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Strategies Behind Slogans Betray the Politics

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Alan Kelly

While Jeb Bush dithers, there's much to be said about his opponents' slogans. What's escaped the white gloves of so many branding gurus is an analysis of the influence plays that support them. They tell a deeper story of the candidate's intentions and interests.

I'm Freddy Gray, Says Hillary. And You're Rich, Says Bernie

Alan Kelly | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

How might Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, reflect on Hillary's Baltimore-soaked bravado?

Women Be Damned: Of Politics and the Plays They Run

Alan Kelly | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Can women in politics run the same plays as men? For Alison Lundergan Grimes and Wendy Davis, one wonders if the system and society will let them run any at all?

This Week, We're All Gay: Supreme Court's Pass Is a Play

Alan Kelly | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alan Kelly

Our laws define us, if even by force, and so we move forward, wearing the shoes of the disenfranchised.

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.

Hen House Rules: In Business, Shoot the Fox; In Politics, Get Him a Chair

Alan Kelly | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

At the risk of stating the obvious, there's a fox in the Obamacare hen house. It comes in the form of House Republican leaders, Senate Minority detractors and rich surrogates like the Koch Brothers and their Americans for Prosperity storefront.

Clinton and Cruz: Peacocking Because They Can

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Hillary's is a sideshow that will be countered later. But Cruz's circus is playing now and it's being panned, not only by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell but by Barack Obama and top Democrats.