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Closing the book on prospects for a Marion library vote

Marion is moving ahead with plans to build a new public library uptown. It is not moving ahead with a public vote to see if citizens want it. The vote ...

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Corbett belts out the blues, but few clues

In my line of work, politicians offering a song and dance are hardly surprising. But after Wednesday's Cedar Rapids State of the City speech, I'm prep ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Justice proposal is worth discussion

Last weekend, Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden took to these pages with a lengthy response to the Iowa Justice Alliance, a group critical of h ...

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Sticking up for snout houses

At the risk of looking snooty, Cedar Rapids is turning up its nose at #x201c;snout houses.#x201d; So-called snout houses are homes with a decidedly ga ...

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Marion ordinance sparks stir over speech rights

Big protests are about to grab national attention, but a much smaller demonstration is sparking a stir in Marion.Last September, Rick Stewart and a co ...

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Do voters want trust fund filled?

As a state senator, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, voted to put the Iowa Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund on the ballot in 2010. It passed ...

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