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March 15th, 2015
 

Kevin’s Korner: The Finale

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Written by: Kevin Hall
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Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

It is with some sadness that I announce this will be the final edition of Kevin’s Korner and my final column/article/barely coherent scribblings for The Iowa Republican. I am moving on to some greener pastures …

It has been a great four years here at TIR and I can’t thank Craig Robinson enough for the opportunity. I’ve enjoyed my weekly diatribes here on Sunday and I hope you have as well. For the past 207 Sundays, I’ve ranted and raved here and it’s been fun. It was a huge honor when people told me the first part of their weekly Sunday ritual was to read this column. Thank you to all three of you

Looking back, I believe we’ve done some great things here on the site, including changing the way the Iowa media covers politics in our First-in-the-Nation Caucus state. TIR was the first non-TV station that regularly included a video element with its articles. That led to unique coverage of some interesting stories you couldn’t find anywhere else …

During my time at TIR, we’ve broken several stories (mainly by Craig), made an impact on important races and coined phrases that became part of the lexicon. I would also bet that no one covered more 2012 Iowa Caucus campaign events of more candidates than yours truly …

It’s been a great experience and I’ve enjoyed this job more than any one I’ve ever held. I have truly enjoyed travelling the state, meeting all kinds of interesting Iowans from both sides of the aisle and watching political history unfold in person …

Thank you so much to all TIR readers, the countless activists and officials around the state, and the friendships I’ve forged, which I hope will continue for many more years …

Thanks also to those regulars in the TIR comments section. This site would not be the same without you. I appreciate the always interesting and sometimes non-p.c. rants from frequent visitors like ‘Deace Voted for Obama’, ‘Timmy’, Sioux City Sue and of course, the cleverly monikered ‘guest’, and many others. BTW, for you eligible bachelors in Northwest Iowa, I hear Sioux City Sue is quite a catch …

Of course, there are some things I won’t miss. Like wasting half an hour at two o’clock in the morning on Saturday night looking for a YouTube video of some obscure movie line so I could hyperlink it in this column because I thought someone might think the tie-in is funny. Meanwhile, maybe a total of two people clicked on the link. But they say if you can reach just one person …

Now I can do more productive things with my time at 2 am on a Saturday, like sleep. Or search for obsidian spheres on Ghostscape 3D

This week, I begin a new gig working in communications for the Iowa secretary of state’s office. It’s a great opportunity, one that was too good to pass up. My efforts will now be focused on non-partisan things like helping all Iowans vote and assisting the state’s business community …

Some might question whether or not someone who has been a partisan writer for the last four years can work well in a non-partisan office. Well, I worked in regular media for many years and always tried to give both sides of the story, even when the Cyclones had to play those whiny Hawkeyes …

I have stated many times that perhaps our most important civic duty as Americans is exercising the right to vote and now I intend to help every eligible Iowan do exactly that. Plus, my hiring will help state government maintain its ginger quota. #SavetheGingers

I’m not sure what the future holds for TIR other than I’m confident Craig will continue to make this the most important political website in Iowa. Who knows, maybe Krusty will make a comeback too …

And so, I bid you all a fond farewell. Adieu. Adios. Arrivederci … This is my dramatic exit …

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. This is the end, beautiful friend, the end.


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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