Who needs a General Assembly?

Sometimes, you have to wonder why we bother electing a General Assembly. A governor, apparently, is all we need.

For fresh evidence, look no ... »

An order to do what lawmakers will not

After three years of battling unwilling lawmakers, Gov. Terry Branstad took another executive order plunge Monday.

The order — the 86t ... »

Speeder Trapids calling. To pay now, press one

Ring … Ring … Ring.

Hello, this is the city of Cedar Rapids’ automated speed enforcement system collections division. ... »

Weren’t we discussing fetal tissue?

How did we move from supposed outrage about undercover videos regarding the use of fetal tissue in medical research, to proposed legislation and Co ... »

The Week — Sacred cows and Doc Carson’s war on bias

The Week — an irregular feature, back by no demand whatsoever.


Promises Branstad didn’t keep

So our governor’s words have come back to haunt him, and this time the punches are coming from his right.

In 2010, candidate Terry Br ... »

Bill’s Drinking Establishment bids farewell to Marion

In my humble opinion, Bill’s Drinking Establishment in Marion was a perfect bar.

It was uncomplicated and unpretentious. It was friend ... »

Too bad Obama isn’t a Muslim

The first U.S. visit by Pope Francis made clear that most Americans have finally sat aside anti-Catholic prejudice, a process that began decades ag ... »

Six months? Make your voice louder

Six months have passed since federal authorities labeled an Iowa City pastor as one of the “ ... »

Hogg starts an uphill campaign

WATERLOO — Just 20 miles from New Hartford, where U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley famously farms, mows his lawn and crafts his brand of “com ... »

A Linn County board seat turns blue

So Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson has switched teams.

“Yeah, I re-registered to vote on Friday as a Democrat,” said Oleson ... »

The changing face of rural America

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Asked to create a mental image of the people most likely to participate in a national rural conference, few would imagine ... »

Catching up on odds and ends

It’s amazing how much can pile up when you’re out of town for a few days, isn’t it?

Below are two brief follow-ups to p ... »

CR mulls Coralville runoff rule

Amy Foster, stormwater coordinator for the city of Coralville, points to a recently constructed housing subdivision in her city as proof that a loc ... »