Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard is a political reporter at Grist, and a former Prospect writing fellow.

Recent Articles

GETTING OUT THE NOVEMBER VOTE.

As I just mentioned, the Obama campaign held a press conference this afternoon about a new voter registration drive they're kicking off on May 10. "Vote for Change" will be a 50 state national registration driv to train volunteers and send them out to register voters. Obama deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand was sure to emphasize that this "not just a one day deal... it's a sustained six month campaign."

IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF INTENSITY.

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released yesterday found an increase in carbon dioxide emissions in 2007. Emissions were 19 billion tonnes higher than 2006, and have been increasing ever-faster since 2000. This is especially important in light of George Bush's climate speech last week, in which he claimed, "I have put our nation on a path to slow, stop, and eventually reverse the growth of our greenhouse gas emissions."

WRIGHT SPEAKS.

Bill Moyers has an exclusive interview with Jeremiah Wright that will air tonight on PBS. It's Wright's first television interview since the controversy over his remarks, and In These Times has posted some excerpts from the transcript. Finally, an insightful conversation about the substance of the issue rather than another shallow reference to the "controversy"! I found this part particularly interesting:

PRINCIPLES FOR GLOBAL WARMING LEGISLATION.

Earlier this week, Reps. Ed Markey, Henry Waxman, Jay Inslee released
their Principles for Global Warming Legislation, which are intended to be a framework framework for Congress to produce legislation establishing an economy-wide, mandatory program of emissions cuts. The principles:

1) Reduce emissions to avoid dangerous global warming;
2) Transition America to a clean energy economy;
3) Recognize and minimize any economic impacts from global warming legislation; and
4) Aid communities and ecosystems vulnerable to harm from global warming.

JOHN MCCAIN IS SMARTER THAN THE MSM.

In the absence of other things to say about the primary, the MSM has resorted to repeating reports along the "Oh noooez the Democrats are going to eat each other alive" storyline. Case in point: this story in today's Post titled "Continuing Battle Divides Democrats." Funny thing is, when you actually read the article, few of the individuals quoted seem to strike the same terrified tone as the headline would have you believe.

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