Gayle McLaughlin, Green Mayor of Richmond, CA, on Democracy Now

Posted in Local Elections on October 31st, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

From Democracy Now’s story “How to Buy a City: Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local California Election to Oust Refinery Critics”:

p gayle mclaughlin democracy nowThe oil giant Chevron is being accused of attempting to buy the city government of Richmond, California. The company has spent more than $3 million to back a slate of pro-Chevron candidates for mayor and city council ahead of Tuesday’s election. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Chevron has paid for TV attack ads, purchased space on virtually every billboard in town, funded a flood of mailers and financed a fake “news” website run by a Chevron employee. The move comes two years after a massive fire at Chevron’s oil refinery in Richmond sent 15,000 residents to the hospital. It was the third refinery fire since 1989 in the city. The city of Richmond responded to the latest fire by suing Chevron, accusing officials of placing profits and executive pay over public safety.

We speak to one of the politicians being targeted, outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. She was elected mayor of Richmond in 2006, becoming the first Green Party official to represent a city of more than 100,000. Due to mayoral term limits, McLaughlin is now running for Richmond City Council.

Watch the video here:

 

Cuomo campaign highlights absurdity of fusion voting in New York

Posted in General on October 31st, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

As a New York native, I’ve seen firsthand how fusion voting, which allows multiple parties to endorse the same candidate, has failed to deliver on its promise of more choice at the ballot box. In practice, fusion has become a game for the political elite, with endorsements by “paper parties” like the Working Families Party, Conservative Party, and Independence Party usually earned in back room deals with implicit – or explicit – trades of political favors and campaign cash (a recent NYPIRG investigative report found that the Working Families Party gets most of its money from the Democratic Party).

p howie hawkins andrew cuomo fauxgressiveDemocrat Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign – endorsed by the Working Families Party, Independence Party, and Women’s Equality Party (created for this election cycle by pro-Cuomo interests) – has drawn unprecedented attention to the fusion system’s shortcomings.

From Diane Ravitch, author of “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools”:

“[Cuomo's] name will appear on four different party ballot lines — but all four are still a vote for Cuomo.  I refuse to vote for privatization, fracking, and corruption… on any ballot line.”

From Arthur Schwartz, Democratic Party District Leader, Greenwich Village:

“I cannot, in good conscience urge my neighbors to vote for Andrew Cuomo on any line. He is not a true representative of the progressive spirit of the Democratic Party, much less the Working Families Party, and his Women’s Equality Party is a fraud.”

From Richard Kim of The Nation magazine (which strongly supports the Working Families Party), on the WFP’s endorsement of Andrew Cuomo: read more »

Howie Hawkins, Green for NY Governor, on Democracy Now

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 31st, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p howie hawkins democracy nowFrom Democracy Now:

In New York state, the Green Party hopes to make major gains in the race for governor. Its candidate, Howie Hawkins, is taking on incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and Libertarian Michael McDermott. Hawkins is one of more than 200 Green candidates running for office across the country on Tuesday. Hawkins is calling for a “Green New Deal” that includes public jobs for the unemployed, single-payer healthcare, a ban on fracking and a 100 percent clean-energy future. Last week, he participated in four-way gubernatorial debate where Democracy Now! co-host Juan González questioned Cuomo about his record of dealing with corruption.

Watch the video here:

Washington Post profiles DC Statehood Green candidate Eugene Puryear

Posted in Local Elections on October 30th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p eugene puryear officeFrom the Washington Post:

Name: Eugene Puryear

Party: Statehood Green

Age: 28

Neighborhood: Congress Heights

Education: B.A., Howard University

Family: single

Occupation: radio producer, Liberation Media

Notable endorsements: TENAC, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2401 (representing workers in the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency and the Department of Human Services)

Total funds raised: $17,977

So who are you? I’m someone who has been here for 10 years, someone who came here to be involved in the political scene. I grew up in Charlottesville, Va. My father was director of African American affairs for the University of Virginia, and my mom was also an educator. It played a huge role. My father was huge in the Civil Rights Movement. He was involved in the Non-Partisan Voters’ League in Alabama. I was growing up with a lot of stories from the Civil Rights era. Oftentimes, politics was an all-day, every-day thing, with a heavy social justice influence. read more »

Oregon Greens: Vote NO on Measure 90 “Top Two” primaries

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on October 30th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p oregon no on 90 top twoThe Pacific Green Party of Oregon is opposing Measure 90, a statewide referendum on enacting “Top Two” primaries in Oregon. As this author has written before, Top Two is a false reform favored by corporate interests to limit choice in elections. It is opposed by non-partisan electoral reform groups like FairVote and Free and Equal.

