James Q. Lynch, The Gazette

James Q. Lynch

The Gazette

Cedar Rapids, IA, United States

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Recent articles by James:

Rep. Ashely Hinson defends opposition to ‘reckless’ Democratic spending

Iowa U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson said she’s focusing on "targeted policy solutions and targeted spending opportunities“ to address the price of gas, fix the supply chain and get people back to work. → Read More

Even with snow and rain, Iowa corn, bean harvests nearly complete

Farmers have harvested 91 percent of corn for grain, which is four days ahead of the five-year average. → Read More

Smaller margin approves gaming in Linn County

But to get a gambling license, casino interests would have to persuade the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which rejected proposals from Cedar Rapids in 2014 and 2017, citing its concerns that a casino in the state’s second-largest city would “cannibalize” the market, which includes casinos in Waterloo and Riverside, both within an hour’s drive from Cedar Rapids. → Read More

Iowa’s second redistricting plan approved by Senate; House likely to concur

Turns out that the second time may be the charm. → Read More

Iowa’s second redistricting plan approved by Senate; House likely to concur

The Iowa Legislature moved toward approval Thursday of a redistricting plan for the next decade. → Read More

Rainfall slows fieldwork, but Iowa harvest ahead of normal

Both rainfall and temperatures were above average for the week ending Oct. 24, state climatologist reports. → Read More

Hogg more active on social media than fellow Iowa legislators

CEDAR RAPIDS — If he had known someone was keeping score, state Sen. Rob Hogg says he might have tried harder. → Read More

Special session scheduled for Iowa Legislature to consider redistricting plan

This and more in our roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Friday. → Read More

Grassley: Facebook practices revealed by I.C. native ‘immoral’

“This is just simply immoral and unethical that they will set up an environment that hurts kids,” Grassley said. → Read More

Re-electing Hinson a priority for free market advocacy group

Support from “right-wing dark money group” criticized by potential Democratic opponent → Read More

Former Vice President Mike Pence to speak at University of Iowa

Former vice president’s visit will be part of a college campus speaking tour by Pence, who is considered a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate → Read More

Chuck Grassley: House cocaine penalty change won’t fly in Senate

Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been pushing a package of criminal justice reform measures that could reduce the sentencing difference, now 18 to 1, “but I don’t think one to one can pass.” → Read More

11 projects to replace Cedar Rapids trees lost in the derecho win state grants

66 projects across 27 counties have been awarded funds from the state’s Derecho Community Forestry Grant Program to purchase and plant trees to replace those that were lost when hurricane-force winds up to 140 mph whipped across the state Aug 10, 2021. → Read More

UI professor had close-up view of 2020 census trials, triumphs

Census is “super important” because seats in the U.S. House and Iowa Legislature are apportioned, and state and federal funds are allocated based on the once-a-decade headcount. → Read More

Carbon sequestration task force has ideas on how to develop market in Iowa

As a leading producer of renewable fuel and food, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa is a natural place to capitalize on the growing demand for a more carbon-free economy. → Read More

Iowans question redistricting plan, but support outnumbers criticism of nonpartisan process

Rural areas need state services and representation and "should not be overlooked, overruled, dictated to or forced to compromise their lives to the whims of metropolitan representatives,“ a speaker told the commission. → Read More

Linn Democrats to honor five

The inductees have made significant contributions to the local, state and national Democratic Party by supporting Democratic candidates and campaigns at all levels. → Read More

Grassley wasn’t aware of memo outlining Trump plan to reject results of Electoral College

He was not approached by Trump associates attempting to convince him of their strategy should he be the one presiding over the certification, Grassley said. → Read More

5 Iowa schools nationally recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools

Hills Elementary is one of five Iowa schools among 325 nationwide named as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Tuesday. → Read More

Despite setback, Sen. Joni Ernst pushes for memorial to honor those killed in war on terror

The memorial belongs on the mall near those honoring service members from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, according to Ernst and Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. That’s been endorsed by six former secretaries of defense from Democratic and Republican administrations. → Read More