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Is it OK to coddle, or not?

Few things are as frustrating as legislative hypocrisy. Remember a few months ago, just after the presidential election, when Iowa Rep. Bobby Kaufmann ...

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Marion ordinance sparks stir over speech rights

Big protests are about to grab national attention, but a much smaller demonstration is sparking a stir in Marion.Last September, Rick Stewart and a co ...

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Do voters want trust fund filled?

As a state senator, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, voted to put the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund on the ballot in 2010. It passed ...

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Local control takes a beating at the Statehouse

It's shaping up to be a lousy legislative session for Iowa's local governments. But it's not like local officials aren't accustomed to having their au ...

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Cedar Rapids women discuss why they’ll march

Calling these three Cedar Rapids women who will be part of the Women's March on Washington #x201c;precious snowflakes#x201d; is a waste of time. The # ...

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Just about abortion? Not hardly

Has contraception use or pictures of babies on social media contributed more to Iowa's declining abortion rate? Jennifer Bowen, executive director of ...

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Branstad’s Condition falls short

Terry Branstad says he wants smaller, smarter state government. And his final Condition of the State address certainly was smallish. Smart? In places, ...

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Soaking in leaders’ water talk

For folks who care about water quality, Monday's Statehouse speechifying was on the dry side. Among top leaders who gave speeches on the opening day o ...

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Branstad’s right about tax cuts, but will the Legislature listen?

I must admit I'm with the 'stache on this one. #x201c;Considering the difficult budget decisions we're faced with this year, at this time at least I' ...

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‘Sanctuary’ label or not, Iowa City right to listen to its own

Members of the Iowa City Council deserve praise for weathering a barrage of politically-motivated ugly comments and threats from people in surrounding ...

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State funding too tight for unnecessary Voter ID

Secretary of State Paul Pate says a slate of expensive proposals will clinch the future integrity of Iowa elections. Now he needs to prove it. As tel ...

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Camera ban could move fast at the Statehouse

Cedar Rapids city leaders would appreciate it if legislators speeding to ban automated traffic enforcement cameras would, at the very least, pump the ...

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Offerings to the New Year pyre, 2016

Next week, six months, a year or five years from now, will it matter? When I took my first journalism job and had difficulty deciding what to write ab ...

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In 2016, rural areas roared

While it's possible to look back on 2016 as a single year, doing so doesn't provide clarity. The past year was a culmination of a decades-long and eve ...

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Under the watchful eye of the ‘misfits’

Replicas of the residents of the mythical Island of the Misfit Toys have graced a windowsill my home office for more than a decade. This year I feel e ...

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