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October 25th, 2011

The Caucus Chronicles

There seems to be more and more things that I find interesting but either don’t have the time to write about or they don’t warrant an entire article.  So instead of adding them to the massive pile of things I wished that I had time to write about, I’ve decided that I would just compile a list of them and publish it from time to time.

If you have something that would like to add to my Caucus Chronicles just click here.

Here is what’s on my mind.

Who’s Coming to Dinner? Perry, Santorum, Gingrich, Paul, and Bachmann

Five candidates are confirmed for the Republican Party of Iowa’s Ronald Reagan Dinner on Friday night, November 4. As expected, Romney turned down the opportunity to help Iowa Republicans and Herman Cain has not indicated whether he’s coming or not.  You can buy tickets by clicking here.

What’s Cain’s Next Move?  Win a Straw Poll in Iowa

Look for Herman Cain to try and win the Republican Assemblies straw poll in Des Moines this weekend. Cain needs something to get the media to stop talking about his various views on abortion and his lack of an Iowa campaign strategy.

Who is Iowa’s Top Paid Political Consultant?  Christopher Rants (No Really)

Just because I didn’t write an article about the quarterly fundraising reports that came out a week or so ago does not mean that I didn’t read through them. The most interesting thing to me was that Christopher Rants was paid $75,000 plus expenses to consult Thaddeus McCotter’s short-lived presidential campaign. That basically makes Rants the highest paid consultant in the state.  Nice work if you can get it.

All told, the Thaddeus McCotter Iowa experience cost $152,680.38.  Or another way to look at it is that it cost him $4,362.30 per vote he received at the Iowa Straw Poll.

Does Herman Cain even care about abortion? Doesn’t look like it.

Herman Cain’s recent comments on abortion have been an abomination.  One second he is saying he’s 100% pro-life with no exceptions, the next he is saying that it’s a family discussion and the government should play no role in it.  The most troubling thing about it is that Cain doesn’t seem to understand that he’s all over the map on the topic.

Five days after his self-inflicted wound, Cain is still all over the map on abortion.  On Fox News yesterday, Cain was asked, “Should abortion be a part of the political discussion?”  Cain’s answer: “No it should not.”

Jan Michelson called Herman Cain incoherent when it comes to the abortion issue on his WHO Radio show on Monday.  Couldn’t agree more.

Too bad there isn’t some sort of GPS device Cain could use to get himself out of the mess he’s gotten himself into.  The best headline in all of this has been: “What Herman Doesn’t Know Can Hurt Him”  Apparently, Cain doesn’t understand the constitutional amendment process either.

Who’s hunting for King’s endorsement? The Ricks

Most people assume that Michele Bachmann has Congressman Steve King’s endorsement all sewn up, but the two Ricks – Perry and Santorum – made their way to northwest Iowa last weekend to hunt a few pheasants and probably take a shot at landing King’s endorsement.

Say What? Bachmann upset over TIR reporting on something she said.

Herman Cain isn’t the only candidate who’s capable of making a mess out of where they stand on the abortion issues.  Shane Vander Hart pressed Michele Bachmann over her statement saying that late-term abortion bans are a state issue.  She told Vander Hart that she never said that.  WrongAnd we have the video to prove it.

Bachmann made the remarks at her own press conference where she focused entirely on the life issue.

Who’s the next candidate to go up on TV in Iowa?  Rick Perry

Sources tell that Rick Perry has plunked down $175,000 for a statewide TV buy.  Perry will purchase 500 to 600 gross rating points per market.  I’m surprised that he’s not a little spending more in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids markets.  If you want to know what a GRP is, click here.

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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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