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Todd Dorman
I'm a columnist, editorial writer and blogger for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I write about local and state government, politics, social issues, children, dogs, barbecue, or whatever shiny thing catches my woefully short attention span. I've been here since October 2007, after covering the Statehouse for nearly a decade, and my blog has been online since November 2007. I was student body president of my high school in 1988-89 and that's the last time I'll run for anything. Except maybe a free beer or an ice cream truck.

Blog Posts

Branstad should share his plans

Our governor is pledging to serve his entire sixth term if he’s re-elected this fall. Swell. But good luck figuring out what he wants to do with four more years.

At multiple points during last week’s State Fair debate between G [...]

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Soaking up Iowa

(Today’s Insight section featured several essays on what being an Iowan means. Here’s my contribution)

On the muggy May night after my high school graduation, I was cruising gravel roads with a couple of guys in a beat u [...]

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Work to keep Options open

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call. Because it could be Janet Wagner, and she’s not letting you off the hook.

“I have to tell you, I’m angry,” said Wagner, who was among the multitude who came to continue »


Thoughts on the punchfest in the pavilion

So Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and his Democratic challenger Jack Hatch debated in a livestock pavilion at the Iowa State Fair this afternoon. I watched it online, so I missed out on the aroma. Shoot.

Many scribes noted the very special [...]

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40 years after Watergate, impeachment loses its weight

So it’s been 40 years since President Nixon resigned as the Watergate scandal exploded in the summer of 1974. I was 3 at the time, so I wasn’t paying much attention.

On Friday I was driving to work, listening to longtime Nation [...]

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In Tennessee, a reminder that judicial retention remains a target

In many ways, the judicial retention fight that gripped Iowa during the last two election cycles feels like a storm that’s blown over.

It has been nearly four years since Iowa voters tossed out three justices of the Iowa Supreme Cour [...]

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Godfrey saga shows executive power must have limits

Someday, if we ever have a different governor, let’s hope he or she learns from the saga of Christopher Godfrey.

Godfrey is Iowa’s workers’ compensation commissioner. Or at least he will be until later this month, when h [...]

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Law of the land

Call it the battle of the semicolon.

“Article I, section 8 of the Iowa Constitution of 1857 mirrors the language of the (federal) Fourth Amendment except for a semicolon that was placed between the reasonableness clause and the warran [...]

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Corbett’s casino push heads to the Statehouse

Last week, we got the Lambertorium. This week, we get Corbett’s reforms.

On Thursday, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Chairman Lamberti continue »


Setting the record straight

So the mayor thinks my Sunday column was sensational.

“Todd Dorman likes to sensationalize issues from time to time,” Cedar Rapids Mayor Ro [...]

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