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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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Posted November 04, 2020in Political Mercury

Top 10 possible 2024 Republican White House candidates in Iowa

Our coverage of the 2024 presidential election started — for me, at least — on Oct. 1, 2020 — well over a month before the Nov. 3 election. U.S. Sen. [...]

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Posted September 30, 2020in Political Mercury

Strengthening Iowa’s place as the first-in-the-nation contest for the presidency

One of the last questions I asked President Barack Obama during an interview in his second term was this: Would he consider locating his presidential library and museum in Iowa? [...]

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Posted September 02, 2020in Political Mercury

Centerville Iowegian goes down to coronavirus in 2020

One of my great misfortunes is that I never got to know my grandfather, the late publisher of the Carroll Times Herald, James W. Wilson. Either he died too soon, [...]

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Posted August 05, 2020in Political Mercury

Memo to white Iowans: Don’t take offense; see yourself in the historical moment, emerging Iowa leader says

Many white Iowans involved in urgent conversations on race in the Hawkeye State digest observations and challenges to institutions — business, political or educational — as insults to them personally, [...]

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Posted July 01, 2020in Political Mercury

He saved us from deadly defective products

Walk a box store or surf a retailer’s website with one of our nation’s top product safety advocates, and you’ll see some of the horrors he’s dedicated a professional life [...]

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Posted April 01, 2020in Political Mercury

Scholten makes second bid for King’s seat

J.D. Scholten — an Iowa Democrat who rose from obscurity to national prominence with a near-miss challenge to U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, two years ago — has filed nomination [...]

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Posted March 04, 2020in Political Mercury

Greenfield positioning herself as ‘feisty farm girl’ in bid to challenge Ernst

Win or lose, primary or general, Des Moines businesswoman Theresa Greenfield rolled off one of the better observations about small-town living I’ve heard, a comment that shows she understands the [...]

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Posted February 05, 2020in Political Mercury

The exclusion of rural Iowans in politics

“Step aside, hick,” the urban Democrats can tell us. Talented rural Democratic candidates for the Iowa Statehouse with deep wells of connectivity in their communities — like Stuart’s Warren Varley, [...]

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