Exact Change

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.

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Critics mistaken to dismiss Iowa as ‘too white’

Another Iowa caucus season, another long line of critics ready to diminish the state's first-in-the-nation status based on resident demographics. Fortunately such tired narratives have once again fallen to performance.

Network television analyst J ... »

Meanwhile under the golden dome

Welcome back to another year of Legislative Goodness. I'm joined by intrepid reporter Graph Stacker and political analyst Ima Payfordthiss.

Anything unusual happen this week, or are lawmakers still deadlocked on sc ... »

Time for Iowa Democrats to clean house

Nearly two years ago Iowa Republicans made changes to protect the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Iowa Democrats must now do the same.

Republican corrections were a public and painful affair. Following 2012 caucus tally mishaps, members of the #x201 ... »

Wendell Willkie is a 2016 cautionary tale

National pundits pondering what a Donald Trump nomination means for the Republican Party and the nation have been reading the tea leaves. They'd be better off reading history books.

This isn't the first time party activists have engaged in friend ... »

2016 Iowa caucus no rural friend

Thank goodness it's nearly time to pitch the hay bales back in the barn.

Presidential candidates - declared and exploring - have been milling about Iowa for more than a year. They've tucked celebrities and national figures into their suitcases, un ... »

Unique federal program focuses on CR families

Cedar Rapids is one of only five cities in the nation chosen for a federal demonstration project to help homeless or near homeless families with an open child welfare case.

Kelli Malone, chief program officer at Four Oaks, serves as project direc ... »

Sarah Palin embarrassed herself, again

There's something terribly sordid about schilling for the guy that diminished the distinguished military career of your former presidential running mate.

Even worse is accepting an endorsement from someone who will trot out your closet's skeleton ... »

Small, determined group can make a difference

Sometimes, when confronted with big challenges, people freeze. But not always.

Brandon Carleton is a resident of the Quad Cities who, last May, attended a conference in California and heard from an organizer of ... »

Consider multi-generational county space

Planning for a potential new public health building, Linn County has an opportunity to turn a good idea into a great one.

If approved, the new facility would be located at 1019 Seventh St SE, the former Options site, and would probably require a l ... »

Vilsack support of Branstad school-ag tax proposal no surprise

The urban and rural divide is alive and thriving. The response to an appearance this week by former Iowa governor and U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack at Gov. Terry Branstad's news conference announcing a possible extension and expansion of a penny sales t ... »

Unique federal program focuses on CR families
Cedar Rapids is one of only five cities in the nation chosen for a federal demonstration project to help homeless or near homeless families with an op ... »