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In Iowa column: Jobs and housing go hand-in-hand

Two news items caught my eye last week - one a human interest piece, the other a business announcement. Yet at their heart, they pointed to the same n ...

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Learn how to put art to work

People want to live in communities that make them feel connected to one another, neighborhoods and towns that are diverse, vibrant and inviting. If Io ...

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Taking Trump’s flag bait

What's a First Amendment guy to do when the president-elect suggests putting people in jail or revoking their citizenship for exercising constitutiona ...

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Long road ahead for Iowa political equity advocates

The 2016 election will go down in Iowa history as a time when a record number of women sought office. It won't, however, be remembered as one where wo ...

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Thanksgiving 2016, a Trumpkey with all the trimmings

It's Thanksgiving Day, and somehow you forgot to plan a delicious dinner for kith and kin. Don't worry, I've got you covered. Here's a menu that captu ...

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Twists and turns ahead for Cedar Rapids casino

So an evolving effort to put a #x201c;boutique#x201d; casino in downtown Cedar Rapids is shaping up to be very, very different from the ill-fated driv ...

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Ooh! Ahh! A Statehouse fireworks debate looms

Election night rattled nerves, kept us up until the wee hours and may even have scared a few dogs. So it makes sense such an election could yield lega ...

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Long road to Cedar Rapids soil rule will pay off

A while back, the Cedar Rapids City Council passed a new stormwater fee structure with substantially higher charges, coupled with a series of incentiv ...

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Even a Statehouse trifecta can be trying

As I milled about our Pints and Politics event the other night, I fielded lots of questions from folks wondering what Iowa Republicans would do with t ...

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Still a lot of work to do

Throughout the community one question seems to dominate personal interaction: #x201c;How are you feeling?#x201d;I've been asked by people I see each d ...

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Linn County conservation bond victory sends a clear message

A week ago, I figured crossing the 60 percent threshold needed to pass a $40 million conservation bond issue in Linn County would be a tall order, may ...

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Change can kick you hard, but stay cool

I felt worst for my daughter, Ella.She's 11, and wanted a woman to become president so badly. No, she was not versed in the nuances of electoral shift ...

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Election Day lacks optimism

We could all really use some good news. Unfortunately, this is Election Day 2016. I hate to be Mr. Gloomy, but I've never walked into a polling place ...

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Casting an optimistic vote for cleaner water

If you're searching for something optimistic to vote for on Tuesday's ballot, I humbly suggest #x201c;Public Measure E.#x201d;That's the $40 million b ...

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In Iowa column: ‘Circulator’ worth Marion investment

City Manager Lon Pluckhahn and Marion Economic Development Corporation President Nick Glew made the pitch to Cedar Rapids Transit: Expand public trans ...

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