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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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Avenson, Corning left their marks

We admire leaders who get things done, especially big, visionary stuff. We also admire leaders who stick to their principles, even into a headwind.

We lost two admirable leaders over the weekend.

Former Iowa House Speaker Don Avenson, 72, a ... »

In Iowa: Branstad’s legacy of tenacity, irony and lost opportunity

Gov. Terry Branstad soon will report for duty in China, a fitting end to Iowa's one-governor policy.

He won Iowa's top job when I was 12 and served, the first time around, until I was engaged to be married.

When he came back again in 2011, ... »

Will the political tide turn for Todds?

So state Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, stopped in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning to let locals know he's ... »

Veto ‘saves,’ but Leopold’s mission lacks bucks

So our governor #x201c;saved#x201d; the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture on Friday, unless you ... »

Blum’s hall howls, and he ducks

It seems like any account of 1st District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum's town hall in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night should be written in ALL CAPS. Lots ... »

Blum’s bucks without borders

By now, the first folks have cleared the velvet ropes to attend a town hall meeting sponsored by Iowa 1st District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum.

His first forum was scheduled for a Dubuque gym Monday night. Attendees had to RSVP. They had to show ID, or may ... »

Corbett’s book pitches him as the ideas guy

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett tells me he's already sent out 400 copies of his book #x201c;Beyond Promises,#x201d; mostly to legislators, Republican Party ... »

No love for Cherry Sisters

Yet again, there was no love for the Cherry Sisters.

More than a century ago, Marion's hometown vaudeville act endured the jeers of its audiences, the poison pens of its newspaper critics and, usually, a hail of overripe produce during its perform ... »

Miller might be wrong, but he’s no political pawn

So let me get this straight.

In December, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller made a snap judgment on the question of whether Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will become a capital G-governor, complete with the power to appoint a new lieutenant governor, upon ... »

Corbett talks education with a run for governor looking likely

A month or so from now, barring some unforeseen book tour blunder or Rotarian fiasco, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett likely will be a Republican candidate for governor.

#x201c;I'm strongly leaning toward getting in,#x201d; Corbett told me Monday ... »