Author Archives: Richard K. Barry

The Soul Survivors: “Expressway to Your Heart” (1967)

Artist: The Soul Survivors; Writers/Producers: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; Album: When the Whistle Blows, Anything Goes; Genre: Dance/Soul; Label: Crimson 1010; Release Date: July 1967; Chart Position: No. 3 – R&B; No. 4 – Billboard Hot 100 for 1967; B-Side: “Hey, Gyp.”

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Campaign News

The Hill: Outside money pours into marquee House race KSL.com: McMullin, Provo Mayor Curtis, state lawmakers among potential replacements for Chaffetz Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Rep. Mike Kelly nixes run for Gov., still thinking about Senate The Texas Tribune: Texas Republicans fear federal oversight as … Continue reading

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Insider elected chair of the California Democratic Party, Sanders wing sings protest song

Though not a Bernie Sanders supporter, I thought his candidacy was important and that he represented and continues to represent an essential perspective in American politics. Lost among many who don’t follow politics obsessively is the importance of elections for … Continue reading

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Roger that, “Little Marco”

“People got what they voted for.” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Face the Nation (5/21/17), speaking about the turmoil in the WhiteHouse.

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Morning Headlines

Politico: Trump softens his tone in Islam New York Times: Killing C.I.A. informants, China crippled U.S. spying operations Washington Post: McMaster does not deny details of Trump’s discussion with Russian officials NBC News: Consevative media’s alternative take on Trump and Russia … Continue reading

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Quotable Quote: Conservatives are getting nervous about how this Trump thing ends

“With a horde of vocal Trump supporters cheering on every inane statement, delusion, lie and bad act, the majority of the American people can be forgiven for thinking the GOP as a whole has lost its mind. The Republicans may … Continue reading

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2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial race starts to take shape

Mayor Setti Warren of Newton, Massachusetts announced his intention to run for governor of the state on Saturday. So far two other Democratic candidates have announced: Robert Massie, an environmental activist, and Jay Gonzalez, a state budget official under former Democratic … Continue reading

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Joe Scarborough discovers Trump lies constantly, shares “news” with viewers (video)

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Campaign News

Utah Political Capital: Herbert Declares Special Election for Chaffetz’s Seat, Cox Provides Details NBC News: House Dems smash fundraising records ahead of midterms FiveThirtyEight: How popular is Donald Trump? Atlanta Journal Constitution: Voter registration ends this weekend in the Georgia 6th NBC … Continue reading

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Recount confirms Republican Ralph Norman’s nomination for the South Carolina 5th

The vote was so close in last week’s Republican primary for the South Carolina 5th District that a mandatory recount kicked in.  Lucky for former state Rep. Ralph Norman the recount verified his election night victory over S.C. House Speaker Pro Tem … Continue reading

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Trump and the cost of taking on the FBI

Much has been made of the loyalty of Trump’s base as he bumbles and stumbles through the first months of his presidency. All things, however, have their limits. On Friday, a new Reuters/IPSOS tracking poll showed Trump with a job … Continue reading

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Morning Headlines

Politico: Comey agrees to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee New York Times: Trump told Russians that firing ‘nut job’ Comey eased pressure from investigation CNN Politics: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence … Continue reading

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New super PAC ad attacks Rob Quist (D) in the Montana special House election

The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF)  has released one last ad on behalf of Republican Greg Gianforte in the Montana state-wide special House election before the May 25th Election Day. The spot attacks Democratic candidate Rob Quist for various fiduciary improprieties. … Continue reading

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This Day in America: May 19, 1921 – The Emergency Quota/Immigration Act is enacted

According to John Higham in Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism: 1860-1925 (1963), the Act “proved in the long run the most important turning-point in American immigration policy” as it instituted numerical limits on immigration and a quota. According … Continue reading

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Being insufficiently Trump in the Alabama 2nd Congressional District

Some Republican politicians deemed not sufficiently supportive of the president will almost certainly be getting a primary challenge from their right. Alabama Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2nd) is getting this treatment from State Rep. Barry Moore who has said he made the decision … Continue reading

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Campaign News

Governing: Scott Walker is a top target for Democrats. So why can’t they find someone to run against him? The  Hill: Democrat in Montana special election breaks $5M fundraising mark Roll Call: Army Reserve lawyer to challenge Peters in California (CA-52th) … Continue reading

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Joe Biden would have beaten Trump

At a conference in Vegas yesterday former Vice President Joe Biden said what I now  believe is painfully clear, which is in essence that he could have beaten Donald Trump. What he said specifically was this of Clinton:  “I never … Continue reading

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Morning Headliines

Talking Points Memo: How Al Franken unleashed a special counsel on Donald Trump Politico: Republicans shove Chaffetz on his way out New  York Times: Trump, citing ‘a Witch Hunt,’ denies any collusion with Russia CNN Politics: Besieged at home, Trump … Continue reading

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Look for a closer-than-expected outcome in the Montana special House election

It’s easy to forget that while things are imploding around Trump, some semblance of normal politics continues around the country. The Montana state-wide special House election is a week away and though this should be an easy win for Republicans, … Continue reading

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NJ Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy: First day with the new mouth

As I wrote earlier in the week, Phil Murphy is generally considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for New Jersey governor. He’s a former Goldman Sachs executive and Obama ambassador to Germany. The primary is June 6th. If he … Continue reading

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