Kate Sheppard

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

Recent Articles

BETTER THAN BUSH?

I've made fun of the Clinton campaign before for flooding reporters' inboxes with press releases, but the one sent out Sunday night is one of the most hilarious I've come across yet, right up there with the one about Barack Obama's kindergarten-era presidential ambitions. Yesterday's went after Obama for saying John McCain would be a better president than George Bush:

PAINTING THE RED STATES BLUE.

I'm fascinated by Chris Cillizza's post about states that look poised to change colors, through a combination of national, state and congressional elections. Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico (all much-sought after states) seem likely to flip blue. But Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Michigan are threatening to flip the other way. What do you, dear readers, think? Do these seem like reasonable projections? What can be done to save those last three?

--Kate Sheppard

The Green Gap

As the number of green-collar jobs rises, pioneering activists are working to ensure that many of those jobs go to inner-city residents.

Rodney Lee's hometown of Richmond, California, has a national reputation for two things: the highest per capita murder rate in the state and one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country. The East Bay city of 103,000 has been wracked by gang violence, with a murder rate five times the national average. It sits in the shadow of a giant Chevron refinery, and at least 400 industrial sites in the city have been listed as sources of pollution.

1 IN 10 IRAQ VETS HAVE UNTREATED PTSD OR MAJOR DEPRESSION. 1 IN 5 HAVE A POSSIBLE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

Still more problems with endless war. Nearly 20 percent of military service members who have come home from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, or 300,000 in total, report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Only slightly more than half have those veterans have sought treatment, largely because there is a fear that seeking treatment will harm their career, and even among those who sought treatment, only half received treatment that researchers would categorize as even "minimally adequate."

WHY THE GAS TAX IS A JOKE.

Ryan Avent outlines more reasons why John McCain's "gas tax holiday" is a terrible idea. It's foremost a strong indicator, as I've argued before, that John McCain isn't serious about climate and energy policy.

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