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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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Has the day of regret arrived, at last?

Watching top Iowa Republican leaders in 2016 tightly lash the nation's fate and their fortunes to the careening Trump Train, a question loomed behind ...

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Fireworks bans won’t make good neighbors

On the Fourth of July, a bunch of my north Marion neighbors gathered at one of our homes to shoot off fireworks.For a few hours straddling dusk, we se ...

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High stakes in Iowa rising with humidity

Mold would really appreciate it if we'd ignore climate change. #x201c;Some molds are very moisture loving,#x201d; said Betsy Stone, associate professo ...

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Process is not the problem

Ron Corbett is floating the wonkiest policy proposal I've heard so far in the 2018 race for governor. As the Republican candidate for governor assaile ...

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Only taxpayers are being punished for Iowa Senate harassment debacle

My daughters are interested in politics, for some reason. It wouldn't surprise me if one or both consider applying to be a legislative page. Following ...

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Corbett warns of a Chet reset

Republican candidate for governor Ron Corbett says GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds is pulling pages from #x201c;Big Debt Chet's#x201d; book of budget management ...

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