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Iowa City Councilmember Mazahir Salih announced on Wednesday that she will not run for reelection. Salih, who was elected mayor pro tem by her fellow councilmembers in 2020, had told reporters earlier this year that she would run for the open seat in District B instead of seeking reelection to her current at-large seat. But […]

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Letter to the editor: Grassley and Ernst are working against constituents’ voting rights

By Dave Bradley, West Liberty Iowa Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted to make it harder for Americans to vote. The procedural [test] vote, the S.1, “For the People Act,” would reform voting rights with the aim to make it easier and more accessible for Americans to vote. A few proposed features of […]

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Mazahir Salih announces she is not running for reelection to the Iowa City Council

Iowa City Councilmember Mazahir Salih announced on Wednesday that she will not run for reelection. Salih, who was elected mayor pro tem by her fellow councilmembers in 2020, had told reporters earlier this year that she would run for the open seat in District B instead of seeking reelection to her current at-large seat. But […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council approves tax incentives for $108.6m FedEx building

The Cedar Rapids City Council approved tax incentives that will be part of a development agreement for a new FedEx warehouse and distribution facility in the city. According to FedEx, the new complex will cost $108.6 million and create 434 jobs in Cedar Rapids. The tax incentives are part of a deal with FedEx Ground […]

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No Rummage in the Ramp this summer, but pop-up sites will offer an alternative for donating and recycling items

Rummage in the Ramp had been a staple of Iowa City summers for more than a decade, providing people moving mid-summer, and others with unwanted items at home, a way of getting rid of furniture and other household goods without sending them to the landfill. But COVID-19 canceled last year’s rummage, and concerns over the […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council appoints first members of the new citizen review board

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Wolfe Eye Clinic discloses data breech, says hackers may have accessed confidential customer data

Wolfe Eye Clinic disclosed on Tuesday it had experienced a data breech earlier this year in which the personal information of its customers may have been stolen. “On February 8, 2021, Wolfe Eye Clinic was the target of a cybersecurity attack that involved an unauthorized third party attempting to gain access to our computer network,” […]

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Judge strikes down Iowa’s latest attempt to impose an abortion waiting period

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Garden so good it deserves an audience? Sign up for Project GREEN’s newly expanded Open Gardens Weekend

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A trip down the rabbit hole, with hobbit holes to come

This weekend, Windy Goat Acres in rural Tama County will be transformed into a wonderland. “The Alice theme was used as an umbrella to make sense of all the varying kinds of artists,” festival organizer Jessica Kettler said in an email. “We have music, aerial and fire arts, fine arts and interactive arts. Our space […]

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Mayor Bruce Teague is running for reelection

Mayor Bruce Teague announced on Thursday he is running for reelection to his at-large seat on the Iowa City Council. “I hope the people of Iowa City have seen how hard I have worked to listen to all voices and will give me the opportunity to continue serving them as we move past this difficult […]

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Breanna Oxley and Sami Scheetz announce bids for Iowa Senate seat held by Rob Hogg, who will not seek reelection

State Sen. Rob Hogg announced on Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022. Following Hogg’s announcement, two Cedar Rapids residents — teacher Breanna Oxley and community organizer/activist Sami Scheetz — declared their candidacies for Hogg’s seat in Senate District 33. Hogg, who was born in Iowa City and lives in Cedar Rapids, has served […]

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Weekender, June 17: Juneteenth celebrations, Open Air Media Festival, Concerti Grossi

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Letter to the editor: Grassley and Ernst are working against constituents’ voting rights

By Dave Bradley, West Liberty Iowa Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted to make it harder for Americans to vote. The procedural [test] vote, the S.1, “For the People Act,” would reform voting rights with the aim to make it easier and more accessible for Americans to vote. A few proposed features of […]

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Letter to the editor: ICCSD has chosen the correct ethical path on masks

By Mike Fallon, Iowa City Submitted May 29 Perhaps you’ve seen the recent e-mail on COVID-19 quarantine guidance from Matt Degner, Superintendent, Iowa City Community School District? The cautious tone of his e-mail bespeaks of an embattled and beleaguered public official. Reading between the lines, Matt is between a rock and a hard place, so […]

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Letter to the editor: Jon Green will make a more equitable Johnson County

Join me in voting for Democrat Jon Green for Johnson County Supervisor in the June 8 election. Jon was elected mayor of Lone Tree in 2018 and worked hard to make his hometown a better place for everyone. He insisted that most city employee wages be raised to $15/hour when that was not easy to […]

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Letter to the editor: Miller-Meeks is using scare tactics to raise money

By Trish Nelson, Iowa City In a fundraiser letter, Second-District Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks repeatedly referred to Democrats as “Socialists.” Miller-Meeks is either very confused or is giving her constituents a bum steer. Historically, Republicans have used the scary word “Socialism,” referring to programs that benefit people, dating back to Jim Crow days. They said laws […]

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