James Q. Lynch

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John Norris to kick off Iowa gubernatorial campaign with ‘barn-raising’

CEDAR RAPIDS - John Norris is hosting a #x201c;barn-raising#x201d; July 9 to kick off his campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor.

The kickoff potluck takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Walnut Hill Picnic Shelter at Living History ... »

Trump, in Cedar Rapids, touts ‘amazing progress’

CEDAR RAPIDS - He doesn't get credit for all he's done in 152 days as president, Donald Trump said Wednesday night, but he's made "amazing progress" improving the economy, lowering unemployment, curtailing illegal immigration and, in short, delivering o ... »

Corbett faces steep climb to GOP nomination

CEDAR RAPIDS - Iowa Republican political consultants sound like investment advisers when they talk about the prospects of Ron Corbett winning the GOP nomination for governor: past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Corbett, 56, has ser ... »

President Bush set to headline Iowa humanitarian fundraiser

Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to appear at an Oct. 14 fundraiser for Trailhead International Builders at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Bush has been involved in many humanitarian efforts since leaving office in January 2009. ... »

Reynolds ready to press Trump on Iowa issues

CEDAR RAPIDS - Whether by coincidence or coordination, Gov. Kim Reynolds' agenda for a meeting Wednesday with President Donald Trump in Cedar Rapids is on the same wavelength as the president's Technology Week focus.

The president will visit Kirkw ... »

Trump adds Kirkwood visit ahead of Wednesday’s rally

CEDAR RAPIDS - President Donald Trump has added a tour of Kirkwood Community College to his #x201c;Technology Week#x201d; visit Wednesday to Cedar Rapids.

Trump will tour agricultural facilities at the southwest Cedar Rapids campus. He is schedule ... »

Finkenauer scores Emily’s List endorsement in Iowa’s 1st District

CEDAR RAPIDS - State Rep. Abby Finkenauer was the first to announce plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Rod Blum and now she's scored the first major endorsement of the race.

The Dubuque Democrat is being endorsed by Emily's List today, the nation's la ... »

New budget cuts surprise groups providing services to Iowans with disabilities, diseases

Health care providers and not-for-profits across the state are scrambling to carry out even tighter budgets come July 1 after the Iowa Department of Public Health notified them this week that it is making an additional $1.3 million in cuts.

They ... »

Gubernatorial hopeful Boulton calls for capping some Iowa tax credits, scrapping others

CEDAR RAPIDS - Iowans shouldn't be surprised that the state likely will have to dip into its cash reserves to pay its bills because revenues have not kept up with expenditures, according to state Sen. Nate Boulton, a Democratic gubernatorial hopeful.

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Trump returning with fond memories of Cedar Rapids rally

CEDAR RAPIDS - Donald Trump passed over Tana Goertz once, but now the former #x201c;Apprentice#x201d; runner-up is working to make sure the president spends a full eight years in his job.

Goertz, co-chairwoman ... »