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Monday morning read: Pelosi in Iowa, Cedar Rapids woman chased after homicide suspect, what the Iowa legislature did and didn't do

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks Sunday, May 6, 2018, at a fundraiser for Polk County Democrats in Des Moines. (Erin Murphy/Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau)
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks Sunday, May 6, 2018, at a fundraiser for Polk County Democrats in Des Moines. (Erin Murphy/Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau)

Pelosi in Iowa: 'Blue wave' will take all Democratic hands on deck- Iowa Democrats are hopeful a “blue wave” will sweep their party back into some measure of power in this fall’s midterm elections.

But a caution and a call to arms were made by Democratic leaders, including one of the top two Democrats in the country, Sunday night at a county party fundraiser here.

Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House minority leader and a congresswoman from California, joined local leaders in calling on all Democrats — “from volunteers ... to VIPs,” Pelosi said — to do the grass roots work that will help Democrats enjoy electoral success in November.

Pelosi said she has a response for whenever someone asks whether Democrats are poised for a blue wave or tsunami this fall. Read more...

Woman says she didn't realize she was chasing homicide suspect- A Cedar Rapids woman said she just happened to be awake when she saw a man entering her backyard on her surveillance camera April 28.

Shelly Matthess then attempted to find him but had no idea she was chasing the man who would be accused of killing a mother of three just hours later.

 “I panicked and ran to the backdoor. ... I didn’t finish watching the tape,” Matthess, who lives at 2101 Haven Court SW, told The Gazette during a phone interview Sunday. “My husband also came after me. I went out the back door first. I didn’t see the man. He was already gone.” Read more...

What the legislature did and didn't do in 2018- Here is a partial scorecard of how selected issues have fared in the 2018 legislative session.

History Happenings: The Bever block in Cedar Rapids- The 95-year-old Bever Building at 417 First Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids is scheduled to be demolished soon.

The story of this historic structure was wonderfully told in Diane Fannon-Langton’s Time Machine column of April 2, 2017.

Two other structures at 421 and 427 First Ave. SE, next to the Bever Building, also are scheduled to be torn down. The story of these two single-story buildings and the site where they stand is an interesting piece of Cedar Rapids history. Read more... 

Kirk Ferentz expects Iowa-Nebraska Black Friday football game to return in 2022- Nebraska still is expressing FOMO (basically fear of missing out) over its decision to leave the Black Friday tradition it started in 1990.

The topic seeped out this week with reports out of Nebraska saying new AD Bill Moos is talking with Iowa about re-upping for Black Fridays. This became a topic last year when former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst and former head football coach Mike Riley opted out of Black Friday.

That was the shocker last fall when the Big Ten released schedules for the 2020-21 seasons. Instead of Iowa-Nebraska, the Hawkeyes and Wisconsin will meet during the season’s final week, presumably Black Friday. The Huskers will face Minnesota those two years. Iowa and Nebraska will meet on Black Friday in 2018-19. When the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, Iowa agreed to Black Friday meetings. Read more...

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