Saturday, July 23, 2016

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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Posted April 06, 2016in Featured Story, Homepage Cover Story, Political Mercury

Grassley says guns OK on Republican convention floor

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, tells Political Mercury he’s leading efforts on a bill that would allow delegates to carry firearms into the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.   Ohio is an open-carry state, but Quicken Loans Arena, the convention venue, prohibits firearms. Asked if attendees should be able to take guns into

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Posted April 01, 2016in Political Mercury

Trump founding fraternities at University of Iowa, Iowa State

  Troubled with what he sees as the emasculating effects of the modern university campus — an environment in which terms like “affirmative consent” and “micro-aggressions” increasingly define the gender and racial rules of engagement — Donald Trump is launching his own college fraternity system with the inaugural chapters slated for chartering at

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Posted March 23, 2016in Political Mercury

Challenger says King is ‘politically impotent’

A self-described conservative pro-life Catholic, State Sen. Rick  Bertrand, R-Sioux City, says his views and political ideology on a host of defining issues largely reconcile with veteran U.S. Rep. Steve King’s. The trouble, Bertrand says, is that King, a Kiron Republican, is now a captive creature of the Washington think-tank power structure who has lost touch with rural Iowa, and more important, has shown limited skill and

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Posted March 16, 2016in Political Mercury

Why Hillary Clinton will select Elizabeth Warren as running mate

Let’s start with Hillary Clinton in her own words. Last summer, during a 23-minute interview, I asked Mrs. Clinton about a potential running mate, should she achieve the historic status as the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president. Here’s that exchange in the interview of the library

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Posted March 09, 2016in Political Mercury

Join or die

Being hanged or drawn and quartered. Surely not relaxed ways to expire. What about being burned alive? I interviewed a man with Lou Gehrig’s disease for a newspaper series a few years ago. The descent from able-bodied human to a hostage of one’s own failing motor skills is no smooth, wine-and-cheese-evening

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Posted March 02, 2016in Political Mercury

Dreams of Eisenhower in Trump’s mad reality

Whether followed tweet by tweet, or consumed in more middle-aged fashion on cable TV loops, the Republican free-for-all is showing kids exactly how to fight a bully. Don’t run to the authorities (the GOP party boss or the principal as it were). Don’t complain or lament the loss of higher ground, the

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