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Posted May 02, 2018in Political Mercury

Legalizing pro and college sports wagering is good for rural Iowa

Younger gamers have different demands and expectations. Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Jefferson posted a record month, week and day in March, casino President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Timmons reported at the recent Grow Greene County Gaming Corp. awards banquet. The success of the casino served as a catalyst for the game-changing referendum

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Posted April 04, 2018in Political Mercury

Where will President Trump fall on defining issue for Iowa economy?

Political fight will have implications for two of the more vital figures in Iowa’s economy — the price of corn and soybeans. Some of the nation’s top renewable-fuels and corn and soybean advocates, backed by hundreds of farmers and ag businesspeople, rallied outside of Nevada, Iowa, one recent Saturday afternoon

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Posted February 28, 2018in Political Mercury

You are clicking to your enemy

And he doesn’t speak Spanish Never in the annals of human history has a gay man so brilliantly wooed a straight woman. Apple CEO Tim Cook and other forces at the tech Goliath, the latest apps and wizardry in hand, seduced our governor with the siren song of Siri, boosting

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Posted January 31, 2018in Political Mercury

In Steve King’s Iowa, white women need to be pregnant — like all the time

Hail King and Crania Americana! In the snowy white, diversity-free future Steve King envisions for Iowa, a blonde-haired, milky-skinned paradise parade of pure-bred Caucasians, white women had better get pregnant early and often. Carroll County has a 1.9 percent unemployment rate, and over in Greene County, that number has dipped

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Posted January 03, 2018in Political Mercury

Yes, friendship matters to Iowans, and it’s time for Ernst to go Harry Truman on Trump

Senator Joni Ernst, who has built a formidable friendship with New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, no doubt dodged a question as a politician she desperately wanted (or needed) to answer as a friend. Ernst, an Iowa Republican, was asked to comment by Huffington Post politics reporter Igor Bobic about President

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Posted December 06, 2017in Political Mercury

A point and twist on sexual misconduct?

Can Dr. Andy McGuire reconcile Moore bashing, Clinton denial? Dr. Andy McGuire of Des Moines, an Iowa Democrat running for governor in 2018, is quick to believe the women who have accused Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual harassment and assault in the 1970s. She says the Moore

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Posted November 01, 2017in Political Mercury

Boots and blue-jeaned into oblivion

Or can Fred Hubbell, the embodiment of the Des Moines establishment, resurrect rural Iowa? Mr. and Mrs. Rural Iowa. Or to put it more directly, my friends and neighbors: I invite you to take a Sunday drive through the Des Moines suburb of Grimes, which is snaking east with housing

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Posted October 04, 2017in Political Mercury

A baby bump? Think twice, fetus carrier, says Democratic candidate

J.D. Scholten considers himself generally under the pro-choice rubric as a candidate on the position of abortion. This puts him at odds with staunchly pro-life Congressman Steve King, a Kiron Republican who has represented similarly unbending anti-abortion political territory in western and central Iowa for eight terms in the U.S.

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Posted September 06, 2017in Political Mercury

Hubbell boasts state-wide experience

Democratic candidate for governor seeks a return home in 2018 bid Fred Hubbell, a scion of a foundational Iowa family, says he wants to see rural Iowa flourish as much as its capital city. Hubbell, if elected governor in 2018, says he would return to Terrace Hill, a home his

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Posted August 02, 2017in Political Mercury

The Democrats’ great rural Iowa hope?

Can John Norris cut into Republican heavy countryside in governor’s race? The winding Montgomery County roads from Red Oak to the Norris family farm served as something of a time machine July 10, with both forward and reverse levers available to a politician many Democrats believe can resurrect the party’s

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