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Capitol nannies strike back

So the nannies are making a Statehouse comeback. You knew they would.

Back in February, ... »

Band law sparks memories, and more music

Sometimes, a column leads me to something unexpected. ... »

The Week — Marijuana, Hillary’s next trip and hot new spring fashions

SENATE FINALLY GOES TO POT

Did you get a load of ... »

Small stops and a very big bubble

MONTICELLO — Some have cracked wise about what Hillary Clinton’s campaign 2016 slogan should be. After watching her first Iowa event ... »

Cedar Rapids’ DOT appeal is uphill fight

So Cedar Rapids is going to fight for its right to put speed cameras where it pleases. For safety, of course.

Local control is at stake. Fil ... »

Legislators bickering over school bucks should be reforming local government funding

So the sitzkrieg over K-12 school funding continues at the Statehouse as school districts approach the legal deadline for certifying their budgets. ... »

Branstad knows what’s best

Only the governor knows.

Gov. Terry Branstad knows more about closing mental health facilities than ... »

A Wiccan blessing for lawmakers

Corrected to reflect that Maynard will be giving an invocation in the House only.

So a Wiccan priestes ... »

While Indiana stumbles, equality could become Iowa’s sales pitch

So we’ve learned, thanks to Indiana’s baffling legislative backflip into pariah canyon, that discrimination can be bad for business. ... »

The Week — Cruz swings, the Fair wins and Braley heads for the mountains.

CRUZ MASTERFULLY SLICES HARD RIGHT INTO AMEN CORNER

First impression: Ted Cruz is no snooze.

The U. ... »

Dramatic change at a glacial pace

We’ve been looking at lines on maps around these parts since the fall of 2008, when the Cedar Rapids City Council first approved a flood pro ... »

Branstad should stand up for equality

So I’ve made a surprise cameo appearance in the big legal tussle between Iowa’s governor and the state’s former workers’ ... »

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

CRUZ DOMINATES NEWS. SOME ENTHUSED. OTHERS AMUSED. BUT WILL HE LOSE WHEN IOWANS CHOOSE?

It was U.S. Sen. ... »

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 ... »