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March 1st, 2013

Ronald Reagan Endorses Cedar Rapids Casino Plan

By Craig Robinson

The 40th President of the United States has weighed in on a ballot initiative in Linn County that if approved would allow for a casino to be built in the state’s second largest county.

A recent mail piece asked voters how they would rather pay for flood protection.   Option “A” was through an increase in local taxes, option “B” was for the proposed casino.  The reverse side features a picture of Reagan and the words, “If you answered A, former President Reagan would be disappointed in you.”

The question is a little misleading since Linn County voters have already passed a tax increase to help pay for flood protection in March of 2009.  It was estimated that the local option sales tax would generate Cedar Rapids between $18 and $23 million per year, 80 percent of those funds are specifically for flood protection and acquisition of property in the flood zone.  The site for the proposed casino is in that same flood zone.

Voters will go to the polls to vote on the gambling referendum on March 5th.  If approved the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would still need to grant the group a gaming license.




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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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