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Perry’s Ride – A Post Memorial Day Round Up

It is often said that Labor Day signifies the point in a general election where voters really begin to focus on the upcoming election, and so the campaigns really seem to ratchet up. For Republican caucus campaigns in Iowa, I h...
by Craig Robinson

Huckabee Crossroads

Huckabee Sheds the Nice Guy Persona in Johnston

One of the knocks against former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee when he ran for president in 2008 was that he was too soft when it came to issues like crime, immigration, and foreign policy. His critics back then would often s...
by Craig Robinson


Straw Poll

Cloud of Uncertainty over Iowa Straw Poll

Like many Iowa Republicans, some of my greatest political memories are associated with the Iowa Straw Poll. I worked my first Straw Poll at the age of 22 in 1999. It was terrifying waiting for my buses full of Steve Forbes’ s...
by Craig Robinson

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Huckabee announces decision to forego Iowa Straw Poll, focus on Iowa Caucuses

Huckabee: “If conservatives are divided and we lose the Iowa caucuses next year, there will be no winners.” Little Rock, Ark. – In an editorial published today in the Des Moines Register, 2016 presidential can...
by The Iowa Republican

2015 Iowa Straw Poll

RPI Makes Changes to May 28th Straw Poll Meeting

Below is an email that was sent to the potential presidential campaigns about the Iowa Straw Poll. We have received a lot of logistical questions since our first email regarding the May 28 meeting. We realized that we need to m...
by The Iowa Republican