June 10th, 2009

Straw Poll Announcement

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Written by: Craig Robinson

tir_buttonThis Thursday, The Iowa Republican and Deace in the Afternoon will partner in a gubernatorial straw poll. There has been a lot of comments on the partnership, so I want to take this opportunity to clear a few things up.

The purpose of partnering with Steve Deace is simple; he has a large radio audience, one of the largest in the state. Like him or not, the rating book doesn’t lie, and there isn’t anyone in the state who I could partner with who would open this straw poll up to more voters than Steve Deace can with his show on WHO Radio. Additionally, Deace wanted to partner with The Iowa Republican because I reach a different demographic than he does. And while WHO’s radio signal only goes so far, the internet is accessible to anyone who finds this site.

I think that some readers have underestimated this partnership. Deace’s weekly audience is around 250,000 listeners. The Iowa Republican has more online traffic than all but two or three newspapers in the state. By joining together, we can make sure that this straw poll is accessible to as many Iowans as possible.

If you have listened to my weekly segment on Deace’s show, you know that we don’t agree on everything. In fact, we have had a number of conversations on and off the air about issues on which we disagree. I think that level of debate and conversation is healthy, and sadly lacking, in Republican politics in this state.

As for the decision to make people text their votes, that mode of voting works well with the radio audience who might be in their cars or away from their computer. I know that some people say that Republicans are not tech savvy enough to vote that way, but to be honest, that’s just even more reason to do it this way. Further, this voting method is more likely to provide only one vote per person given that people usually only have one cell phone, while they might have several email addresses.

To succeed in the future, Republicans have to embrace the use of new technologies. The best way to accomplish that goal is to start getting people to use it. If it works for Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, it should work for Iowa Republicans.

For those of you who don’t like the analysis that Deace is providing this week on the website, just ignore it. The same goes for the articles that I write. As always, we don’t prohibit from anyone from disagreeing with us, and everyone is urged to participate in the comment section.

The easiest way to vote this Thursday is to register to receive text updates from The Iowa Republican. If you have pre-registered, at noon on Thursday, you will be sent a text survey which you can reply to, thereby casting your vote. All you need to do is CLICK HERE to sign up.

This is really a very simple process, and I thank you in advance for your participation.

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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