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September 24th, 2012

IPTV Announces Iowa Press Congressional Debates

JOHNSTON, IA – Iowa Public Television today announced a series of debates among those seeking to represent Iowa’s congressional districts. The four Iowa Press Debates will be held on-site in each district, and will each be broadcast live statewide on Iowa Public Television.

The schedule for the debates is as follows:

Third Congressional District: Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Des Moines) and Rep. Tom Latham (R-Clive) – Thursday, October 11 live at 7 p.m. from the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

Second Congressional District: Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa City) and John Archer (R-Bettendorf) – Tuesday, October 16 live at 7 p.m. from the Des Moines Area Community College Conference Center in Newton.

Fourth Congressional District: Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) and Christie Vilsack (D-Ames) – Thursday, October 25 live at 7 p.m. from the Santa Maria Winery in Carroll.

First Congressional District: Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Waterloo) and Ben Lange (R-Independence) – Thursday, November 1 live at 7 p.m. from the Grand Opera House in Dubuque.

Each debate will be hosted by Iowa Press moderator Dean Borg. Panelists will include Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson joined by regional reporters covering the different contests. Debates will be rebroadcast on Iowa Press during the program’s usual times – Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at noon. Debates will also be streamed live online and archived at

Members of the public are invited to be in the audience for the debates. There is no cost to attend and no reservations are required. All guests must be in their seats by 6:45 p.m., and no admittance will be allowed after 6:45 p.m. Questions and feedback from the audience will not be permitted as part of the television production.

Now in its 40th season, Iowa Press explores the issues affecting the lives of Iowans. Newsmakers, policymakers, and elected officials join statehouse reporters in weekly public affairs discussions.

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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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