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Searching for sources of revenue

What a sweet racket it could be. The Cedar Rapids City Council voted initially last week to turn unpaid traffic camera tickets over to a state collect ...

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New ag secretary unlikely to make waves on water quality

So we're getting a new Iowa secretary of agriculture. But if you're hoping for a new approach for improving water quality, don't hold your breath. Cur ...

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When local government goes viral

Johnson County officials address zoning requests throughout the year, without much fanfare. Thursday night was different. Grant Schultz, who works a 1 ...

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Suggestions go beyond Appalachia

Economic recommendations for Appalachia unveiled by a nonprofit and four U.S. senators this week could benefit the whole of rural America, if they gar ...

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Politician worship is misguided

Iowa could soon have the first county in America named for a TV wrestling star.Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan is asking community members to c ...

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Town halls cause much discomfort, but they remain necessary

Maybe we need a town hall meeting on the future of town hall meetings. Last weekend, The Gazette's James Lynch, political reporter and resident voice ...

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Lessons from the dinner line

Sometimes we make things more difficult than they need to be. I was standing in line at a restaurant this week. In front of me was a man in an automat ...

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American culture, not Congress, is changing

New cultural research shows bumpy paths forward for both dominant political parties and better explains why economics wasn't the sole booster of Donal ...

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Change blows past downtown traffic signals

When I was growing up, stoplights were a clear, quick measure of urbanity.There were no-stoplight towns, some so small they earned my parents' poetic ...

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Trump’s top chemical hits keep coming

Between devastating hurricanes, ongoing Russia investigations and White House staffing musical chairs, it's been difficult to track policy decisions b ...

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DACA will test checks, balances

President Donald Trump's crusade against illegal immigration got a lot more real this week.Iowa can and should play a key role in the debate over Trum ...

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Thorny county vote pans Wild Rose casino

Last time Cedar Rapids investors sought a casino license, conventional wisdom predicted a done deal. Several top investors had strong ties to then-Gov ...

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Polk Democrats’ expletive-worthy choice

Democrats will take the stage Sept. 30 when Polk County revives the state's long-standing steak fry tradition, but one female candidate has been asked ...

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Ignoring the roots of violence

A deadly tragedy hit Iowa City this week.One victim is dead after a shooting downtown last weekend that sent two others to the hospital. At least two ...

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Gov. Siri will handle your data center query

Siri, can you tell me what makes Iowa a truly special place?#x201c;Iowa's inexpensive electricity, much of it generated by wind turbines, vast tracts ...

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