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Lynda Waddington

At The Gazette I serve as a columnist, blogger, community engagement co-leader and member of the editorial board. I've been both an insider and observer of Iowa politics and, shockingly enough, I still enjoy it. While I write on a variety of topics, I enjoy telling the stories of everyday people most of all. My house is home to two cats, two dogs, two children, a few hundred dust bunnies, at least a couple of MIA hamsters and, of course, my spouse. Our oldest daughter was released into the wild a few years ago, and should phone her mother more often.





Despite Clinton accomplishment, women haven’t made it yet

PHILADELPHIA - Maybe it can all be chalked up to a lack of foresight by Democratic National Convention organizers.

On Wednesday, the morning after Hillary Clinton became the first woman ever nominated for the presidency by a major political party ... »

DNC constituency caucuses are pockets of unity

PHILADELPHIA - A text message I received from Iowa this morning is similar to dozens of others: #x201c;Is it really as bad as it looks on TV?#x201d; The answer depends on where you look.

With a few notable exceptions, most television cameras are ... »

In Philly ‘the Bern’ rubs raw

PHILADELPHIA - Democracy can't help but be noisy and messy. Monday night it took a nose-dive into ugly.

There has been no escape from supporters of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign for those attending the Democratic National Convention. Dele ... »

Iowa DNC delegation focused, looking ahead

PHILADELPHIA - There's a good chance you've already heard about the dust-up surrounding the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Members of the Iowa Delegation are tuned in, curious and concerned about how the resignation of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasse ... »

#Road2Philly: Yes, I’ll be celebrating

Being an observer to Hillary Clinton's expected presidential nomination means a lot to me. Here's why.

At one of our recent Pints & Politics events, I was discussing how, beyond the political horserace and never-ending public policy debate, being ... »

On the road to Philly: Michelle Magyar

Davenport business woman Michelle Magyar grew up in a row house on Philadelphia's south side. Most days that piece of personal history isn't a big factor in her life.

Eastern Iowa - home to friends and family, her Hawkeye alma mater and the recen ... »

On the road to Philly: Gillian Popenuck

Gillian Frances Popenuck didn't know she was being prophetic when she told Bernie Sanders, #x201c;See you in Philly.#x201d;

The two met after a rally where Popenuck was chosen to introduce the candidate.

#x201c;We had some time together ba ... »

On the road to Philly: Pasquale Luz

Family photos tell the story of just how many of Pasquale Luz's 24 years have been spent in politics as well as how important it has been for his family, descendants of immigrants, to let their voices be heard.

Currently a resident of Dubuque, Lu ... »

The circus comes to Cleveland

Perhaps Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter said it best: #x201c;Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it's been.#x201d;

Members of the Republican Party are on their way to Cleveland, where they will - despite movements to the contrar ... »

On the road to Philly: Jason Brown

Touring musician Jason Brown is nearing the end of a monthslong political journey, and he knows these last few lengths will be the most challenging and rewarding.

Brown, 32, is a longtime Democrat and supporter of Bernie Sanders' presidential bid ... »