March 4th, 2010

TIR Turns One Today

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Written by: Craig Robinson is one year old today. The site has had more than one million page views, received visits from 155 countries, all 50 states, and 632 different communities across Iowa over the past year. This entry marks the 1,366th story published on the site. That’s a lot of content on a daily basis, but it wouldn’t be possible without the bloggers who call TIR home and the people who have submitted articles for the site.

The goal when creating the site was to provide a state-wide conservative news outlet in Iowa and provide people with the transparency in government that they need and deserve. While there is always room for improvement, I’m proud of what the site has been able to accomplish in its first year. I’m also excited in what the future holds for TIR and Iowa Republicans in 2010 and beyond.

I can’t think of a more exciting time to be a Republican activist, and I want to thank all of you for joining into the discussion 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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