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Encyclopedia > Independence Party of Minnesota
Independence Party of Minnesota
Party Chairman Craig Swaggert
Senate Leader N/A
House Leader N/A
Founded 1992
Headquarters Suite 350
3338 University Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Political ideology Centrism
Libertarianism
National affiliation Reform Party (former)
Color(s) White
Web Site www.mnip.org

The Independence Party of Minnesota (often abbreviated MNIP, IP or IPM), formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is the third largest political party in Minnesota, behind the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and Republican Party. It is the political party of former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura (1999–2003), and endorsed former US Representative Tim Penny as a candidate for the 2002 gubernatorial election. The party has fielded candidates for most statewide races and has been considered a major party by the state since 1994, in addition to the DFL and Republican parties [1]. IP of Minnesota logo This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... In politics, centrism usually refers to the political ideal of promoting moderate policies which land in the middle ground between different political extremes. ... This article does not adequately cite its references. ... The Reform Party of the United States of America (abbreviated Reform Party USA or RPUSA) is a political party in the United States, founded by Ross Perot in 1995 who said Americans were disillusioned with the state of politics – as being corrupt and unable to deal with vital issues – and... A white rose. ... Political parties Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A political party is a political organization that seeks to attain political power within a government, usually by participating in electoral campaigns. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... The Republican Party of Minnesota is the Minnesota branch of the United States Republican Party. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Jesse Ventura (born July 15, 1951, as James George Janos), also known as the body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Timothy James Penny (born November 19, 1951), is an American politician. ... An election is a decision making process where people choose people to hold official offices. ...


The party was formed in 1992 by Minnesota supporters of Ross Perot, and fielded Dean Barkley that year as a candidate for a seat in the US House of Representatives. Other Perot supporters worked as part of United We Stand America, and some eventually found their way to the Independence Party after the elections. Over the following years, the party began to field candidates in other state races. In 1995 the IPM affiliated with the national Reform Party and renamed itself the Reform Party of Minnesota. Henry Ross Perot (born June 27, 1930) is a billionaire American businessman from Texas, who is best known for seeking the office of President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. ... Dean M. Barkley (born August 31, 1950) served as a member of the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from November 4, 2002 to January 3, 2003. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... United We Stand America was the name selected by Texas businessman H. Ross Perot for his 1992 independent campaign for President of the United States. ... The Reform Party of the United States of America (abbreviated Reform Party USA or RPUSA) is a political party in the United States, founded by Ross Perot in 1995 under the belief that Americans were disillusioned with the state of politics--as being corrupt and unable to deal with vital...


The state party carried that name until it disaffiliated from the national party in 2000 due to factional dissent and the increasing influence of Pat Buchanan. The party immediately changed its name back to Independence Party. Buchanan, his most influential opponents having left the party, went on to become the Reform Party's candidate for president. Patrick Joseph Buchanan (born November 2, 1938) is an American politician, author, syndicated columnist, and broadcaster. ...


Its principles are Integrity, Dignity, Responsibility, Service and Community. In some ways it is similar to the Libertarian Party, but recognizes a larger role for government. Theoretically, the party is meant to be centrist, though the group might be somewhat more accurately described as “fiscally conservative and socially liberal,” a phrase Ventura often used. It could be said that the party is moderate-libertarian. The party platform does not take a libertarian stance on social issues such as abortion, guns, gay rights, but rather leaves these issues to be decided by the individual candidate. The Libertarian Party is a United States political party created in 1971. ... In politics, centrism usually refers to the political ideal of promoting moderate policies which land in the middle ground between different political extremes. ... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... This article is about firearms and similar devices. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also...

