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Oct 18th, 2010

Summary: Independent candidate for Minnesota governor, Tom Horner, will have an informal meet-and-greet around the issue of higher education on Monday, Oct. 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 18, 2009, Aubrey Immelman noted the first anniversary of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s despicable Oct. 17, 2008 “anti-American” remarks on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, which first propelled her into the national spotlight, dishonoring her office and bringing shame to the State of Minnesota by calling for a media investigation reminiscent of McCarthy-era witch hunts to “find out [which members of Congress] are pro-America or anti-America.”



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.



Summary: The Tom Horner for Governor of Minnesota campaign has released a TV ad for the general election campaign, titled “Eyeballs.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 23, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that as public support for the Afghanistan war eroded, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said the security situation in Afghanistan was serious and deteriorating.


Aug 16th, 2010

Summary: Independence Party (IP) gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner visited St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and St. Cloud Hospital, followed by a fundraiser at the Holiday Inn. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 16, 2009 Aubrey Immelman 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.


Aug 9th, 2010

Summary: Support Tom Horner for governor of Minnesota and vote in the Independence Party primary on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 9, 2009 Aubrey Immelman announced the impending release of the results of a study of the political personality of former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney, conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.


Aug 2nd, 2010

Summary: The Star Tribune editorial board has endorsed Tom Horner as the best choice for Minnesota in the Independence Party gubernatorial primary. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on August 2, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that the U.S. Department of Defense announced that the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology had positively identified remains recovered in Iraq as those of Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher, whose F/A-18 Hornet was shot down in a combat mission over Iraq on January 17, 1991 in the first hours of Operation Desert Storm.


Jul 19th, 2010

Summary: It’s been a good week for Independent Tom Horner’s campaign for governor of Minnesota. Not only did Horner meet his July 19 fundraising goal to qualify for public campaign funds, he also attracted favorable media attention highlighting the fact that he can win in November. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 19, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that the Pentagon had identified the captured American soldier who went missing from his forward operating base in Afghanistan as Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, Ketchum, Idaho, a member of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.


Jun 25th, 2010

Summary: Lawmakers or candidates in nearly 20 states are pushing for tougher anti-illegal immigration measures similar to Arizona’s sweeping new immigration law. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 25, 2009 Aubrey Immelman reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused U.S. President Barack Obama of behaving like his White House predecessor George W. Bush, calling on Obama to apologize for what he called U.S. interference following Iran’s disputed elections. Against that background, Immelman provided links to psychological profiles of Ahmadinejad, Bush, and Obama developed at his Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.


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.