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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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In turbulent times, Des Moines’ Roosevelt gets it right again

Fairness isn't owned by any political party, which sometimes trips up adults who aim to keep their political footing firmly on the side of justice. Th ...

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Making America Musical Again: New anthems for Trump’s reign

Well, it's certainly been an interesting couple of weeks.The new administration is up and running and banning and firing. My opened heart has swiftly ...

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Extreme measures rarely last

In politics, there's at least one thing you can always count on: Power exists on a pendulum. Public sentiment is always shifting. For years this incon ...

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Linn voters shrink the county board, but drama grows

So let's check in on #x201c;Survivor Island,#x201d; also known as Linn County government. It was county Supervisor Brent Oleson who recently coined th ...

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Mayoral possibilities list shrinks

So the list of folks who might want to be the next mayor of Cedar Rapids is shrinking. Tyler Olson, a former state representative from Cedar Rapids, t ...

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