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Note: This website is not related to any existing political party. It is maintained by Bill McGaughey, who was a candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2002 primary of Minnesota's Independence Party. The website was created in the aftermath of that election to suggest a future direction for the Independence Party or any third-party aspiring to majority-party status. It later became a bulletin board related to McGaughey's possible IP Senate candidacy in 2006 - he did not run - and now to his prospective candidacy in 2008. At a convention held on June 21, 2008, the Independence Party picked Stephen Williams of Austin, Minnesota, to be its Senate candidate. Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is still deciding whether to jump into the race.

   

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National politics: On January 26, 2008, the Independence Party of Minnesota voted to affiliate with a newly created national organization called "The Independence Party of America". Frank MacKay, president of the Independence Party of New York took that initiative to bring state organizations in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and Minnesota, into a confederation of parties which, among other things, might support the "independent" candidacy of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg for President of the United States. On February 27, 2008, Mayor Bloomberg announced that he would not be running for President. Bill McGaughey now favors Barack Obama for President. He wants to leave the Bush-Cheney years behind.

Bill McGaughey’s statement to party members while seeking the IP endorsement for U.S. Senate in June, 2008 Scale back the military and rebuild our sagging economy.

Blue Print for a Senate Race in 2008 What Bill McGaughey might do if nominated for U.S. Senate by the Independence Party of Minnesota

Four Issues that sum up the McGaughey campaign for Senate (a brief statement)

 

Trade policy is Bill McGaughey's main issue. In 1992, he published a book criticizing NAFTA and suggesting alternatives. (A U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement: Do We Just Say No?, ISBN 0-9605630-2-4) Here are some more recent writings on the subject:

A labor and environmentally oriented trading system This article by Bill McGaughey appeared in Synthesis/Regeneration, a national publication of the Green Party, in the spring of 1993 (Presents concept of employer-specific tariffs.)

A search for trade standards to protect labor and the environment This article by McGaughey appeared in Synthesis/Regeneration in the winter of 1996 (Advocates an accounting rather than legal approach to enforcing labor standards.)

Why employers want to outsource manufacturing production An illustration of the financial impact

The politics of free trade Bill Moyers' interview with John MacArthur, publisher of Harper's magazine

U.S. trade deficit by month and year (in millions of dollars)

The challenge of trade with China as analyzed by Prof. Behzad Yaghmaian

The human side of production in south China by Prof. Behzad Yaghmaian

Government as Regulator of the Labor Market McGaughey's conceptual framework for dealing with long-term employment problems

McGaughey's book opposing NAFTA how it might have affected the 1992 Presidential campaign

Fighting the last war The free-trade concept is now obsolete.

Meeting the Objections to Trade Reform that more jobs are created than are lost

Where the trade issue is today Our politicians are mostly in denial.

The ultimate twist of the screw Call centers in India collect bills from America's destitute.

Why it's time to scrap free trade Instead we need a development model of trade.

 

Where a McGaughey campaign might fit into the political woodwork:

What Minnesota's Independence Party has been and might become some history and speculations regarding the future

What is a progressive? How does this label fit the DFL party? The Republicans?

McGaughey biographical information

Bill McGaughey’s Record as a Political Candidate in three primary elections

My Strange Relationship with the Romneys by Bill McGaughey

Tales from the Urban Forest Can squirrels be tamed?

Full text of William McGaughey's book, The Independence Party and the Future of Third-Party Politics, published in 2003.

Links to other web resources

the front page in the 2006 version of this website

 

a photograph of Bill McGaughey taken in Louisiana on the night that results from its 2004 presidential primary were announced

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