Three MA Greens qualify for 2014 state ballot

p danny factor ian jackson mk mereliceFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Three new names will appear statewide on the November 4 state election ballot following the delivery today of certified signature sheets to state offices in Boston, Fall River, and Springfield. The signatures were collected by an all-volunteer team on behalf of three Green-Rainbow Party candidates running for Secretary, State Treasurer, and State Auditor. Over 7200 signatures were certified, far more than the 5,000 required for ballot access.

The three candidates are Danny Factor of Acton for Secretary of the Commonwealth, Ian Jackson of Arlington for State Treasurer, and M K Merelice of Brookline for State Auditor. The Green-Rainbow Party (which united the Rainbow Coalition Party and Massachusetts Green Party in 2003) is the Massachusetts affiliate of the Green Party of the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arkansas Green seeks US Senate seat

p Mark SwaneyKAIT ABC News 8 in Jonesboro reports:

The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Swaney, wants to tell voters why he is running for office. Swaney said he has a number of issues that differ from his Democratic and Republican opponents. He is up against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton and Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor.

Swaney said one of the most important issues on his platform is climate change. He would implement a tax on carbon to encourage people not to use it. Swaney wants the country to focus on alternatives that would not pollute the atmosphere.

Swaney said he will also fight to make things better for the working class. Read the rest of this entry »

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West Virginia Mountain Party nominates 2014 candidates

green party earthflowerOpposition News has a detailed report on the West Virginia Mountain Party’s recent convention, including information about candidates endorsed in 2014 elections, newly elected party officers, and issue campaigns. From the article:

Sutton, WV. (ONN) The Mountain Party of West Virginia, the local affiliate of the national Green Party, just held its bi-annual State Convention. The party’s Executive Committee unanimously voted in new party leadership while approving a large slate of candidates for the upcoming November General Election. With West Virginia’s recent poisoning of its drinking water due to industrial contamination, watch for the Mountain Party Greens to score some surprise victories this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hawkins demands debate in NY gov race after rise in polls

p howie hawkinsThe Legislative Gazette in New York reports:

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor, renewed his call for debates after he rose to 7 percent in the latest NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Tuesday.

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Rob Astorino dropped in the recent poll, the first after the Moreland Commission revelations in the new York Times broke on July 23.

“Voters have a right to hear where the candidates stand on the issues. I am facing two conservatives in the major parties who are out of touch with the needs and concerns of most voters. The more the voters hear about where the Green Party stands, the better I continue to do,” said Hawkins.

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Minnesota Green Party aims for resurgence

p Andy DawkinsThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a front-page article during the 2014 Green Party US annual national meeting in St. Paul, covering the convention and the Minnesota Green Party’s current campaigns. From the article:

On the ballot is Andy Dawkins, a former DFL state representative, who is running for attorney general against three other candidates, including DFL incumbent Lori Swanson. He is the only Green Party candidate for statewide office — and the Greens’ best chance to claw itself back to relevancy.

Green Party leaders tapped Dawkins to run because as a longtime member of the Minnesota House representing St. Paul, he may be able to get enough votes to win back major party status. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greens call for immediate bilateral ceasefire, just peace in Gaza conflict

p israel palestine peaceThe Green Party of the United States has responded to the latest violence in Israel and Palestine by calling for an immediate bilateral ceasefire, followed by negotiation for a just and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

The Green Shadow Cabinet responded swiftly as well with a statement titled “How the U.S. could stop the Gaza invasion now.” Green Shadow Cabinet members Ajamu Baraka (Public Intervenor for Human Rights) and David Swanson (Secretary of Peace) have also responded with commentary on the latest developments.

Below is the Green Shadow Cabinet statement, followed by the statement from the Green Party of the United States.

What the U.S. State Department would do…

…if it believed in peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summers, Illinois Greens Sue State Over Election Rules

scott-summersScott Summers, Green Party candidate for Governor, and the slate of Green Party statewide candidates, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt the state’s “binder check” process and have key provisions of the Illinois Election Code ruled unconstitutional.

On June 23, the Green Party filed 29,707 signatures to place Summers, U.S. Senate candidate Omar Lopez, and five other statewide candidates on the November ballot. A week later, the petition was challenged by Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and long-time ally of Governor Pat Quinn.

“Voters want to see more than just one or two candidates on their ballots,” Summers says. “My campaign and this lawsuit challenge the election laws that choke off choice.”

The lawsuit makes three distinct allegations:

* The “binder check” process which is used to review petitions is unconstitutional, because it is biased against petitioning candidates, is subject to on-the-spot rules changes every year, and requires many hours on the part of candidates and supporters to defend signatures. No other state uses such a system.

* The “full slate” law which requires non-established parties to field candidates for all offices at a given jurisdictional level is unconstitutional for several reasons, especially equal protection and due process arguments under the 1st and 14th Amendments. In numerous counties either the Republicans or Democrats fail to field candidates for all county offices, yet the law demands that if a “new” party candidate wishes to run for county office, he or she must be part of a “full slate” for all county offices. Similarly, to run for Governor, a “new” party must field candidates for all other constitutional offices, whether they wish to or not.

