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Parks Not the Real Issue Behind City-Owned Land PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 11 September 2001 18:00
After nearly 10 years of observing Davenport’s city councils in action, one would think nothing would come as a shock. It’s as if a line keeps being drawn in the sand that councilmen keep stepping over. Such is the case with 6th Ward Alderman Bob McGivern.

Democratic PAC More Like a Family Affair PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 28 August 2001 18:00
Last Saturday, the Davenport Democratic Party PAC (formed when nonpartisan elections came into being in 1998) endorsed its candidates for Davenport’s city council. The process, which should be equitable to all, was nothing more than a stacked deck of family and friends of incumbents who had the voting power to endorse their own.

Does Scott County Referendum Risk Too Much? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 14 August 2001 18:00
In the larger scheme of things, citizens organizing to try an defeat a $5 million bond issuance that will increase property taxes on the average of between $3 and $5 per year per home seems a bit premature. The $5 million represents the county’s contribution to a revolutionizing revitalization project in downtown Davenport that includes amenities and business components designed to bring high-paying jobs, along with an increased tax base that will help fix streets and sewers.

Farewell to Bats PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 07 August 2001 18:00
Next week, the Davenport City Council will vote on terms to renew the QC River Bandits’ lease for John O’Donnell Stadium for their 2002 season. The current lease amount was based upon a false belief that by giving the team owner Kevin Krause a reduced rental rate, we would keep the River Bandits in Davenport.

Where is the Distinction Between Local Democrats and Republicans? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Tuesday, 31 July 2001 18:00
This year’s November elections are proving to be quite interesting indeed. Local politics is often a microcosm of how it works on the state and national level, so it is important to scrutinize the process. Last week, in an unprecedented political maneuver in which Democrats behaved like schoolyard children, the Democratic Central Committee PAC ousted one of its own (Bob Yapp, who is now running for mayor as an Independent) for openly criticizing the PAC.

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