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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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Cedar Rapids school facilities plan is on a journey. It needs to be a longer trip.

As the Cedar Rapids school board was briefed Monday night on a $224 million facilities plan shuttering ... »

Fast track to meaningful clean water effort? Don’t bet on it

There's suddenly talk of putting water quality on a fast track to early passage at the Iowa Statehouse when lawmakers ret ... »

Hart wins handily in Cedar Rapids mayoral race, Vernon exits the electoral stage

There were two mayoral victory parties in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night, but only one victor. ... »

Sen. Grassley, our overtaxed sanity is a bigger problem than overtaxed estates

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley's recent remarks on the estate tax are getting lots of attention. Just Google 'booze.#x201d;

#x201c;I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing,#x201d; Grassley, R-Iowa, said, ... »

Mural swastika jolts a quiet Cedar Rapids council race

Want to spice up a sleepy City Council runoff campaign? Toss in a swastika.

In this case, the swastika appears on a mural in the Cedar Rapids City Council Chambers, painted in 1936 when the building was a federal courthouse. It decorates a Native ... »

Public ideas needed for CedarRapids casino site

It seems clear Cedar Crossing Casino 1.0, the original, the classic, #x201c;the big one#x201d; as it's been called, is dead by the water. Iowa's Racing and Gaming Commission left faint hope for a smaller downtown casino, someday, but not a glitzy, spraw ... »

A city vote tinged with politics in Cedar Rapids. But what’s new?

People who agree on all sorts of things can still get tangled up in prickly partisan politics.

A description of your Thanksgiving dinner? Nope. It's Cedar Rapids' mayoral runoff.

As the Dec. 5 vote looms, attorney Brad Hart continues to ha ... »

Corbett’s Hail Mary campaign hopes for an upset

Are you ready for some football? You'd better be if you're watching Ron Corbett's campaign for governor.

His book, #x201c;Beyond Promises,#x201d; is filled with tales of his days playing for powerhouse Newton High School, including a state title ... »

No Dice II ends in slams, flickers for Cedar Rapids casino bids

DUBUQUE - Iowa's Racing and Gaming Commission slammed the door on three proposed Cedar Rapids casinos Thursday. This was no surprise.

Commissioners nailed up a #x201c;Market Saturated! Keep out!#x201d; sign. And #x201c;No Cannibals Allowed.#x201d ... »

Mulling tax cuts at the Iowa Capitol

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said this week she hopes there will be room for income tax cuts in next year's state budget blueprint. But it may depend on what Congress does on tax reform.

So the leader of a state that's endured a series of painful budget ... »