About Berry Craig

Berry Craig is an emeritus professor of history at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah and a freelance writer. He is a member of American Federation of Teachers Local 1360, the recording secretary for the Western Kentucky Area Council, AFL-CIO, and the author of True Tales of Old-Time Kentucky Politics: Bombast, Bourbon and Burgoo, Hidden History of Kentucky in the Civil War, Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers and Hidden History of Western Kentucky. He is a native of Mayfield, Ky., where he lives with his wife of 33 years and their 20-year-old son.

Adolph Hitler, Union Hater

Hitler Hated Unions

Berry Craig: The unions strongly opposed Hitler, who wove his hatred of organized labor into his genocidal anti-Semitism. The latter resulted in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of six million European Jews. Many Jews were in unions, too.

Will McConnell v. Grimes, 2014, Be a Repeat of Percy-Simon, 1984?

Will Grimes Beat McConnell

Berry Craig: Grimes, who seems to have no problem in the likeability department, is giving McConnell the run for his political life.

Kentucky Governor’s Lawyers Claim Gay Marriage Is Bad for Business

Outlawing Gay Marriage

Berry Craig: Beshear’s defense of the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment reminds me yet again of Mark Twain’s evidently apocryphal comment about my native state: “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because it’s always 20 years behind the times.”

Polls Might Have Mitch Gobbling More Tums for His Tummy

Mitch McConnell Behind

Berry Craig: Sen. Mitch McConnell’s new campaign ad suggests he’s no longer vexed by Matt Bevin, his tea party-tilting challenger in the May 20 GOP primary. McConnell apparently figures Bevin is toast and is focusing instead on Allison Lundergan Grimes.

Barn Bashers and Barn Builders

republican war wimps

Berry Craig: The GOP keeps kicking down barns that President Barack Obama and the Democrats built. At the same time, the Republicans want us to think they’re the better barn builders.

Kid Stuff in Kentucky

Bevin Challenges McConnell

Berry Craig: Was the Bevin family puppies-and-rainbows looking commercial really a cynical ploy? Did Bevin trot out his daughter to call McConnell a liar figuring he couldn’t lose?

Let ‘Em Rage to the Cows and Coyotes

domestic terrorists

Berry Craig: The media circus over the standoff between rancher Cliven Bundy and the Feds in Nevada reminded me of the time the Ku Klux Klan visited the Kentucky town where I was a newspaper reporter.

Mitch’s Tough Out


Berry Craig: The other day, Grimes swatted another one into the cheap seats after McConnell got the expected NRA endorsement. She promptly tweeted a renewal of her months-old challenge to the senate minority leader to meet her on a gun range.

Jim Crow: The Dirty Bird Flies Again


Berry Craig: What scares Republicans the most is an America that is becoming less white, less conservative and less male dominated. They fret that a more diverse and more tolerant America is potentially a more Democratic America.

A Biscuit, a Puppet and the Captain of Team Mitch


Berry Craig: I’d bet the farm that McConnell is none too eager to verbally spar with Kentucky’s “Southern steel magnolia,” who, by the way, once taught kickboxing.

Are the Kochs Just Preaching to the Choir?


Berry Craig: In Center Right America, politically, religiously and socially, the U.S. is the most conservative Western industrial democracy.

Mitch McConnell’s Mike Dukakis Misfire?


Mitch McConnell Misfire: McConnell figured the CPAC rifle-toting would earn him precious bona fides with skeptical tea partiers.

Racism: The Elephant in the Living Room


Racism: Republicans blow fuses when somebody says the GOP practices dog-whistle politics to pander to white prejudice.

Anti-Union Politics Unites Volunteer State Republicans and Chinese Communists


Anti-Union Politics: What do China’s communist rulers and some top Tennessee Republican politicians have in common? They don’t want free trade unions.

Would Rand Paul Lead the GOP to ‘Goldwaterloo’ II?


Rand Paul and Monica Lewinsky: More than a few of my fellow Kentucky Democrats hope Paul will be the GOP presidential nominee in two years.

Will Double-Digit Gender Gap Help Ditch Mitch?


Mitch McConnell Gender Gap: Kentucky women are not idiots even though they are closely related to Kentucky men.

Unions Turn ‘Misery and Despair into Hope and Progress’


Unions Advocate for All Workers: Unions advocate for more than just men and women who pack union cards.

Faith, Hope and Alison Lundergan Grimes


Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate– Maybe die-hard Democrats are whistling past the graveyard, but they don’t fear a McConnell blowout.

Mr. Bolin Goes to Washington?


Wesley Bolin for Congress — a 25-year-old college student from Murray, Kentucky, knows it takes a ton of money to win a seat in Congress.

Brit and Chris: A Couple of ‘Old Fashioned Tough Guys’


Chris Christie Bully — I don’t see how anybody who ducked a war has the chutzpah to pass himself off as a tough guy.

Forget the Food Fight, Mitch and Matt Are Kindred Spirits


Mitch McConnell Matt Bevin Despite their noisy campaigns, Sen. McConnell and his tea party-tilting challenger agree on almost every issue.

Chris Christie: “Pride Goeth Before Destruction, A Haughty Spirit Before a Fall”

Chris Christie

Chris Christie Bridgegate — It is way too early to tell if Bridgegate is another Watergate. Yet parallels between the two scandals are there.

Will the Marksberry Flop Help Team Mitch?


Ed Marksberry might be a decent sort. But he’s made himself look like the little kid who gets mad on the sandlot and stomps home.

A Socialist Wrote The Pledge of Allegiance


Pledge of Allegiance — Christian Socialists said that unfettered capitalism was based squarely on greed, a sin Jesus roundly denounced.

My Muse, Mitch McConnell


Elect Alison Lundergan Grimes — Most of us were rooting for entertainer Ashley Judd – one of us — to come home and take on McConnell.

The Garden State’s Phony Moderate


Chris Christie Bully — Christie, a Republican, is more proof that in American politics, style matters more than substance.

Minding Gaps, McConnell Style


Berry Craig: McConnell has to take care not to rile a big chunk of his base – old conservative white guys who love it when Rush Limbaugh calls feminists “Feminazis,” when a GOP strategist disses Grimes as an “empty dress” and when a Team Mitch player tweets a photo-shopped image of Grimes as the “Obama Girl.”

Does the Dairy State’s Union-Buster-in-Chief Want to Be President?


Berry Craig: Lately, Walker has been boosting his political profile by hustling his new book in which he brags on his union-busting. Some folks wonder if he’s really testing the waters for a presidential run.

The ‘Southern Steel Magnolia’ from the Bluegrass State


Berry Craig: Team Mitch keeps serving up fat pitches that Alison Lundergan Grimes keeps knocking out of the ballpark.

‘P’ Is for ‘Paul’ and ‘Plagiarizer’


Berry Craig: Paul is still a tea party darling. His base – mostly white folks of the Obama’s-a-Kenyan-born-Islamo-Socialist persuasion – doesn’t care if he swipes from Wikipedia or anyplace else, or if he just makes stuff up.

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