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Reynolds must listen to succeed

I'm simply hoping Gov. Kim Reynolds listens.Sure, business interests, donors and partisans backing her politically will have the new governor's ear pl ...

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Avenson, Corning left their marks

We admire leaders who get things done, especially big, visionary stuff. We also admire leaders who stick to their principles, even into a headwind. We ...

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In Iowa: Branstad’s legacy of tenacity, irony and lost opportunity

Gov. Terry Branstad soon will report for duty in China, a fitting end to Iowa's one-governor policy.He won Iowa's top job when I was 12 and served, th ...

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Will the political tide turn for Todds?

So state Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, stopped in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning to let locals know he's running for governor of Iowa. Prichard, a ...

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Veto ‘saves,’ but Leopold’s mission lacks bucks

So our governor #x201c;saved#x201d; the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture on Friday, unless you think #x201c;saving#x201d; means the center's ...

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Blum’s hall howls, and he ducks

It seems like any account of 1st District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum's town hall in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night should be written in ALL CAPS. Lots of exclamat ...

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Blum’s bucks without borders

By now, the first folks have cleared the velvet ropes to attend a town hall meeting sponsored by Iowa 1st District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum.His first forum ...

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Corbett’s book pitches him as the ideas guy

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett tells me he's already sent out 400 copies of his book #x201c;Beyond Promises,#x201d; mostly to legislators, Republican ...

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No love for Cherry Sisters

Yet again, there was no love for the Cherry Sisters.More than a century ago, Marion's hometown vaudeville act endured the jeers of its audiences, the ...

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Corbett talks education with a run for governor looking likely

A month or so from now, barring some unforeseen book tour blunder or Rotarian fiasco, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett likely will be a Republican candi ...

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Miller might be wrong, but he’s no political pawn

So let me get this straight. In December, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller made a snap judgment on the question of whether Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will ...

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The lawn war is over, if we want it

A few weeks ago, we finally succumbed to the fast-growing peer pressure carpeting so much of our suburban existence in a flawless expanse of spring gr ...

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Education took hits at the Iowa Capitol

Last fall, Republicans running for legislative seats deployed TV ads and mailers promising to #x201c;fix our schools,#x201d; among other such pledges. ...

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Water quality ‘priority’ goes down the drain

We were told again and again how water quality would be a top priority under our Golden Dome of Wisdom. Instead, it was the 2017 session's last casual ...

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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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