Kate Sheppard

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

Recent Articles

ON TURNOUT PREDICTIONS.

I've been thinking about Tom's post yesterday on whether voter turnout might actually decline in November. I have to say I'm fairly skeptical that this would occur.

LONDON CALLING.

Something that's often left out in all this talk about the failure of New York City's congestion pricing plan is the fact that this sort of plan has already been successfully implemented in London, as may

DRAFT CONDI MOVEMENT IN FULL SWING.

Grover Norquist is endorsing Condoleezza Rice for McCain's VP spot. Apparently she spoke at a breakfast meeting of his Americans for Tax Reform a few weeks ago, her first appearance before the group, and came across as mighty presidential. "If her goal was to convince everyone she would be a good president and, therefore, a good vice president -- she hit it out of the ballpark," he told the Post.

RIP, CONGESTION PRICING PLAN.

I was traveling yesterday, and didn't have a chance to note my despair at the demise of the New York City congestion pricing plan. Charles Komanoff has an excellent post on Gristmill about why the plan was the "smartest urban-transportation idea since the subway," and why it failed, that's worth checking out. Had it won approval, the plan would have created a $500 million revenue stream for mass transit, and it would have a least created the possibility of significantly reducing traffic and pollution. The main takeaway is that congestion pricing isn't a failed political pursuit, but that it was executed poorly in this case.

FUNDS WHILE IT LASTS.

I noted this a few months ago, but I still maintain that when you're severely behind in fundraising, touting that as evidence of your superiority as a candidate just doesn't make sense. But the Clinton campaign continues to do so in an email address to supporters today:

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