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County wage vote coming up

So it looks like our Linn County Board of Supervisors is fixin' to vote Wednesday on an ordinance raising the minimum wage around these parts. The lik ...

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Playing it straight, taking heat

In the midst of this Burger King election cycle, famous for its Whoppers, flame-broiled over pants on fire, it was surprising to pick up my paper Mond ...

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#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 ...

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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 ...

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Birthday No. 46 will be low-key

When we're very young, we look forward to some milestone birthdays. At 13 you become a teenager. At 16, the freedom of a driver's license beckons. At ...

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Bond vote effect can be regional

So I asked Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett if the city council is planning to support Linn County's Water and Land Legacy, the 20-year, $40 million bon ...

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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 bal ...

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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 H ...

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Iowa Republican leaders heart Trump all the way

I haven't seen Gov. Terry Branstad this excited since he was bravely defending lean-finely textured beef.And even when the product he's selling now, R ...

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Linn County floats a water quality plan

Maybe you've noticed our lawmakers and governor are treading water when it comes to figuring out how to raise new bucks for protecting and cleaning up ...

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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 conside ...

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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 groani ...

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An urban pitch for water funds

If Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett runs for governor in 2018, he'll need to convince rural Iowa Republicans to back an urban mayor. It could be a tough ...

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CR soil rule is flexible, but still solid

While I was in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago, Cedar Rapids' topsoil ordinance took a step forward, with significant modifications. I've been trying ...

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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 th ...

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