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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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Cherry Sisters Alley? Count me in.

In these troubled times, when sharp, intransigent disagreement has become the new inhaling and exhaling, I offer you an alternative.

Let's argue instead over naming that alley in Uptown Marion with all the art.

Hey, at least it's not polit ... »

Farewell fireworks ban, hello hyperbole

So there are days under Iowa's Golden Dome when you'll hear soaring oratory praising the infinite wisdom of Iowans, we the hardworking, thoughtful and first-in-the nation occupants of America's sensible heartland.

On other days, we're a bunch of ... »

Summer show, fall’s cold reality in Cedar Rapids casino chase

Once again, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is putting the show ahead of the dough.

The show in this case are the commission's meetings in ... »

In Iowa: The mystery of the lieutenant governor, circa 1857

Politics can be a killer of curiosity.

Take the intriguing question of whether Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds truly becomes our full-fledged governor when Gov. Terry Branstad leaves to become ambassador to China.

Sen. David Johnson, I-Ocheyedan, ... »

GOP cuts scrap vital water tools

Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold famously wrote about a region known as the Driftless Area. Our Iowa Legislature operates in a region known as the Clueless Area.

I'm not sure how ... »

A second opinion on DM Dems

Jack Hatch had 98 problems in 2014, and now, apparently, I'm one.

The former Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state senator disliked ... »

This is no time for a constitutional convention

So amid the deepening political divisions and thrill-a-minute volatility of our post-truth Trumpian times, Republicans running our Legislature think the moment is right to grab us by the Constitution.

Last month, the Iowa House voted 58-38 along ... »

Red ink along the riverfront

Among Cedar Rapids' many post-flood public recovery projects, the McGrath Amphitheatre is among my favorites.

It revitalized a decaying stretch of riverfront. It created a new public space, not snappy new workspace for government functionaries. I ... »

Distancing Dems from a Des Moines guv pick

Back when I was in high school, Des Moines was considered by many of my female classmates as a good place to shop for prom dresses. Distance from home improved the odds they wouldn't show up and find other kids wearing the exact same dress. Mortifying. ... »

Reynolds’ money suggests more of the same, unless she breaks the mold

We all know Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will take over duties as Iowa's governor when Gov. Terry Branstad leaves for China later this spring. I have May 4 in the pool. Star Wars Day. Ask a geek.

What we ... »