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How Mitt Romney and Retailers Dismantled Dixie

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

When the disillusioned 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, the tragedy quickly focused on the legacy of the Confederate flag and its tacit endorsement of racism. For presidential candidates courting southern conservatives, this called for high-wire political acts.

Influence Abuse: Trust, Truth and Games of Gotcha

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.28.2015 | Media
Alan Kelly

Is it time for the spin police?  Sitting in the theaters of entertainment, politics and business, one wonders if practitioners of influence are abusing their tradecraft and the trust of their markets.  One wonders then if they'll self-correct or be market-corrected.

Sailboat Racing: Plays We Run on and Off The Water

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.12.2015 | Sports
Alan Kelly

I love sailboat racing. It's an obscure and little-understood sport -- my secret connection to wind, water and a cherished community of irreverent frenemies. My boat is an Etchells, a complex, 30-foot design that's raced by club amateurs like me and Olympian and America's Cup athletes alike.

Plays That Sound the Sirens: Of Human, Global and Political Tolls

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

This week bore witness to a variety of global crises, some brewing, others resolved. Even so, their urgency was punctuated by heavy-hitting players and high-friction plays.

Obamalaw: Schumer's Bait and the President's Fiat Keep GOP Off Balance

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

To many Americans, the process of proposing, passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act has amounted to a game of political power and survival. This week hardened that perception as one senator and one president ran plays to breath life into Obamacare.