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Posted December 17, 2014in Your View

A modern Benedict Arnold

A modern Benedict Arnold Ted Cruz is holding up the budget vote in Washington. He wants to push his own anti-immigration bill as a part of the deal. But yet, Ted Cruz is a Latino immigrant himself! He was born in Canada of a Cuban father. He should be working

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Posted December 10, 2014in Your View

Citizens United must be overturned

The recent midterm elections have proven the dire warnings about the “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision have come true. The court ruling, in effect, gives corporations the ability to buy elections by allowing them to spend unlimited amounts of “dark money.” We just endured the results of that ruling with

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Posted December 03, 2014in Your View

If I were a…

CivicSkinny’s afterthought — “If Chuck Grassley were a lawyer, Joni Ernst would not be a senator” got me thinking… If Washington had sons, he might have accepted that whole “monarchy in America” thing to keep them employed. If Lincoln had Netflix, he might have served two full terms. If Spiro Agnew wasn’t a tax-dodger, then

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Posted November 26, 2014in Your View

Reader enjoyed ‘Doing Time’

Great cover story last week (“Doing Time in Des Moines”). I enjoyed reading of this committed activist and the challenges he faced by choosing to serve jail time. After author Steve Clemens painted his word picture of the toilet paper pillow, I felt compelled to flip back three pages to the “Paid for by taxpayers”

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Posted November 19, 2014in Your View

Mannheimer is a ‘shady personality’

Des Moines newspapers and magazines must have a yearly quota on the number of stories they do about the Des Moines Social Club. At least Cityview’s recent cover story, Social Status (Nov. 13), isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Obviously Christine Hensley isn’t aware of the theatrical irony of her reference

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Posted November 12, 2014in Your View

Very little has changed

If the phrase “all politics is local” is true, then despite the seemingly sweeping changes of the 2014 election, very little has changed in our own Iowa political landscape. When Iowa’s elected legislatures go back to “work” in January of 2015, the Democrats will still control the Iowa Senate (26 to 24). The

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Posted November 05, 2014in Your View

GOP may have lost Hispanic vote for future

One of the most important and controversial issues in the recent campaign was immigration reform, which has split the Republican Party down the middle with moderate Republicans supporting the Senate Immigration Reform Bill and the far right Tea Party opposing it. The Democrats unanimously supported the Senate-passed bipartisan Immigration Reform

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Posted October 29, 2014in Your View

Good and hard

Reading Douglas Burns’ cautionary column (Political Mercury, Oct. 23) about the prospect of Joni Ernst actually getting elected to replace Tom Harkin reminded me of H.L Mencken’s assertion that “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it — good and hard.”

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Posted October 22, 2014in Your View

Ebola won’t wipe us out

Regarding Shirley MacDonald’s letter to the editor, Oct. 9: If the Black Plague could not wipe out the entirety of the human species, neither will Ebola. Julie Luepke –Windsor Heights Buy a vowel Civic Skinny observed that the “t” was apparently laid off the Gannett company sign at Capital Square

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Posted October 15, 2014in Your View

Hold on

In his recap of the 1984 senate race between Roger Jepsen and Tom Harkin, non-columnist Michael Gartner reminds us that then Sen. Jepsen had “used a credit card at what was euphemistically called a massage parlor.” All this was true. But did the author really say that polls back then suggested Jepsen

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