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Cherry Sisters Alley? Count me in.

In these troubled times, when sharp, intransigent disagreement has become the new inhaling and exhaling, I offer you an alternative. Let's argue inste ...

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Farewell fireworks ban, hello hyperbole

So there are days under Iowa's Golden Dome when you'll hear soaring oratory praising the infinite wisdom of Iowans, we the hardworking, thoughtful and ...

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Summer show, fall’s cold reality in Cedar Rapids casino chase

Once again, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is putting the show ahead of the dough. The show in this case are the commission's meetings in July ...

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In Iowa: The mystery of the lieutenant governor, circa 1857

Politics can be a killer of curiosity.Take the intriguing question of whether Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds truly becomes our full-fledged governor when ...

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GOP cuts scrap vital water tools

Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold famously wrote about a region known as the Driftless Area. Our Iowa Legislature operates in a region known as t ...

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A second opinion on DM Dems

Jack Hatch had 98 problems in 2014, and now, apparently, I'm one. The former Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state senator disliked my suggestion ...

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This is no time for a constitutional convention

So amid the deepening political divisions and thrill-a-minute volatility of our post-truth Trumpian times, Republicans running our Legislature think t ...

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Red ink along the riverfront

Among Cedar Rapids' many post-flood public recovery projects, the McGrath Amphitheatre is among my favorites. It revitalized a decaying stretch of riv ...

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Distancing Dems from a Des Moines guv pick

Back when I was in high school, Des Moines was considered by many of my female classmates as a good place to shop for prom dresses. Distance from home ...

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Reynolds’ money suggests more of the same, unless she breaks the mold

We all know Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will take over duties as Iowa's governor when Gov. Terry Branstad leaves for China later this spring. I have May 4 i ...

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Skipping legislative forums is bad form

There's been some controversy swirling lately over lawmakers skipping public forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters.State Rep. Walt Rogers, R- ...

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Making the case for Cedar Rapids flood wall funding

If only Cedar Rapids could hold back floodwater with #x201c;empathy.#x201d;Shared feelings can't fill sandbags. But that's mostly what our congression ...

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Campaign bucks reflect our governor’s values

A Joe Biden quote has been getting a lot of mileage lately. #x201c;Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value,#x201d; he said years ago.The ...

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Iowa water hopes not dead yet

So your Iowa Legislature, presented by Sizzler University, may still do something smart and meaty on water quality this year.Chances remain lean. But ...

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A busy session, sure, but an historic one?

There's no doubt Iowa's 2017 legislative session has yielded plenty of news, sparked loud protests and stirred strong emotions. But will it be seen ye ...

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