Exact Change

Lynda Waddington

At The Gazette I serve as a columnist, blogger, community engagement co-leader and member of the editorial board. I've been both an insider and observer of Iowa politics and, shockingly enough, I still enjoy it. While I write on a variety of topics, I enjoy telling the stories of everyday people most of all. My house is home to two cats, two dogs, two children, a few hundred dust bunnies, at least a couple of MIA hamsters and, of course, my spouse. Our oldest daughter was released into the wild a few years ago, and should phone her mother more often.





#RuralPride comes to Iowa

DES MOINES - Chances are, if you are asked to describe an average LGBT American, certain attributes will come to mind. The stereotype is that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community are urban dwellers who are well-educated and ... »

Innovate funding for better refugee, immigrant integration

One of the biggest hurdles facing immigrants and refugees is integration into existing communities. And while there are innovative ideas about how to ease the transition, existing funding streams are rarely flexible enough to put them into practice.

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‘Fab Five’ shows Corridor’s 2016 battleground status

Iowa Democrats have their eyes on the Corridor, and are betting on the rise of the #x201c;Fab Five.#x201d;

With a majority of races up and down the ballot mostly set, Democrats gathered in Marion Thursday night to preview the 2016 coordinated camp ... »

Viola Gibson’s legacy lives through us

Visiting Oak Hill Cemetery was necessary this week so that my daughter and I could pay respects to one of the newest inductees into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame.

Four Iowa women will join the Hall of Fame during ... »

In Iowa: Let’s celebrate equality in Linn County

Less than 100 years ago, those who fought for women's equality were derided as inferior, lazy, oversexed, masculine, childlike and unworthy of consideration.

Even now, when a female combat veteran is the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress, ... »

Rethink sales tax holidays

Sales tax holidays like the one happening in Iowa this weekend may sound nice, but they aren't good public policy.

And, yes, I can already hear groaning from the parents and grandparents reading that first sentence. Bear with me.

For those ... »

Greens see opportunity in Democrats’ discord

PHILADELPHIA - Green Party presumptive presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein is no Ralph Nadar, but Iowans Holly Hart and Wendy Barth also understand this isn't a typical election year.

The two are long-time Green Party members and activists who wi ... »

Iowa nuns pledge to ‘mend gaps’

PHILADELPHIA - Just when I had written off the idea of finding Iowans volunteering with one of the advocacy groups in town for the Democratic National Convention, a group of wagon-pulling nuns rolled up and offered a cup of lemonade.

Needing to m ... »

Despite Clinton accomplishment, women haven’t made it yet

PHILADELPHIA - Maybe it can all be chalked up to a lack of foresight by Democratic National Convention organizers.

On Wednesday, the morning after Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever nominated for the presidency by a major political party ... »

DNC constituency caucuses are pockets of unity

PHILADELPHIA - A text message I received from Iowa this morning is similar to dozens of others: #x201c;Is it really as bad as it looks on TV?#x201d; The answer depends on where you look.

With a few notable exceptions, most television cameras are ... »