Tag Archives: Tom Horner

Horner and Penny Editorial: Americans Should Do “Big Things”

Tom Horner was the 2010 gubernatorial candidate of the Minnesota Independence Party, scoring 11.9% in that race. Tim Penny is a former Democratic Congressman and Independence Party candidate for Governor in 2002, when he received 16% of the vote. The two penned an editorial in the Star Tribune, a major newspaper in Minnesota, calling for Americans to demand that their politicians do “big things”.… Read more ...

Tim Penny Speaks Out On Governor Dayton’s Cabinet

An excerpt from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is “picking smart and credible people, and that’s a necessary and important first step to governing well,” said Penny, the former congressman and Independence Party candidate for governor in 2002 who now heads the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

“This is as good a cabinet as we’ve seen since Ventura, largely because, like Ventura, Dayton has gone outside the realm of politicians and insiders.

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Tom Horner And The Minnesota IP After The Election

The Independence Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota this cycle hasn’t just disappeared into the woodwork. Instead, he seems to be shifting into the job of party-building. From an op-ed in the Star Tribune:

Campaigns attract passionate and committed people. My campaign — and those of IP candidates before me — was no different.

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Independence Party of Minnesota holds balance of power in close race for Governor

According to the New York Times election results board, with 100% of precincts reporting, only 0.5% separates the Democratic and Republican candidates. Additional votes which may be counted, such as provisional ballots, make this race too close to call.

Tom Horner of the Independence Party got 11.9% in this race, with several other candidates in the race:

Chris Wright Grassroots Party 7,513 0.4%
Farheen Hakeem Green Party 6,188 0.3%
Ken Pentel Ecology Democracy Party 6,178 0.3%
Linda Eno Resource Party 4,092 0.2%

In the other three gubernatorial races which the NY Times considers too close to call at this time:

Illinois, 99% reporting – 0.5% separate the Democrat and Republican

Scott Lee Cohen Independent 134,219 3.6%
Rich Whitney Green Party 99,625 2.7%
Lex Green Libertarian Party 34,293 0.9%

In Connecitcut, again 0.5% separate the Democratic and Republican candidates.… Read more ...

Do Voters Ever Think About The Voting System?

Eric Black has an interesting article about a recent poll on the Minnesota gubernatorial race. The whole thing is worth a read, but here are some relevant excerpts.

The poll, taken by St. Cloud State University (SCSU) and partially sponsored by MinnPost, suggests that if the election was conducted (as it will be) by the traditional plurality-vote-wins system, Dayton leads among likely voters as follows:

Dayton: 40 percent
Emmer: 30 percent
Horner: 19 percent
Other, don’t know, refused: 11 percent

The findings are probably good news for Horner.… Read more ...

Chance to test IRV: FairVote is hosting an on-line poll for Governor of Minnesota race

Thanks to Tom Cleland, a blogger and a supporter of Farheen Hakeem, for the tip on the FairVote poll.

FairVote is hosting a ranked-choice poll for Governor of Minnesota. The poll is a chance to see IRV (Instant Runoff Voting) applied in a race with several, third party candidates. The poll is at:

http://fairvotemn.org/node/1826/simplevote

There are seven candidates on the ballot.

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Ventura: ‘Shock the world again. Vote Tom Horner…”

In a surprise move (even to the campaign), former Governor Jesse Ventura has endorsed Independence Party candidate Tom Horner for Governor of Minnesota.

“I urge people — if they truly want change, it’s in their power — shock the world again. Vote Tom Horner in as governor,” the first and only IP governor said in an interview with the St.

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IPR Gubernatorial Rankings

1) Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) – In 2006, Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee lost a close race for re-election against Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. Saying, “It’s not my party anymore,” in 2007 a disenchanted Chafee left the Republican Party due to its increasing conservatism. The politician went searching for a party, disagreeing with the Green and Libertarian Parties while finding the name of the Moderate Party “too squishy.” Finally, in 2010 Chafee decided to run for Governor as an Independent.… Read more ...

Minnesota Independence Party’s Horner picks up 18% in new gov. poll

From the Star Tribune:

Five weeks before Minnesotans elect a new governor, DFL candidate Mark Dayton leads GOP rival Tom Emmer among likely voters, with Independence Party candidate Tom Horner gaining ground, a Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found.

In the three-way race, Dayton leads Emmer 39 to 30 percent, nearly unchanged from a July Minnesota Poll.

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SUSA: Tom Horner At 18%, Other At 5% In MN Gubernatorial Race

The latest polling from SurveyUSA shows a tightening race for Governor of Minnesota. From the pollster:

Today, Dayton gets 38%, Emmer 36%; Dayton’s nominal 2-point advantage may or may not be statistically significant. But: Independence Party candidate Tom Horner today gets 18% of the vote, stronger yet among older, more reliable voters, complicating the calculus either major-party campaign needs to capture the open seat.

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Momentum on Tom Horner’s Side

Tom Horner, Minnesota IP candidate for Governor, has to be having a good time right now. A series of high-profile articles and endorsements may be turning the gubernatorial race into a competitive three-way race.

First, the Star-Tribune (the state’s largest newspaper) released an interesting quasi-endorsement for Tom Horner.

It’s too soon for us to recommend one candidate for governor.

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Ralph Nader Endorses Ken Pentel for MN Governor

Paul Demko reports at the Politics in Minnesota blog,

Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and frequent presidential candidate, is supporting Ken Pentel in the governor’s race. Pentel is running on the Ecology Democracy ticket, a fledgling political party that he created.

Pentel has made two previous runs for the state’s top office under the Green Party banner.

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