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January 5th, 2010

Does Culver Want to Forget his Transgender Day of Remembrance?

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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Culver CrisisThe Culver Administration has been getting grief recently over a public hearing about the state budget in which the public didn’t know about. The only notice of the meeting was a flyer on a bulletin board located inside the Iowa Capitol. Public meetings, however, are not the only thing that Governor Culver and his staff are trying to keep quiet.

In late November, Governor Culver signed a proclamation declaring November 20th, 2009 a “Transgender Day of Remembrance.” The ironic part of Governor Culver’s Transgender Day of Remembrance is that the political arm of the Iowa Family Policy Center needed to file a Freedom of Information request to get a copy of the proclamation.

IFPC Action President Chuck Hurley commented on the Governor’s proclamation by saying, “Governor Culver not only failed to keep his promise to the people of Iowa concerning the defense of marriage, but now is using the power of his office and the dignity of the state of Iowa to promote sexual confusion and deviant behavior.”

Culver’s Transgender Day of Remembrance came the day before the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner which featured Vice President Joe Biden. During his speech, Governor Culver pledged his support gay and transgender couples. That part of Culver’s speech received the loudest applause at the event.

Hurley added, “Iowans know that Governor Culver does not share their values. As if the Governor’s unwillingness to exercise the influence of his office in the defense of marriage wasn’t evidence enough, we now know that he is spending his time creating special days celebrating sexual disorientation. The question that Iowans ought to be asking is why Governor Culver wasn’t proud enough of his work to make his actions public?”

A search of the Governor’s web page returned no statement and no press release concerning the Transgender Day of Remembrance proclamation, and a copy of the signed document was not available for review. Other proclamations are available through the governor’s web page, as are all of the press releases dating back to just two days after his election.

Hurley continued, “Governor Culver needs to understand that Iowans are not impressed by the way he has used his term in office. Standing idly by as marriage, one of the pillars of a healthy society, is under attack, failing to assert the authority of his office to preserve the constitutional separation of powers, all the while spending our state into a fiscal desert that will lead to a heavier tax load is unacceptable.”

Hurley is planning to attend Governor Culver’s 2010 Condition of the State speech on January 12. In conjunction with IFPC Action’s “LUV Iowa” (Let Us Vote) campaign, January 12th will mark the beginning of the “Two Days for Marriage” initiative. A large crowd is expected to show their support for marriage at the capitol on that day.

Information about LUV Iowa and the “Two Days For Marriage” initiative can be found at

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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