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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

Political ads coming to a TV near you. Or maybe not.

Warning: Satire.

Labor Day marks the traditional start of the fall election campaign.

We’re going to see a lot of TV ads. I have received top-secret transcripts of some ads you may be see [...]

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Will resource shift help kids?

As the Cedar Rapids School Board prepared to dramatically change the way the district provides mental health services, board member John Laverty asked the key question.

“Is this going to detract from our mental health services for stu [...]

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Battle over our history — again

Our history is filled with fights over history, and we're doomed to repeat them. Over and over again.

This time, it's the College Board's continue »


Turning a corner after the “end of an era”

A downtown renaissance is just around the corner.

At least that’s what The Gazette said in September of 1983, in a story about the future of retail in the city’s core. Killian’s department store had just closed its down [...]

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On debt, disaster and debate

Our race for governor has taken a nostalgic turn, with “Big Debt Chet,” I-JOBS and the Flood of 2008 all making cameo appearances.

It started in last week’s debate when Gov. Terry Branstad touted his fiscal wisdom by sw [...]

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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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