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Nov 4th, 2010

Summary: On Election Day 2010 Tom Horner — the best candidate in the race and the steady hand on the helm Minnesota needs in these challenging economic times — came up short in his bid for governor. In our polarized political environment the Democratic and Republican nominees were so far-left and far-right that the majority of independents voted their fears — for the “lesser of two evils” rather than casting a ballot for the candidate of their choice. In a civil society, we respect the voters’ choice and think forward to new possibilities to make things right. Against that background, Tom Horner looks to the future. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on November 4, 2009, Aubrey Immelman featured a New York Times report that made the point that Republican victories in the 2009 New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections “put the party in a stronger position to turn back the political wave President Obama unleashed last year, setting the stage for Republicans to raise money, recruit candidates and ride the excitement of an energized base as the party heads into [the 2010] midterm elections.”

Oct 29th, 2010

Summary: Election Day 2010 will test the mettle of every Minnesotan tired of business as usual: Will we have the courage of our conviction to vote for the moderate in the middle, or will we fall back into the tired old pattern of voting our fear by casting a ballot for “the lesser of two evils” on the far left or the extreme right? Vote Tom Horner for Governor of Minnesota. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 29, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the New York Times published a poorly researched, superficial, misleading, mostly puff piece on U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, titled “A G.O.P. agitator not named Palin.”

Oct 24th, 2010

Summary: Tom Horner is receiving endorsements from all of the major newspapers in Minnesota, including the Star Tribune, the Duluth News Tribune, and the St. Cloud Times, and from many smaller local papers across the state. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 24, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that the White House forcefully rejected criticism by former Vice President Dick Cheney that President Barack Obama was “waffling” and “dithering” on his Afghanistan war strategy.

Summary: Today, the Star Tribune — Minnesota’s largest and most influential newspaper — has an extraordinary editorial that speaks to the core issues in Minnesota’s 2010 gubernatorial race and whose thesis encapsulates what has been Independence Party candidate Tom Horner’s key message from the outset: If Minnesotans want bold leadership in the governor’s office, it has to start with bold leadership from voters on Election Day, Nov. 2. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on September 12, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that veteran journalist Al Eisele of the Capitol Hill newspaper, “The Hill,” made astute first-hand observations of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s behavior from the gallery at President Barack Obama’s Sept. 10, 2009 address on health care reform before a Joint Session of Congress, noting that he had “never seen anyone display the disdainful attitude toward a president” that Bachmann did.

Aug 30th, 2010

Summary: Information about gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner’s campaign events at the Minnesota State Fair. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 30, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that bombs struck Baghdad and remote communities in northern Iraq as the visiting Iranian foreign minister warned that Iraq’s instability affected the entire region.

Jun 26th, 2010

Summary: Central Minnesota voters had the opportunity to meet gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner’s running mate, lieutenant-governor candidate Jim Mulder at the Granite City Days parade in St. Cloud. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 26, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that angry Iraqis were demanding better protection after a spate of bombings had killed at least 250 and wounded hundreds in just one week as U.S. forces pulled back from urban areas to large military bases in accordance with the 2008 status-of-forces agreement between the United States and Iraq.

Jun 8th, 2010

Summary: The Pioneer Press has released a public opinion survey conducted by Decision Resources Limited, showing Independence Party of Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner rising significantly in the polls, going from 7% in March to 17-19% today. The poll indicates that Horner is receiving support from a near equal number of Republicans and Democrats and that the race will be decided by independents. At 41 percent, Horner has a commanding lead among Minnesota voters who call themselves independent, with Dayton trailing at 32 percent and Emmer barely registering at 3 percent. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 7, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that some 10,000 Marines had poured into Afghanistan, comprising the first wave of 21,000 additional troops President Barack Obama had ordered to Afghanistan in 2009 to help defeat an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency.

May 12th, 2010

Summary: In anticipation of Saturday’s Minnesota fishing opener, Independence Party-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. press conference for Wednesday, May 12 at Stop Light Bait, 45 8th Ave. SE, St. Cloud, just off Highway 10. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 12, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that U.S. Army Sgt. John M. Russell shot and killed five fellow soldiers at a counseling center at Camp Liberty in Iraq. Killed were Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle, 52, a Navy military psychologist from Beaufort, N.C.; Maj. Matthew Houseal, 54, an Army reservist and psychiatrist from Amarillo, Texas; Army Sgt. Christian E. Bueno-Galdos, 25, of Paterson, N.J.; Spc. Jacob D. Barton, 20, of Lenox, Mo.; and Pfc. Michael E. Yates Jr., 19, of Federalsburg, Md.