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Hopes for Statehose water quality push look bleak

Our Iowa Legislature has a problems problem.For example, widespread voter fraud isn't a real problem. And yet, the Republican majority is pursuing maj ...

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Gun reforms show how close lawmakers can get to no rules

Let's say that during the course of your day you are approached by two people. One has a pipe with marijuana residue, the other is carrying a firearm ...

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Closing the book on prospects for a Marion library vote

Marion is moving ahead with plans to build a new public library uptown. It is not moving ahead with a public vote to see if citizens want it. The vote ...

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Trump puts the ‘bully’ in bully pulpit

The Trump administration has rescinded Obama-era guidance for public schools that promoted use of bathrooms based on student gender identity. In a joi ...

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Corbett belts out the blues, but few clues

In my line of work, politicians offering a song and dance are hardly surprising. But after Wednesday's Cedar Rapids State of the City speech, I'm prep ...

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From even-keeled to rightward legislative lurch

Our right-lurching Legislature has lost its sense of balance. And balance was a valuable trait of Iowa Statehouse politics for decades. Sure, there we ...

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First in a series: Weighing the benefit of a ‘Fresh Start’

Hundreds of people quietly working behind the scenes on behalf of Fresh Start Ministries can't be easily labeled. Then again, neither can those who se ...

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Lawmakers are wrong to rely on bubble

Raise your hand if you've been blocked on social media by an elected official. If my feed is any indication, quite a few Iowa hands just flew into the ...

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Casino applications point to nibbles, not cannibals

So the applications are in for our three Casino Clash '17 contenders, including a pair of Cedar Crossings and a Wild Rose boutique.These hefty works o ...

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Headed for a GOP hangover

Last summer, at a Cleveland brewery where Grand Old Pilsner was a featured pint, I asked Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer what Republicans would have ...

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Last-minute public schedules benefit no one

Are we witnessing the final throes of the #x201c;full Grassley#x201d; era? Some readers may remember the Congressional recess in the summer of 2009. A ...

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Roses or crossings? A new casino race begins

Spurred by the thorns of a Wild Rose, Steve Gray and his local investor group are back in the casino race.You may recall, in September Wild Rose Enter ...

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GOP bills give ‘Big Gov’ a hug

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice John Forrest Dillon is looking down - perhaps from atop the pillar of his namesake fountain in Davenport - reading pr ...

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Iowa water issues taking a Statehouse back seat

Since the Iowa Supreme Court issued its ruling last month denting up the Des Moines Water Works' legal fight to hold drainage districts accountable fo ...

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Last call for the Legislature?

Forget nixing Daylight Saving Time. Maybe lawmakers should be contemplating quitting time. The Globe-Gazette in Mason City, one of the papers I grew u ...

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