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February 29th, 2012

Democrats Flee State Capitol Over 2nd Amendment

Democrats in the Iowa House have fled the Iowa Capitol in protest of two bills that deal with Second Amendment issues.  House Democrats claim that they were not given proper notice that the bills would be debated today.  However, Republican Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer told the Des Moines Register, “Every member knows that anything that comes out of committee and is placed on the calendar is eligible.

The two bills that were put on the docket to be debated today are issues that most Iowans would agree with.  The first bill is a constitutional amendment that would guarantee Iowans the right to keep and bear arms.  Unlike the U.S. Constitution, Iowa’s constitution doesn’t include gun rights.  The issue is non-confrontational and would require to be passed in both chambers this session and in the next General Assembly before being put on the ballot for ratification by the people of Iowa.

The second bill changes the state’s “reasonable force” law.  It would allow someone to use deadly force against an individual who is committing a violent felony if they are being threatened to killed or cause serious injury.

The cowardly antics of the House Democrats should come as no surprise.  Two years ago they forced the public out of the House Chamber during a public hearing on a major tax increase.  Now that they are out of control they not only flee the chamber when they don’t want to cast a vote, but they also flee from their responsibility of representing their constituents.


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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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