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Barbecued politics, with smoke, sauce and satire

We've at long last reached the official opening of the summer grilling season. Grab your tongs. Maybe you noticed the political grilling season start ...

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Affordable housing tour offers necessary spotlight

Work on a project for months, put your heart and soul into it and, even so, you'll be hard-pressed to pick it out of the pack. This is the lesson lost ...

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Iowa embraces mobile ID

Iowa may soon become the first state to offer smartphone-based ID cards. When Iowa announced a pilot program for its mobile ID app in 2014, the projec ...

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CR Transit changes nearly here

Proposed changes to Cedar Rapids Transit passed their first public hearing hurdle this week. The upcoming changes are a result of recommendations from ...

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Reynolds must listen to succeed

I'm simply hoping Gov. Kim Reynolds listens.Sure, business interests, donors and partisans backing her politically will have the new governor's ear pl ...

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Avenson, Corning left their marks

We admire leaders who get things done, especially big, visionary stuff. We also admire leaders who stick to their principles, even into a headwind. We ...

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In Iowa: Branstad’s legacy of tenacity, irony and lost opportunity

Gov. Terry Branstad soon will report for duty in China, a fitting end to Iowa's one-governor policy.He won Iowa's top job when I was 12 and served, th ...

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Iowa winnowing of health care begins

News that health care advocates had been dreading came Thursday: Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will shutter a third of it's Iowa clinics. Locati ...

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Local letter deserves attention

A 107-word commentary in an Iowa newspaper sparked an international conversation this week.A Dubuque woman wrote to the Telegraph Herald newspaper in ...

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Keep it honest, take it personally

Dubuque letter writer Barbara Rank struck a chord, according to a Washington Post headline. I have another assessment: Rank took it personally. Rank a ...

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Will the political tide turn for Todds?

So state Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, stopped in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning to let locals know he's running for governor of Iowa. Prichard, a ...

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Veto ‘saves,’ but Leopold’s mission lacks bucks

So our governor #x201c;saved#x201d; the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture on Friday, unless you think #x201c;saving#x201d; means the center's ...

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A Mother’s Day question: Do we really value moms?

This year many Iowans and Americans will splurge on Mother's Day gifts. Consumers told the National Retail Federation that their spending will be high ...

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Oklahoma provides template for pipeline protest backlash

Dakota Access Pipeline protests have sparked changes to the Oklahoma criminal trespass code. The measures could become boilerplate bills for other jur ...

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Blum’s hall howls, and he ducks

It seems like any account of 1st District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum's town hall in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night should be written in ALL CAPS. Lots of exclamat ...

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