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August 8th, 2011

Join The Iowa Republican and Google at the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames

For over two-and-half years, has provided all Iowans a unique perspective on Iowa Politics.  Our ability to cover and explain the intricacies of Iowa politics allows people to be better informed.

The other mission of is to cover local events that sometimes get overlooked.  Political coverage these days is non-stop, and at times, it can seem overwhelming.  There is constant coverage of the candidates, their TV ads, third party issue groups, and so on and so fourth.

But what about you?  What really matters at the end of the day is what you, the voters, think.  That’s why I’m excited to announce that will be providing you a stage in Ames to tell the rest of the world what candidate you are passionate about as well as what issues are important to you.

Iowans need to have their voices heard. Through a partnership with Google, Soapbox will provide you an opportunity to amplify your voices like never before.  Video interviews collected from the Soapbox will live on and on our YouTube Brand Channel at

We hope you will join us in Ames.

Digital Politics in the Heart of Iowa

This Saturday, thousands of Iowans will flock to the center of the state to cast a vote for their preferred Republican Presidential candidate at the Ames Straw Poll. The Ames Straw Poll is held ahead of the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses and serves as an important indicator of strength of the candidates in the critical early state. Although many other states and organizations have adopted straw polls, the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa has become one of the most important during the election cycle. This decades-old campaign trail tradition keeps politics local and personal — and this time, we’re making it digital.

The Iowa Republican – a news site dedicated to producing original political commentary by and for Republicans – is kicking off the Iowa Republican Soapbox to bring the voices of local Iowans to the world. The Soapbox will let elected officials, candidates, and engaged Iowa Republicans speak out and have their say on issues and the direction of our country through The Iowa Republican’s YouTube Channel. 
If you are planning on being in Ames on Saturday, August 13th, swing by our tent. We’ll have cold drinks, a roster of candidates stopping by and a spot for you on the Soapbox.

You’ve already made campaigns a more open political conversation using social media platforms like YouTube and Blogger, and now Google+. In the 2012 campaign, The Soapbox is our latest effort to help shift the balance back towards the voters. Everyday citizens across the globe are rolling up their sleeves, saying what they believe, and being heard.

As the country starts down the path to select our next President, we’re working to give you information and tools to be a larger part of the process from the beginning. We recently announced our participation in the Des Moines Register Debate to have candidates answer your questions in the final debate before the 2012 Iowa Republican Caucus. And we’re just getting started. We hope that a more open and local political conversation is useful to you, candidates, news organizations, and our democracy.

Posted by Ginny Hunt, Google Elections Product Manager






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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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