Poor Little Mitch

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Berry Craig: Character assassination has been McConnell’s stock in trade since he got elected to the senate in 1986.

‘Give Us Back Our God-Given Right to Join a Union’

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Berry Craig: “This movement brought you the middle class, so, members of the labor movement, get on your feet and thank yourself for what you have done for the United States of America.”

‘An Injury to One Is the Concern of All’

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Berry Craig: History is plain about what has most benefitted the working class: unions and New Deal-style government action on our behalf. A big part of the New Deal guaranteed our right to organize unions and bargain collectively for better wages, hours, working conditions and benefits.

Will Mitch Get Ditched?

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Berry Craig: Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is half a loaf to this lifelong Kentuckian. Yet McConnell and Bevin are no loaf. They’re not even the bread wrapper. So Grimes has got my vote.

‘To Solve a Problem You First Have to Admit You Have One’

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Berry Craig: The right-wing, white guy punditocracy is in high dudgeon over President Obama’s comments about Trayvon Martin.

A Special Steelworker Rapid Response to a Union Hater

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Berry Craig: So-called right to work laws amount to freeloading because they permit employees at a unionized workplace to enjoy union-won wages and benefits without belonging to the union and paying union dues.

John Roberts Court Revives Southern Strategy

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Berry Craig: The GOP is using same sort of fakery white supremacist Democrats used when they disfranchised blacks with poll taxes, property requirements for voting and grandfather laws, all the while claiming such devices weren’t racially motivated.

Snowden Hated Leakers on Dubya’s Watch

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Berry Craig: Could it be that pure-as-the-driven-Snowden sang now because he’s just another Obama-hating right-winger?

‘Idiot America’

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Berry Craig: All that matters to Rick Perry’s people is that politicians have “common sense” on issues like what one of my union buddies calls “the Four Gs – God (love), guns (love), gays (not love) and government (not love, except for the military).”

Deliver Me from Glenn Greenwald and Fox News

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Berry Craig: The likes of Greenwald and the Fox propagandists are a throwback to the time when almost all newspapers were unabashedly partisan. And Jane and John Q were worse off for it.

Give Me Honest Debate, Not Demonizing

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Berry Craig: Mum was the word from Republicans like Sensenbrenner when their guy in the White House collected the same sort of phone call data. The Bush administration said it was crucial to the “war on terror.”

Stereotyping Old White Guys

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Berry Craig: These right wingers seem to think that if you look like them and sound like them, you’re one of them.

Politico Slants Obamacare Coverage

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Berry Craig: From the start, right-wing groups used “Obamacare” as a slur for the president’s health care program. Ultimately, Obama and the Democrats embraced it. “You want to call it Obamacare — that’s okay, because I do care,” the president said.

Would Right-Wing Wackadooles Sing Different Drones Tune for President Romney?

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Berry Craig: Far right fringies would be crooning a different tune if Bush or Romney were drone dispatchers

No 9/11, No Need for Drones

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Berry Craig: Count me among supporters of drones or any other weapon authorized by any president that kills the enemy without endangering the lives and limbs of our fighting service men and women.

Protesting Walmart: The New Freedom Riders

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Berry Craig: Called the “Ride for Respect,” the demonstration at Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be modeled on civil rights volunteers who rode buses into the South in the 1960s to protest Jim Crow racial injustice.

What Would Washington Think?

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Berry Craig: We are getting closer to that “more perfect union” the constitution was supposed to make us. Far more people enjoy “the blessings of liberty” cited in our national charter than they did in Washington’s day.

Kentucky Students: Ditch Mitch as Graduation Speaker

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Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell headlining Murray State’s graduation might be less egregious if he hadn’t made his entire political career flipping students the bird.

Coach McConnell’s Special Chicken Salad

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Berry Craig: Reporters would do well to skip the chicken salad and start asking, Where’s the beef? The main course should be about McConnell’s politics of slime and smear, not how the tape recording whodunit.

United Mine Workers Need Your John Hancock

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Berry Craig: Peabody, Arch and Patriot Coal appear willing to stand by and do nothing as these brave miners and their spouses suffer and die from their work-caused illnesses and injuries without the health care these companies promised them.

DINOs

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Berry Craig: Some of the DINOs will lambast “liberal unelected judges” if the courts toss out the “religious freedom” law. Bless their hearts, these DINOs still won’t get to first base with the Lee-leaning “You can’t be a Christian and a Democrat” crowd.

Ashley Judd: Kentucky’s Joan of Arc?

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Berry Craig: If movie star Ashley Judd runs for the senate in Kentucky she’ll likely find friends among Bluegrass State voters who pack union cards.

‘There Is No Alternative to Ashley Judd Right Now’

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Berry Craig: It’s hard to tell who is more worried that Ashley Judd will run against Mitch McConnell next year – Kentucky ’s senior senator himself or some Democratic Party bigwigs.

‘Henny Penny’ Paul

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Berry Craig: More than a few of Paul’s tea party boosters don’t shy from Obama-Hitler comparisons. They love Paul’s Hitler rants and his raves about how government run by “socialist” Democrats — and even “statist” Republicans — imperils “freedom.”

Sequester: Please Pass the Humble Pie

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Berry Craig: Polls show the Republicans are about as popular as a wet dog at a wedding in most parts of the country. Even so, count me not among lefties who think the sequester snafu is the last nail in the GOP coffin.

Mustering a Million Against Mitch

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Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell is anti-worker and anti-union and we need political leaders in Kentucky who are here for us. Unions work well for Kentucky but Mitch McConnell doesn’t work well for unions.

More Profiles in Courage from Lincoln

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Berry Craig: I’ve heard it joked that if Lincoln were alive today he’d be a Democrat and if Jeff Davis, the Confederate president, came back, he’d be a Republican. Many a truth is spoken in jest.

Mr. Obama, You’re No Socialist

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Berry Craig: One of the strangest—and for me, most annoying—perversions of politics in the Obama era is the meme pursued by so many on the right suggesting that this president is a raging socialist who seeks to install a permanent welfare state in America—despite all evidence to the contrary

Rand Paul, You’re No Henry Clay

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Berry Craig: The well-heeled Rand Paul was not named for Ayn Rand, as has been claimed. But he shares her deep disdain for government programs designed to help the poor, the elderly and the working class.

“Big Government” Republicans

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Berry Craig: I haven’t seen anything written about the great irony of “Lincoln:” Lincoln the president and his Republican party were big fans of “big government,” the bane of the current GOP.

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