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Posted August 13, 2014in Political Mercury

Stolen nights and places in between

It started as instinct. I was 10. I didn’t have the words to summon an explanation. But I knew it, felt it. These are my places — the places along the journey to celebrated destinations. My father was a music professor at Simpson College in Indianola, which afforded our family

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Posted August 06, 2014in Political Mercury

Harkin: Shield immigrant kids’ Iowa whereabouts

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says the federal government should keep confidential the location and identities of the 139 undocumented, unaccompanied immigrant children who have come to the state in the last year. Releasing the information, as some Republicans are demanding of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Posted July 30, 2014in Political Mercury

How can Koch-bottled Ernst be ‘philosophically opposed’ to what’s right for Iowa?

About the only thing Gov. Terry Branstad didn’t do for energy production on a recent Wednesday in west-central Iowa was to check the porch bulbs or flip on the night lights for residents in Glidden and Coon Rapids before leaving the region. Branstad spent most of a working day involved

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Posted July 23, 2014in Political Mercury

Branstad egg-cited about modern Iowa agriculture

Over-hard or scrambled. That’s how the governor likes his eggs — which are part of his breakfast diet one or two days a week, he says. Gov. Terry Branstad talked about his own taste for eggs at the end of an hour-long tour of Rose Acre Farms outside Guthrie Center

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Posted July 16, 2014in Political Mercury

Joni Ernst, meet your Snake River Canyon

With all that bread-bagging of shoes and hog castrating on the farm, life for a young Joni Ernst surely didn’t afford a lot of time for leisurely television. And in the 1970s, before the proliferation of cable TV and the development of modern satellites to reach into space and snare

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Posted July 09, 2014in Political Mercury

The 12 percent: Is it politically fatal for Ernst? Can a candidate in modern Iowa be too religious, too rural?

Mitt Romney had his 47 percent — the portion of the American electorate he famously dismissed. The number is closely associated with the Massachusetts Republican’s failed 2012 campaign. U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican whom Romney endorses, faces her own challenging political figure — call it The 12

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Posted July 02, 2014in Political Mercury

Oxford publishing Carroll native’s major work on Wilson administration

The son and brother of two of the more consequential leaders in the history of Carroll, Iowa, who spent a half century in the upper echelon of American academia with a 30-year teaching tenure at Brown University, will publish a major book on one of the more influential, albeit behind-the-scenes,

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Posted June 25, 2014in Political Mercury

Skanks and hags and Wonder Bread bags

I consider Facebook in much the same way I do public restrooms. Yes, I could make other arrangements, but in modern America, with all the travel, and the necessity of employing millennials, I’m going to have to use both. I just try and get in and out of the social-media

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Posted June 18, 2014in Political Mercury

A Polk County insider earns his rural boots

Tears rolled for many reasons as the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a gambling license for Greene County in a suspense-filled session at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington. It brought culmination to more than a year of advocacy for what regional economic-development leaders believe will be a game-changer

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Posted June 11, 2014in Political Mercury

Branstad: Ernst brings ‘straight shooter’ approach

Just days into her role as one of the more high-profile Republican candidates in the nation, Joni Ernst joined the top of the order for a statewide campaign swing. Ernst, fresh off a commanding primary win for the U.S. Senate nomination in Iowa, earned plaudits from three of the state’s

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