James Q. Lynch

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to headline Iowa progressives’ fundraiser

CEDAR RAPIDS - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will return to Iowa for Progress Iowa's fifth annual Holiday Party Dec. 19.

De Blasio, who was elected mayor of New York in 2013, will focus his remarks on the future of the progressive movement an ... »

Loebsack sees ‘a chance’ Cedar Rapids will get federal flood protection funds

JOHNSTON - Although it's been nine years since historic floods caused more than $5 billion in damage to Cedar Rapids, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, believes there is #x201c;a chance#x201d; the city will get flood mitigation funds it is seeking.

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Loebsack, Blum say no tax dollars to settle harassment claims

JOHNSTON - An Iowa member of Congress will work to change U.S. House rules to require members and their staffs to pay settlements with people who accuse them of sexual misconduct.

#x201c;Taxpayers should not be on the hook for misdeeds that member ... »

Fred Hubbell encouraged by Johnson County jail diversion program

IOWA CITY - State government has to realize the scope of the mental health challenges Iowans and Iowa communities face, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Fred Hubbell said Tuesday after meeting with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department and jail staff. ... »

Poll: Fred Hubbell has early lead among Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidates

CEDAR RAPIDS - Fred Hubbell has an early lead over a field of gubernatorial hopefuls who are largely unknown, according to a poll of Iowa Democrats.

The poll, commissioned by IowaStartingLine.com, found Hubbell, a retired Des Moines businessman, h ... »

Former assistant Attorney General running for Iowa auditor

Former state prosecutor Rob Sand is running for State Auditor in 2018, he said Monday, because he doesn't think the office is properly handling investigations into financial crimes and public corruption, which he believes are rising in Iowa.

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ISEA appeals ruling in Iowa collective bargaining challenge

The Iowa State Education Association is appealing a district-court decision denying a challenge to the state's collective bargaining law.

ISEA President Tammy Wawro called the law enacted by the 2017 Legislature #x201c;blatantly unfair#x201d; beca ... »

Military experience changed her life, Ernst says at Veterans Day event

CEDAR RAPIDS - Sen. Joni Ernst wrote the names of two fellow soldiers killed in Afghanistan on stones that were part of a Veterans Day ceremony in Cedar Rapids Friday afternoon.

#x201c;I think we all could have used a boulder#x201d; to express gra ... »

Hubbell’s new ads call mental health cuts ‘brutal’

CEDAR RAPIDS - Democratic governor hopeful Fred Hubbell calls Gov. Kim Reynolds' cut to mental health care #x201c;a brutal thing#x201d; in television and radio ads.

Hubbell, one of seven Democrats running for the party's 2018 gubernatorial nominat ... »

Hubbell: Iowa voters looking for governor who can get things done ‘I’m just a vehicle to make the state a better place’

CEDAR RAPIDS - If running for office was easy, Fred Hubbell says, #x201c;I might have done it a long time ago.#x201d;

Now retired from leading Younkers retail stores and later the Equitable of Iowa life insurance company, as well as stints chairin ... »