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April 25th, 2011

Failor is Out at Iowans for Tax Relief

By Craig Robinson

Ed Failor, Jr. is out as Iowans for Tax Relief’s president. This morning, Failor told TheIowaRepublican.com that he resigned his position with the organization on Friday. Not only does the organization now has a major void to fill, but it is also without its chief spokes person as the legislative session comes to a close.

In recent weeks, Iowans for Tax Relief have become critical of Governor Terry Branstad, the very candidate that the organization endorsed before the Republican primary in June. The group has been critical of a Branstad proposal that would increase taxes on casinos in order to offset other corporate tax cuts. Last week, the organization rebuked Branstad for vetoing two tax proposals, bonus depreciation and increase in the earned income tax credit.

The hard-charging Failor has only held two jobs since the age of 24, one at Boys Town, an organization dedicated to the housing and education of at-risk children, and Iowans for Tax Relief. The Failor name is synonymous with Iowans for Tax Relief. His father, Ed Failor, Sr. was the face of the organization for years.

Failor and Iowans for Tax Relief have played integral roles in Iowa Politics. Together, Failor and Iowans for Tax Relief have wielded influenced over the legislature, Republican Party politics, and the presidential caucuses. Failor’s departure now creates a huge void at a preeminent political organization in the state, but it will impact Republican politics in Iowa in general.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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