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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.
No 45 symbol (designed by Mike Mitchell)

The most important election of our lifetimes

Will we take a step back from the ugliness and race-baiting? Or will we affirm that we are really the intolerant people Donald Trump has made us out to be?
Choosing democracy or authoritarianism (photo by M-Sur via Shutterstock.com)

Authoritarianism is on the ballot – will we stop it?

Many worry Hitler-style fascism is coming to the US. A Murray State prof says there is something else we should be worried about, especially this election.
Candidate Joe Cunningham (campaign photo)

A Cunningham in Congress – but it’s Joe, not Bill

A Kentucky Cunningham may yet make it to Congress, but from South Carolina. Joe Cunningham, son of Justice Bill Cunningham, is the Dem hopeful in SC-01.
GOTV rally (photo by Todd Johnson of UA Local 669 Sprinkler Fitters)

Boots on the ground—shoes and sneakers too—in the Pennyrile

There were "boots on the ground" Saturday in Henderson and Daviess counties, as more than 200 volunteers went door-to-door for AFL-CIO endorsed candidates.
Sign of the times.

“Remember in November” rally – photo gallery

Our own Berry Craig covered the big "Remember in November" rally in Paducah, and took these photos of the event. Enjoy!

A “gut check time” for American democracy

Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin has had it with the narrative that both parties are equally at fault for shoving politics into the gutter.
The Flush Float with another candidate for "flushing" in November (photo by Berry Craig)

“Remember in November” rally brings hundreds to Paducah

Union members, teachers, and supporters gathered in Paducach on Saturday for a "Remember in November" rally, where they vowed to "flush" their opponents.
Mitch McConnell speaking at CPAC 2012 (photo by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons)

The gravedigger of American democracy

Paul von Hindenburg enabled the rise of Hitler, and in so doing destroyed German democracy. Is Mitch McConnell doing the same to American democracy?
"The Gerry-Mander", the political cartoon that led to the coining of the term Gerrymander. The district depicted in the cartoon was created by the Massachusetts legislature to favor the incumbent Democratic-Republican party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists in 1812. (by Elkanah Tisdale (often falsely attributed to Gilbert Stuart) [public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

The sleeper issue that could doom Kentucky Democrats

This year, voters seem mostly focused on pensions, taxes, and education. But a sleeper issue could doom the KY Dem party for at least a decade—maybe longer.

Matt Bevin for KEA MVP?

Ask any of Matt Bevin's many detractors. The governor's motormouth is the gift that keeps on giving. If he keeps this up, he might be the Dem MVP this fall.
March for Equality and Social Justice in Murray, KY -- 2017/01/21 (photo by Berry Craig)

Union rally this Saturday – meanwhile, look who’s laughing at you

Hey union folks – look who's laughing at you! At the union rally this Saturday in Paducah, learn who it is and what you can do about it!
Senator Mitch McConnell (Caricature by DonkeyHotey

From ‘The Great Compromiser’ to ‘The Great Debaser’

Somewhere along his path to power, "McConnell decided that his own longevity in Washington trumped all" – and is debasing our democracy for his own ends.

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