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August 2nd, 2011

Randy Travis to Headline Bachmann Straw Poll Event

As a token of appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality she has received across the Hawkeye State, as well as to seize the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for returning Iowa military veterans, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced today a full slate of activities for the 2011 Iowa Straw Poll including performances by renowned country music legend Randy Travis, country music singers Richie McDonald and Tim Rushlow, and Christian artist Charles Billingsley.

In conjunction with this powerful entertainment offering, a significant component of the Team Bachmann straw poll activities will include a focus on support for returning Iowa military veterans through the Iowa-based Paws and Effect organization, a partner to the national Wounded Warrior program, which trains and places service dogs with combat veterans across the state.

“I am a huge Randy Travis fan and I am honored he will be with us on August 13 to help make this day fun and meaningful for our supporters and their families, as well as to encourage all straw poll attendees, regardless of their candidate of choice, to come together to help support Iowa’s returning military veterans,” Bachmann said. “It is humbling to think my supporters are willing to take a big part of their Saturday to join us at the Iowa straw poll. We want to make it an enjoyable destination for members of Team Bachmann and their families. We also want to be sure to give something back to Iowa’s finest by asking straw poll attendees to support the Paws and Effect organization.”

The Team Bachmann straw poll setup will include an air-conditioned tent, barbecue, beverages and live entertainment throughout the day. Straw poll attendees can also join Team Bachmann in support of Iowa’s returning combat veterans by donating to the Paws and Effect organization, which will have veterans and their trained service dogs stationed throughout the Team Bachmann site.

Paws & Effect is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Des Moines, IA that raises, trains and places service dogs with combat veterans in Iowa. Working with the Iowa National Guard and the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU) in Rock Island, Ill., Paws & Effect reaches out to combat veterans with mobility impairments and those affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Paws & Effect provides service dogs to combat veterans at no cost to the recipient. The organization also covers all expenses related to raising the service dogs in-training. For more information on Paws & Effect, please visit:

“On a day where Iowa Republicans will be gathering to help officially kick off the 2012 election process in earnest, it is fitting for all of us to pay tribute to the many sacrifices made by Iowa’s courageous veterans,” Bachmann said.

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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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