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 like to add a few more words. Let’s start with “racket” and “fraud.” [...]

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

When I asked Gov. Terry Branstad for his opinion on a possible legislative effort to put a smoke-free casino in Cedar Rapids, I expected the [...]

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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, computer screens and roadsides, I’m hoping Eastern Iowans are willing to set aside cynicism [...]

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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 the first time. Today she’s scheduled to be striding around Noelridge Park for her last meet [...]

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More fun with campaign mailers

“TODAY, IOWA IS BOOMING…” proclaims a mailer from the Republican Party of Iowa, promoting Gov. Terry Branstad’s re-election bid. Unlike four years ago, when Iowa as all bleak and sad and grainy black and white.

B [...]

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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 their new hefty Voter ID report, but their c [...]

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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 Hang Up Research, LLC. It will take five to eight minutes of your time.

1. Are you likely to vot [...]

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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 waited for my teenage daughter to model one of the homecoming dresses she had in the changing room. I c [...]

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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 received camera citations for speeding through Cedar Rapids, according to figures continue »

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 candidate mailers stuffing my mailbox, and swiftly deposit them in the recycling bin. Perhaps they'll c [...]

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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 Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley, you should know these weeds are deep.

Reproduction is a very person [...]

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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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