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February 27th, 2010

Culver Draws a Primary Opponent in Narcisse

Jonathan2While Governor Chet Culver is a continent away on an oddly timed visit to Iraq, back home, Jonathan Narcisse is announcing that he will primary the embattled incumbent governor in the June 8th primary. Narcisse, a former member of the Des Moines School Board, announced his candidacy today.

Narcisse is no stranger to Democratic politics. He supported Governor Culver in 2006 and voted for President Obama in the last election. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the Polk County Democratic Party and is the former chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans (ICSSA).

Narcisse enters the Democrat primary less than a month away from having to submit his nomination petitions. He will have to collect 4,145 signatures to be placed on the primary ballot. That will be no easy task to meet, but Narcisse is well known in urban areas across the state through his publishing business that owns the state’s oldest African-American newspaper, the Iowa Bystander.

If successful in collecting enough signatures to be placed on the primary ballot, Narcisse will next have to find a way to get his message across to Democrat voters in the state. While Governor Culver’s popularity is at an all time low for an incumbent governor, he does have ample funds in which to wage a primary campaign.

Narcisse will also be aided by his close relationship with WHO Radio’s Steve Deace. Narcisse is a regular on Deace in the Afternoon and has been a guest on Jan Mickelson’s morning program as well. It is yet to be determined how well those radio audiences will influence the Democratic primary.

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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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