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June 1st, 2010

Branstad Racks Up Endorsements

A number of newspapers endorsed candidates over the weekend. Below is a run down of the endorsements that were made over the weekend.

Gubernatorial Endorsements

The Des Moines Register Endorses Branstad

“Making Iowa a better place to live should be the focus of the campaign between the GOP nominee and Democrat Chet Culver, who was elected governor in 2006. Of the three GOP candidates, Branstad, 63, is best prepared to conduct such a campaign. He has the strongest credentials as a leader: four terms as governor and six years as president of Des Moines University. Though his management of state government was not always impressive, he is pragmatic and he listens to people.”

The Sioux City Journal Endorses Branstad

Today Iowa faces myriad economic and budget challenges – including high unemployment, high debt, a potential high budget deficit for fiscal 2012 and high taxes – as it seeks to emerge from national recession. Because he guided the state from the depths of the farm crisis in 1983 to near-record employment, nearly $1 billion in reserves and a reorganized state government in 1999, Branstad is uniquely qualified to address our state’s fiscal troubles.

The Fort Dodge Messenger

Branstad’s time as governor was an era when difficult problems were addressed with unusual competence. No-nonsense common sense was the order of the day. Perhaps that’s why – according to data released by Branstad – when he was governor, state spending averaged $1,700 per person while under Culver that has jumped nearly 18 percent in constant dollars to $2,000 per person. It may also explain why in 1999 Branstad ended his remarkable four terms as governor with a $900 million state surplus. That’s in sharp contrast to the nearly $1 billion shortfall Culver visited upon this state.

U.S. Senate Endorsement

The Des Moines Register Endorses Tom Fiegen

Fiegen’s early life experience – including his own parents’ problems during the farm crisis – piqued his interest in bankruptcy law. And he talks with compassion about the difficulties average Iowans face, such as the pain endured during the floods of 2008. He said he has taken everything from chickens to sweet corn as payment for his legal work.

He can get riled up about an issue, but properly channeled that passion is an asset in politics. He generally does his homework on issues and is soft-spoken, good qualities for working across the aisle in Washington.

Third District Congressional Endorsement

The Des Moines Register Endorses Mark Rees

Rees rightly dismisses many of his opponents’ ideas. There aren’t enough votes to repeal health care, he said, or to override a veto. In response to Welch’s comments about killing Afghans and Iraqis, he said, “I find that shocking coming from someone running for Congress.”

He agrees with the government’s recent intervention to rescue the U.S. economy from something far more disastrous than a recession; he sees a need to tighten Wall Street regulations; and he favors a legal path to citizenship for illegal immigrants willing to go to the back of the line.

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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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