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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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Posted January 01, 2020in Political Mercury

A coffeehouse Q&A with Biden

The former vice president talks small-town retail, future of ag and nuclear arms. American agriculture can get to net-zero carbon emissions and make money doing it while still feeding the [...]

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Posted December 04, 2019in Political Mercury

AOC’s straight talk rocket fuels Democrats

Scholten “talks common” in Iowa’s small towns. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress and a politician with an instinctive connection to younger and blue-collar voters, called [...]

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Posted November 06, 2019in Political Mercury

An accidental nickname

And 7 other political takeaways 1. Retired Adm. Michael Franken of Sioux City, a native of the Sioux Center area of Iowa and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said [...]

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Posted October 02, 2019in Political Mercury

Why Ro Khanna should be Democrats’ vice presidential candidate

He’s a little Lyndon Johnson, a little Barack Obama, and that’s just the right blend for the time. Ro Khanna, a son of immigrants who earned a congressional seat in [...]

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Posted September 04, 2019in Political Mercury

Governor, Congressman Khanna headlining Pillar’s Jefferson opening

Slate of events, national attention expected for Sept. 7 event on town square. California Congressman Ro Khanna sees so much potential in Jefferson that he brought a delegation from Silicon [...]

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