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March 6th, 2010

Sandy Greiner Announces State Senate Candidacy

Sandy GreinerFormer state legislator Sandy Greiner announced that she is running for the State Senate at county conventions today in Johnson, Washington, Jefferson, Wapello, and Van Buren counties.  Greiner would face first term first-term State Senator Becky Schmitz in Senate District 45 if she were successful in the June primary.

Greiner makes the SD 45 a likely Republican pick-up in the fall.  She would join former State Representative Bill Dix and current State Representative Kent Sorenson as the top Republican recruits in the Senate.

Darin Beck Announces State House Candidacy

Darin BeckCedar Valley restaurateur, Darin Beck announced his candidacy for House District 19.  Beck will face Democrat incumbent Rep. Bob Kressig this fall.  House District 19 consists of Cedar Falls and the western part of Black Hawk County.

Beck owns a number of restaurants in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Grinnell, and chaired the Iowa Restaurant Association in 2006 and 2007.  He is an outstanding recruit to run against Kressig, who was elected in 2004.

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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