Ben Thome, state director of the Minnesota Independence-Alliance Party, the Minnesota affiliate of the Alliance Party, explained to IPR his vote as a delegate against the nomination of businessman Rocky De La Fuente for president. At the party’s first nominating convention last week, the Alliance Party nominated the ticket of De La Fuente and historian Darcy Richardson by a vote of 24 to two, including Thome. … Read more ...
Former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura officially joined the Green Party yesterday after publicly endorsing the party on Twitter a couple weeks ago. The move seems to improve the odds that Ventura will seek the Green Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Last week, Ventura said he was “testing the waters” for a presidential run.… Read more ...
The Alliance Party held its first presidential nomination convention yesterday with participants on Zoom and livestreamed on YouTube. The party nominated the ticket of businessman Rocky De La Fuente for president and historian Darcy Richardson for vice president.
Chairman Jim Rex, the former South Carolina Superintendent of Education, opened the convention. … Read more ...
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 ...
Minnesota Public Radio (excerpts):
Minneapolis — Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Minneapolis Friday for the opening of the OccupyMN demonstration, patterned after weeks of protest in New York’s financial district.
The protest featured an appearance by Independence Party and former Gov. Jesse Ventura, who spoke as people started to gather.… Read more ...
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:
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Campaigns attract passionate and committed people. My campaign — and those of IP candidates before me — was no different.
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 ...
From the Star Tribune:
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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.
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.
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It’s too soon for us to recommend one candidate for governor.
On August 31, the MPR News-Humphrey Institute released a poll for the Minnesota gubernatorial race. It shows: Republican Tom Emmer 34%; Democratic-Farmer-Labor Mark Dayton 34%, Independence Party Tom Horner 13%, undecided or other 19%. See this story.
Horner, the Independence Party nominee, is already higher in this poll than Jesse Ventura was in similar polls at this point in the 1998 election cycle.… Read more ...
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Hahn said about two dozen spots will air on cable T.V. Sunday and Monday and cost less than $5,000.
Labeled “Leadership and Honesty,” the ad features Hahn talking about how he dealt with a restraining order that his ex-wife got against him.
Other assorted news on the Horner campaign:
- The Star Tribune recently pointed out that Horner plans to seek public funding.