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The Week — Gas Tax momentum, marriage and Deportables!

GAS TAX FEVER. CATCH IT!

“Key lawmakers” say lots of things during a typical legislative se ... »

Linn County GOP boot prompts soul search

Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson tells me he’s been serving on Republican Party central committees at the county, congressional district ... »

Iowa school start dates now set by edict from above

So the Iowa Department of Education has launched No Butter Cow Left Behind.

Of course, the department has a different name for what it rolled ... »

Red flags greet new teenager

So I officially became the father of a teenager this past week.

It happened quietly, at 8:06 a.m. Monday. I was getting ready for work, stra ... »

The Week — Bags, summits and lugs

Welcome back to The Week.

JONI’S BREAD BAGS SPARK DEEP REFLECTION

No doubt you’ve h ... »

A rule change or a ruckus?

DES MOINES — So Iowa’s 4-inch topsoil rule is one step closer to being yanked out by its roots and replaced. That is, unless Iowans r ... »

Ernst unscathed on big stage

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst survived one of the worst jobs in American politics without a scratch, and enhanced her national profile. Not bad, freshman. ... »

Ernst grabs the bright spotlight

So our brand new U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will bask in the national spotlight tonight, giving the official Republican response to the presiden ... »

For the common good?

Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission has another opportunity this week to decide what it really wants to protect.

On Wednesday, ... »

The Week — War, ignore buttons and polls

An irregular Friday feature on the week that was.

WAR!

Fresh from his Condition of the State show ... »

Openness won’t chase away talent

As a famous suburban Chicago high school student mused, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, y ... »

Go ahead, governor, surprise us

So our governor delivers his annual Condition of the State speech this morning. And from what ... »

Water problems not going away

Clean water is sitting on the back burner as your Iowa Legislature returns to its Golden Dome of Wisdom this week.

Democratic legislative le ... »

Fear pushes sledding downhill

On Tuesday, I poked fun of my adult tendency to cast doom, gloom and dire warnings of danger on stuff a younger version of me once saw as super awe ... »

The great snowstorm debate

A spirited debate sparked by the season’s first winter storm took place Monday inside the head of a third-rate local columnist.

It pi ... »

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