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New federal funding for Cedar Rapids flood protection is much smaller than politicians claim

As Cedar Rapids prepared for the Cedar River to crest at “major flood level” on Sunday, Pat Rynard of Iowa Starting Line reported on quiet worries about the loudly celebrated new $117 million in federal funding for the city’s flood control project. […]

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Congressional ethics committee launches investigation of Rep. Rod Blum

The Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Tuesday it is investigating Iowa Rep. Rod Blum. Blum quickly responded to the announcement with the sort of rhetoric President Trump uses to deflect charges of ethics violations and blamed the investigation on unnamed political enemies. […]

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Trump rewards Rep. Rod Blum’s loyalty with a campaign contribution

Donald Trump may occasionally forget Rep. Rod Blum’s name, but the president’s reelection campaign committee definitely knows his name. Blum, who represents Iowa’s 1st Congressional District which includes Cedar Rapids, is one of 100 Republican candidates who have received the maximum amount of money the law allows as a campaign donation from Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. […]

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Trump forgot Rod Blum’s name, which stirred memories of an embarrassing Trump story from 2015

President Donald Trump’s Thursday visit to Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa, followed a familiar script. The president’s remarks were rambling and dishonest (on everything from the U.S. trade deficit with Canada to Terry Branstad’s gubernatorial career), and his preening self-praise was matched by blatant flattery from Republicans in attendance, including Gov. Kim Reynolds […]

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Protesters rally in Cedar Rapids during Mike Pence visit

“Peace not Pence,” was chanted by protesters across the street from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. NextGen Iowa and Indivisible Iowa organized a rally to protest Vice President Mike Pence, Congressman Rod Blum and Gov. Kim Reynolds, who were at the company to speak about tax reform, among other issues. “Rod Blum is […]

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Hike for Healthcare: Protesting Republican attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act

Political activists and other Iowans upset about Republican health care policies will be gathering in Cedar Rapids at noon for the Hike for Healthcare. At the same time protesters in Cedar Rapids are marching the half-mile from the corner to 8th Ave and 2nd Street, SE, to Rep. Rod Blum’s office, there will also be protests at Blum’s offices in Cedar Falls and Dubuque, as well as at Rep. David Young’s Des Moines office. […]

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Iowans disapprove of Trump, but Iowa Republicans in Congress keep voting for his policies

A majority of Iowans disapproved of President Trump’s actions during his first year in office, according to a new analysis by Gallup. But that didn’t stop any of the Republicans who represent the state in Congress from voting with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. […]

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Rod Blum opponent Monica Vernon leads rally against First Amendment Defense Act

Supporters of Monica Vernon — Democratic candidate for for Iowa’s First Congressional District campaigning to unseat incumbent Congressman Rod Blum — gathered with Vernon in front of Blum’s Cedar Rapids office today and voiced opposition to the congressman’s First Amendment Defense Act. The bill would roll back equality legislation and allow businesses to refuse service […]

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