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Posted November 03, 2021in Political Mercury

Why they support Trump

Thousands gather at Iowa State Fairgrounds on Oct. 9 to advocate for the former president.  Supporters of former President Trump who showed up in the thousands at the Iowa State Fairgrounds [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Political Mercury

Why Tom Miller is running for an 11th term

The nation’s longest-serving state attorney general says his health and vitality are strong. Tom Miller, the nation’s longest-serving state attorney general, will seek an 11th four-year term in the office next fall, saying [...]

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Posted August 04, 2021in Political Mercury

Noem’s opening Iowa acts show star quality

The 49-year-old South Dakota governor is supremely telegenic and wonderfully folksy, smart and unapologetic. The recent Family Leader Summit in Des Moines served as a one-two punch, and something of a [...]

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Posted June 30, 2021in Political Mercury

Reynolds’ ‘both sidesism’ buries Black Hawk’s words with his stolen remains

An obsession with balance can obscure the truth.  In his brilliantly performed new audio book “The Bomber Mafia,” Malcolm Gladwell, using expert reporting, inviting prose and riveting sound effects, including actual [...]

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Posted May 24, 2021in Political Mercury

Muhlbauer running for Grassley’s Senate seat

Manilla Democrat plans to spotlight farming, education, infrastructure and health care. Former Crawford County Supervisor Dave Muhlbauer, a Manilla farmer and cattleman with deep family roots in rural Iowa politics, [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Political Mercury

We must see ourselves as part of our nation’s diversity

In an age of scarcity (for many) and excess (for the few), the language and policies of diversity become zero-sum. What another gets, you lose. So goes the polarized thinking that [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Political Mercury

Meet the man behind Iowa’s Twitter vaccine finder

The mother of a 7-year-old Iowan said she’s used the recently launched and increasingly popular public-minded Twitter account Iowa Vaccine Alerts as a real-life and contemporary example of what the [...]

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Posted March 03, 2021in Political Mercury

Grassley may seek 70 years of consecutive political office in Iowa

At age 87, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, first elected to office during the Eisenhower administration, smiled broadly when pressed by audience members about a potential re-election campaign next year in [...]

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Posted January 06, 2021in Political Mercury

Feenstra ‘excited’ about Vilsack nomination

Fresh from freshman orientation in Washington, D.C., Congressman-elect Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, says he’s encouraged at prospects for bipartisan work in the capitol on agriculture. Having a fellow Iowan — former [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Political Mercury

‘All you see is their eyes’

He knew them by their eyes. That’s about all Wiltsie Cretsinger of Coon Rapids could see of the physicians and nurses who shepherded him through a brutal, 21-day, take-his-breath-away fight [...]

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