Berry CraigBerry 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 going on 36 years and their 21-year-old son.

It’s Lose-Lose for Unions with Rand Paul

Rand Paul Presidential Candidate

Berry Craig: Having been thwarted by the Democrats hold in the House, Team Rand is claiming the Kentucky double-dipping ban is unconstitutional. They’ve considered challenging it in court, an interesting prospect considering that Paul professes to be a “states’ rights” guy.

The Elephant Is Still in the Room

dog whistle politics

Berry Craig: Race is the elephant in the living room and not just in Dixie, and much of the supposedly liberal media chooses to ignore it or make little of it.

Dorothy Barkley: Sen. McConnell You’re No Alben Barkley

Mitch McConnell Falls Short

Berry Craig: McConnell is a conservative whose bane is “big government.” Barkley didn’t duck the liberal label. He ardently supported FDR’s Depression-fighting New Deal program of massive federal action to put people back to work and to boost the economy.

Republicans Today’s Dixiecrats?

Republicans Dixiecrats

Berry Craig: Today, the Republican Party is largely what the Democrats used to be, notably in the South and in border states like Kentucky: the white folks party.

Mitch Mum on Social Security

McConnell Social Security

Berry Craig: If I were a retiree on the fence wavering between Team Mitch and Team Switch, I’d give what McConnell said – or, rather didn’t say – some serious, if not prayerful, consideration before I voted a week from Tuesday.

The Big Dog Plays the Role of Senator No

Bill Clinton Supports Grimes

Berry Craig: Bill Clinton said McConnell “wants to make this about who voted for whom in 2012 even though he knows if you vote on how they’re going to vote for the next six years you will elect her and by a very healthy margin.”

Still a Dead Heat in the Bluegrass State

Grimes McConnell Even

Berry Craig: The new Bluegrass Poll seems to prove Team Switch’s contention that the last Bluegrass Poll wasn’t an “outlier,” pollster-speak for a survey that’s the exception, not the rule.

Allison Lundergan Grimes Hardly Done

allison lundergan grimes ahead

Berry Craig: The election will boil down to turnout. Team Switch is confident they have built a mega-horsepower statewide grassroots, get-out-the-vote organization that’s hitting on all eight cylinders.

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