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July 19th, 2013

David (Young) vs. Goliath (Schumer) – The Friday Roundup

A few of David Young’s comments from Monday’s Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Cedar Rapids sure got some national attention this week after being reported by

Apparently, liberals and the media believe that there is a law that says people must keep their Christian beliefs to themselves.  However, if you live a homosexual lifestyle or have become transgendered or confused, the public must go out of their way to make you feel welcomed and accepted.

I reported what Young said about Schumer because it showed a side of him that I don’t think many Iowans know yet.  In the handful of times I’ve seem him as a candidate, he has presented himself as a very faithful and devout Christian conservative candidate.  In the past, he has spoken about the time when he accepted Christ as his personal savior, the Bible studies he participated in at the U.S. capitol, and when I jokingly asked him what his campaign’s theme song was when he formally entered the race in Van Meter in June, he first said “Forever Young,” then said, “No, how about ‘One Day at a Time Sweet Jesus.’”

Young’s comment about Schumer was interesting because it involved something he would do if given the opportunity, not something he had done in the past.  I understand why the liberal media went crazy over his remarks, but we should also remember the great Commission that Jesus gave to his disciples.

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

There is nothing wrong or illegal about sharing one’s faith with another person, even if they practice a different religion.  The outrage over Young’s remarks just goes to show how America is becoming more and more pagan.

Ernst Rollout Was Impressive

State Senator Joni Ernst’s official entrance into the U.S. Senate race has been hands down the best we have seen of any other candidate, including Democrat Congressman Bruce Braley.  Ernst held kickoff events in six different Iowa communities that earned her good media coverage in the major media markets across the state.

Ernst is showing the other candidates how campaign announcements are typically done.  It’s not rocket science, but surprisingly, the current candidates in the race didn’t think to travel the state to get a heavy dose of free media coverage.  It’s politics 101.  Now Ernst has until the end of September to raise money for her campaign.  A big number will thrust her to the front of pack.  A poor number will mean she’s just another Republican running for the U.S. Senate.

Congratulations to State Rep. Peter Cownie

Peter Cownie will replace retiring John Putney as the Executive Director of the Iowa State Fair’s Blue Ribbon Foundation next year.  In my opinion this is one of the best jobs in the state of Iowa.  Who doesn’t love the Iowa State Fair?

Hedlund Uses Des Moines Register to help his case against the state.

Larry Hedlund, the Special Agent for the Department of Public Safety who has now been relieved of his duties, has used the Des Moines Register and other Iowa media outlets to help make his case against the State of Iowa for his termination.  For weeks now, the Des Moines Register has been “reporting” on the actions taken against Hedlund following an incident where he called in the Governor’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 20.

Has anyone ever stopped and wondered who tipped off the Register to this story in the first place?  It had to be Hedlund, who knew his job was either on the line or that he was about to get fired.  It sure was nice of the Register to make it seem like Hedlund was fired because he tattled on the Governor.  The truth is that it takes an awful lot for a state employee to be fired, not just a petty incident like calling the cops on the governor’s car.

Governor Branstad was wise to call a press conference yesterday and ask for the file against Hedlund to be made public.

The Two Faces of Tyler Olson

Look at how Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tyler Olson is beaming as Governor Branstad signs into law the largest tax relief bill in the state’s history.

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Now look at Olson when he realizes that there isn’t anyway in hell that he can beat Branstad.

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Thanks for playing kid.  You should have run for Congress.

42 days and counting…

… Since U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Whitaker tweeted anything.

Clovis goes national

Sam Clovis may have only raised $16,000 for his campaign thus far, but he’s done better than the rest of his Republican competition earning media coverage.  This week Clovis blasted U.S. Senator Marco Rubio on the issue of immigration, and CNN picked up the story.  That, my friends, is called good earned media in a primary.

TIR’s Interview with Sen. Ted Cruz will be interviewing Texas Senator Ted Cruz later today.  We will publish the interview on Monday morning.’s Kevin Hall will also be filling in for Simon Conway on WHO Radio this afternoon.  Kevin has invited me on as a guest to speak about the David Young incident along with Steve Scheffler of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.  It should be a good interview.

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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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