Exact change by Lynda Waddington

Meanwhile under the golden dome

Welcome back to another year of Legislative Goodness. I'm joined by intrepid reporter Graph Stacker and political analyst Ima Payfordthiss. Anything u ...

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Time for Iowa Democrats to clean house

Nearly two years ago Iowa Republicans made changes to protect the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Iowa Democrats must now do the same.Republican correct ...

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Wendell Willkie is a 2016 cautionary tale

National pundits pondering what a Donald Trump nomination means for the Republican Party and the nation have been reading the tea leaves. They'd be be ...

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2016 Iowa caucus no rural friend

Thank goodness it's nearly time to pitch the hay bales back in the barn.Presidential candidates - declared and exploring - have been milling about Iow ...

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Unique federal program focuses on CR families

Cedar Rapids is one of only five cities in the nation chosen for a federal demonstration project to help homeless or near homeless families with an op ...

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Sarah Palin embarrassed herself, again

There's something terribly sordid about schilling for the guy that diminished the distinguished military career of your former presidential running ma ...

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Small, determined group can make a difference

Sometimes, when confronted with big challenges, people freeze. But not always. Brandon Carleton is a resident of the Quad Cities who, last May, attend ...

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Consider multi-generational county space

Planning for a potential new public health building, Linn County has an opportunity to turn a good idea into a great one.If approved, the new facility ...

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Vilsack support of Branstad school-ag tax proposal no surprise

The urban and rural divide is alive and thriving. The response to an appearance this week by former Iowa governor and U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack at ...

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No GOP voice, by choice

Looking forward to hearing from the Republican candidate in the Johnson County Board of Supervisors special election? I've got some bad news for you. ...

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The cost of being a woman

It is no secret that women earn less than men serving in the same position. Would it shock you to learn that women also pay more for the same stuff? T ...

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Offerings to the New Year pyre

This isn't a resolution, but a destination - the travel to which has taken me nearly a lifetime.For years I conducted a New Year's exercise. Anything ...

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Learning from our history of finding scapegoats

Sadness, fear and confusion. Those are the three emotions woven throughout conversations I had in the wake of a 2008 immigration raid in Postville. Fo ...

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2015 ‘gifts’ that should be returned

If someone will please direct me to the back of the line, I have a few #x201c;gifts#x201d; from 2015 I'd like to return. 1. The dress. We'll never get ...

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Hoping for less BVP under the holiday tree

From a political standpoint Bob Vander Plaats and I are near polar opposites, but that isn't why I hope he drops off the radar of the national press. ...

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