Independence Party of Minnesota's 2006 convention at Midway Stadium

On 2004's Super Tuesday, March 2, the party held caucuses around the state along with Minnesota's other three parties. Since the organization had no national party affiliation, it merely ran a straw poll to gauge the opinions of members with regard to the available presidential candidates in the 2004 election. For the poll, the group used instant-runoff voting, a voting method that has been gaining interest in the state. Additionally, the party had several fairly progressive agenda items to vote on. For a bit of levity, there was also a vote on the mascot to use for the party. Three top possibilities were the bison, hawk, and white buffalo. (According to the IP's website, "The Independence Party...will decide on a party mascot at its convention this year. These results serve to guide to that choice, rather than decide the matter." [2]) Technology was also involved in the IPM's caucusing, as it used the Internet to conduct a two-day online “virtual caucus” for people who were unable to attend the evening of Super Tuesday. Image File history File linksMetadata IndMNconvention2006. ... Image File history File linksMetadata IndMNconvention2006. ... Midway Stadium is the name of two different minor league baseball parks in Saint Paul, Minnesota, one now demolished and the other still in active use. ... In the United States, Super Tuesday commonly refers to a Tuesday in early March of a presidential election year. ... March 2 is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A caucus is most generally defined as being a meeting of supporters or members of a political party or movement. ... A straw poll is an informal type of voting where the results of the poll have little or no direct results, other than to gauge opinion. ... Presidential election results map. ... Example ballot Instant runoff voting (IRV) is a voting system used for single winner elections in which voters rank candidates in order of preference. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Binomial name Bison bison (Linnaeus, 1758) Subspecies B. b. ... Genera Accipiter Micronisus Melierax Urotriorchis Erythrotriorchis The term hawk refers to birds of prey in any of three senses: Strictly, to mean any of the species in the bird sub-family Accipitrinae in the genera Accipiter, Micronisus, Melierax, Urotriorchis, and Megatriorchis. ... American Buffalo (technically Bison) are normally brown in color. ...


On March 5, 2004, the party announced that the presidential winner was John Edwards, ironically a candidate who had privately circulated his decision to withdraw shortly before IP members voted. The Super Tuesday ballot was probably the first state-wide experiment in instant-runoff voting. The Bison won the mascot vote, out-polling the nearest competitors by a 19% margin. March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (65th in leap years). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Johnny Reid John Edwards [1] (born June 10, 1953), is an American politician who was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004 and a one-term U.S. Senator from North Carolina. ... In the United States, Super Tuesday commonly refers to a Tuesday in early March of a presidential election year. ...


In May, 2005, Peter Hutchinson, who was Minnesota Finance Commissioner in the Rudy Perpich administration, announced that he was planning to seek the Independence Party's nomination for governor in the 2006 election. Peter Hutchinson (born December 17, 1949) is a candidate for the office of governor of Minnesota in the 2006 election. ... Rudy Perpich (June 27, 1928–September 21, 1995) was an American dentist and politician. ...


As of 2006, the party has had two members in the Minnesota Senate. Bob Lessard of International Falls, joined the party during the Ventura administration. Lessard had been a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party before he switched parties in 2001. He did not seek re-election in 2002. Also in the 2002 election, Sheila Kiscaden of Rochester was turned down for endorsement for re-election to the Minnesota Senate by the Republican party. She joined the IP and won re-election, giving the Independence Party its first victory in a Minnesota legislative election. She joined the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in January of 2006. There have been no members of the IPM in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The Minnesota Senate is the upper house in the Minnesota Legislature. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... Sheila Kiscaden is an American politician. ... The Republican Party of Minnesota is the Minnesota branch of the United States Republican Party. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... The Minnesota House of Representatives is the lower house in the Minnesota State Legislature. ...


Famous Members

  • Jesse Ventura - Governor of Minnesota: 1999-2003
  • Dean Barkley - U.S. Senator from Minnesota: 2002-2003 (Appointed by Gov. Ventura to fill a vacancy due to Sen. Paul Wellstone's death)
  • Richard McCluhan - Former chairman of the party during Jesse Ventura's presence in office.

Jesse Ventura (born July 15, 1951, as James George Janos), also known as the body, The Star, The Mind, and Governor Body, is an American politician, former professional wrestler, Navy UDT veteran, actor, and former radio and television talk show host. ... Dean M. Barkley (born August 31, 1950) served as a member of the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from November 4, 2002 to January 3, 2003. ... Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an American politician and two-term U.S. Senator from Minnesota. ...

External links

  • Official site
  • "Team Minnesota" 2006 electoral slate

  Results from FactBites:
 
Independence Party of Minnesota - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (734 words)
The Independence Party of Minnesota (often abbreviated MNIP, IP or IPM), formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is the third largest political party in Minnesota, behind the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and Republican Party.
The state party carried that name until it disaffiliated from the national party in 2000 due to factional dissent and the increasing influence of Pat Buchanan.
In May, 2005, Peter Hutchinson, who was Minnesota Finance Commissioner in the Perpich administration, announced that he was planning to seek the Independence Party's nomination for governor in the 2006 election.
Independence Party of Minnesota - definition of Independence Party of Minnesota in Encyclopedia (562 words)
The Independence Party of Minnesota (often abbreviated IP or IPM), formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is the third largest political party in Minnesota, behind the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) (affiliated with the national Democratic Party) and Republican Party of Minnesota.
The party has fielded candidates for most statewide races and is considered a major party by the state (in addition to the DFL, Republican, and Green parties).
The party was formed in 1992 by Minnesota supporters of Ross Perot, and fielded Dean Barkley that year as a candidate for a seat in the US House of Representatives.
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