economic inequality

Latest Census numbers show deepening Southern poverty

September 16, 2011 - The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest poverty figures this week, and they show that poverty is worsening nationwide -- but especially in the South. The official U.S. poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009.  That marks the third consecutive annual increase in the national poverty rate, evidence of the persistently weak U.S. economy.

2008 campaign loses a voice for "the other America"

January 30, 2008 - UPDATE: I cross-posted this at DailyKos and it's generating some interesting discussion. It's fitting that former N.C. Senator John Edwards will be heading to New Orleans today to announce his exit from the presidential race. With Edwards' departure, the still-ravaged Gulf Coast will lose its most passionate -- maybe its only -- advocate in the 2008 campaign.