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Republicans Are Out of Touch With the Average Iowan

Doug Gross, the 2002 Republican nominee for Governor, made news this past weekend when he proudly proclaimed that there would be no political fallout for increasing the state’s gas tax. Gross made his prediction on Iowa Publi...
by Craig Robinson

 
 
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Iowa Journalists Play a Key Role in Protecting Our First in the Nation Caucuses

For as long as I can remember, the Iowa Caucuses have been beaten up by members of the national media. Their worn out talking points include that Iowans are not ethnically diverse and that too few people participate in what can...
by Craig Robinson

 
 
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Winners and Losers from Gas Tax Increase

A ten-cent increase in the state’s gas tax sailed through the Republican controlled Iowa House of Representatives and the Democrat controlled Iowa Senate on Tuesday. The bill now goes to Governor Terry Branstad, who has indic...
by Craig Robinson

 

 
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Get Ready to Pay More at the Pump – Gas Tax Goes to the Floor Today

By the end of the day, the Republican controlled Iowa House of Representatives and the Democrat controlled Iowa Senate are likely to pass an increase in the gas tax for the first time since 1989. While it’s been 26 years sinc...
by Craig Robinson

 
 
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Lindsey Graham’s Presidential Prospects On the Rise as Foreign Policy takes Center Stage

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham made his first trip to Iowa as a potential presidential candidate last week. Graham’s initial Iowa observation was that he needed to buy a new wardrobe because, “it’s cold out here....
by Craig Robinson

 

 
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The push to raise the gas tax doesn’t mean bridges will be fixed

There was an obscure story on the Associated Press wire the other day that points to the reason why raising the gas tax won’t mean Iowa’s bridges will suddenly get fixed. Why? Because there’s no accountabilit...
by Craig Robinson