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Political ads coming to a TV near you. Or maybe not.

Warning: Satire.

Labor Day marks the traditional start of the fall election campaign.

We’re going to see a lot of TV ads. I have received top-secret transcripts of some ads you may be see [...]

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Will resource shift help kids?

As the Cedar Rapids School Board prepared to dramatically change the way the district provides mental health services, board member John Laverty asked the key question.

“Is this going to detract from our mental health services for stu [...]

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Battle over our history — again

Our history is filled with fights over history, and we're doomed to repeat them. Over and over again.

This time, it's the College Board's continue »


Turning a corner after the “end of an era”

A downtown renaissance is just around the corner.

At least that’s what The Gazette said in September of 1983, in a story about the future of retail in the city’s core. Killian’s department store had just closed its down [...]

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On debt, disaster and debate

Our race for governor has taken a nostalgic turn, with “Big Debt Chet,” I-JOBS and the Flood of 2008 all making cameo appearances.

It started in last week’s debate when Gov. Terry Branstad touted his fiscal wisdom by sw [...]

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Branstad should share his plans

Our governor is pledging to serve his entire sixth term if he’s re-elected this fall. Swell. But good luck figuring out what he wants to do with four more years.

At multiple points during last week’s State Fair debate between G [...]

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Soaking up Iowa

(Today’s Insight section featured several essays on what being an Iowan means. Here’s my contribution)

On the muggy May night after my high school graduation, I was cruising gravel roads with a couple of guys in a beat u [...]

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Work to keep Options open

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call. Because it could be Janet Wagner, and she’s not letting you off the hook.

“I have to tell you, I’m angry,” said Wagner, who was among the multitude who came to continue »


Thoughts on the punchfest in the pavilion

So Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and his Democratic challenger Jack Hatch debated in a livestock pavilion at the Iowa State Fair this afternoon. I watched it online, so I missed out on the aroma. Shoot.

Many scribes noted the very special [...]

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40 years after Watergate, impeachment loses its weight

So it’s been 40 years since President Nixon resigned as the Watergate scandal exploded in the summer of 1974. I was 3 at the time, so I wasn’t paying much attention.

On Friday I was driving to work, listening to longtime Nation [...]

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In Tennessee, a reminder that judicial retention remains a target

In many ways, the judicial retention fight that gripped Iowa during the last two election cycles feels like a storm that’s blown over.

It has been nearly four years since Iowa voters tossed out three justices of the Iowa Supreme Cour [...]

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Godfrey saga shows executive power must have limits

Someday, if we ever have a different governor, let’s hope he or she learns from the saga of Christopher Godfrey.

Godfrey is Iowa’s workers’ compensation commissioner. Or at least he will be until later this month, when h [...]

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Law of the land

Call it the battle of the semicolon.

“Article I, section 8 of the Iowa Constitution of 1857 mirrors the language of the (federal) Fourth Amendment except for a semicolon that was placed between the reasonableness clause and the warran [...]

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Corbett’s casino push heads to the Statehouse

Last week, we got the Lambertorium. This week, we get Corbett’s reforms.

On Thursday, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Chairman Lamberti continue »


Setting the record straight

So the mayor thinks my Sunday column was sensational.

“Todd Dorman likes to sensationalize issues from time to time,” Cedar Rapids Mayor Ro [...]

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