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Scuttle survived Election Day, and so can you

I spoke Friday at the First Presbyterian Church as part of the Interfaith Council of Iowa's #x201c;Intersections#x201d; speaker series. I was asked to ...

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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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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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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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A quiet judicial retention campaign in Iowa

Once the stuff of big buses and big bucks, this fall's #x201c;campaign#x201d; to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled for marriage equality has ...

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Auditor overreacts with order

When I left town for a family trip on Friday, I figured the nastiest political feud I'd miss in Cedar Rapids would involve a Clinton and a Trump. Turn ...

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Happy Halloween to voters, weak and weary

So Halloween and an election are looming, which seems like a great time to channel Edgar Allan Poe.Poe's darker writings are, of course, a perfect mat ...

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A tale of the tape in Marion

A ballot measure in Marion seeking to change the way residents elect a city council is more interesting than you might think.How do I know? I've seen ...

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