Kate Sheppard

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

Recent Articles

HOT SURROGATE WARFARE.

The Obama campaign has been notably quiet about the sacking of Mark Penn and related trade affairs. But that doesn't mean they won't put forward others to chastise them for it. This afternoon, the campaign hosted a conference call with Indiana State Rep. Ryan Dvorak and Teamsters president James Hoffa to talk smack on Penn and Clinton. Hoffa says retaining Penn in any sort of advisory role is still questionable:

HISTORY IN THE MAKING.

The History News Network recently conducted a non-scientific poll of 109 professional historians and found that 61 percent rate Bush presidency as the worst yet. Thirty-five percent of those surveyed rated him in the bottom ten, and only four respondents put him in the top two-thirds. A whopping 98.2 percent assessed his presidency as a "failure." And that's with 9 months still to go.

UNITE HERE GOES THERE.

UNITE HERE was one of the many labor unions righteously outraged about the Mark Penn/Colombia affair, and understandably so. President Bruce Raynor sent out this statement late on Friday chastising Penn and the campaign for what these conflicting interests. Of course Penn's departure from the campaign is notable, but it doesn't necessarily resolve some of the issues Raynor raises:

PENN OUT.

For a campaign that sends out so many long emails (and so many emails, period), the announcement from Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams that Mark Penn is departing from his role as top strategist was notably brief:

After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as Chief Strategist of the Clinton Campaign; Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign. Geoff Garin and Howard Wolfson will coordinate the campaign's strategic message team going forward.

HITTING LINDSEY GRAHAM UPSIDE THE HEAD WITH A FACT-STICK.

According to Sen. Lindsey Graham, the Nobel Prize committee was way off base last year. It's John McCain that should be heralded as the world's leader on climate change, not Al Gore:

“He’s not going to run away from President Bush but at the end of the day, John McCain has earned a reputation, and has the scars to show it, of doing things that put the country ahead of party," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, noting McCain has differed with the party on immigration, his desire to close Guantanamo Bay, and enacting robust climate change policies.

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