Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Posted June 17, 2015in Political Mercury

No need for Herky and Cy to go bye-bye

I guess it’s my job to catch these sorts of things. And I’m sure not on the short list of Joni Ernst boosters or apologists. But it never occurred to me, this questioning of the presence of Cy and Herky, the mascots for Iowa State University and the University of

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Posted June 10, 2015in Political Mercury

Republicans ride to Boone, roast Clinton

Four hundred motorcyclists, led by a leather-attired Sen. Joni Ernst, joined another 1,500 largely Republican faithful Saturday for the Red Oak political star’s inaugural Roast & Ride, a blend of Harley-Davidson attitude, just-folks farm culture and open season on Democrats. Pork was on the menu at the Central Iowa Expo

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Posted June 03, 2015in Political Mercury

King: America at war with radical Islam

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said he’s been “turning up” his own focus on national defense and security in the wake of what he sees as alarming events. “I believe that we are at war with radical Islam,” King said. “They’ve declared that war against us. They keep announcing they’re

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Posted May 27, 2015in Political Mercury

Latino organizers look to go Irish on Iowa politics

A conversation I’ve had with a number of Latino politicos and community activists in Iowa through the years starts like this on my end: “The Latino community needs to learn from the Irish immigrants of a century and a half ago. When met with the infamous ‘Irish Need Not Apply’

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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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