Blogs

Trading expectations for reality in Linn supervisor race

Seems like everyone is excited about the number of women up and down the ballot. But there is one hotly contested Linn County office where no female n ...

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Flood threatens a very different Cedar Rapids

Just when we had gotten back to sweating all the small stuff, the normal stuff, like arguing over sidewalks, pointing out potholes and getting miffed ...

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A Wild Rose, but first, thorns

So Cedar Rapids leaders have been offered a Wild Rose. Accepting it would mean pruning back their once ambitious dreams of big casino with steakhouse ...

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Iowa families need more than platitudes, campaign rhetoric

Some Iowa lawmakers and elected officials gathered on the steps of the Capital this week to be disingenuous. It's difficult to find good news in this ...

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In Iowa: You’ve got mail, and more Iowa legislative trivia

Trips to my mailbox in recent days have dented my hopes for a legislative campaign addressing stuff more substantive than trivial junk.I live in Senat ...

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Bring kids together on Friday night

By my estimation, high school football games are the greatest student solidarity builders since elementary school. It's one of the reasons I love them ...

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Progress, before a big debate

So the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is no longer opposed to generating new state revenue for water quality initiatives. But it's also not directly supp ...

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Champions needed to address homelessness

DES MOINES - From tiny homes to renovated hotel properties, people across Iowa and the nation are coming together in new ways to tackle the issue of h ...

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Make Cedar Rapids zoning inclusive

DES MOINES - The City of Cedar Rapids is in the process of updating its zoning code and, after attending the 2016 HousingIowa Conference this week, I' ...

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Getting it wrong on immigration, since 1895

A guy named Gary Craver, a researcher and genealogist from Centerville, was digging into his local paper's archives when he came across a piece printe ...

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Squeezing out Iowa’s history

Gov. Terry Branstad and I are on the same page. Not a typo. The governor praised a report out Tuesday from the Iowa History Advisory Committee, a pane ...

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A ‘full Grassley’ is complete, but re-election is no sure thing

ANAMOSA - Two things drew me to Anamosa on a gorgeous September morn. First, I'd never witnessed U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley completing a fabled #x201c;f ...

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In Iowa: ‘Precedent’ no reason to not seek answers

Trying to name the political elephant that won't budge from the corner and keeps mucking up the floor? His name is Precedent, and he appears to be her ...

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2016 election: Where the girls aren’t

You have heard that Iowa has a bumper crop of female candidates on the 2016 ballot? It's true. But whether or not you have the opportunity to color in ...

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Would a small Linn County board be better at big calls?

As local government decisions go, the Linn County Board of Supervisors' first vote Wednesday in favor of raising the local minimum wage is a big deal. ...

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