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March 11th, 2009

Iowa Christian Alliance Kicks-Off Their 2009 Efforts

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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More than 350 people turned out for the Iowa Christian Alliance’s 2009 spring kick-off event last night. The event was held at the Walnut Creek Community Church in Windsor Heights. This was the first time the event was held at Walnut Creek, in previous years the event had been held at the Point of Grace Church in Waukee.

The featured speaker was former Ohio Congressman Bob McEwen. McEwen is a champion of Pro-Family policies and is an out-spoken defender of freedom and personal liberties.

McEwen told those in attendance, “There are only two political philosophies. The first trusts individuals to be free to invent their own standard of living and engage in enterprise. The other empowers government to make those decisions for the people because they are inherently unable to make decisions for themselves.” McEwen concluded that the first philosophy is called free-enterprise; the second one is called socialism.

While McEwen was the main attraction, there were a couple of other speakers that got people’s attention. State Senator Paul McKinley, the Republican leader in the Iowa Senate, gave a great speech. It wasn’t just the usual legislative update; it was a speech that told people exactly what Republicans in the legislature are fighting against.

The other person who caught people’s attention was Robert Cramer, who served as the master of ceremonies of the event. Cramer is the President/Chief Administrative Officer of Cramer & Associates, a Des Moines based construction firm which specializes in bridges, culverts and dams. Cramer & Associates built two out of three of the blue, basket handled arched pedestrian bridges in Des Moines.

Some people in the room were wondering if Mr. Cramer might have any political ambitions someday. Cramer is a young, articulate businessman and who’s obviously socially conservative, has all the markings of the ideal candidate to the people at the ICA event last night.

Last night’s event was the ninth annual kickoff event for the Iowa Christian Alliance. Steve Scheffler is the organizations President, and is also the Republican Party of Iowa National Committeeman.

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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