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Melanie Starkey

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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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Stories by Melanie Starkey:

Boehner: House Will Pass Stopgap CR

Feb. 27, 2011

Americans want the government to keep running, so the House will pass a stopgap spending bill to avert a shutdown, Speaker John Boehner will say during a speech Sunday evening.

Heinrich Ponders Running to Succeed ‘Mentor’ Bingaman

Feb. 20, 2011

Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich is considering a run for Senate in 2012 following Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s announcement last week that he would not seek re-election in New Mexico, the House Member said Sunday.

Capitol Hill Takes Note of Wisconsin’s Budget Fight

Feb. 18, 2011

Democrats and Republicans are staking out sides in Wisconsin’s battle over public employees’ collective bargaining rights.

Obama to Host Lawmakers at Two Events Thursday

Feb. 16, 2011

President Barack Obama is expanding his outreach to Capitol Hill by inviting House Democratic leaders to a White House lunch Thursday.

Feingold Starts Progressives United PAC

Feb. 16, 2011

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) launched the Progressives United political action committee this week in response to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and to support progressive candidates.

Flake to Announce Senate Bid Monday

Feb. 13, 2011

Rep. Jeff Flake (R) is expected to announce Monday morning that he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), a Republican strategist based in Arizona told Roll Call on Sunday.

Ryan Open to Short-Term Spending Bill to Avert Shutdown

Feb. 13, 2011

In the event that Congress is unable to finalize a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal 2011 before the March 4 deadline, Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday that he would be willing to consider a short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

Boehner on Lookout for GOP Challenger to Obama

Feb. 13, 2011

Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that a frontrunner has yet to emerge among potential Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential race.

Biden to Speak at McConnell’s Alma Mater

Feb. 10, 2011

Vice President Joseph Biden will deliver remarks Friday as part of a leadership lecture series held at the University of Louisville, the alma mater of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Daley Explains His Criticism of Health Care Law

Jan. 30, 2011

New White House Chief of Staff William Daley sought to clarify Sunday his previous criticism of President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul law as political, not policy, commentary.

Obama Names Zients to Lead Government Reorganization

Jan. 30, 2011

The White House has installed Jeffrey Zients at the helm of a government reorganization effort announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.

Boehner, McCain Call for Democratic Reform in Egypt

Jan. 30, 2011

Two Republican lawmakers appearing on the Sunday morning news shows offered their support for the Obama administration’s response to political unrest in Egypt.

Schumer Warns House Republicans to Avoid Shutdown

Jan. 30, 2011

Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) accused the new Republican majority in the House on Sunday of risking a government shutdown as the expiration of a stopgap spending measure approaches.

Cantor Opposes Strategy of Further Government Spending

Jan. 23, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor rejected President Barack Obama’s economic strategy of mixing spending with cuts Sunday.

Powell Not Interested in Administration Job

Jan. 23, 2011

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that he prefers acting as an occasional adviser to President Barack Obama and would not be interested in a position in his administration.

Doctors Repaired Fracture in Giffords’ Eye Socket

Jan. 17, 2011

Doctors caring for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords performed surgery Saturday to repair a fracture in the roof of the Arizona Democrat’s right eye socket, they said Monday in an update on her condition.

Priebus Cuts Steele’s RNC Convention Planning Staff

Jan. 16, 2011

In one of his first acts as chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus made cuts Sunday in the RNC’s 2012 convention planning team.

Giffords’ Condition Upgraded to Serious

Jan. 16, 2011

Doctors in Arizona upgraded the condition of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to serious from critical on Sunday after her doctors removed her from a ventilator Saturday, one week after she was shot.

Schumer, Coburn Diverge on Limiting Ammunition in Clips

Jan. 16, 2011

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) discussed a three-point response on Sunday to a deadly shooting in Arizona, while Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) cautioned that lawmakers should be concerned with addressing the mentally ill and not with tightening gun control laws.

Christie Not Interested in 2012 Presidential Run; Pawlenty Weighs Possibility

Jan. 16, 2011

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is “seriously considering” entering the 2012 presidential race and will make a decision in the next few months, he said Sunday, while Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) reiterated his refusal to run.

Vicki Kennedy Won’t Run for Husband’s Senate Seat

Jan. 11, 2011

Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), won’t run against her husband’s Republican successor in 2012, she told the Boston Globe this week.

Tea Party Nation Founder Skewers King Over Proposal

Jan. 11, 2011

The founder of Tea Party Nation accused Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) of “lunacy” on Tuesday for proposing a gun-free zone around Members of Congress.

National Moment of Silence Planned

Jan. 9, 2011

President Barack Obama is asking the nation to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. EST Monday for the people killed and wounded in the shooting Saturday in Arizona.

Cantor: Replace Health Care Law to Help Economy

Jan. 8, 2011

In the Republicans’ first weekly address to the nation since taking control of the House, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) emphasized their intention to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul.

Gibbs: No ‘Big Changes’ to Cabinet

Dec. 26, 2010

A big Cabinet shake-up is not in the works, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs predicted Sunday.

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