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February 1st, 2011

Iowa House Passes Marriage Amendment 62 to 37

For the third time in recent history, the Iowa House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that would limit marriage in Iowa to one man and one woman.

The House voted 62 to 37 to pass the amendment after a three-hour debate that began at 11 a.m. this morning, and a two-hour public hearing on the amendment last night.  Fifty-nine Republicans voted in favor or the bill, Rep. Betty DeBoef was excused, as she is sick today.  The three Democrats who voted in favor of the bill were Rep. Dan Muhlbauer, Rep. Brian Quirk, and Rep. Kurt Swaim.

The amendment now goes to the Iowa Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal has vowed to block the Iowa Marriage Amendment from even being debated.

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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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