The growing push for Top Two from superrich backers like John Arnold of Enron (yes, that Enron) may be a pre-emptive strike against ranked-choice voting (aka instant runoff voting), which is a superior system in every respect (see the above-linked article).

From the Pacific Green Party of Oregon:

Dangerous & Deceptive: Excellent guest viewpoint article in the Eugene Weekly by Pacific Green Party founder Blair Bobier.  Do add your comments to this online article.

Also, read here about the ENRON energy trader John Arnold who is spending $1.5 million on passing Measure 90. Manipulating energy markets was not enough, now the agenda is manipulating Oregon’s elections!

THIS IS THE WEEK TO WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPPOSING MEASURE 90.

Top Two is supported by billionaires.  The NO side is supported by YOU.

Resources: No On Measure 90   Save Oregon Democracy

Jill Stein: Don’t let Koch ally lock MN Green candidate out of Attorney General debate

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 29th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment
p stanley hubbard koch brosCall to action from former Presidential Candidate, Dr. Jill Stein:
The political establishment is quaking in their boots that progressive powerhouse, Andy Dawkins – former Democratic legislator turned Green Party candidate for Minnesota Attorney General – will be heard.

RIGHT NOW Koch brother ally, Stanley Hubbard, owner of tv station KSTP, is locking Andy out of the sole televised debate on November 1st.

It’s time to bombard KSTP with phone calls to Let Andy Debate! You can make all the difference by calling 651-642-4455 with that simple message. Share, and let’s make this fight for democracy go viral. read more »

How to help the Green Party win in 2014

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on October 29th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

green party earthflowerIf you’re reading Green Party Watch, chances are you want to see Greens do as well as possible in the 2014 elections. So, here is a short guide to what you can do to help the Green Party succeed in 2014, no matter where you are.

1. Find candidates to support

Look for candidates in your state on our 2014 candidates page. The best way to help is to find Green candidates in your state or community, and contact their campaigns to volunteer. However, because of discriminatory ballot access laws, some states don’t have any Greens on the ballot. Don’t let that discourage you – there are ways to help no matter where you are. For example, some campaigns, like Howie Hawkins for New York Governor, can use volunteers from out of state to make phone calls to supporters.

2. Volunteer

Every campaign needs volunteers, and one volunteer knocking doors, dropping literature, or making calls can make all the difference for a Green campaign. Most campaign websites have information about contacting the campaign to volunteer.

3. Contribute

Greens pledge to take no money from corporate interests, so every financial contribution from a grassroots supporter is much needed and much appreciated. Support candidates in your area, or if you are looking for guidance about strong Green campaigns to support around the country, check out our Green for Greens series highlighting exciting candidates who will put your money to good use. read more »

Who will the Maine Greens endorse for Governor?

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on October 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From the Maine Green Independent Party:

The Maine Green Independent Party’s steering committee voted in 2013 not to field a candidate for Governor so that we could focus our time, resources and energy on recruiting and supporting the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We respect the individual opinions of our membership and your ability to make up your own mind about the race for governor. 

Rather than ask you to spend your time, resources, and energy outside of the Green Party, we’re asking you to focus your time, resources, and energy on electing the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We hope that you will join us in supporting our candidates for state legislature. read more »

Green Party: Time to revive peace movement, stop bipartisan policy of endless war

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on October 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p gp revive peace movementFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for a new antiwar movement in response to the renewal of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

Greens said that dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to bring peace and stability to the region. The open-ended campaign includes more than a thousand U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.

Green Party candidates and leaders strongly condemn the violent extremism of Islamic State militias but asserted that there are ways to respond without military force (see “53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq,” published August 27 by Win Without War, http://winwithoutwar.org/religious-letter-iraq). read more »

Green for Greens: Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw for Congress (IL)

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on October 27th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p rich whitney debate protestFor years, the two-party establishment has attacked Green Parties around the country for daring to offer voters another choice, but perhaps nowhere has the crackdown been more intense than Illinois. After Green gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney earned over 10% in 2006 running against Democratic incumbent Rod Blagojevich (who soon afterward went to federal prison for massive corruption), the IL Democratic machine pulled out all the stops to fight off the Green surge with a combination of dirty tricks and discriminatory ballot access laws. In 2014, although the Greens submitted nearly 30,000 signatures to qualify their statewide slate, the IL Democrats took advantage of the state’s notoriously anti-democratic ballot access laws to kick the Greens off the ballot.

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Nancy Wade

Yet the Illinois Greens persevere in their quest to rid their state of corrupt machine politics and return the reins of government to the people. This resilient spirit is embodied by Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw, who are both making their second run for Congress.

