Exact Change

Lynda Waddington
At The Gazette I serve as a columnist, blogger, community engagement co-leader and member of the editorial board. I've been both an insider and observer of Iowa politics and, shockingly enough, I still enjoy it. While I write on a variety of topics, I enjoy telling the stories of everyday people most of all. My house is home to two cats, two dogs, two children, a few hundred dust bunnies, at least a couple of MIA hamsters and, of course, my spouse. Our oldest daughter was released into the wild a few years ago, and should phone her mother more often.

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Cohabitation of roundheels and biddies

Hawkeye Martini: three measures of prune juice, one of vodka, half a measure of Metamucil Clear and Natural. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of the little blue pill. Got it?

Variety, they say, is t [...]

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While you weren’t looking

Did you get distracted by Congressional Keystone XL discussions?

While the U.S. Senate debated a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline this week, and most major media outlets described how the outcome could impact the Loui [...]

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Property tax breaks on the backs of ballplayers?

The squeeze is on, and it might be a home run. Or not.

The petition placed online by Iowa City Girls Softball sounds the alarm.

“The property tax reform passed by [...]

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FBI latest gov agency to use press

When the videotape of journalist Daniel Pearl’s brutal murder was released in 2002, it was handed to an undercover FBI operative posing as a journalist. The move was ironic because Pearl’s captors originally said they believed the Wa [...]

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It’s a privilege to invoke racism

Something ugly has happened in Eastern Iowa.

Cornell College’s Black Awareness Cultural Organization (BACO) has b [...]

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Time for clearer message

Voters like to pride themselves on sending messages through the ballot box and, most of the time, such messages are easily received and understood. Just ask Todd Akin or Anthony Weiner.

But when voters send murky or mixed messages, prevaili [...]

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Looking ahead as election craziness nears end

Rejoice, fellow Iowans. We’ve outlived the seemingly never-ending stream of political nastiness that attempted to hijack our lives — not to mention our mailboxes, streetscapes, televisions, Web browsers and radios.

If you, lik [...]

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‘Sit down, shut up’ is no strategy

I’m fairly sure Southern heritage has me genetically predisposed to scrappiness.

I love a good debate and have sometimes purposefully taken on the role of Devil’s Advocate just to stir the pot and increase discussion. In fact, [...]

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Think LOST stinks? Hold your nose, blame lawmakers.

No one wants to pay more taxes, but sometimes it really is the best of the bad options.

When Johnson County voters flip their ballots this November, they’ll be asked if they are willing to increase sales tax by a penny for each dollar [...]

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Questions piling up for Ernst

Joni Ernst seems to be disrespecting quite a few folks.

You may have read in our U.S. Senate endorsement that Ernst, Republican candidate for the office, “failed to make time in her schedule” to meet with the Editorial Board a [...]

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