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After 2020, Iowa needs a different kind of legislative session

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 1:16pm
The year just ended was unlike any other. Iowans faced a global pandemic, social upheaval and a devastating storm. In the face of those challenges we adjusted, shifted priorities and innovated. We...
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What I’ve learned as a COVID investigator in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 1:00pm
As a disease investigator during this pandemic, my role is to call COVID-19 positive Iowans to learn more about your experiences with the virus, and by doing so, I peer into a snapshot of your life...
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Iowa needs $1 billion in pandemic relief

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 12:54pm
The condition of everyday Iowans is the most precarious it has been in generations, the result of long-standing economic, environmental, and societal problems accelerated by the global COVID-19...
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Pull the plug on ethanol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 12:47pm
Erin Irish and Chris Jones The incoming Biden Administration is stating they will engage US agriculture in an effort to fight climate change. This is an interesting paradox for Iowa: an enormous...
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Shouting about fictional ‘fraud’ is fun until a mob storms the Capitol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 12:44pm
So now we’ve seen the consequences of Republicans crying “voter fraud!” where none exists. Sure, it was all fun and games when making up tall tales was simply a cynical vehicle...
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Iowa State’s College Republicans report ‘fighting for America’ on day of Capitol riot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 12:30pm
The Iowa State University College Republicans student group, which urged people after the November election to “arm up,” tweeted on the day this week rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol...
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This PAC wants to pressure Gov. Reynolds by raising funds on Iowa’s COVID failures

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 11:47am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A national PAC and Iowa advocacy group are kicking off what they call the first-of-its-kind fundraiser for Iowa politics to pressure Gov. Kim Reynolds to make stronger...
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Iowa budget chief Dave Roederer to retire

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 11:06am
Iowa’s budget chief will retire Jan. 31 after 38 years in state government, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Friday. Roederer has led the Iowa Department of Management, the state’s...
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Gazette editorial: Iowa Republicans must face a reckoning

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 10:04am
In the end, Wednesday night, the mob failed. Congress did its constitutional duty in a Capitol stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump just hours before. Congress accepted President-elect Joe...
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Iowa City schools denied temporary virtual learning waiver

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 9:08am
IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Community School District was denied a two week waiver for virtual instruction this week in an apparent attempt by Gov. Kim Reynolds to continue to push Iowa students...
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Rep. Ashley Hinson warns attempt to remove President Trump would further divide nation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2021 - 8:09am
CEDAR RAPIDS — New polling shows that nearly half of American voters think the 25th Amendment should be invoked to remove President Donald Trump from office before his term expires Jan....
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Rural education: Few students, but many what-ifs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 10:38pm
JEWELL — At 3:20 p.m. on a Monday, a voice booms through the public address speakers at South Hamilton School: “Everybody mask up.” It’s a reminder of how much changed...
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After ALS diagnosis, Cedar Rapids native turns wellness lessons into advocacy for herself, others

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 10:34pm
For nearly 30 years, Dagmar Munn was the face of health and wellness in Cedar Rapids. She helped establish Mercy Medical Center’s Wellness Program in 1980, then four years later, created St....
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Trump concedes but can’t quell calls for ouster

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 7:47pm
WASHINGTON (AP) With less than two weeks left in his term, President Donald Trump finally bent to reality Thursday amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he’ll...
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Governor Reynolds lifts limits on number of spectators at Iowa sporting events

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 7:46pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday lifted spectator limits for sporting and recreational events, including at high school events. The change takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. A...
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Marion Independent’s $31 million bond headed for ballot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 6:30pm
MARION — A $31 million bond issue will be on the ballot March 2 to pay for new and updated facilities in the Marion Independent School District. To put the bond issue on the ballot, the...
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GOP legislative leaders talk election laws, redistricting, education policy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 6:30pm
JOHNSTON — Big changes to Iowa’s election laws and public funding for private school tuition are on the table for the coming session of the Iowa Legislature, Republican leaders said in...
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After landmark bill in 2020, Iowa state lawmakers set sights on furthering social justice

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 5:31pm
DES MOINES — Last year’s session brought historic change in social justice legislation, motivated by the Black Lives Matter protests that followed George Floyd being choked to death by...
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Making music at home keeps Iowa’s music stores in business

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 5:29pm
In a year that kept Eastern Iowans in their homes, many took music into their own hands, helping one retail group weather a dearth in foot traffic and a suspension of in-person lessons and...
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Iowa college athletes could make money under proposed NCAA rule change

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 7, 2021 - 5:16pm
Stephanie Herzog, a University of Iowa golfer, didn’t mention the UI or golf in her 2019 book of short stories. The 21-year-old accounting major from Minnesota self-published the book on...
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