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Independence Party

Oct 3, 2014

A crowded field of pot advocates

In gubernatorial bid, the Grassroots Party's Chris Wright is no longer such a lonely voice.

Sep 3, 2014

IP braces for a hard fall

Primary results, fundraising woes spell tough times for state’s upstart party.

Jun 6, 2014

Jesse’s party in shambles? IP state director quits

“I cannot keep my name as a leader of a party that I do not believe is the best option for the voters of this state,” wrote IP state director Kyle Lewis.

Apr 30, 2014

State’s Libertarians aim for major party status

Noting the current high profile debate at the Capitol over medical marijuana legislation and the dearth of pro-legalization candidates in the gubernatorial field, gubernatorial candidate Chris Holbrook thinks his party could garner 5 percent of the vote in November.

May 22, 2013

IP planning to sue state over school shift

The Independence Party of Minnesota plans to take the state to court if the school-aid shift isn’t paid off by Dec. 1. IP Chairman Mark Jenkins has scheduled a state Capitol press conference on Thursday to announce his legal plans.

Jun 25, 2012

Independence Party stays out of U.S. Senate race, opposes constitutional amendments

IP delegates did not endorse a candidate to run against incumbent DFL U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar at their party convention in Roseville this weekend. Two candidates --accountant Glen Menze and farmer Stephen Williams -- vied for the party's backing but fell short. The candidates will likely head to an August primary election for the IP slot on the ballot.

Aug 23, 2011

IP joins anti-gay marriage amendment coalition

The Independence Party's joining of Minnesotans United for All Families is the latest sign the group will comprise a broad swath politically active groups.

Jan 31, 2011

Uldrich to resign as Independence Party chairman

Independence Party Chairman Jack Uldrich is resigning his post effective February 13. The party has maintained its major party status since IP Gov. Jesse Ventura left office in 2002.

Dec 8, 2010

Horner ponders his future

Tom Horner took a bigger risk than most when he embarked on his run for governor of Minnesota. The former Republican pundit and strategist turned Independence Party candidate alienated many of his old political allies when he switched party affiliation to challenge to GOP candidate Tom Emmer and DFLer Mark Dayton.

Oct 22, 2010

Ventura endorses Horner, wants IP to “shock the world again”

Former pro wrestler and Independence Party Gov. Jesse Ventura endorsed IP candidate Tom Horner Friday, encouraging Minnesotans to "shock the world again."

Sep 16, 2010

GOP is playing hardball with Independence Party in legislative races too

Minnesota Republicans have strongly criticized Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. But the Republicans are also aggressively taking on the IP in legislative races.

Sep 13, 2010

Former Gov. Arne Carlson backs IP’s Tom Horner

Former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson is endorsing Independence Party candidate Tom Horner in the Minnesota governor's race, saying more taxes and deeper cuts aren't not the answer to the state's fiscal troubles.

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