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August 27th, 2013

Strawn: From GOP Chairman to Gay Marriage Lobbyist

Matt Strawn abdicated the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Iowa in January of 2012 after mishandling the certification of the presidential caucus vote.  While his unwillingness to declare Rick Santorum the winner of the Iowa Caucuses created an uproar, some Iowa Republicans still consider him to have been a good chairman, especially in comparison to his successor.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Strawn has now been hired by the American Civil Liberties Union to lobby for gay marriage in Illinois.  Strawn’s public affairs firm, Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc, also includes Pat Brady, the former Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party.  Gay marriage legislation is expected to be re-introduced this fall in the Illinois statehouse.  A previous effort failed because of a lack of support according to the Associated Press.

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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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