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Posted December 17, 2014in Political Mercury

Four candidates vying for Iowa Democratic Party chair

Des Moines, or Not Des Moines? That’s a central question for the central committee of the Iowa Democratic Party, according to a northern Iowa activist seeking the state chairmanship. Kurt Meyer of St. Ansgar, the chairman of the Tri-County Democrats (Worth, Howard and Mitchell counties) suggested Saturday the party choose

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Posted December 10, 2014in Political Mercury

Devout Denison Latinos showcase family, faith

Faith and pageantry walked hand-in-hand through St. Rosa of Lima Parish Sunday as more than 700 Latino Catholics celebrated the feast of Guadalupe — a signature event in their culture. Dec. 12 is the official feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but Father Paul Kelly, pastor of St. Rose

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Posted December 03, 2014in Political Mercury

Could sports-betting ever be legal in Iowa’s casinos?

In a New York Times editorial two weeks ago, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver endorsed legalization of professional sports betting, saying it is time to bring such wagering out of the shadows and into regulated arenas. “Outside of the United States, sports betting and other forms of gambling are popular, widely legal and subject to regulation,”

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Posted November 26, 2014in Political Mercury

Q&A with Steven Leath

Why should students attend Iowa State? And can they get there faster on U.S. Highway 30? Question: For students with no planned major who are interested in a liberal-arts education, about learning who they are there, or finding that major, why should they go to Iowa State University? Iowa State is known

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Posted November 19, 2014in Political Mercury

King strenghtens his northwest Iowa lock on power

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, captured 37 of the 39 counties the 4th congressional district to easily win re-election to a seventh term. He cleared the 80-percent-vote threshold in some of his more reliable reaches. His opponent, Boone Democrat Jim Mowrer, an Iraq War veteran, lost his home county to

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Posted November 12, 2014in Political Mercury

The dark greed of corporate interests bread-bagged a U.S. senator

Eighty-five million dollars. That’s how much Democrats and Republicans and a colorfully striped array of outside interest groups spent on the U.S. Senate race in Iowa, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). More money than Georgia ($66 million). More money than Kentucky ($78 million), where Senate Minority Leader Mitch

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Posted October 29, 2014in Political Mercury

King on gays: ‘I don’t expect to meet them should I make it to heaven’

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, suggests gays won’t make it to heaven. What’s more, in an interview, King intimated that the divorced or cohabitators could be thwarted in the pursuit of eternal salvation as the Christian faith teaches it. Those assessments from the conservative western Iowa congressman came during his

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Posted October 22, 2014in Political Mercury

Beware what you run from, Iowa

Joni Ernst is on the verge of cashing in the winning ticket on a crazy bet. She’s wagering Iowa voters, collectively, will assume the mindset of teenage runways and stick with a juvenile defiance until well after Election Day. Run, run from the government, Ernst, the girl-next-door, tells Iowans. You

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Posted October 15, 2014in Political Mercury

Appel, Young split on how America should fight

Staci Appel says the United States should “always” fight foreign conflicts and terror with friends standing by the nation’s side. David Young says the country may be forced to throw some overseas punches alone, that the nation has to lead. The two candidates seeking to represent a 16-county sweep of

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Posted October 08, 2014in Political Mercury

Ernst and Braley: bread bags and badly injured dad

A 16-year-old Buena Vista County farm kid died last week in a farming accident. The story led the Sept. 24 issue of The Storm Lake Times. The young man perished near Truesdale when he lost his footing trying to clear a piece of machinery that had been plugged while harvesting

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