Enjoying mandated leisure time

So we’re back from our Branscation.

I named our family’s time off last week in honor of Gov. Terry Branstad, because he made it ... »

A rose to the goldfinch and thistle

By Todd Dorman, 24 Hour Dorman

One thing that grows without hesitation in our suburban compacted clay dreamscape are thistles.

My wife ... »

Branstad, GOP hopefuls differ on local control

Spend a little time with the 2016 GOP presidential candidates and you’ll hear their plans to loosen government’s reins and provide lo ... »

Binders full of … hypocrisy

Pardon the dust, but it’s time we brush off one of the Republican Party’s binders full of women.

And, no, I’m not talkin ... »

Lawmakers bow to the bulldozer

Senate President Pam Jochum asked a critical question Tuesday as a legislative panel considered the fate of a rule requiring builders to restore at ... »

Linn Supervisors reluctant to downsize

So Kevin Kula of Coggon stood before the five-member Linn County Board of Supervisors Monday morning, urging them to ... »

Will legislators stop the topsoil bulldozer?

After more than a year of watching a bureaucratic bulldozer driven by homebuilding interests clobber Iowa’s 4-inch topsoil rule, some electe ... »

Few travelers on path to equity

What’s most disappointing is how few came to participate.

There were three things I wanted to do Thursday night. I could have watched ... »

Have, eat your cake at home

My winter advice that parents, ... »

Sounding the alarm on equality

It’s starting to get loud in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. I’m talking grab-your-earplugs loud.

On Tuesday, Democra ... »

Got milk? Stay home with baby

Did you hear the breaking news report this week that a female breast was displayed at a Dubuque swimming pool?

OK, there were actually lots ... »

For better, for worse, for mulcher, for bagger

And now for your lawn mower news update.

On Friday, Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted a p ... »

Tone down for what? Water quality issue won’t go away, governor

Tone it down, water drinkers.

That was Gov. Terry Branstad’s basic message this past week when asked about the Des Moi ... »

Scanning for interest in policy

Prepare to be scanned, Cedar Rapidians.

Your City Council on Tuesday, “without council or public comment” as Rick Smith ... »

Summer’s swarm of warnings

Ah, summer.

Sweet corn, tomatoes and a swarm of media reports and official warnings on all the ways summer can snuff us out like a citronell ... »