A Spanish teacher and longtime community activist, Nancy Wade is running in Illinois’ 5th district (Chicago and DuPage County) on a bold progressive platform that includes taxing the 1% to pay for mass job creation, Medicare for All, overturning Citizens United, slashing military spending and ending the MidEast wars. In 2012, Nancy Wade earned 5.7% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Nancy Wade for Congress now!

Paula Bradshaw - Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw – Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale (in Southern IL) comes from an active family: her husband is Rich Whitney, IL Green candidate for governor in 2006 and 2010, and her daughter Jessica Bradshaw became the first Green elected to Carbondale City Council in 2012. Paula Bradshaw’s campaign is centered around the Green New Deal platform of creating millions of family-supporting jobs in the transition to a sustainable society. In 2012, Paula Bradshaw earned 5.6% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Paula Bradshaw for Congress now!

Despite the efforts of powerful political elites to suppress the Illinois Green Party, these strong women are bringing the Green message of peace, justice, democracy and ecology to thousands of new voters. Show your support for their courageous efforts by making a contribution to their campaigns today!

It’s On Like Donkey Kong

Posted in General on October 27th, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment

Today the South Carolina Election Commission wrote Green Party co-chair Sue Edward to tell her that House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s name will be on the November ballot, but voters will be informed that he is ineligible to serve. The message from the Commission does not make it clear what will happen if Harrell wins the most votes.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The State Election Commission has received notification from the Clerk of the House that Bobby Harrell has formally withdrawn as a candidate for State House of Representatives District 114. The election for House 114 will go forward on November 4. While Mr. Harrell’s name will appear on the ballot, he is no longer eligible to win the election. The county voter registration and elections offices will place prominent notices in all polling places to inform voters that Mr. Harrell is no longer a viable candidate for House 114.

Harrell had served for more than twenty years in the state legislature without a single challenge until he faced Green Party candidate Larry Carter Center in 2012. Despite years of allegations and rumors of corruption, Harrell never faced a competitor in the primary.

New York Green Congressional Candidate Hank Bardel Vote Total May Be Decisive

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Press Coverage on October 25th, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – Be the first to comment

Green Party congressional candidate Hank Bardel is said to have garnered enough support in his campaign for Congress that his vote total might impact the eventual winner. An article at NY1.com reporter Courtney Gross wrote

According to our recent NY1/Capital New York/Siena College poll, Bardel was bringing in 4 percent. With an extremely tight race, where the major candidates are running neck and neck, this third party candidate could be a deciding factor.

The linked article is well worth your time.

Green for Greens: Lena Buggs for Minnesota State Representative

Posted in Local Elections on October 24th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p lena buggsGreen For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

Lena Buggs of St. Paul has gone from tireless community organizer to tireless campaigner. An advocate for empowering women of color in the political process, and an organizer for LGBT rights, housing justice, living wages, and voting rights, Lena Buggs is taking her engagement to the next level in a campaign for State Representative in District 65A (within St. Paul).

Along with Andy Dawkins for Attorney General, Skip Sandman for Congress, Kris Osbakken for State Representative 7A (Duluth), and Ira Jourdain for Minneapolis School Board, Lena Buggs’ campaign for State Representative in District 65A embodies the resurgent Minnesota Green Party‘s strategy of targeting resources to strategic campaigns.

Contribute today to help elect Lena Buggs as Minnesota’s first Green state representative!

Read on for Lena Bugg’s bio from her website: read more »

Howie Hawkins for NY Governor debate video and new TV ad

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 24th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p howie hawkins ny governor debateHowie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, is making huge strides in what is quickly becoming the most exciting progressive campaign of 2014. On Wednesday October 22, Hawkins took part in a televised debate in Buffalo with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, and Libertarian Michael McDermott. In a PBS poll of debate watchers (that has, unfortunately, disappeared since the night of the debate) roughly 80% of respondents said that Hawkins won the debate.

Watch a video of Howie Hawkins’ responses in the NY 2014 gubernatorial debate here:

And watch Howie Hawkins’ new 30-second TV ad, running between now and election day:

South Carolina Green legislative nominee gets TV coverage

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on October 23rd, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – Be the first to comment

As reported yesterday here at Green Party Watch, Sue Edward no longer faces a Republican nominee as that candidate, Bobby Harrell, has admitted guilt in a case involving official corruption.

WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, covered the race. As the reporter says in the piece, the Republican Party is now trying to find a way to avoid the consequences of nominating a criminal by demanding a special election instead of honoring the results of the election already scheduled. WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather