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Posted January 05, 2022in Political Mercury

‘If not me, who?’ former admiral asks in Senate campaign

As a western Iowan who worked in two packing plants, grew up the son of a teacher and machinist and served decades in the Navy, Ret. Adm. Mike Franken sees [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Political Mercury

Former RNC chair: Reynolds should be in ‘conversation’ for presidency

And Michael Steele thinks country is in ‘staging area’ for civil war. Gov. Kim Reynolds insists a life in Washington is not for her. But Michael Steele, the former chairman of the [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Political Mercury

Why they support Trump

Thousands gather at Iowa State Fairgrounds on Oct. 9 to advocate for the former president.  Supporters of former President Trump who showed up in the thousands at the Iowa State Fairgrounds [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Political Mercury

Why Tom Miller is running for an 11th term

The nation’s longest-serving state attorney general says his health and vitality are strong. Tom Miller, the nation’s longest-serving state attorney general, will seek an 11th four-year term in the office next fall, saying [...]

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Posted September 01, 2021in Political Mercury

Defund the police? ‘We have no job for them to do,’ says rural U.S. Senate candidate

Dr. Glenn Hurst wants less-traditional police, more mental-health services. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Glenn Hurst said Iowans need only look at his small city of Minden to see life [...]

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Posted August 04, 2021in Political Mercury

Noem’s opening Iowa acts show star quality

The 49-year-old South Dakota governor is supremely telegenic and wonderfully folksy, smart and unapologetic. The recent Family Leader Summit in Des Moines served as a one-two punch, and something of a [...]

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Posted June 30, 2021in Political Mercury

Reynolds’ ‘both sidesism’ buries Black Hawk’s words with his stolen remains

An obsession with balance can obscure the truth.  In his brilliantly performed new audio book “The Bomber Mafia,” Malcolm Gladwell, using expert reporting, inviting prose and riveting sound effects, including actual [...]

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Posted May 24, 2021in Political Mercury

Muhlbauer running for Grassley’s Senate seat

Manilla Democrat plans to spotlight farming, education, infrastructure and health care. Former Crawford County Supervisor Dave Muhlbauer, a Manilla farmer and cattleman with deep family roots in rural Iowa politics, [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Political Mercury

We must see ourselves as part of our nation’s diversity

In an age of scarcity (for many) and excess (for the few), the language and policies of diversity become zero-sum. What another gets, you lose. So goes the polarized thinking that [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Political Mercury

Meet the man behind Iowa’s Twitter vaccine finder

The mother of a 7-year-old Iowan said she’s used the recently launched and increasingly popular public-minded Twitter account Iowa Vaccine Alerts as a real-life and contemporary example of what the [...]

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