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Todd Dorman

I'm a columnist, editorial writer and blogger for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I write about local and state government, politics, social issues, children, dogs, barbecue, or whatever shiny thing catches my woefully short attention span. I've been here since October 2007, after covering the Statehouse for nearly a decade, and my blog has been online since November 2007. I was student body president of my high school in 1988-89 and that's the last time I'll run for anything. Except maybe a free beer or an ice cream truck.e

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Do voters want trust fund filled?

As a state senator, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, voted to put the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund on the ballot in 2010.

It passed ... »

Local control takes a beating at the Statehouse

It's shaping up to be a lousy legislative session for Iowa's local governments. But it's not like local officials aren't accustomed to having their authority sliced and diced under the Golden Dome of Wisdom.

The Republican-controlled 87th General ... »

Branstad’s Condition falls short

Terry Branstad says he wants smaller, smarter state government. And his final Condition of the State address certainly was smallish.

Smart? In places, to be sure. But mostly it was underwhelming. Probably because I expected too much.

In my ... »

Soaking in leaders’ water talk

For folks who care about water quality, Monday's Statehouse speechifying was on the dry side.

Among top leaders who gave speeches on the opening day of the 2017 legislative session, only two made mention of water quality as a priority. At least i ... »

Branstad’s right about tax cuts, but will the Legislature listen?

I must admit I'm with the 'stache on this one.

#x201c;Considering the difficult budget decisions we're faced with this year, at this time at least I'm not making a recommendation for a major tax reform this year,#x201d; Gov. Terry Branstad ... »

Camera ban could move fast at the Statehouse

Cedar Rapids city leaders would appreciate it if legislators speeding to ban automated traffic enforcement cameras would, at the very least, pump the brakes.

#x201c;We're willing to have a conversation,#x201d; said City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, who ... »

A Christmas truce in the trenches, 2016

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE RED-BLUE FRONT (Dec. 25) - Fighters on both sides of this interminable conflict between partisans in red and blue were convinced Election Day would bring a merciful end to their bitter struggle. Surely, the victors would march triump ... »

Corbett’s decision sparks speculation

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett says he isn't running for re-election in 2017. But he might seek the Republican nomination for ... »

In Iowa: The year in words, at least what’s fit to print

There are some of you who would, no doubt, argue the best words to describe 2016 would not be appropriate for a family newspaper. I understand.

Maybe it's the election that has you, like old man Parker in #x201c;A Christmas Story,#x201d; weaving ... »

Big decisions ahead for Corbett

While we're out making our lists and checking them twice over the next few festive weeks, Ron Corbett will be mulling his political future.

Maybe he runs for third term as mayor of Cedar Rapids. Or, maybe he runs for governor. These are trickier ... »