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Posted May 04, 2022in Political Mercury

Pence reaches for reliable conservative ground in rousing Iowa speech

Buoyed by his political companion for the day, the popular west-central Iowa congressman Randy Feenstra, former Vice President Mike Pence delivered a fierce defense of long-held conservative values to Iowa’s 4th [...]

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Posted April 06, 2022in Political Mercury

Deidre DeJear ‘sees the good in people’

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deidre DeJear, a Des Moines businesswoman, hit on themes of job creation, boosting health care and rural development during a Carroll event in which she stressed that her [...]

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Posted March 02, 2022in Political Mercury

Senate candidate Finkenauer term limits herself

First elected in 1958 to the Iowa Statehouse — during the Eisenhower administration — U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has served in public office continuously for more than 60 years [...]

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Posted February 02, 2022in Political Mercury

Think twice about Grassley, Senate candidate Carlin urges Republicans

Republican Jim Carlin says reports of Sen. Charles Grassley’s assured reelection later this year are greatly exaggerated. In fact, Carlin, a state senator from Sioux City, who is challenging the venerable Grassley [...]

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Posted January 05, 2022in Political Mercury

‘If not me, who?’ former admiral asks in Senate campaign

As a western Iowan who worked in two packing plants, grew up the son of a teacher and machinist and served decades in the Navy, Ret. Adm. Mike Franken sees [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Political Mercury

Former RNC chair: Reynolds should be in ‘conversation’ for presidency

And Michael Steele thinks country is in ‘staging area’ for civil war. Gov. Kim Reynolds insists a life in Washington is not for her. But Michael Steele, the former chairman of the [...]

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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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