Exact change by Lynda Waddington

‘AMP’ing up possibilities for success after lockup

Communities have a good reason to invest and engage in the jail transition process: The majority of those in our jails are residents of the local comm ...

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Should we pay for bad renters?

A proposed change to theft laws will further strap local governments, clog underfunded courts and may disproportionally impact low-income Iowans. The ...

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GOP lawmakers create Saturday conflict

Some Eastern Iowans hoping to hear from both of their state legislators this Saturday will need to figure out how to be in two places at once. For dec ...

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Former inmates ‘rise’ with program’s help

Maridee Duggar won't like that I started this column with her name. Yet there's no other logical way to launch a discussion about Linn County's RISE p ...

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Lawmakers need a reality check

Before lawmakers set blazes with their torches or run women out of the state with their pitchforks, they need to consider why late-term abortion exist ...

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Gun reforms show how close lawmakers can get to no rules

Let's say that during the course of your day you are approached by two people. One has a pipe with marijuana residue, the other is carrying a firearm ...

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Trump puts the ‘bully’ in bully pulpit

The Trump administration has rescinded Obama-era guidance for public schools that promoted use of bathrooms based on student gender identity. In a joi ...

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First in a series: Weighing the benefit of a ‘Fresh Start’

Hundreds of people quietly working behind the scenes on behalf of Fresh Start Ministries can't be easily labeled. Then again, neither can those who se ...

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Lawmakers are wrong to rely on bubble

Raise your hand if you've been blocked on social media by an elected official. If my feed is any indication, quite a few Iowa hands just flew into the ...

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Last-minute public schedules benefit no one

Are we witnessing the final throes of the #x201c;full Grassley#x201d; era? Some readers may remember the Congressional recess in the summer of 2009. A ...

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GOP bills give ‘Big Gov’ a hug

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice John Forrest Dillon is looking down - perhaps from atop the pillar of his namesake fountain in Davenport - reading pr ...

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In turbulent times, Des Moines’ Roosevelt gets it right again

Fairness isn't owned by any political party, which sometimes trips up adults who aim to keep their political footing firmly on the side of justice. Th ...

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Extreme measures rarely last

In politics, there's at least one thing you can always count on: Power exists on a pendulum. Public sentiment is always shifting. For years this incon ...

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Vaccine bill risks health for freedom

A bill working its way through the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature casts public safety concerns aside, and relies on #x201c;freedom#x201d; as j ...

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Little, if any, local impact from Trump immigration orders

Immigration reforms as outlined in two of President Donald Trump's executive orders don't change much for American cities and counties - yet. I took a ...

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