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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


Crunch Time: Straw Poll Decision Required Before May 28 Meeting

Last week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced that he would not be participating in the Republican Party of Iowa’s Straw Poll, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 8th,at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone. Bush’s de...
by Craig Robinson


Positive Signs for Perry’s Comeback Campaign

Last Friday, former Texas Governor Rick Perry told the media that he would be making a campaign announcement on June 4th. The next day Perry spoke at a Linn County GOP luncheon, the beginning of a five-day swing through the sta...
by Craig Robinson



No Reason for Jeb to Run from Iowa – Lincoln Dinner Roundup

The clear winner on Saturday night was the Republican Party of Iowa, which hosted eleven 2016 presidential candidates at its annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Nearly 1,400 Iowa Republicans attended the event, and 38 county Republican ...
by Craig Robinson


Live Coverage of the Republican Party of Iowa’s Lincoln Dinner

Eleven announced and likely 2016 presidential candidates will take the stage at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines tonight for the Republican Party of Iowa’s Annual Lincoln Dinner. Here is the speaking order. Senator Ri...
by Craig Robinson



RNC Should De-Regulate the 2016 Presidential Debates

This week members of the Republican National Committee gathered in Phoenix for the organization’s spring meeting. One of the big topics on the agenda was a discussion about what type of criteria will be used to determine who ...
by Craig Robinson