The IP Blog

The IP Blog covers a variety of topics of interest and importance to the Independence Party and Minnesota.  Follow our posts and give us your feedback on policy positions, philosophy and party direction!  Postings usually reflect the opinions of the author and are not necessarily official party positions.

Blog Authors

Author Bio Post Title/Date
Philip FuehrerP_Fuehrer Phil Fuehrer joined the Independence Party in March 1995 and became State Platform Committee Chair that April. He is a co-author of the Constitution and Bylaws rewrite done that year – much of which is still in use by the party.

During his 20+ years with the IP he has served in such positions as Fourth Congressional District Chair, Constitution/Bylaws Committee Chair and as a member of the State Executive Committee.He was elected State Director of the IP in June 2015 and elevated to State Chair in November of that year.Phil is a 3-time candidate representing the IP (State Representative and twice for St. Paul City Council) and was the first IP candidate to receive the endorsement of a major Minnesota newspaper (St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1996).

He has also served in top level positions for Secretary of State and U.S. Senate campaigns as well as an advisor to numerous other local and statewide candidacies.An avid poker player, Phil also co-hosts the CPL Poker Podcast.

Phil can be reached at philfuehrer (at) gmail.com.

2015 Convention Speech – 06/21/15

Redefining the Independence Party -Part I - 05/17/2015

Structural Changes Needed to Revitalize Party – 2/15/2015

Cult of Personality? Not Exactly – 01/17/2015

Independence Party: “The report of our death was an exaggeration.” - 12/26/2014

Ben Thome

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Ben Thome has been an active member of the IP since 2004 and served with no other party prior to then.  He is currently serving as the State Party Director, but has also served as State Party Secretary, 3rd CD Vice-Chair and 3rd CD Secretary.He also ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives for the Independence Party.

Ben graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Art in Linguistics and Anthropology.  His passions range from academic pursuits like science and languages to more active pursuits like gardening and travelling.Politics is another of his passions and it has been claimed that Election Day is his Super Bowl.

Ben strongly believes in a third party movement, believing that a two party system only invites stagnation and division.  He opposes extremism in all forms and embraces the often malign ideology of temperance and balance.  “It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thirsty nor drunken,” Aristotle.

Executive Orders and the Facts – 5/7/2016

Obstructionism is not the answer - 3/13/2016

Mark CardenasM_Cardenas Mark Cardenas is the Congressional District 6 Chair.  He joined the IP in November 2015 and became chair of CD6 in December.Mark lives in Blaine and is passionate about local, state, and federal politics.  His top issues include increasing state revenue via legalizing online poker, increasing spending on infrastructure, and reducing state taxes.

A consultant to the mortgage servicing industry for a company in Mendota Heights, he is also the founder and co-host of the CPL Poker Podcast and Podcast Reviews ASAP websites.  He is also working towards his IT Management Bachelor of Science degree with the University of Minnesota (Crookston).You can contact Mark at:
MNIP.cd6@gmail.com
Twitter: @MNIPcd6
Facebook: MNIPcd6

What Should Minnesota’s Minor Parties Do Now? – 1/8/2017

Ask Not… - 2/2/2016

Guest BloggersWriters include:  Brad Canham, Paula Overby, David Sullivan-Nightengale, and,
Mark Jenkins
On occasion we have guest bloggers pen for us.  These guests include former candidates and current and former party leaders. Muslim Ban: Reject Fear, Choose Plurality, Choose One America – 01/28/2017

The Latest Libertarian Party of Minnesota Line on the Independence Party is Deceptive at Best – 10/8/2015

Transgender Values - 5/2/2015

Campaign Finance Rules in favor of DFL Campaign Coordination – 01/06/2015

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