A voice outside the debate

Rick Stewart swears he’s “not a radical.” But he’s got a radical idea.

If you’re on the ballot, you ought to be on the stage.

That didn’t happen Sunday for Stewart, who is an independent candi [...]

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There’s a lesson in Atlantic City

I wandered aimlessly for hours, the quintessential tourist wanting to hold and press each experience between the pages of a mental travel memoir.

I spent the better part of a day walking the historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., having [...]

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ESPN is missing something

(Author’s note: ESPN has stated there is no discussion on domestic violence planned for pregame tonight. “Contrary to published reports in Esquire, there was no panel on domestic violence ever plan [...]

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Religion, not politics, shifting on marriage

If you read headlines or your Facebook feed this week, you may have wondered if you somehow woke up in 2009.

The two major gubernatorial candidates turned back the clock to engage on the not-so-pressing issue of marriage. Specifically, one g [...]

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Equality in tying the knot has changed Iowa politics

In eight short years, we’ve gone 180 degrees on marriage politics in Iowa.

Consider this past week.

Democratic nominee for governor Jack Hatch warned that if Republicans take over the Legisalture and Gov. Terry Branstad is re-e [...]

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Too many questions on MRAP

Back during my college years, when there seemed to be unlimited time to sit with friends and discuss hopes and dreams, I once expressed my desire to go on a game show and win a new car.

“It would be cool,” I dreamily pronounce [...]

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Postcards from the Auditor

Postcards have the Linn-Mar School District on edge.

Blame Linn County Auditor Joel Miller. His office sent postcards to registered voters in the district informing them of an April 1 special election renewing a Physical Plant and Equipment [...]

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A debate that failed to develop

It’s a real shame that the race for governor is over, otherwise we might be having an important debate over the course of economic development policies.

Sure, not a single ballot has been cast. But we’ve got polls, so who need [...]

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In Iowa, rural being defined as unequal

Long-anticipated growth has finally come to rural Iowa, but is hardly the harbinger of prosperity so many wanted.

A study released this month by Iowa State University sociologist Dr. David Peters crunches 40 years of U.S. Census data, showi [...]

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Outside bucks running the show in Iowa’s Senate race

If you’ve got a bad case of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”- style doe-eyed patriotic optimism, I’ve got a surefire cure.

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Telemed case will find justice

No matter our stance on controversy de jour, we can agree on the importance of an independent judiciary. No one wants to stand before a judge and wonder if his or her ruling is based on placement of a wet finger in the political winds.

We u [...]

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Sad saga, wrong priorities

SIOUX CENTER — So your state Environmental Protection Commission didn’t exactly bulldoze a rule requiring builders to put four inches of topsoil back on finished construction sites.

But members did start the bulldozer’s [...]

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Playing doctor at the Capitol

This is what happens when the Legislature plays doctor.

Lawmakers approved a bill that, on the surface, looked like it allowed families to use oil extracted from marijuana to treat kids with a severe form of epilepsy. It was hailed as a big [...]

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It’s not just the money, honey

Food and living expenses have new meaning for three Eastern Iowa state senators who recently accepted a national challenge to “Live the Wage” for one week. Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City and Tom Courtney of Burlin [...]

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Changing how I look at water

I was asked by the League of Women Voters to speak on water quality issues at a forum Saturday at the Indian Creek Nature Center. Here is some of what I planned to say, if it turns out I remained upright and unbruis [...]

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