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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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Corbett cooks up a campaign, sans ‘raw, red meat’

Usually, cooking classes at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids happen indoors. But on Tuesday evening, 200-plus folks got their culinary lesson on the front lawn in the late-day sun.

The chef? Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.

#x201c;I don't r ... »

Reynolds picks net over gross

Gov. Kim Reynolds' administration has struck a small blow to fake math, and that's good news.

You might recall former Gov. Terry Branstad campaigned in 2010 on a promise to create 200,000 jobs in Iowa over five years. It was an ambitious objectiv ... »

Columnist adds new second hat

So I've been named as The Gazette's Insight Editor. Take a moment to wipe up the coffee you just spit.

I concede, the notion of anyone seeing me as management material is surprising and a little frightening. I'm following in the footsteps of Jenni ... »

Gazette’s take on Watergate echoes through our Trumpian times

For some odd reason, I've been thinking about Watergate.

It could be that we find ourselves at another big moment when congressional grillings are must-see TV and talk of presidential obstruction of justice is capturing the national conversation. ... »

Corbett’s big day is no surprise

In February, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett delivered a promised #x201c;big surprise#x201d; that was not a big announcement. On June 20, Corbett is promising to make a big announcement that will not be a big surprise.

And, unlike February, there ... »

Reynolds flies into Cedar Rapids casino turbulence

Usually, tracking political influence means following the money. But sometimes, you also can follow the contrails.

In this case, they came from a private jet owned by Gary Kirke, chairman and founder of Wild Rose Casinos & Resorts. Newly minted Go ... »

A reminder: Summer can be dangerous

Maybe you think our politics is scary, but what about ticks?

The Iowa Department of Public Health says tick-borne disease season is underway. T ... »

Cedar Rapids looks before leaping on fireworks

I figured legal fireworks would be the scorned snout house of summer amusement in the eyes of the Cedar Rapids City Council.

Turns out I was wrong.

Last week, council members ... »

Barbecued politics, with smoke, sauce and satire

We've at long last reached the official opening of the summer grilling season. Grab your tongs.

Maybe you noticed the political grilling season started months ago. And things are getting hotter by the day. With that in mind, here are some timely ... »

Reynolds must listen to succeed

I'm simply hoping Gov. Kim Reynolds listens.

Sure, business interests, donors and partisans backing her politically will have the new governor's ear plenty. She'll, of course, have an inner circle of advisers providing counsel.

What I'm tal ... »