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County wage vote coming up

So it looks like our Linn County Board of Supervisors is fixin' to vote Wednesday on an ordinance raising the minimum wage around these parts. The lik ...

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Playing it straight, taking heat

In the midst of this Burger King election cycle, famous for its Whoppers, flame-broiled over pants on fire, it was surprising to pick up my paper Mond ...

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Birthday No. 46 will be low-key

When we're very young, we look forward to some milestone birthdays. At 13 you become a teenager. At 16, the freedom of a driver's license beckons. At ...

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Bond vote effect can be regional

So I asked Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett if the city council is planning to support Linn County's Water and Land Legacy, the 20-year, $40 million bon ...

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Iowa Republican leaders heart Trump all the way

I haven't seen Gov. Terry Branstad this excited since he was bravely defending lean-finely textured beef.And even when the product he's selling now, R ...

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Linn County floats a water quality plan

Maybe you've noticed our lawmakers and governor are treading water when it comes to figuring out how to raise new bucks for protecting and cleaning up ...

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An urban pitch for water funds

If Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett runs for governor in 2018, he'll need to convince rural Iowa Republicans to back an urban mayor. It could be a tough ...

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CR soil rule is flexible, but still solid

While I was in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago, Cedar Rapids' topsoil ordinance took a step forward, with significant modifications. I've been trying ...

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Nine minutes with Donald Trump

So when the message popped into my inbox Wednesday night, I thought it was a joke. #x201c;1-on-1 with Mr. Trump,#x201d; the subject line claimed.#x201 ...

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Book offers sketches of 1940s Marion

As a consumer of news, you may be in need of a break. Clearly, I needed one, so I grabbed Dan Kellams' new book and took the afternoon off from 2016. ...

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Best and worst of #GOPinCLE

CLEVELAND -- So I've struggled to find a truly original way to open this column summing up my time at the Republican National Convention, but I think ...

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Trump now faces a tough map

CLEVELAND - Donald Trump ripped up the rules, defied the punditry and grabbed the Republican nomination. Now, he and his supporters leave Cleveland to ...

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Iowa GOP in Cleveland dreams of a Senate grab

CLEVELAND - Talk to Iowa's Republican convention delegation about their presidential nominee, and you might get a smattering of applause. But mention ...

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Ernst goes big at her first RNC

CLEVELAND - It all began this week for Iowa's delegation to the Republican National Convention at a joint called The Bourbon Street Barrel Room. Makes ...

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On the road to Cleveland, where ‘conscience’ is key

Jason Schultz said he's driving to Cleveland, but not on the back of the #x201c;old tractor#x201d; where I reached the state senator a few days ago at ...

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