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 fo ... »

Same old routine on pay raise

So much for my good ideas.

Last fall, after the Cedar Rapids City Council voted to give City Manager Jeff Pomeranz a pay raise, I suggested ... »

Ernst sees a dependent generation

Note: Corrected to reflect that average food assistannce in Iowa is $120 per month, per individual.

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Voter ID still bad for the masses

Some folks didn’t take kindly to my calling voter ID laws a scam in last Sunday’s column. So, in their honor, this week I’d li ... »

Branstad’s open to smoke-free casino, but casino lobby has more clout

When I asked Gov. Terry Branstad for his opinion on »

Get some skin in the game

How’s cynicism working out for you?

Perhaps it is ill timing that during 2014 election mega millions racing across televisions, radios ... »

One fall race worth endorsing

Not everybody running this fall has made me cringe, sigh or reach for the remote.

My daughter Tess, a seventh-grader, tried cross country for ... »

More fun with campaign mailers

“TODAY, IOWA IS BOOMING…” proclaims a mailer from the Republican Party of Iowa, promoting Gov. Terry Branstad’s re-elec ... »

We need to vote no on voter ID

It’s safe to say it now. Voter ID is a scam.

That’s not exactly how the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office put it in ... »

Only one poll really matters, but it’s not this one

A telephone rings. Again. And again.

Hello. This is an automated survey regarding the upcoming election conducted by Please, Don’t Han ... »

Be the mirror they need to see

We aren’t doing right by our young adults.

Perched on the edge of a large pink bubble — part sofa, part catchall — I wai ... »

Citations across the nation

Cedar Rapids’ traffic cameras sure have played a mean game of license plate bingo.

Since 2010, motorists from all 50 states have recei ... »

Read, roll eyes, recycle, repeat

I'm not an official fact-checker. But occasionally, I play one in my driveway.

I know, I know, I'm supposed to smile, knowingly, at the can ... »

Ernst disingenuous on ‘personhood’

It’s time for Iowans to jump in the weeds. And, thanks to all the manure spread as part of and on behalf of the U.S. Senate campaigns of Jon ... »

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 ... »