Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

Never Trust an Average.

Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty makes use of broad averages to argue against public-sector unions:

Federal employees receive an average of $123,049 annually in pay and benefits, twice the average of the private sector. And across the country, at every level of government, the pattern is the same: Unionized public employees are making more money, receiving more generous benefits, and enjoying greater job security than the working families forced to pay for it with ever-higher taxes, deficits and debt.

Nope, No Disenfranchisement to See Here.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants an exemption from the Voting Rights Act. Why? Because the Commonwealth has "outgrown" institutional racism:

Cuccinelli also addressed the issue of redistricting, saying he thought it was time for Virginia to be released from its federally mandated oversight by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. [...]

Cuccinelli, however, said Virginia has “outgrown” that requirement, as the state — which he acknowledged originated Massive Resistance — is no longer marked by institutionalized bigotry.

Money Ain't a Thing.

Do you need personal wealth to run for office? No, says the Campaign Finance Institute:

What If We Give It Away?

Matthew Yglesias on what rich people should do with their money, if they want to help the poor: