Current IP Highlights
State Convention - Saturday, May 4 - Rogers, MN
The annual State Convention will commence at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Davanni’s party room in Rogers. The main items of business include:
- Election of the State Party Officers (Chair/Director team, Secretary and Treasurer)
- Voting on the State Central Committee’s recommendation for national affiliation with The Alliance Party
- Pending the above result, a vote to finalize a party name change to “Independence-Alliance Party
The IP "In the News"
Your Independence Party and IP Candidates in the news:
- New batch of Minnesota candidates energized by barriers broken in 2018, Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 27, 2019
- Governor-Elect Tim Walz meets Jesse Ventura for advice, KMSP-TV, November 13, 2018
- The Reader’s 2018 Endorsement Committee, Skip Sandman endorsement for #MN08, Duluth Reader, November 1, 2018
- Minnesota’s minor parties team up to get back to relevance, WCCO, October 31, 2018
- Secretary of state candidates talk election security, Minnesota’s ‘superiority complex’, MPR, October 31, 2018
- After email dump, CD8 debate gets chippy, Duluth News Tribune, October 30, 2018
National Party Affiliation and Name Tweak coming?
In August 2018, a wide-ranging collection of independent and alternative party leaders and activists got together in Denver, CO to discuss the overall independent movement. From that gathering the idea of like-minded centrist and moderate parties formally banding together took solid root.
In the interim, the American Moderates and Modern Whig party merged. Joining them was the American Party of South Carolina. Others, including the Moderate Party of RI, remnants of the Reform Party and Independence Party of Minnesota (among others) are considering and/or moving in the direction of joining what is now called “The Alliance Party”.
The State Central Committee has endorsed the concept of joining this new national party – really the coming together of already existing parties into one larger and much more viable entity – and a name change via voice vote at the January 26 meeting. It now goes before the State Convention on May 4 for final approvals.
Keep following us to see where we land. You can learn more about The Alliance Party here.
Op-Ed Commentary Response: Vote for the Candidates You Support
Recently, an op-ed writer wrote of third parties as spoilers. IP State Chair Phil Fuehrer has written a response encouraging people to vote for the candidates they support.
What do you get when you vote for alternative candidates? You get more voices in the system, more choices at the ballot box and a better chance at a truly responsive and representative government.
Statement from IP Chair Phil Fuehrer on the 11/06/2018 elections
State Chair Phil Fuehrer posted a lengthy statement about tonight’s elections on the party’s Facebook page.
The statement concludes with:
We, the IP, simply, have not finished our work….
…Our ballot candidates tonight – William Denney and Ray “Skip” Sandman put in the work for 2018. They hammered at that stone numerous times. We HAVE made progress, just not quite yet enough of it. THANK THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS.
We will learn from this and grow. The IP survives and we will see it, again, thrive. Thank you all.
You can read the full statement here.
Upcoming events of interest:
- State Convention, Saturday, May 4 – 1:30pm start, Davanni’s in Rogers, MN
- Congressional District 3 “Lake Minnetonka Forum Meet-up, Frirday, May 24 – 6pm to 8pm, Lund’s Byerly’s at Ridgedale
- State Executive Committee Meeting, Sunday, June 2 – 1pm
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any upcoming event.
In 1992, a group of Minnesota citizens established a brand new political party—the Independence Party. These bold, visionary citizens were not part of the political elite, captains of industry, or members of the idle rich looking to fill some time. They were ordinary citizens whose disgust with constant budget deficits, big money special interest influence, and extreme ideological dominance forced them to action.
Twenty five year later those same frustrations have only grown worse. The Independence Party continues its work to solving the issues and giving Minnesotans a true voice.
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