Steve King

A Mexican tale in Storm Lake

Mexican restaurant in Storm Lake, Iowa
The Arceo family's Storm Lake outlet. Photo: Steve LeVine/Axios

STORM LAKE, Iowa — In 1991, Manuel Arceo emigrated to the United States, finally settling three years later in the small Washington state city of Chehalis. There, he parlayed his cooking skills into Plaza Jalisco, a restaurant he named after his native state in Mexico.

A quarter-century later, Arceo and several of his brothers are the owners of 14 restaurants in three states — including an improbable five here in Iowa. Against the toxic U.S. debate around Hispanic immigrants, the Arceos' story illustrates a lesser-told dimension of the decades-long Mexican influx into the country — a familiar tale of pluck aligning with bedrock American tradition.

Steve King says he'll run for re-election despite racism accusations

Steve King
Rep. Steve King. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told the Des Moines Register Thursday that he intends to run for re-election, even as he faces three Republican primary challengers amid intense backlash over his history of racist comments.

The backdrop: King was denounced by leaders in the Republican party and stripped of his committee assignments last month, after he made comments in the New York Times questioning when language like "white nationalist," "white supremacist" and "Western civilization" became offensive. He told the Des Moines Register he has "nothing to apologize for," and blamed the Times and other media organizations for orchestrating dishonest attacks that unleashed widespread "cyber bullying" against him.