Jaime Fuller

Jaime Fuller is a former associate editor at The American Prospect

Recent Articles

Daily Meme: A Bike Ride in the Shadow of Keystone

Anniversaries always prove a convenient shortcut for news organizations to create content, and we've all replied in kind to commemorating the year since Hurricane Sandy belted the East Coast. Climate change has unsurprisingly been a repeated refrain. Especially since our rapidly changing environment means that an upcoming line-up of similar storms is all but certain. By 2050, annual flood losses around the globe could total $63 billion. In 2005, it was $6 billion. "Of course coastal storms aren't the only hazard," says a climate scientist at NASA. "We also need to think about extreme heat events, which could be an even more deadly killer in the future." Great. And the poorest and least able to weather the problems that follow in a environmental disaster's wake are of course the most affected by these events —as well as the least able to advocate for policy changes to prevent this from happening in the future. Despite all the scary statistics and incontrovertible proof offered by...

Daily Meme: DeBlasio and McAuliffe and Christie, Oh My!

We're a week out from Election Day, which means the local media markets in cities and states with consequential races will be saturated with 24/7 coverage from here on out. For those of us who don't live in a place with a sexy campaign to obsess over, here's the CliffNotes version of our off-season elections. In the Virginia gubernatorial race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Molly Ball writes, "if you're just now Rip Van Winkling in from the 1990s, that last sentence was not a joke ." Bill deBlasio is leading the New York City mayoral race by 45 percentage points , ready to become Bloomberg's successor in a historic landslide. Chris Smith's New York Magazine profile of the public advocate and longtime politico is a must-read primer on what kind of mayor deBlasio just might be. And here's a profile of his political consulting firm , which knew exectly the kind of New York voters wanted to imagine during the primary. Mike Duggan is set...

Daily Meme: Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy, and Preparing for Its Successor

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy smashing the tri-state area , and many news outlets and locals are marking the occasion by looking at what's still broken , and who saved New York and New Jersey from suffering even more than it did. After a fractious battle, Congress appropriated billions of dollars to help homeowners left adrift by the storm early this year. Most of that money has yet to reach its intended recipients . Staten Island residents have been filtering back to the borough for months , unwilling to abandon their homes. Stories of success in the Rockaways percolate in the news now and then, but the dominating narrative from this beachy neighborhood looks grim. The place is still a mess. The National Climatic Data Center estimates that the storm cost $65 billion. Many people ( at least 200 ) across the city are still homeless , and tangled contractor politics is making home repairs difficult in many areas. Transportation systems in New York City and...

Daily Meme: Your Definitive Guide for Who and What to Blame for Healthcare.gov, According to the Internet

Kathleen Sebelius Not Kathleen Sebelius The Federal Government Obamacare Obama Too much love These contractors That "other" contractor Canada Lack of money Lack of time Procurement rules Bureaucracy Journalists Poor coordination Everything Lax campaign-finance laws Not having a Government Digital Service like the Brits Somebody else Who knows ? And who can fix the website ? Well, the Obama administration hopes than Jeff Zients and Todd Park will.

Daily Meme: Voter ID, a Bad Solution in Search of a Nonexistent Problem

We may be in an election off-year, but new voter-ID laws are still mucking up many a eligible citizen's right to hit the polling booths. Texas's new voter-ID law , which went into effect on Tuesday ( a day after early voting began in the state ), has inspired quite a bit of acrimony. The law might disenfranchise a third of the state's women voters , who might not have identification that matches their current legal name... ... including this judge, who has voted without a hitch for five decades. Republican women might just be the most affected by these voter ID laws. Transgender men and women may also have difficulties voting because of discrepancies in names on their IDs. Hispanics in the state are 46 to 120 percent less likely to have a government-issued ID than white residents. All this grief for a problem we have yet to find. As Paul Burka puts it, "I am compelled to point out that voter fraud is a solution in search of a problem. Except for rare incidents, such as those involving...