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December 20th, 2011

TIR’s Home Turf Tour

Three presidential candidates are descending upon eastern Iowa today.  Texas Governor Rick Perry is making stops in Maquoketa, Clinton, De Witt, and Davenport.  Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum also end their day in Davenport.

The decision to cover Perry’s swing through Jackson, Clinton, and Scott Counties was an easy one.  The three counties are where I grew up.  Nothing beats staying at my parent’s house and my Dad making breakfast to start the day.

As I drove into Maquoketa this morning, I started to reminisce about my time there as a kid.  It was the Voy Theater where I thought I would get in trouble when my brothers took me there to watch Rocky IV, not my parents.  The movie was rated PG and back then I was a stickler for the rules.

Governor Perry and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal visit to Maquoketa is the big news in town.  At a small bakery across the street from where the event will be held, patrons can be heard talking about their visit.  Any presidential candidate visiting Maquoketa will get the locals talking, but two high-profile governors visiting town is even a bigger deal it seems.

The big story out of Maquoketa might not be Perry’s visit.  Just a block south from where Perry will hold his event is a Ron Paul campaign office.  Another sign of how organized the Paul campaign is in Iowa.  Jackson County isn’t a critical county, but the fact that they have what looks to be a fully operational satellite office shows how they are different from the other campaigns.

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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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