The Week — Cruz news amuses and Hoosiers take culture war to overtime


It was U.S. Sen. ... »

Has UKIP arrived in Iowa?

A significant (and I believe growing) number of Iowans no longer fit neatly into the two historic political categories that have dominated American ... »

Pledge allegiance, or get lost

OK, Republican caucus campaign staffers, repeat after me.

“I (state your name) pledge allegiance to the First-In-the-Nation Iowa caucu ... »

Looking back after a week away

So I missed some news while taking the family to warmer climes last week. Developments galore, but precious few surprises.

It was no surpris ... »

Political spin turning voters off

A  new study by a Philadelphia media watchdog group has found that, in the lead-up to the 2014 midterm elections, more time during broadcast ... »

Goodbye, Sunshine

Few times in history has a time period devoted to awareness of a cause been bookended by two high-profile examples. Yet, that is exactly the case f ... »

Villatoro closer to deportation

An Iowa City pastor swept up in a federal initiative to arrest and expel migrant criminals from the country has been relocated to a detention facil ... »

The Iowa Band Law marches on

It’s a combination of arcane municipal finance and Iowa history.

So, for me, too much to resist.

I was flipping through the ci ... »

All about that race (no trouble)

Decades ago, when our family came to Iowa, I found the Hawkeye State uncomfortable.

Not only did our oldest daughter and I have twangy southe ... »

Villatoro not ‘worst of the worst’

If actions taken by the federal government are of any consequence, we should all be feeling a little more safe this week.

As part of its ong ... »

Speak out on topsoil next week

The risk of escaping for a spring break is that I might miss some big moment or development in a news saga I’m following. It’s happen ... »

There’s still time for openness in CR superintendent search

So Cedar Rapids’ superintendent search is down to three finalists, but their names are being kept confidential.

“At this point ... »

Pew research important in diversity issue

From an anecdotal standpoint, this is something many already felt.

The Pew Research Center has released a new “Local News in a Digital ... »

Move on, the casino chase is going nowhere

Once, we had dreams of a smoke-free Cedar Crossing Casino in Cedar Rapids. It would have been grand.

For one thing, without musty, poisonous ... »

The Week — Summit Stuff, Funnel Fun and Iowa Hype


The big Iowa Ag Summit is today at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, and it’ ... »