Linn County GOP boot prompts soul search

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson tells me he’s been serving on Republican Party central committees at the county, congressional district ... »

Iowa school start dates now set by edict from above

So the Iowa Department of Education has launched No Butter Cow Left Behind.

Of course, the department has a different name for what it rolled ... »

Red flags greet new teenager

So I officially became the father of a teenager this past week.

It happened quietly, at 8:06 a.m. Monday. I was getting ready for work, stra ... »

What might be lost in Iowa City cottage dispute

This past week has been filled with listening and searching, both producing little satisfaction.

On Tuesday night about 80 people gathered a ... »

Let’s drop the SOTU responses

Let’s be honest: the state of the union response is not strong, nor is it necessary.

This is not a slam against newly minted U.S. Sen. ... »

The Week — Bags, summits and lugs

Welcome back to The Week.


No doubt you’ve h ... »

A rule change or a ruckus?

DES MOINES — So Iowa’s 4-inch topsoil rule is one step closer to being yanked out by its roots and replaced. That is, unless Iowans r ... »

Ernst unscathed on big stage

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst survived one of the worst jobs in American politics without a scratch, and enhanced her national profile. Not bad, freshman. ... »

Ernst grabs the bright spotlight

So our brand new U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will bask in the national spotlight tonight, giving the official Republican response to the presiden ... »

For the common good?

Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission has another opportunity this week to decide what it really wants to protect.

On Wednesday, ... »

Let Mason departure herald new age of messy

The People’s Republic of Johnson County is a messy place, often overrun with public meetings and task force investigations. Everyone, it see ... »

Confessions of an Iowa gun snob

Have you ever written or said something from a centrist position only to have those on either side of the issue overreact, confirming your centrist ... »

The Week — War, ignore buttons and polls

An irregular Friday feature on the week that was.


Fresh from his Condition of the State show ... »

Openness won’t chase away talent

As a famous suburban Chicago high school student mused, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, y ... »

Go ahead, governor, surprise us

So our governor delivers his annual Condition of the State speech this morning. And from what ... »

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