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Ted Cruz to Headline Niche’s 7th Annual Homeschool Day

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Written by: Craig Robinson
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DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a strong voice for conservative values and leading opponent of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and other policies, will be the featured speaker at the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators’ seventh annual “Homeschool Day at the Capitol” on Tuesday, March 18.

Cruz, who is known as a passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth and the Constitution, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 in his first bid for public office. The Washington Post characterized his election as “the biggest upset of 2012″ and “a true grassroots victory against very long odds.”

In private practice in Houston, Cruz was a partner in one of the country’s largest law firms. He has written more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the high court. As Texas Solicitor General, he achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories that included the successful defense of U.S. sovereignty against the United Nations and World Court; the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms; the constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments Monument; and the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

“We are absolutely delighted that Ted Cruz has accepted our invitation to be the featured speaker at this year’s Day at the Capitol. His courage to speak out in defense of the principles that made our country great is an inspiration to so many people not just in the homeschool community but throughout the United States,” said NICHE President Justin LaVan. “Each year, the NICHE Day at the Capitol has gained greater momentum as we work to show our legislators and fellow Iowans the real face of homeschooling. Senator Cruz’s appearance certainly adds to the excitement and impact of this year’s event.”

          The NICHE Homeschool Day at the Capitol attracts roughly 1,000 home educating parents and students.

The morning session at the Statehouse will include informal training for personal visits with legislators, student achievement displays, Capitol Building tours, and recognition of homeschoolers from the House and Senate floors.

This year’s afternoon session, which will take place at the Marriott Hotel, 701 Grand Ave., will include presentations by U.S. Rep. Steve King, nationally syndicated radio talk show personality Steve Deace, FAMiLY LEADER president and CEO Bob Vander Plaats, historical character dramatist Brian Bopp and others.

Online registration will be available for Capitol Day 2014 and homeschool families are encouraged to visit www.homeschooliowa.org for additional details.

Formed in 1992, NICHE is Iowa’s only statewide homeschooling organization providing support and information to home educating families through a variety of events and resources, including an annual conference, a formal graduation service, a monthly newsletter, legislative services and multi-faceted assistance to local homeschooling groups and individual families.


About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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