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Berry Craig of Mayfield is a professor emeritus of history at West Kentucky Community College in Paducah and an author of five books on the Civil War in Kentucky. The last one, published by the University Press of Kentucky, is Kentucky’s Rebel Press: Pro-Confederate Media in the Civil War. His critically-acclaimed Kentucky Confederates: Secession, Civil War, and the Jackson Purchase, also from the University Press, has been reprinted in paperback.

MLK: ‘Our needs are identical with labor’s needs’

On this Martin Luther King Day, Berry Craig reminds us of the connections between civil rights and the labor movement ... including their opponents.

Rally to #CallTheVote and #StopTheShutdown

A rally is planned in Lexington on Wednesday outside Sen. McConnell's office to demand he call a vote in the Senate on funding the government.
Shouldice Hospital in Canada, specializing in hernia repair (photo from World's Best Hospitals)

Rand Paul gets his hernia surgery in … Canada?!?

Senator Rand Paul, who has attacked single-payer health care as "slavery," is having his hernia surgery at a Canadian hospital.

Trump: the Great Prevaricator and Panjandrum of Porky Pies

By now, everyone knows Trump lies. The problem is the brazenness and the quantity. And the flood of lies has created a dilemma for the media.
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Conservative hypocrites and the F-bomb

For today's conservative hypocrites, an F-bomb is cause for wailing and gnashing of teeth. But Trump's obscene acts? Not even noticed or commented on.
Major Richard Ojeda

Dear 2020 field: Underestimate Richard Ojeda at your peril

Richard Ojeda is a WVA state senator who's running for President. Think that's a really long shot? People who've watched him say "don't count him out."
Teachers Had Enough Rally

“I beg you – underestimate us”

Nema Brewer has a message for anybody who thinks the November election means teachers are political paper tigers heading into next year's governor's race.
KY AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan, speaking at the Unity Dinner (photo by Berry Craig)

Londrigan earns Kentucky Alliance’s Braden Award

“Civil rights are workers’ rights. You can’t have one without the other," said KY AFL-CIO president Bill Londrigan at the KY Alliance's Unity Dinner.
The goddess Nemesis, by Alfred Rethel (public domain)

Is Bevin’s Nemesis named Adkins or Beshear?

It seems that Governor Bevin has a problem with Hubris. If that is true, then he needs to watch out for his Nemesis – who could be named Adkins or Beshear.
(drawing by Tkgd2007 [GPL] via Wikimedia Commons)

KDP petition to “gavel out” – plus Self and Adkins reactions

The KY Democratic Party is circulating a petition calling on Kentuckians to tell their legislators to adjourn the special session of the General Assembly.
The Flush Float with another candidate for "flushing" in November (photo by Berry Craig)

Statements on pension bill ruling

Here are statements on the pension bill ruling by leaders across the state, from Berry Craig's story "High court flushes 'sewer' bill."

Year-End Wrap – Bests, worsts, ins, maybes, likelys

Berry Craig gives us some "best of times, worst of times" comparisons for KY Dems as we wrap up 2018. He also gives us some possibles for the 2019 races!

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