Hi-Yo, Silvers! Away with Chained CPI

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Berry Craig: We didn’t vote, give money, wear out shoe leather going door-to-door or staff phone banks for our union-endorsed candidates – most of them Democrats — so they could go to Washington and help tea party-tilting Republicans eviscerate Social Security.

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky’s Cardboard Statesman

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Berry Craig: Senate minority leader McConnell’s compromise with senate majority leader Harry Reid to end the government shutdown was pure politics. McConnell’s GOP was getting clobbered in the polls.

Hating Obama, Hating Lincoln

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Berry Craig: Republicans see Obama as imperiling their version of “civilization,” meaning a country run by conservative, straight, white male Christians who think capitalism is God’s economic system.

Some Kentucky Politicians Make Sense

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Berry Craig: If nothing else, Gov. Steve Beshear has shown the country that not all Kentucky politicians are “wacko birds” and partisan obstructionists who think the Affordable Care Act is the spawn of Satan.

Bible Lesson on Patriotism

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Berry Craig: Throughout the New Testament, Roberts says, Jesus Christ “talks about the people who are poor and living in poverty. Today, who tries to lift people out of poverty? It’s the labor movement.”

The Texas Tinhorn

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Berry Craig: Cruz and the tea party neo-Fire eaters demand Obama and the Democrats’ unconditional surrender on the Affordable Care Act while they all but pop veins trying to demonize and delegitimize the president and his party.

Ralph Nader Redux in the Bluegrass State?

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Berry Craig: I suspect Team Mitch hopes Marksberry might be to Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes what Ralph Nader was to Al Gore in Florida in 2000.

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.

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