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Larson tries a 15th time for victory

So P.T. Larson is back on the ballot. If his name rings a bell, you know that's no surprise. Larson ran in 14 Cedar Rapids city elections between 1987 ...

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After a decade, still a privilege to columnize

Ten years ago this past week, I walked into The Gazette to begin work as a columnist. I was hired for my unparalleled skills as a writer. It was a dar ...

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Scary market studies will spook gaming commission

After a summer/early fall of speculation, accusation and presentation, we now have the fateful gambling market studies of October. For backers of thre ...

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Iowa GOP creating a friendly workplace, for lawyers

So we the taxpayers are officially paying the $1.75 million bill to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit leveled against Republicans who run the Iowa Se ...

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Being prepared should be a priority

Last year, a flood. This year, a moderate drought. Weather? Climate? Sure. But also a politicalmetaphor. A year ago, this past week, the Cedar River a ...

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Chewing over Cedar Rapids casino bids, commission is warned to fear cannibals

How long did we have to wait for the first reference to #x201c;cannibalization#x201d; at the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's public hearing in Ced ...

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Gambling regulators return to Cedar Rapids as rival casino bids roll the dice

Last time the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission came to town, it was quite a spectacle.In April 2014, city leaders urged hundreds of people to show up ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Openness law bars public meeting engagement? I’m skeptical

So during a recent editorial board session with Cedar Rapids Board of Eduction candidates, we heard some interesting comments regarding public comment ...

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Dodging clouds, chasing the eclipse in Nebraska

Shaking your fist at the sky does not make clouds move faster. That's just science, folks. But I gave it a shot Monday around 12:20 p.m. on a prairie ...

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