November 25th, 2009

Rants Set to Debate Narcisse Across the State

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Rants HS copyGOP Gubernatorial candidate Chris Rants is worried that the Republican primary for governor is simply going to be a name ID and popularity contest, not a vigorous debate about the issues facing the state. In an effort to get people to focus on various issues, Rants has agreed to participate in a series of debates across the state with former Des Moines school board member and Democrat Jon Narcisse.

Narcisse has been advocating his platform of reorganizing state government through his organization, An Iowa Worth Fighting For. There is also speculation that Narcisse may be considering a gubernatorial run of his own. If that comes to fruition, Narcisse would likely run as an independent candidate, not as a Democrat, despite his current voter registration status.

Below are three videos from the joint press conference held by Narcisse and Rants yesterday morning. While Narcisse praised Rants for his willingness to debate, he criticized other candidates, including Bob Vander Plaats, for not having a plan to fix government. You can see these comments in the second video.

The schedule for the debates, their locations, and the topic to be covered is as follows:

In the Quad Cities – December 2nd

Topic: Public Safety
6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Drive at 18th Street, Bettendorf, Iowa

In Des Moines – December 3rd
Topic: State Government Reform
6:00 – 7:30 p.m., DMACC Ankeny Campus, Health Services Building
2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa

In Council Bluffs – December 7th
Topic: Local Government Reform
6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Council Bluffs Public Library
400 Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa

In Cedar Rapids – December 9th
Topic: Education Reform
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. TBA

In Dubuque – December 15th
Topic: Tax Reform
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. TBA

In Waterloo – December 16th
Topic: Economic Development
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. TBA

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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