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March 31st, 2009

Troopers Ordered to Remove 300-400 Citizens from Public Hearing on Federal Deductibility

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Written by: Craig Robinson

iowa-capitol3Just an hour into the public hearing on House File 807, Speaker of the House Pat Murphy ordered State Troopers to remove all citizens who were not scheduled to speak from the House chamber. Murphy’s decision came after Rep. Paul Shomshor warned the people who gathered that if they continued their outbursts, the galleries would be cleared.

Speaker Murphy’s decision to remove the people who had taken the time to speak out or listen to this debate was shocking and something never seen before.

While the crowd at times was rambunctious, it also quieted down quickly for the next speaker. Instead of evicting hundreds of concerned taxpayers from the State Capitol, Murphy and Shomshor should have simply kept warning the audience about their behavior and continued with the forum. Doing so would have taken more time off the clock preventing some of the scheduled speakers the opportunity to speak, but would have prevented what is now a huge news story.

This is the second time this session that Speaker Murphy has shown a lack of political acumen. Earlier this year, Murphy held the voting machine open over an entire weekend when the prevailing wage bill came up just one vote short. Now Murphy overreacts at public hearing and draws attention to the fact that hundreds of people flocked to the Capitol in opposition to the Democrats’ proposal.

Murphy’s actions have galvanized the opposition to House File 807, while at the same time drawing more attention to the issue. Republicans already had Democrats admitting that this bill is not revenue neutral as they originally said, and Republicans also were effective in pointing out that even a family that earns $40,000 will see their taxes increased by removing federal deductibility.

Check back for more coverage on federal deductibility tomorrow.

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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