Staff Editorial


Iowa GOP’s sexual harassment response is not ‘open and transparent’

Any hope that Iowa Senate Republican leaders learned a lesson from their sexual harassment scandal disappeared this week.

Iowa taxpayers already are on the hook for $1.7 million after a jury decided earlier this year that legislative leaders inap ... »

As leaders respond to Rockwell Collins purchase, they need a solid plan

Cedar Rapids is a city where leaders have shown they know how to respond as storm clouds gather.

A year ago in September, when torrential rains swelled the Cedar River north of the city, local leaders marshaled resources, put out a call for allies ... »

Parking lot is a start on stormwater progress

Cedar Rapids city leaders cut plenty of ceremonial ribbons to open new businesses and christen big projects. But on Thursday morning, they wielded shiny scissors to dedicate a parking lot.

#x201c;It's much more than a parking lot,#x201d; insisted ... »

Public deserves more time to weigh C.R. schools’ facilities plan

This week, the Cedar Rapids Community School District will be hosting three, two-hour public input sessions intended to gather feedback on its Facilities Master Plan, a sprawling blueprint deciding the fate of the district's 21 elementary schools over t ... »

Campaign cash reporting rules miss the mark

Thursday marked the deadline for city candidates to file campaign finance disclosure statements with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. Candidates running to lead Corridor communities reported tens of thousands of dollars in contributions an ... »

Justice talks need maximum openness

Our local elected officials, law enforcement leaders and representatives of the Iowa Justice Alliance and NAACP currently are engaged in a critical, potentially far-reaching community conversation.

Ongoing talks between these leaders and groups on ... »

A welcome legal challenge to a bad ‘ag gag’ law

It's been more than five years since we urged the Iowa Legislature to scrap a so-called #x201c;ag gag#x201d; bill, making it a crime to gain employment at a farming operation under #x201c;false pretenses#x201d; to investigate possible wrongdoing. We dub ... »

Gerrymandering is at the core of our dysfunction

First District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum deserves a round of applause for joining a legal brief along with 33 other current and former members of Congress denouncing partisan gerrymandering as the U.S. Supreme Court took up the critical issue this week.

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Grassley, Ernst should lead on bipartisan health care reforms

It's time for Congress to work together to craft a health care plan that can satisfy more Americans and provide for their needs. And Iowa's delegation to the U.S. Senate must help set a new tone of collaboration.

Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a ... »

No special session, but big budget challenges remain

There will be no special legislative session needed to clean up an unbalanced 2017 state budget. The pool of red ink remaining as the books close turns out to be small enough that Gov. Kim Reynolds can sponge it up with a $13 million transfer from reser ... »