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Aug 16th, 2010


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Horner Tours Higher Ed Campuses in St. Cloud

Tom Horner in St. Cloud, Aug. 16, 2010. From left to right: Horner discusses his plans for overcoming partisan gridlock in St. Paul and restoring Minnesota’s economic growth; Horner with real estate agent Steve Baklaich; Central Minnesotans listen to Tom outlining his vision for the way forward in tough economic times.

ST. CLOUD, MN — Independence Party candidate for governor Tom Horner got a close look at some of Minnesota’s higher education programs on Monday in St. Cloud.

Horner had lunch at Garvey Commons at St. Cloud State University and took a campus tour, with a focus on programs in science and technology.

Horner then stopped by St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where he toured training programs in welding and trucking.

Horner’s final stop of the afternoon was at St. Cloud Hospital, the largest employer in the St. Cloud area. Hospital officials brought Horner up to date on the hospital’s ongoing expansion.

Horner wrapped up the day’s campaigning with an evening fund-raiser at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn.

Horner noted that he did not spot any “trackers” from opposing campaigns; when trackers have appeared at previous campaign events, Horner has made a point of recruiting them to join the cause of electing the candidate who will bring common-sense leadership and independent thinking to the governor’s office.

“We need to bring in ideas from all sides. That’s why I’ve been encouraging trackers like Abby to convert,” Horner quipped.

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Related reports

Tom Horner’s visit as reported by the St. Cloud Times

Editorial: On to a genuine three-way race (Star Tribune, Aug. 11, 2010) – Together, the three major-party nominees cover a wide span of American political thinking. They are positioned to present general-election voters with very different proposals for restoring fiscal health and prosperity to a state that’s reeling from the Great Recession.

Tom Horner: "If this is an election that is decided by the 25 percent of the electorate that are small 'i' independent, I think I win."
Tom Horner: “If this is an election that is decided by the 25 percent of the electorate that are small ‘i’ independent, I think I win.” (Photo credit: Jay Weiner / MinnPost)

Man in the middle: Tom Horner says if independents rule, he wins
(Jay Weiner, MinnPost, Aug. 11, 2010)

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EARLIER REPORT

Invitation to Meet Tom Horner in St. Cloud

The Central Minnesota Multi-Housing Association is extending an invitation to meet Independence Party (IP) gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner in St. Cloud on Monday, August 16, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (located at the intersection of Hwy 15 and Hwy 23, 75 – 37th Avenue South, St. Cloud).

Please join us for a discussion with Tom on how we can work together to overcome partisan gridlock in the State of Minnesota, restore economic growth, establish a smarter, leaner government, and reinvigorate the culture of innovation and investment in our state.

Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar provided.

Please consider a contribution of $50, $100, or $250.

RSVP to Matt Lewis at Horner2010.com

Tom Horner will speak at 5:45 p.m.

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PERSONAL NOTEBOOK: HORNER’S REMARKS TO SUPPORTERS

Addressing supporters at a fundraiser following his tour of higher education- and medical facilities in St. Cloud, Tom Horner amplified his message that the Democratic and Republican candidates in the gubernatorial race, Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer, both offer a very limited, narrow view of the best way forward for Minnesota.

“We need comprehensive tax reform, not just tax cuts or raises,” said Horner, outlining his plan to lower the sales tax but broaden its base.

Among his priorities as governor, Horner emphasized fiscal responsibility — balancing the budget honestly and transparently — and investing in Minnesota’s future to revitalize it as a great state in which to live, work, do business, and enjoy quality of life.

Horner also addressed the highly polarized, divisive political climate into which Minnesota has descended, noting that politicians will not solve the problem and  that it’s up to the people to say “enough is enough” and elect a governor in the middle who can work with reasonable people on both sides of the political divide.

Horner warned that Republicans in the state legislature will not allow Dayton to succeed, should he be elected, nor will Democrats allow Emmer to succeed — thus condemning the people of Minnesota to four more years of partisan gridlock.

In his remarks, Horner noted the irony that — despite making up a plurality of Minnesotans — independent and politically unaffiliated voters may reluctantly vote for either the Democratic or Republican candidate as the lesser of two evils, thinking (incorrectly) that the candidate who best represents the middle ground cannot be elected.

It’s not true, quipped Horner, that “the Independence Party only wins when someone wears a feather boa” (alluding to Jesse Ventura’s 1998 election victory).

Finally, Horner addressed the serious fundraising challenges confronting independent candidates and appealed to Minnesotans of all political stripes to help him raise the funds necessary to win. More than 1,400 individual contributors have already joined that cause. Make a secure online contribution to Horner for Governor here.

For more information about Tom Horner’s campaign for governor, visit www.Horner2010.com.

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RELATED REPORTS ON THIS SITE

Tom Horner at his press conference in St. Cloud after winning the Independence Party of Minnesotas endorsement for governor, May 12, 2010.
Tom Horner on his first campaign visit to St. Cloud, May 12, 2010.
(Photo: Aubrey Immelman)

Strib: Horner ‘Serious Contender’ (Sept. 12, 2010)

Tom Horner at the State Fair (Aug. 30, 2010)

‘Eyeballs’ — Tom Horner TV Ad (Aug. 23, 2010)

Tom Horner for Minnesota Governor (Aug. 9, 2010)

Vote Tom Horner in Aug. 10 Primary (Aug. 2, 2010)

Horner 2010 Gains Momentum (July 19, 2010)

Horner Campaign at Granite City (June 26, 2010)

Tom Horner Rises in the Polls (June 8, 2010)

Tom Horner’s Statewide Swing (May 12, 2010)

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — August 16, 2009

Iraqi clerics say homosexuality must be eradicated but warn against anti-gay violence.
Muslim clerics in Iraq say homosexuality must be eradicated but warn against anti-gay violence. Militiamen are torturing and killing gay Iraqi men with impunity in a systematic campaign that has spread from Baghdad to several other cities, a prominent human rights group said in a report. “Murders are committed with impunity, admonitory in intent, with corpses dumped in garbage or hung as warnings on the street,” the 67-page report [PDF] said. (Photo credit: CNN / Getty Images)

More Bombings in Baghdad

One year ago today, I reported that bombs hidden in plastic bags exploded at a market in a mainly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 19 — the latest in a series of bombings targeting Shiites and minorities that have killed more than 160 people in one week.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — August 16, 2008

On the Campaign Trail: Day 33

Two years ago today, on the 33rd day of my 2008 campaign against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, I completed the final leg of my 100-mile Sixth District walking tour, from Centerville and Hugo to Stillwater.


Aubrey Immelman’s family welcomes him upon arrival at Lowell Park on the St. Croix River, Stillwater, Minnesota, after his 100-mile campaign swing on foot from Freeport in Central Minnesota to Stillwater on the Wisconsin border, August 16, 2008. From left to right: Pam, Patrick (2), Matt (11), Tim (13), and Elizabeth (9).

I concluded the day’s campaign activities meeting with supporters and local residents at Little Rock Lake in Benton County to discuss constituent issues.

Addressing voters at Rumors Bar & Grill, Rice, Benton County, after returning from the day's campaign swing through Washington County from Hugo to Stillwater, Aug. 16, 2008.
Addressing voters at Rumors Bar & Grill, Rice,
Benton County, after returning from the day’s
campaign swing through Washington County
from Centerville to Hugo and Stillwater.

Paratroopers_08-16-2008-1.jpg Paratroopers of the '50s and '70s picture by Rifleman-Al
Aubrey Immelman (right) with fellow paratrooper
Bruce Robertson (left), 82nd Airborne (1955-1958),
Aug. 16, 2008.

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