June 21st, 2010

Iowa GOP Platform Would Deem Vander Plaats Executive Order “Illegal”

It seems as if the proposed 2010 platform for the Republican Party of Iowa would be in conflict with Bob Vander Plaats had he won the GOP nomination on June 8th.

Section 14 in the documents “Statement of Principles” reads:

“The Constitution of the United States provides a system of checks and balances in our government by establishing the separations of powers into three branches.  Whereas, the Legislative branch makes Law, the Executive branch implements the Law and the Judicial branch interprets Law (according to the Constitution, not case law).  Any other form of law, such as Administrative (Executive order) and Judicial Legislation is unconstitutional and thereby illegal.”

Vander Plaats’ entire campaign was based on issuing an executive order to put a stay on gay marriages in the state until the people have the opportunity to vote on a Constitutional amendment.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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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