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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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Analyzing the Cedar Rapids casino analysts

ALTOONA - Our Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has six choices as it picks a company or companies to do a gambling market analysis, numbers likely to ...

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Cannibals before the high court

It didn't get much attention at the time, but oral arguments in a local attorney's lawsuit against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission are fascinati ...

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An indie in the middle at the Statehouse

State Sen. David Johnson, I-Ocheyedan, is a caucus of one, with no regrets and a lot to say.#x201c;I feel very comfortable with my decision. I wouldn' ...

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Cannabis gets kicked once again at the Statehouse

Before the legislative session, Republicans planned to #x201c;kick the door in#x201d; at the Statehouse. Now, they barely have the courage to look thr ...

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Hopes for Statehose water quality push look bleak

Our Iowa Legislature has a problems problem.For example, widespread voter fraud isn't a real problem. And yet, the Republican majority is pursuing maj ...

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Closing the book on prospects for a Marion library vote

Marion is moving ahead with plans to build a new public library uptown. It is not moving ahead with a public vote to see if citizens want it. The vote ...

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Corbett belts out the blues, but few clues

In my line of work, politicians offering a song and dance are hardly surprising. But after Wednesday's Cedar Rapids State of the City speech, I'm prep ...

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From even-keeled to rightward legislative lurch

Our right-lurching Legislature has lost its sense of balance. And balance was a valuable trait of Iowa Statehouse politics for decades. Sure, there we ...

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Casino applications point to nibbles, not cannibals

So the applications are in for our three Casino Clash '17 contenders, including a pair of Cedar Crossings and a Wild Rose boutique.These hefty works o ...

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Headed for a GOP hangover

Last summer, at a Cleveland brewery where Grand Old Pilsner was a featured pint, I asked Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer what Republicans would have ...

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Roses or crossings? A new casino race begins

Spurred by the thorns of a Wild Rose, Steve Gray and his local investor group are back in the casino race.You may recall, in September Wild Rose Enter ...

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Iowa water issues taking a Statehouse back seat

Since the Iowa Supreme Court issued its ruling last month denting up the Des Moines Water Works' legal fight to hold drainage districts accountable fo ...

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Last call for the Legislature?

Forget nixing Daylight Saving Time. Maybe lawmakers should be contemplating quitting time. The Globe-Gazette in Mason City, one of the papers I grew u ...

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