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The Week -- A dime passes, a smokeless casino fades and bottle rocket ’bros unite!


Next time some legislator says, “Patience, my fair constituent. Issues in the ... »

A new blue measure of progress

About two-thirds of the way through his ... »

Mayor Corbett’s State of the City — Looking back.

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett will deliver his sixth State of the City speech today. His first, back in 2010, was in the old Crowne Plaza ballroom ... »

Done and undone at the Iowa’s Capitol

We’re getting simultaneous lessons on how things get done at the Statehouse, and how they don’t get done.

First, take the effo ... »

A Radio Experience moves west

On Wednesday morning, I sat in front of a microphone in the 600 WMT radio studio, across the desk from Bob Bruce.

His show has officially be ... »

The Week — Ways, Means, Red Carpets and Polls


Sometimes, when votes are slim, you gotta get shady.

On Thursday, with a ga ... »

Equality drive races forward

We’re fast approaching the sixth anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling establishing marriage equality as a constit ... »

The Week — Scrambling nannies, a call for peace in our time and Branstad’s crafty head-fake


Members of Iowa’s grand General Assembly are facing a Billy Joel dilemma. Judgin ... »

A smarter penalty for marijuana

Back in the late 90s, when I started covering the Legislature, Iowa was in the midst of a get-tough era. Rarely did lawmakers see a harsh, flashy c ... »

A budding writer goes old school

It was a curious sound I hadn’t heard in a very long time.

“Tap ... tap ... tap.” It came from our basement, where my ni ... »

Gas tax boost is primed for action, but so are opponents

It’s looking more and more likely that Iowa lawmakers will ask Iowans to spare an extra dime at the gas pump.

Go figure. Count me as s ... »

The Week - Swearing and drinking, Branstad finally gets his pick and poll of the week

The Week — An irregular feature.


Mike Huckabee, the former governor of A ... »

Politics is not the remedy for our vaccine problem

So presidential politics has infected the national debate over vaccinations and the growing number of folks who disregard sound scientific advice u ... »

Six-figure Linn County Supervisors need more pay-setting authority

So your Linn County Supervisors are now pulling down six figures.

Take that Polk County, the only other place where supervisors are so well ... »

Key lawmaker says casino isn’t Cedar Rapids’ only option

Cedar Rapids’ uphill, into-the-wind, spinning-on-glare-ice legislative push to get a casino faces long odds.

But. hey, don’t f ... »

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