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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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Posted July 05, 2017in Political Mercury

Redneck skeet shooting with prizes

The comedian Bill Burr invented another shooting sport should the worlds of, the Goliath of modern e-commerce, collide with the diminished rural regions of the nation for which the Internet is proving to be something akin to the Smallpox-infected blankets white soldiers gave to Native Americans in the 1800s.

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Posted May 31, 2017in Political Mercury

Democrat Norris spies 1974-like opening

“Testing the waters” with a swing through Iowa Red Oak native John Norris, a former top staffer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and key figure in Iowa campaigns for a generation, brings a lengthy resume of advocacy for farm life to his potential — and seemingly odds-on — campaign

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Posted May 03, 2017in Political Mercury

What’s Joni Ernst thinking about President Trump these days?

Iowa senator talks corn, trade, foreign policy and the draft In a 1981 movie partially set in Dubuque frustrated brewery workers had a message: “Take this job and shove it!” The Johnny Paycheck song served as the title of that folksy film, and today, those words sum up what some

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Posted April 05, 2017in Political Mercury

Think it pays to be white in Steve King’s Iowa? Think again.

I was somebody else’s baby. Until I wasn’t. Born to teen parents in Cedar Rapids in 1969, the first motherly play-call in my life was a handoff to a nurse who took my swaddled self from the young-and-distressed hands of Biological Mom at Mercy Medical Center to an on-deck circle

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Posted March 01, 2017in Political Mercury

New state chair: Democrats on all-Iowa connection mission

Party can’t just bash Trump, Reynolds and expect to win, Derek Eadon says The key to resurrecting the Democratic Party in Iowa in the wake of two devastating campaign cycles in which presumed favorites Bruce Braley and Hillary Clinton fell on the swords of their own poor messaging is greater

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Posted February 01, 2017in Political Mercury

Mr. Trump, rural Iowa needs you on Highway 30

What are the most important four words President Donald J. Trump could say for rural Iowa? “Four lane Highway 30.” U.S. Highway 30 is the longest road in the state, running 331 miles from the Mississippi to Missouri River. The U.S. 30 corridor spans 12 counties and 39 cities.  According to

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Posted January 04, 2017in Political Mercury

Why Rod Roberts should be Reynolds’ lieutenant governor

First things first. The news of the appointment of the nation’s longest-serving governor, Iowa’s Terry Branstad, to be ambassador to China is encouraging for a host of reasons, from national security to agricultural export opportunities to breakthroughs only possible through the sort of personal relationships Branstad has wisely cultivated over

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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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