Along Crow Creek Park's recreation trail

Ahhh, the presidential primary campaign season and the unmistakeable whiff of hypocrisy in the air

Baseball has spring training, football’s got its training camps. But for a political junkie like me, nothing compares with the opening of the presidential primary season.

Some 19 candidates, give or take, recently swarmed a Republican forum in New Hampshire in search of a kind word and a smile from voters there. They spent much of their time arm-wrestling each other over who hated Hillary Clinton more.

Bettendorf I-80/Middle Road sports complex trial balloon punctured by $112,000 feasibility study

Bettendorf and a local developer pushing the idea of an I-80/Middle Road indoor sports complex got a succinct message from a recently completed $112,000 feasibility study: don't do it.

The sports complex concept has been pushed by Mayor Bob Gallagher as a way to draw Midwest sports enthusiasts to the area and accommodate weekend regional youth athletic competitions.

Proposed Bettendorf comprehensive plan truly would be a game-changer for city development

The proposed "Premiering Bettendorf" comprehensive plan – unveiled at a public meeting this week (4/14) – truly would be a game-changer for community development if adopted as is by the city council.

For starters, the plan would replace the more than two dozen very specific land zoning classifications with three broad land use categories using low- to high-density classifications.

Campaigns begin for presidential election and the trash-talking from SuperPACs isn't far behind

That harsh whine you hear in the background — like a buzzsaw getting ready for a log to come down the chute — is the vast right-wing conspiracy revving its engines.

America Rising, an opposition research Super PAC that lives to trash the Clintons, dashed off a press release challenging the notion that Hillary was going to “drive to Iowa” to start her campaign as she said she would. Hillary doesn’t drive, it said. Someone would have to drive her.

Iowa governor's administration spending $150,000 a month for "broadband" advice from Kentucky firm

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's administration is shelling out nearly $150,000 a month for a Kentucky firm to serve as cheerleader for his "Connect Every Iowan" initiative aimed at expanding high-speed Internet service to rural communities.

Troubled eastern Iowa zoo cited for three Animal Welfare Act violations by USDA inspectors

A troubled eastern Iowa zoo near Manchester has been cited for three more Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations stemming from an attempted inspection of the facility in February and a weather-shortened inspection in March by U.S. Agriculture Department veterinarians.

QC Times circulation for 2014 shows continued decline; new branded edition now being distributed

Quad City Times Sunday and weekday circulation continued its downward trend in 2014, according to figures in the Lee Enterprise annual report sent shareholders earlier this year.

Republicans invited the Israeli PM to Congress to embarrass Obama, not to defuse a nuclear threat

On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked into our Capitol as though he owned the place, stuck a thumb in President Barack Obama’s eye, and walked out to multitudes of cheering Republicans.

Is that a mensch or what?

City places high priority on new $1.15 million Devils Glen Road bridge over Spencer Creek

Most Bettendorf residents have never driven along Devils Glen Road, north of Interstate 80, where it crosses Spencer Creek.

Higher gambling revenues boost Isle stock price; company seeking buyer for Pennsylvania casino

Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Wednesday (2/25) reported earnings of $5.4 million (13 cents per share) for the third quarter ended Jan. 25 with nearly all of its 15 gaming venues showing gains in net revenue, including increases at all three of its Iowa properties.

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