Independent Political Report turns 11 today (and Paulie turns 47)

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On May 20th, 2008 Independent Political Report went online with its first post, which just outlined it’s goals while decrying its predecessor Third Party Watch. In the 11 Years since then many third party activist and politicians contribute to the site, got many spinoff and sister blogs including an unaffiliated website Alt-Right site that bears a name that’s the equivalent of a sequel anime, and even had a brief stint on BlogTalkRadio. As of the writing of this post the site has 18,620 Posts and 330,689 Comments. While there are many sites similar in to this one in its goals, this one is the oldest of its variety that is still active (Unless BallotAcessNews counts).

Although I have only been a contributor for 6 months, and already I feel like I’m a part of a community of individuals who come from all across the political spectrum with one common goal: Giving Third Parties the focus and attention that the mainstream media forgot to do.

Thanks to all former and current contributors, commenters, and lurkers.

Here’s to the next 11 years….

 

17 thoughts on “Independent Political Report turns 11 today (and Paulie turns 47)

  1. Fernando Mercado Post author

    No problem. It was my pleasure to be a part of the “Celebration”.

    I haven’t posted an article in a bit so I took it upon myself to carry the torch held by the likes of Darcy Richardson.

  2. Austin Cassidy

    Wow, has it really been 11 years?

    Congrats. Hopefully this site lasts 11 more.

  3. Curt Boyd

    I’m more of a lurker than a poster…it’s probably been a few years since I have posted…but happy birthday! I can’t believe the site has been up for 11 years. This has always been a good news source for me with respect to Alternate Party news. Here’s to 11 more years, and beyond!

  4. Matt Cholko

    I believe I showed up right around the launch of this site. I remember lurking, maybe posting a bit as well, at TPW right at the end. I haven’t been very active around here the last couple of years. But, I certainly still appreciate the role this site serves in curating alt-party news. Happy b-day IPR.

    And, to Paulie, thanks for all you have done to keep this site active, and for everything you do in service of the LP. Happy Birthday!

  5. Stewart Flood

    Just saw this. Have to admit that I don’t follow IPR much these days, but I’m glad to see it still exists!

  6. Carol Moore/Secession.net

    More posts about the scandalous doings in LP! I’ve got several running issues already just keeping files on. Need motivation to write them up coherently instead of scattering pieces here and there. ha ha ha

  7. paulie

    More posts about the scandalous doings in LP! I’ve got several running issues already just keeping files on. Need motivation to write them up coherently instead of scattering pieces here and there. ha ha ha

    Feel free to submit them if you ever write them, but even then someone who is signed up to post articles has to decide it is worth their time to actually post. I’m no longer to able to do the bulk of it myself, but I can sign new people up. If I ever get motivated to start posting articles again I’m sure you’ll notice. Every time I do I get more crap than thanks for it and lose interest again.

  8. paulie

    Just saw this. Have to admit that I don’t follow IPR much these days, but I’m glad to see it still exists!

    It went way downhill in the last couple of years, but we are signing up some new writers so hopefully that will change.

  9. paulie

    And, to Paulie, thanks for all you have done to keep this site active, and for everything you do in service of the LP. Happy Birthday!

    Thanks! It actually kind of sucked. Went out and worked on petitions during the day and got ripped off by someone at my motel in the evening. Same thing as exactly two years earlier, same state, same city, same motel, one door over. I’m done going around the country to petition though. Lost my wallet on the city bus this trip and can’t get my long expired state ID replaced, and now my bank will no longer replace my atm/debit card. Without those two things road trips ain’t happening. Even if that wasn’t true, petition pay is not keeping up with travel costs, and signatures are becoming harder to get than they used to be for a variety of reasons. I lost money or barely broke even on my last few petition road trips. The travel expenses are way too high and if any number of things go wrong I can lose money quickly or even get stuck without money to leave. If I borrow money to cover it the interest snowballs out of control. It’s just no longer worth it on any level. I may still petition in Alabama only and no other states after this and we’ll see how well that will work out.

  10. paulie

    LOL, forgot about last year. That one sucked too. Didn’t even get a chance to get online to post the tenth anniversary article or ask/remind anyone else to do it. It was a non-petition related road trip to different parts of Texas. One of the people I was on that trip with has asked me not to discuss what all happened, so I won’t.

  11. Carol Moore/Secession.net

    OK, put out a few adverts and will do more. If I was younger and healthier I’d be all over it. One of these days at least should submit and article for you to consider publishing!!!

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