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Barlow's Beat

Barlow Herget is a commentator and host on SGR Today. He has been a commentator on UNC public radio and an instructor in continuing education at Duke University. Herget was a Nieman Fellow ('70) at Harvard University, has worked for the Daily Press of Paragould, Ark., the Detroit Free Press, and the News & Observer of Raleigh. His articles have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and numerous other publications. Have something to say to Barlow? Contact him by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  



Who's to blame for shutdown? Tea Party GOP PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Monday, 07 October 2013 00:00

Barlow Herget points to a New York Times expose that shows a group of wealthy right-wing conservatives, with help from congressional followers, planned for a government shutdown over a year ago.  They're the ones to blame for the current economic mess and they seem happy about their handiwork.

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Take a break…down PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:50

Barlow Herget takes a break from politics to talk about the bluegrass music that filled Raleigh's streets and the audience's hearts at the Bluegrass Music Association's festival in North Carolina's capital city.  Something completely different.

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They don't care PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:28

Barlow Herget says a government shutdown threatens the state's slow recovery, yet uncompromising  Republicans such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz just don't care about the consequences.

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Dangerous losers PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:37

President Obama calls out Republican members of the House who want to close down the government over the debt ceiling legislation unless he repeals Obamacare.  The group, a minority of the Republican majority, are sore losers and risk the economic recovery, says Barlow Herget.

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Bad fix PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:50

Barlow Herget says the questionably high fee paid a consultant at the Department of Health and Human Services is bad enough but the conflict of interest for Sec. Aldona Wos is worse.  This is not the way to fix what Governor McCrory calls Raleigh's "broken government."

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Not much to celebrate on Labor Day PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:21

Barlow Herget says the middle class and workers have little to celebrate on Labor Day as their incomes stay flat or decline during past 10 years.  Is it time for torches and pitchforks?

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Realpolitik 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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By Barlow Herget   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:21

Barlow Herget says that realpolitik in the Mideast points to the United States resisting the temptation to get involved militarily in one more foreign conflict.  The American public agrees.

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