Saturday, August 1, 2015


Posted May 20, 2015in Political Mercury

King: look to Milwaukee

America, it would seem, owes Congressman Steve King a collective apology. Yes, yes, the Kiron conservative made those comments comparing undocumented Latino immigrants to stray pets. And there’s the infamous “cantaloupe” thighs ding, the pinnacle in his career of provocations of the Mexican and Central American immigrant community King suggests brings

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Posted May 13, 2015in Political Mercury

Joni Ernst can be a strong, reasoned voice against sexual violence

A steady diet of televised police dramas would leave the typical American with a presumption of what happens to the accused in a sexual assault allegation on a college campus. If the finger is pointed at a student for raping a classmate, the allegation will be adjudicated to an innocent-until-proven-guilty,

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Posted May 06, 2015in Political Mercury

I’ve seen white kids riot, too — and for what?

The owner of a small restaurant just off Interstate 80 in central Iowa made a provocative observation. “It’s amazing what the white man thinks he’s worth,” said this business owner, who happens to be white. He’s growing frustrated with an entitled mentality he sees in the millennial workforce. As riots and

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Posted April 29, 2015in Political Mercury

A rural Iowa heart beats in the Minnesota woods

The expansive, seemingly borderless roam of Northern Minnesota is the setting for “Heart of Wilderness,” an independent film that explores a claustrophobic blue-collar marriage strained by broken promises, deception and sheer isolation. Travis Wallien, a grit of a man, finds himself on the wrong, but winning, end of a drug

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Posted April 22, 2015in Political Mercury

Northey: California water woes could help Iowa

When Bill Northey reads about California’s historic water-shortage problems he thinks of cows. Not cows for California. But cows for Iowa’s dairy industry. Northey, Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, tells Political Mercury that he’s been having conversations with Iowa ag businesspeople about possible ways the Hawkeye State could take advantage of

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Posted April 15, 2015in Political Mercury

Fantasy sports could be part of Iowa casinos betting mix

A fantasy sports gaming bill that has passed the Iowa Senate could open opportunities for casinos to arrange for daily contests with cash payouts — on football, basketball, baseball and other athletic competitions — at their venues if the measure becomes law. The leading advocate of the bill — Senate File

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Posted April 08, 2015in Political Mercury

No pizza for you!

There’s an old saying about men older than 40 who have never been married: either they aren’t attracted to women at all, or they like women too much. Aging player or gay? That’s the question. Of course, there are other categories that explain advanced-age singledom: career firsters for one, or

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Posted March 31, 2015in Political Mercury

Kim Reynolds to pick transgender running mate in 2018

In what is widely regarded among insiders as something of a political man-made earthquake, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to select a transgender running mate for her gubernatorial bid, a bold stroke sure to sew discord in an increasingly fractured Republican Party, but a decision Reynolds insists is essential

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Posted March 25, 2015in Political Mercury

Tippecanoe and Randy Feenstra, too

As it turns out, in all this nonsense about a rural-urban Iowa civil war, “them” is actually “us.” Carroll’s Kuemper Catholic High School Alumni Director Sharon Olerich reports that there are 992 graduates of the western Iowa school living in Des Moines and its immediate suburbs. Kuemper holds an annual Des Moines

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Posted March 18, 2015in Political Mercury

U.S. 30 advocates make case for four-laning in Iowa

A collection of more than two dozen advocates — ranging from elected officials to business owners to economic-development leaders — took the case for the complete four-laning of U.S. Highway 30 across the state to the Iowa Department of Transportation recently. The question-and-answer session with DOT Director Paul Trombino comes

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