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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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Local control takes a beating at the Statehouse

It's shaping up to be a lousy legislative session for Iowa's local governments. But it's not like local officials aren't accustomed to having their au ...

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Branstad’s Condition falls short

Terry Branstad says he wants smaller, smarter state government. And his final Condition of the State address certainly was smallish. Smart? In places, ...

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Soaking in leaders’ water talk

For folks who care about water quality, Monday's Statehouse speechifying was on the dry side. Among top leaders who gave speeches on the opening day o ...

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Branstad’s right about tax cuts, but will the Legislature listen?

I must admit I'm with the 'stache on this one. #x201c;Considering the difficult budget decisions we're faced with this year, at this time at least I' ...

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Camera ban could move fast at the Statehouse

Cedar Rapids city leaders would appreciate it if legislators speeding to ban automated traffic enforcement cameras would, at the very least, pump the ...

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A Christmas truce in the trenches, 2016

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE RED-BLUE FRONT (Dec. 25) - Fighters on both sides of this interminable conflict between partisans in red and blue were convinced E ...

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Corbett’s decision sparks speculation

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett says he isn't running for re-election in 2017. But he might seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.And may ...

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In Iowa: The year in words, at least what’s fit to print

There are some of you who would, no doubt, argue the best words to describe 2016 would not be appropriate for a family newspaper. I understand. Maybe ...

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Big decisions ahead for Corbett

While we're out making our lists and checking them twice over the next few festive weeks, Ron Corbett will be mulling his political future. Maybe he r ...

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A gap that could have been filled

What's missing is what's troubling about Tuesday's announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict a Cedar Rapids Police Officer who shot Jerime ...

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The ‘Stache watch is on, will Branstad go to China?

So the man from Lake Mills might become our man in Beijing. Twists and turns, folks. If a swirl of media reports, led by a Bloomberg story Saturday, a ...

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Scuttle survived Election Day, and so can you

I spoke Friday at the First Presbyterian Church as part of the Interfaith Council of Iowa's #x201c;Intersections#x201d; speaker series. I was asked to ...

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