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Crossing party lines in HD 68

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson is in hot water for putting loyalty to a friend before his partisan duties, and for putting a photo on Facebook ... »

Endorsing the art of persuasion

So today marks the end of endorsement season, that heady time each even-numbered autumn when newspapers such as this one are buried in reader accol ... »

Holding our noses, casting our votes

Twenty-six Novembers ago, I used my open campus period to leave school and cast my very first vote.

I hopped into my family’s hulking ... »

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

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

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 ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

Equality in tying the knot has changed Iowa politics

In eight short years, we’ve gone 180 degrees on marriage politics in Iowa.

Consider this past week.

Democratic nominee for gove ... »

Postcards from the Auditor

Postcards have the Linn-Mar School District on edge.

Blame Linn County Auditor Joel Miller. His office sent postcards to registered voters in ... »

A debate that failed to develop

It’s a real shame that the race for governor is over, otherwise we might be having an important debate over the course of economic developme ... »

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