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Best Pinko Columnist in a Salmon-Colored Paper 

Butler Derrick

Staff Pick

We pity the poor folks who don't read the Charleston Mercury. Really we do. It's one of the most entertaining publications in the Lowcountry. This largely personality-driven paper is low on actual reportage and high on opinion and commentary on everything from Middle East affairs to whiskey. While most of the Mercury has a decidedly right-wing bent, one columnist is a tried-and-true bow-tie-wearing lefty: Butler Derrick. This former U.S. Congressman routinely pens thoughtful and insightful columns in every issue. We don't always agree with him — sometimes he's just not liberal enough for us — but we sure are glad that he takes the time to dish out a little wit and wisdom.

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