May 29th, 2009

Odds and Ends

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Written by: Craig Robinson

tir_buttonSioux City Journal Covers a TIR Article they Refused to Print.
Bret Hayworth
of the Sioux City Journal wrote an article on his blog about Brent Hoffman’s op-ed piece that was published on The Iowa Republican this week. I find it interesting that Hayworth wrote about it since his very own newspaper refused to print Hoffman’s letter to the editor. The only reason it was sent to TIR is because they refused to print it.

I do appreciate Hayworth describing The Iowa Republican as “flourishing” though!

Borrowing Money to Pave Streets Will Help Solve the Nearly $1 Billion Budget Gap

Well, that’s what Governor Culver is saying. State Auditor Dave Vaudt pointed out this week that 13 cents out of every dollar spent by the state is from one-time money, like the federal stimulus package. In past years, that number has been around one cent per dollar. Auditor Vaudt pointed out that the budget in fiscal year 2011 will have a huge gap that will either be filled by raising taxes or drastically reducing state spending.

Culver basically called Vaudt’s statement a partisan attack and went on to say that his I-Jobs proposal will help balance the FY 2011 budget. I think I’ll listen to the CPA on this one.

Howard “The Scream” Dean

Dr. Dean was in Iowa and had the following to say about Iowa allowing gay marriage.

“This has just become a non-issue in states where there’s a lot of neighborliness. Because even if people don’t think, for religious reasons, that gay people ought to be able to get married, they’re also respectful of their neighbors who may have a gay person in their family.”

So, if it’s suck a non-issue, why was he summoned to Iowa for a One Iowa fundraiser, and why are Speaker Murphy and Senator Gronstal afraid to let their members vote on the matter?

Dick Cheney Unleashed

Former Vice President Dick Cheney continues to disagree with the Obama administration over foreign policy issues, and now, he has let it be known that he was in favor of letting GM enter bankruptcy sooner instead of pumping billions of dollars into the struggling auto maker.

Maybe I’m the only one, but I appreciate Cheney’s candidness since leaving office.

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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