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Posted June 18, 2014in Political Mercury

A Polk County insider earns his rural boots

Tears rolled for many reasons as the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a gambling license for Greene County in a suspense-filled session at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. It brought culmination to more than a year of advocacy for what regional economic-development leaders believe will be a game-changer

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Posted June 11, 2014in Political Mercury

Branstad: Ernst brings ‘straight shooter’ approach

Just days into her role as one of the more high-profile Republican candidates in the nation, Joni Ernst joined the top of the order for a statewide campaign swing. Ernst, fresh off a commanding primary win for the U.S. Senate nomination in Iowa, earned plaudits from three of the state’s

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Posted June 04, 2014in Political Mercury

Braley insult is ‘water under the bridge’?

Perhaps no area of the state has such a celebrated agricultural history as Adair County. Home of Henry Wallace, who was born near Orient and grew up in a pioneering ag-business family and ascended to the presidency — through the office of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. For the past 125

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Posted May 28, 2014in Political Mercury

Hatch: More women on running-mate short list, beginning to vet people

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is likely to agree with his November political foe Gov. Terry Branstad — and Iowa’s last three governors — on at least this: the gender of the lieutenant governor candidate. “I’m not picking a woman just to pick a woman, but more women are on

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Posted May 21, 2014in Political Mercury

Really, do you think of me as a ‘Holocaust’ survivor?

I’m a bastard. Not in the way you’re probably thinking right now, which is open to interpretation. But in a first-reference manner as defined by Webster’s — “an illegitimate child” — which is a fact. This doesn’t bother me, color my world. It is what it is. I’m adopted, the

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Posted April 30, 2014in Political Mercury

Clovis: Criminalizing abortion ‘a bridge too far’

“I believe life begins at conception and life should be protected from conception to natural, dignified death. There should be no exceptions for protecting life. However, the judicial system of the nation has protected certain options.” But the Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Hinton is not so clear in an

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Posted April 23, 2014in Political Mercury

Dangerous ISU math: 5 strikes, Veishea not out?

Let’s get this straight. Former Iowa State University basketball coach Larry Eustachy admitted to being an alcoholic — not after a drunk-driving accident or hurting anyone, but following the release of some embarrassing photos involving Natural Light and fully-clothed socializing with coeds — and he doesn’t get a second chance

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Posted April 16, 2014in Political Mercury

Clovis: Obama’s race shields him from impeachment

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis, a firebrand northwest Iowa conservative, says he believes many congressional Republicans want to impeach President Obama. The only thing standing in their way, Clovis said in an interview, is the color of the president’s skin. “I would say there are people in the House

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Posted April 09, 2014in Political Mercury

Republican challenger for governor says he’s the true conservative

Tom Hoefling wears the underdog label with pride. The Lohrville Republican, a long-time conservative activist, is on the ballot in the GOP gubernatorial primary, the lone challenger there to Gov. Terry Branstad, a five-term officeholder seeking a sixth, four-year stint at Terrace Hill. Does Hoefling, 53, a political consultant, think

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Posted April 02, 2014in Political Mercury

Braley and his Brooklyns

The West Tennessean walked tall. And he spoke in a manner one would expect from the curator of so many things associated with the famous 1973 movie based on tall-walking Sheriff Buford Pusser. The question from my quick acquaintance came as easy as his syrupy drawl on this spring afternoon

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