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November 20th, 2009

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biden 2TheIowaRepublican.com will Cover Vice President Joe Biden visit to Iowa LIVE

While the political divide that exists between Republicans and Democrats is wide, the political community in Iowa is still rather small. When the Iowa Democratic Party announced that Vice President Joe Biden would be headlining their annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, I sent Norm Sterzenbach, the Executive Director of IDP, an email letting him know that I would like to cover the event.

Norm is a good guy. In 2007, we both served as Political Directors of our respective political party organizations. For the 2008 presidential caucuses, the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party worked together on our caucus night media center. While Republicans and Democrats might not agree on much policy, it was great to work side by side with them during the caucuses. I’m looking forward to covering the event. I’ve only attended a handful of Democratic political events in my life, the first being Hillary Clinton’s 2008 caucus victory in Nevada (long story). Hopefully, this will be an improvement.

Anyway tune-in tomorrow night for live coverage from the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner.

Other Events I’ve been at recently that deserve some attention.

Tea Party Convention

Ryan Rhodes and the others involved with the Tea Party movement in Iowa need to be commended for their work. The convention had 50-60 exhibitors and was attended by all of the Republican gubernatorial candidates and a lot of other Republican candidates from around the state. When all was said and done, 1500 people came through the doors at the Iowa Events Center, an impressive feat on a sunny, 70 degree Saturday afternoon.

Dallas County GOP Steak Fry

How can I not write something about the Dallas County event when Pete Jefferies, the Dallas County GOP Finance Chair, took time out of the program to wish me a happy birthday on November 12th. I was caught off guard and was a little embarrassed, so I don’t remember everything he had to say, but his remarks were very kind.

The Steak Fry was a huge success. Over 120 people were in attendance. The crowd listened to speeches from Senator Grassley, Congressman Latham, Dave Vaudt, and WHO Radio personality Jan Michelson. The speeches were great. Mickelson knocked his speech out of the park, but in terms of news, Vaudt stole the show. Vaudt talked about how Culver’s deal with the labor unions could end up protecting all contract employees from having to make future concessions if revenue estimates continue to get worse. So in essence, if they ratify the agreement and Culver is forced to make additional cuts, they are untouchable. That’s just more bad news for Iowa’s schools, local governments, and taxpayers.

Breakfast of Congressmen

On the morning of the 12th, I attended a small breakfast meeting in Des Moines that was attended by Congressmen King, Latham, Fortenberry (NE), Terry (NE), and Sessions (TX). It was interesting to see our Iowa Congressman interact with their colleagues from other states. I left the event being more impressed than ever with King and Latham. I mean no disrespect to the others who were there, but King and Latham shined. Not a bad way to kick-off year 33.


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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