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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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Posted March 26, 2014in Political Mercury

Cars for Casseroles plan

One of the Iowa conservative movement’s more skilled tacticians is expected to roll out a controversial new legislative initiative that would bar women from driving motor vehicles in the State of Iowa. The measure, the brainchild of Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Family Leader and a former Republican candidate

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Posted March 19, 2014in Political Mercury

Governor names Greene County lead Home Base Iowa community

Gov. Terry Branstad’s designation of Greene County as the state’s first Home Base Iowa community distinguishes the west-central county as one of the most supportive locations for returning military veterans in the United States, said Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Orr, adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard and a former

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Posted March 12, 2014in Political Mercury

Can Tea Party Teacuppers handle the truth?

There’s this terrifically descriptive term college administrators use these days. Helicopter parenting (hovering protectively over one’s kids) is creating a new breed of college freshmen university deans call “Teacups” — young people who are so fragile they break down, crack, anytime something doesn’t go their way. The Atlantic magazine recently

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Posted March 05, 2014in Political Mercury

Free fries or a ‘not-gay’ punching pass?

Many gay-obsessed conservatives are no doubt a lot like Iowa Senator Mark Segebart of Vail. They’ve done their “research” about what turns the eyes of otherwise red-blooded Hawkeye State men from the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition to, well, the eyes of other red-blooded Iowa men. They are

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Posted February 26, 2014in Political Mercury

Inside the freshly harvested Farm Bill with Vilsack

The meat of the recently-passed farm bill, signed by President Barack Obama into a law governing agriculture for the next decade, is the elimination of the $4.5 billion annually in direct payments in favor of an expanded crop-insurance program. The package also reduces spending on food stamps by about $8

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Posted February 19, 2014in Political Mercury

Can Mark Jacobs represent the wind in the U.S. Senate?

It’s eye-rolling, this posturing and re-posturing of Iowa Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Jacobs. Faced with news that he gave money to a Democrat — former U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine of New Jersey ($1,000) — Jacobs said he just did that because Corzine was CEO of Goldman Sachs, where Jacobs

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