Iowa Democrats pass proposed government reforms

DES MOINES — On a party-line vote, an Iowa Senate panel Tuesday approved a wide-ranging list of proposed government reforms intended to bolster accountability and transparency in the wake of allegations brought against the Branstad administ [...]

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Candidates go for jugular in first debate

INDIANOLA — The first debate in Iowa’s open-seat U.S. Senate race went quickly from candidate introductions to candidate attacks.

Get settled in, Iowans. There are two debates yet to come.

Democrat Bruce Braley and Repub [...]

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New parks project announced for northeast Iowa

DES MOINES — Three counties that are home to four state parks in northeast Iowa will serve as the first pilot area for a public-private partnership expected to pump at least $6 million into new amenities and improvements intended to better [...]

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Cedar Rapids parking permits to see rate hike

CEDAR RAPIDS — Monthly permit rates at several Cedar Rapids public parking facilities are set to increase beginning Jan. 1.

The increases, which range from $5 to $10 extra per month, will affect about three-quarters, or about 3,000, o [...]

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FACT CHECK: Does Braley skip a lot of votes and hearings?


“In Congress, Braley has skipped twice as many votes as any other Iowa congressman. When he sat on the Government Oversight Committee, he skipped 68 percent of the hearings even missing important hearings on Obamacare, w [...]

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FACT CHECK: Braley takes on missed votes attacks


“The truth is Bruce Braley has a 95 percent voting record in Congress ... It's Joni Ernst who's missed 36 percent of votes in the Iowa senate while she was being paid to show up for work.”

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Eastern Iowa business owners notice new property-tax break

CEDAR RAPIDS — No business owner has a shorter walk to pay a property-tax bill in person than Ken Davidson.

Davidson’s Auto Shop, 924 Second St. SW, in Cedar Rapids, sits directly across from the Linn County Public Service Cent [...]

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Branstad takes stock of Delhi restoration

DELHI — When the restoration of Lake Delhi is complete next year, it will be “a wonderful recreation area for the state of Iowa,” Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday after getting a progress report on the partially state-funded pr [...]

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Should Iowa cities ban e-cigarettes?

IOWA CITY — Electronic cigarette use isn’t new, but cities in Iowa remain undecided about whether to restrict their use.

Iowa City Council last week voted to l continue »

Audit: FEMA should have contributed $10.8 million less to new Cedar Rapids library

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency contributed $10.83 million more than it should have for the city’s new, $46 million downtown public library, a federal audit concludes.

However, the audit by the Office of [...]

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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks early voting, Senate debate, and State Sen. Jack Hatch

This week's show features discussion early voting numbers, State Sen. Jack Hatch's tv advertisement strategy, and an upcoming debate between State Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley.

On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis podcas [...]

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Cedar Rapids fall leaf collection changing to every-other week

CEDAR RAPIDS — Leaf vacuum collection in Cedar Rapids is changing from an every-week to an every-other week schedule this fall, city officials said Friday.

The change is being made because city crews were struggling to keep up with th [...]

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State senator seeks apology from Iowa Secretary of State for alleged misuse of funds

CEDAR RAPIDS — A state senator is calling on Secretary of State Matt Schultz to apologize to Iowans for his “disgraceful example of favoritism and a misuse of the powers” of the office.

Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids, w [...]

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Fact Checker: Iowa Rep. Pat Murphy's ad on Rod Blum's business practices


“Blum cheated his workers out of overtime.”

“He moved his business to dodge Iowa taxes.”

“He laid off over 70 workers”

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Cedar Rapids agrees to flood-protection contract

CEDAR RAPIDS — By next summer, residents here should know exactly where the alignment of the city’s $570-million, both-sides-of-the-river flood-protection system will go, the City Council said this week.

Council members conclud [...]

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