Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Posted November 30, 2016in Political Mercury

5 takes on President-elect Donald Trump

1. Accept the results of the election, kids. Trump won. Full stop. Disgruntled millennials in Portland, Oregon, and tea cuppers who crack when the microbrewery short stocks their favorite craft beer need to learn to take a loss. The time for protest of vote totals? Election Day. Do the results

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Posted November 02, 2016in Political Mercury

No, Rudy, men behind the curtain aren’t like Trump

Ladies, let me take you behind the curtain of male privilege and entitlement, into the locker rooms and fraternity chapter chambers and other sanctuaries of unapologetic American maleness. Right up front, I’m here to tell you, Donald Trump’s admissions of genital groping — of breath-mint-popping, lip-puckering readiness for forced kisses

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Posted October 05, 2016in Political Mercury

Pro-Clinton super PAC seeks to cut into Trump’s growing margin

Medical technology entrepreneur Dr. Steven Kraus has founded an independent political action committee to boost Hillary Clinton’s White House candidacy. The super PAC — Iowans For A Prosperous & Safer America — launched a website (www.I4PSAmerica.org)  and began placing newspaper ads throughout Iowa. The PAC intends to finance advertising in all of

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Posted August 31, 2016in Political Mercury

Rural Iowa’s stupid bet will give Des Moines and suburbs defining political power

A soulless suburban sprawl spills out of Des Moines and other urban centers. Many of you reading this are living in it. But rural Iowans like me bemoan, where have the young people gone? The answer is Waukee, of course. You’re barely out of the Sweet Corn Festival parade route

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Posted August 10, 2016in Political Mercury

Third World antics in a small-town parade

A 1941 International fire truck graced a summer field adjacent to U.S. Highway 30 in western Iowa. Surely it summoned smiles from passersby, many of whom no doubt can remember the old fighting-red rescue vehicle. For my part, I loved seeing the truck, and the 100th anniversary of the Arcadia

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Posted July 27, 2016in Political Mercury

King could use N-word daily, still get re-elected here
At this point, the congressman is a mirror on all of us

Ladbrokes, a Goliath bookmaker in the United Kingdom, and organizations like it, lay odds on almost anything. If visiting London, you can bet on the U.S. presidential election, who will win and what party will prevail (the gaming ratios range, but Hillary Clinton is favored). The oddsmakers sometimes go into what are

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Posted July 20, 2016in Political Mercury

Branstad ‘not concerned,’ but ‘cautious’ about Cleveland

With the mercury rising on political and racial tensions in the United States, hitting levels perhaps not seen since 1968, Gov. Terry Branstad is in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, a national voice on police and justice matters, has said, “We are sitting on a powder

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Posted July 13, 2016in Political Mercury

Reynolds and a roadster

  Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a prominent voice on international trade in Iowa, immediately spied the export value of the mobile veterinary units at a Lake City manufacturer. She talked business and foreign markets, job growth and rural development, with ownership of management of Bowie International. But for a moment, Reynolds, who

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Posted July 06, 2016in Political Mercury

The towering competence of Tom Vilsack
Tom Vilsack is a George C. Marshall for our time

Vilsack, the highly effective U.S. secretary of agriculture and former two-term governor of Iowa, possesses a remarkable command of the labyrinth of programs and benefits that river out of the hulking USDA into our communities. Vilsack intellectually and administratively inhabits the intersection of Washington and Main Street in a way few

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Posted June 29, 2016in Political Mercury

The Butz of Trump’s commentary Donald Trump appears to have weathered what Butz could not — and then some. 

What’s the difference between Donald Trump and Earl Butz? Short answer: Trump’s comments about Mexicans and a Mexican-American judge and “my African American” are worse than Butz’s joke — or, for that matter, Trent Lott’s endorsement. Butz’s infamous 1976 racist joke was far less troubling. Then there is Lott’s retro-endorsement

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