March 10th, 2009

Union Members Welcome Strawn to the Quad Cities

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Yesterday my travels took me to the Quad-Cities. While I was born and raised in rural Clinton County near the tiny town of Goose Lake, Davenport always seems like home to me. It was nice to see the river and have lunch with my brother.

Before lunch, I had the opportunity to sit down with Matt Strawn, Chairman of the Republican Party, he was in town to kickoff his “Job Security for Iowans” tour, and meet with a few activists and donors while in the area. Strawn said the purpose of the tour is to aggressively message to Iowans the devastating impact of the labor agenda and to also provide conservative alternatives.

One of the things we talked about was how these labor bills are like wild fires. They pop up unexpectedly, and if you do your job right they are extinguished quickly. It’s the ones that get out of control that end up doing a lot of damage.

Later in the day I attended his press conference. As I pulled into the parking lot I noticed a few guys getting out of a car with an Obama sticker on the trunk. Yes, Strawn was joined at his press conference by four union guys. If you are wondering, two of the three cars they came in had Illinois license plates.

Chairman Strawn was very cordial to the union representatives. He took time to let each of them talk about prevailing wage, fair share, and the workers’ compensation legislation. Apparently they union slogan for House File 530 is, Health vs. Wealth.

Personally, I find the union stance on the workers’ compensation issues to be very short sided. I don’t know a single employer who would ever withhold quality health care from an employee who was injured on the job. It’s not in the best interest of the employer, or the employee.

Tomorrow my travels bring me back to Des Moines. I plan on attending the Iowa Christian Alliance event, and the public hearing on House File 530. If I can find an internet connections in the House Chamber maybe I’ll try to twitter the public hearing.

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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