March 24th, 2009

As they say, Imitation is the Sincerest form of Flattery

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Written by: Craig Robinson

dmregYesterday, I wrote a story for that exposed a few of the projects that may be included in Governor Culver’s I-Jobs bonding scheme like the Tower of Invincibility for Maharishi Vedic City, two bronze John Bloom sculptures in DeWitt, and furniture/fixtures/furnishings for the bar at Golf Course in Le Mars.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I pulled up, followed a link to the Register’s website, and saw that their top story is a repackaged version of what I wrote yesterday. Now just to be clear, I’m not upset that Jason Clayworth took my story and ran with it. I’m thrilled! In fact, this scenario is exactly why I created

New Media sources will continue to see their influence grow as newspapers like The Des Moines Register struggle to make a profit. Just yesterday, the Gannett Company, parent company of the Register, announced that those with large salaries will see pay cuts, all other employees will see their wages frozen for the next year, and all employees will be forced to take another week-long furlough.

Most people don’t believe that one person can make an impact anymore. I disagree. This year, I decided that this would be the venue in which I would try to influence the political process. In less than 20 days I’ve already seen make an impact.

My story about the Tower of Invincibility.

The Register’s version.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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