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August 13th, 2011

Join TIR and Google at The Iowa Straw Poll

I hope that you will make stopping by Soapbox part of your day at the Iowa Straw Poll in Ames today.

The Soapbox is a partnership between and Google. The Soapbox stage will feature elected officials and presidential candidates, but it’s also open to you. Video interviews collected from the Soapbox will live on and on our YouTube Brand Channel at

It is our goal to help amplify the voices of Iowans like never before, but we also want to make sure we have fun while doing it.  Our tent will feature free Coke products, koozies, and other give-aways.  You can hang out and watch our big screen TVs so that you can stay up to date on what’s going on inside Hilton Coliseum and across the country.

Here is out lineup for today:

10:00 am – Congressman Steve King
10:15 am – Speaker Newt Gingrich (Presidential Candidate)
10:30 am – Governor Terry Branstad
11:00 am – Senator Chuck Grassley
11:30 am – Congressman Tom Latham
12:00 pm – Kayne Robinson*
12:30 pm – Betsy McCaughey***
1:00 pm – Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (Presidential Candidate)
1:30 pm – Tony Katz**
2:00 pm – Senator Rick Santorum (Presidential Candidate)
2:30 pm – Americans for Rick Perry

Note: Herman Cain, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Congressman Ron Paul, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have also been invited.

* Kayne Robinson is the former Chairman of the Republican of the Republican Party of Iowa, and 2nd Amendment Activist.

** Tony Katz is a syndicated radio show host on the All Patriots Media Network. Tony is also the host of The Conversation with Tony Katz on PJTV.

***Betsy McCaughey is a constitutional scholar with a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a patient advocate and former Lt. Governor of New York state.

You can also register to win some impressive prizes if you join our email list.

Here are some of the prizes you could win:

A Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Android Tablet

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

Google Gift Pack – Mousepad, Pens, Shirts, and More.

Winners must be present in the tent to win.  Drawings for the tablets, and Chromebook will occur at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm.

We are going to have a lot of fun.  I hope you will make stopping by part of your day on Saturday in Ames.  If you can’t make it to Ames, then stop by online and follow our coverage and participate in the comment section.

Tent Location:  The Google/TIR Tent is located on the north side of the Scheman Building.  We are located just to the east of the main doors on the north side of the building across from the Bachmann tent.

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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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