Friday, December 9, 2016


Posted June 22, 2016in Political Mercury

Western Iowa town to dog: Git, git outta town
City holds first-ever ‘vicious dog’ appeal hearing

    Like a marshal in a dusty Old West village, city officials  from the western Iowa town of Carroll issued a lawbreaker an ultimatum. Leave town in three days. Or else. The bad guy in this story: an 18-month-old Chesapeake Bay retriever named Lambeau (after the iconic Green Bay,

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Posted June 15, 2016in Political Mercury

Patty Judge says Trump will drag Grassley down

  In his nearly 60 years of public service — having first been elected to the Iowa Legislature in 1958 — U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley has run on tickets with many Republicans. Now his name is on the ballot under Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and that will prove devastating for

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Posted June 08, 2016in Political Mercury

In round after round, Bertrand pounds King back on heels

(Note: Douglas Burns wrote this column prior to Tuesday’s primary. It remains relevant for three reasons: First, Rick Bertrand could have pulled off an upset. Second, if Bertrand’s numbers are strong enough for financial supporters, he could mount an independent candidacy in the 4th District general election. And third, no

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Posted June 01, 2016in Political Mercury

Mowrer clear and convincing in Democratic debate

  Congressional candidate Jim Mowrer on May 26 showed a professional political bearing that escaped his two rivals for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 3rd District, a sweep of the rural Hawkeye State bookended by Des Moines and Council Bluffs. Mowrer, an Iraq War veteran who took on U.S. Rep. Steve King,

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Posted May 25, 2016in Political Mercury

Patty Judge: ‘Old Iowa women are tough’

Patty Judge wouldn’t reveal the internal poll numbers inspiring that twinkle in her eye. But the veteran Iowa politician, the former lieutenant governor and state secretary of agriculture, says she’s a highly secure presumptive nominee in a four-person Democratic primary June 7. What’s more, Judge says she’ll be a competitive force in

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Posted May 11, 2016in Political Mercury

10 reasons Trump should select Joni Ernst as running mate

Donald Trump, the bombastic billionaire who has defied convention, confounded expert prediction, and punctured the business of punditry to obsolescence, now has his self-described large hands gripping the Republican presidential nomination. His speech last Tuesday from Trump Tower in New York City amounted to a rhetorical basketball net cutting for this

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Posted May 04, 2016in Political Mercury

What Hillary Clinton thinks when she thinks about rural America

      Hillary Clinton covered a wide swath of issues — many dealing specifically with rural economic development, opportunities for Iowa small towns — in a 23-minute interview with Political Mercury on a summer Sunday afternoon in Carroll leading up to Iowa caucuses. Clinton, who logged more than a million miles of

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Posted April 27, 2016in Political Mercury

No crying over spilled popcorn and Dr Pepper

  Yes, Bruce Willis’ character really being dead all along got me in “The Sixth Sense” — and the movie particularly creeped me as I watched it in 1999 during a hurricane north of Boston. There have been other shockers in my cinema-going days, particularly in the late 1980s and early

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Posted April 20, 2016in Political Mercury

Do we trust King to talk Ted out of being Ted?

So the eager suitor shows up to collect your daughter for a date. He’s earnest and honest about his intentions. The young man (let’s call him Taylor) is clear about his evening’s plans. Astonishingly, Taylor even tells you his designs for a night of drinking and intercourse with your daughter. Yep,

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Posted April 13, 2016in Political Mercury

A big day for Cruz in Fort Dodge, other GOP convention sites

    GOP party platform calls for banning abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest   Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, the Iowa caucuses winner who maintains clear-and-convincing Hawkeye State grassroots networking, picked up 11 of 12 national convention delegates selected at regional party conventions Saturday — including three in the 4th

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