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August 1st, 2014

I Guess Iowa Matters – The Weekly Round Up

IowaBeginning this Saturday, an impressive list of high-profile Republicans will be making their way through Iowa.  Between Bruce Rastetter’s annual Summer Party, the beginning of the Iowa State Fair, and The FAMiLY Leader’s Leadership Summit over __ GOP heavyweights will be in the state.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson are all scheduled to attend Rastetter’s annual event, which begins with a fundraiser for Joni Ernst, the Republican looking to join the most exclusive club in the world.  When you include Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, it means four of the 100 U.S. Senators will be in rural Iowa on Saturday night.

A few days later, another U.S. Senator will make his way to Iowa for a multiple day trip across the state.  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will be in Iowa from August 4th through 6th.  Paul will headline fundraisers for Congressman Steve King and 2nd District Congressional candidate Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks.  Paul will also visit a number of Republican Victory offices across the state and make some additional appearances as well.  Paul looks like a 2016 presidential candidate, but for the life of me, I don’t understand why he didn’t plan to be in Iowa on the 7th for the beginning of the Iowa State Fair, an iconic stop for national politicians.

On Saturday, five potential presidential candidates will travel to Ames, which includes a return trip from Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  Joining Cruz at the FAMiLY Leader’s Leadership Summit is 2008-caucus winner Mike Huckabee, 2012 caucus winner Rick Santorum, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and Texas Governor Rick Perry.  Oh and while South Carolina Senator Tim Scott isn’t running for President, he’s scheduled to attend as well.

So if you’re counting at home, that means five U.S. senators, two current governors, one former senator, and one former governor, will travel to Iowa for political functions next week.  Amazing.

Props to Paul and Perry

A slew of high profile Republicans will be in Iowa next week, but two of them deserve credit for coming in and doing things to help our candidates win this November.  As mentioned above, Rand Paul is headlining handful of fundraising events for Republican candidates and organizations.  Texas Governor Rick Perry is also lending a helping hand.

Perry will be in Iowa from August 9th through 12th.  In addition to attending the FAMiLY Leader’s Leadership Summit, Perry will headline a number of fundraisers for Republican legislative candidates.  Perry will attend fundraisers for Brian Schmidt, Mike Moore, and Crystal Bruntz, all of whom are running for the Iowa Senate this year.  Perry will also attend fundraising events for Miller-Meeks, Polk County GOP, Story County GOP, and the Pottawattamie GOP.  Perry will also visit the Iowa State Fair.

I really like what Perry is doing, not only is it impactful for the candidates he is helping to raise money for, it’s a relationship building process for him should he decided to run for president in 2016.

Lt. Governor Reynolds Should Want to Debate Vernon

I don’t understand why the Branstad campaign is refusing to let Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds debate State Senator Jack Hatch’s running mate, Monica Vernon.  Look, I understand that there is never a lot of interest in watching gubernatorial debates let alone Lt. Governor debates in a general election, but there are some of us who would find them interesting.

Lt. Governor Reynolds plays a large role in the Branstad administration.  She attends all the meeting, press conferences, and heads the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative.  Reynolds is no stranger to state and local politics, and with her being viewed by many as Branstad’s heir apparent, she should actually want to be in the spotlight.

One would think that an in-the-know Lt. Governor would be the favorite in a debate against a city counsel member.  If Reynolds is serious about wanting to be governor someday, there is no better opportunity to sharpen her debate skills and get over any jitters she may have on the debate stage than participating in a debate against someone who you have a double-digit lead over in the polls.

Reynolds is a rising star among Republicans.  Earlier this week she was selected to be the chair-elect of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association.  There is no reason for her not to debate if you ask me.

That’s all folks!

Needless to say, next week is going to be a busy one.  Get out and enjoy all the activities.

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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