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Friday Morning Read: Auditor Miller drops party affiliation, net neutrality in Iowa, historic mansion in danger

Joel Miller, Linn County Auditor, speaks to county employees and members of the public at the State of Linn County address at the Kirkwood Hotel in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The event is put on annually by the League of Women Voters. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Joel Miller, Linn County Auditor, speaks to county employees and members of the public at the State of Linn County address at the Kirkwood Hotel in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The event is put on annually by the League of Women Voters. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Net Neutrality in Iowa

The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules is being met with a mix of approval from local internet providers and concern from at least one former FCC member.

Officials with Mediacom and ImOn Communications said the repeal of net neutrality rules — originally adopted in 2015 to ban the blocking or slowing of web content by internet service providers — will not have a negative impact on local services. Read more about what the local providers had to say here.

 

Old Mansion in Danger

Historic preservation advocates on Thursday pushed back on a request to demolish one of the original Cedar Rapids “mansions,” which is in the path of the expansion of Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa.

What is now a two-story apartment house at 824 Third Ave. SE wasn’t in the PCI expansion blueprint released earlier this year. Plans changed when PCI couldn’t acquire land for a parking ramp in the 1000 block of Third Avenue.

“This sudden change means that the tenants who rent apartments in the old 1885 former Clark family mansion have to move out by the end of February and then the historic former mansion will be destroyed potentially in March of 2018,” said Mark Stoffer Hunter, historian for The History Center and chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission. “This short and sudden timeline creates limited options for preservation efforts.” Read more about this potential demolition here.

 

Auditor Miller now 'no party'

After more than a decade as Linn County’s Democratic Auditor, Joel Miller is dropping the ‘D’ next to his name. Miller announced Thursday he had changed his party affiliation to “no party” as he plans to lobby Iowa lawmakers for non-partisan elections for county officers in the upcoming legislative session.

With that in mind, Miller said he first wanted practice what he intends to preach.

“You’ve got to walk the talk,” Miller said. “If you’re going to go down and advocate for something, you better not be enjoying the benefits of what you’re trying to basically eliminate.” Read more from Miller about his plans here.

 

Iowa vs. Drake preview

These are not your older brother or sister’s Drake Bulldogs. The Missouri Valley Conference program in this state that has been mostly an afterthought for the past several years thanks to some poor teams has some feistiness to it so far this year, playing well under first-year head coach Niko Medved.

For select non-conference games, we’ll look at key players, strengths and weaknesses for both teams and the key to winning for both sides. Here’s a breakdown of the matchup between Iowa and Drake.

 

Marco's Taxi is Closing

“We did try for months and months and months to figure out a way to avoid it. We never wanted to close it. It’s with a heavy heart that we do it,” Paterno told The Gazette.

 

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