Picking at the Scabs of Race Relations


By John Feehery

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“Reince Priebus by Gage Skidmore” by Gage Skidmore – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

In 1950, Jesse Helms was in charge of publicity for the Senatorial campaign of Wills Smith, a conservative Democrat, a campaign that featured fliers with the unambiguous heading, “Wake Up, White People.”

Helms would later run and win as a Senator from North Carolina.  In 1990, running against Harvey Gantt, the Helms campaign released an ad that tightly focused on a pair of white hands, crumpling up a job-rejection letter, with a voice over that he lost the job because they had to hire a minority. (more…)

The TCPA Exemption


By John Feehery

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“Telephone keys”. Via Wikipedia.

I don’t ever answer my hard-line when I am at home.

Especially during election season.

I must get between 20 and 30 phone calls a day, none of which is answered. (more…)

5 Reasons the GOP Will Beat Expectations Next Week


By John Feehery

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“Pat Roberts official photo 2″ by United States Senate – File:Pat_Roberts_official_photo.jpg. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

The midterm elections are one week away. Here are five reasons that Republicans are set to do much better in seven days than the polls indicate today:

1. Democrats are already playing the blame game. Josh Earnest, the president’s spokesman, told the press corps last week that the White House was not to blame for Democratic losses. But over the weekend, the New York Times reported that was precisely what Senate Democrats were preparing to do. Political campaign professionals are like squirrels in the fall: When they start packing up their nuts early, you know it’s going to be a long winter. (more…)

Another Congressional To Do List


By John Feehery

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“111th US Senate class photo” by U.S. Senate, 111th Congress, Senate Photo Studio – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Here is my recommended agenda when Republicans take back the Senate:

1)   Tax reform:  Lower the corporate tax rate, make it easier for companies to repatriate money from overseas, slap a five percent tax on billionaires.

2)   All of the above energy: Build the Keystone pipeline, expand tax credits for solar and wind, clear way for nuclear energy, bolster research for clean coal, allow for liquid natural gas to be exported. (more…)

Media Malpractice in Ferguson


By John Feehery

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“Eric Holder official portrait” by United States Department of Justice – Large-scale version of image found here: Department of Justice. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. – See more at:

The nation’s news media has never been held in lower esteem.

And never has that derision been more deserved than in Ferguson.

It’s astounding really, how irresponsible the news coverage has been. (more…)


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