional intelligence and military panels today called for tougher sanctions against Iran in light of an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

Eric Cantor Says Republicans Looking For Common Ground

Oct. 16, 2011

House Republicans are looking for common ground between the jobs plan they introduced in the spring and President Barack Obama's proposal, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Sunday.

Darrell Issa Plans New Subpoenas About Gun Program

Oct. 9, 2011

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to issue new subpoenas to the attorney general this week in his investigation of the Fast and Furious weapons program.

Earl Ray Tomblin to Finish Joe Manchin’s Term as West Virginia Governor

Oct. 4, 2011

Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) won a special election for the office today, the Associated Press reported.

Nevada GOP to Hold Earlier Presidential Caucuses

Oct. 2, 2011

In response to Florida’s decision to hold its presidential primary Jan. 31, Nevada Republicans voted Saturday to move up their caucuses and face the consequences of breaking party rules.

Major Democratic Campaign Treasurer Arrested in California, Accused of Fraud

Sept. 4, 2011

The FBI arrested a Democratic campaign treasurer for Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Loretta Sanchez last week on suspicion of mail fraud, officials said Saturday.

Obama Agrees to Push Back Jobs Speech

Aug. 31, 2011

After Speaker John Boehner pushed back against President Barack Obama’s request to convene a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, the administration conceded Wednesday to the Ohio Republican’s recommendation to hold it the next day.

Obama’s Uncle Charged With Drunken Driving, Held by Immigration Officials

Aug. 29, 2011

President Barack Obama’s uncle was arrested last week on charges of drunken driving and is being held by federal immigration officials, multiple news outlets reported Monday.

Michele Bachmann to Release Memoir in November

Aug. 29, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s memoir will arrive in stores in November. The Minnesota Republican and 2012 presidential candidate has already written the untitled book, the Associated Press reported Monday.

McCain: Gadhafi’s Ouster Is Imminent

Aug. 21, 2011

Sen. John McCain predicted Sunday that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is on the verge of falling from power.

McCain Explains ‘Hobbit’ Dig

Aug. 21, 2011

Sen. John McCain was put on the defensive Sunday for comparing some of his GOP colleagues to hobbits during the debt ceiling debate.

FBI Clears Suspicious Packages Sent to Alaskan Lawmakers

Aug. 16, 2011

A suspicious powder delivered to the offices of Alaskan lawmakers was not hazardous and the sender did not act maliciously, an FBI spokesman told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Suspicious Packages Sent to Alaska Lawmakers

Aug. 15, 2011

Packages containing white powder were delivered to the offices of Sen. Mark Begich (D), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) in Alaska on Monday.

Cain Encouraged by Middle-of-the-Pack Showing at Ames

Aug. 14, 2011

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain said he felt “very good” Sunday about his fifth-place finish in the Ames straw poll, despite the fact that third-place winner Tim Pawlenty ended his campaign because of his disappointing finish.

Pawlenty Abandons Presidential Bid

Aug. 14, 2011

Tim Pawlenty is withdrawing from the GOP presidential primary, the former Minnesota governor announced Sunday, a day after he placed a distant third in the Ames straw poll despite devoting much of his campaign time and resources to Iowa.

Wu Officially Resigns Wednesday Night

Aug. 3, 2011

Rep. David Wu notified Oregon’s governor and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday evening that his resignation would be effective at 11:59 that night.

Man Jumps White House Fence

Aug. 2, 2011

A man was arrested without incident Tuesday night after he jumped the White House fence, multiple news agencies reported.

Wu Video Cites Likely Last Vote, Gives No Date for Resignation

Aug. 1, 2011

Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who announced last week that he would step down “effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis,” released a video Monday to explain his vote in support of the $2.1 trillion deal to extend the nation's borrowing authority.

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