* The notarization requirement for petitions is unconstitutional as it drastically limits approaches to organizing petition drives and yet fills no compelling state interest. Because petitions must be notarized, would-be signers cannot download a petition, sign it, and send it off, without first finding a notary, substantially curtailing their freedom of association.

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Green campaign for Pennsylvania Governor enters final week of petitioning

The Pennsylvania Green Party is in the home stretch of a campaign to gather 17,000 signatures to put Paul Glover for Governor and Wendy Lynne Lee for Lt. Governor on the ballot. Signatures must be submitted by July 25th.

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It would be quite an achievement to get a Green ticket on the top of the ballot in Pennsylvania, which has become notorious in recent years for its anti-democratic and punitive ballot access laws. The state of Pennsylvania is still attempting to collect a fine of over $80,000 from 2006 Green US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli after throwing Romanelli off the ballot, and the state was cited by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (set up by the Helsinki Accords for human rights) for its repression of political rights.

From the Glover for Governor campaign:

The Green Party is required to gather 17,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while Democrats and Republicans needed 2,000 signatures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Schedule for Green Party’s 2014 national meeting in St. Paul, MN July 24-27

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party will hold several events for the news media during the party’s 2014 Annual National Meeting at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 (http://2014greenpartyconvention.org).

Green candidates and officeholders will speak at two press conferences on Friday, July 25. A press conference at 9 a.m. will feature candidates and officeholders from many states around the country. An 11 a.m. press conference will feature Minnesota candidates and officeholders.

The meeting is open to the media and public. A credentialing page for reporters, bloggers, and other members of the media interested in covering the meeting is now online (http://www.gp.org/media-credentials). Members of the media may also register on site at the meeting.

Many of the events will be broadcast live on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Read the rest of this entry »

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Connecticut Greens nominate 2014 state and local candidates

green party earthflowerThe Hartford Courant reports:

PORTLAND — About 30 Green Party members gathered at the Portland Senior Center Monday night to nominate dozens of candidates for statewide and municipal offices.

The Greens — who run progressive, environmentally concerned candidates on ballots across the country — have not qualified for the ballot in either the governor’s or lieutenant governor’s race. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green candidate in Des Moines seeks Iowa House seat

p David Courard HauriThe Des Moines Register reports:

David Courard-Hauri, a Drake University professor, has announced he will run for an Iowa House seat in Des Moines on the Iowa Green Party ticket.

He is seeking election in House District 41 for a seat now held by state Rep. Jo Oldson, a Democrat. The district includes part of the Drake neighborhood and the city’s west side, and extends across southwest Des Moines. Read the rest of this entry »

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MSNBC covers Hawkins campaign for NY Gov: “I can win this”

p howie hawkinsMSNBC recently covered Howie Hawkins’ campaign for NY Governor – here’s an excerpt from the article:

New Yorkers are hungry for an alternative to Cuomo, says Hawkins, who points to an April 2014 poll in which a generic nominee from the left-leaning Working Families Party (WFP) commanded 24% to Cuomo’s 39%.

“I think we’re the ticket that 24% is looking for,” Hawkins told msnbc. “They just haven’t found us yet. When they find us, we’ve got a real race.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Party: No new U.S. military action in Iraq

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

Airstrikes, ground troops will not solve new conflicts, say Greens

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party of the United States is calling for no new U.S. military action in Iraq, including on-the-ground troop deployment and airstrikes.

Greens are urging President Obama to resist demands by belligerent politicians and pundits for a U.S. assault in Iraq against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

“Those who want peace in the region should prepare to resume the protests that answered President Bush’s drumbeat for war. Americans should resist propaganda claiming that U.S. military assaults lead to peace and liberation. The 2003 invasion caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, as well as 4,486 U.S. service members, and destruction of Iraqi society and infrastructure,” said Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 nominee for Vice President (http://www.jillstein.org/cheri_honkala). Read the rest of this entry »

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Illinois Green Party hiring petitioners to finish ballot access drive

p omar lopez rosa clementeThe Illinois Green Party is collecting signatures through June 22nd to get their statewide candidates on the ballot, including Omar Lopez for US Senate and Scott Summers for Governor. From the Illinois Green Party:

The technical requirement to get our slate of candidate on the ballot is 25,000 signatures from registered voters, but because of the punitive and anti-democratic election laws in Illinois, we require a significant overage of signatures. Our goal is 40,000 signatures by Sunday, June 22nd. With everyone’s help, this is possible. Plus, if you need motivation, we can pay you.

The Illinois Green Party has been hiring paid petitioners to help us with our ballot drive. Two of our unpaid volunteers, Rita Maniotis and Sheldon Schafer, have collected over 2,000 signatures each. Scott Summers, our candidate for Governor, has personally collected over 1,000. Dozens of other volunteers have freely given up their evenings, weekends, and time away from their families to put the Green Party on the ballot in 2014.

In order to respect that level of effort from our volunteers, so that their efforts are not in vain, the Illinois Green Party allocated significant money to ensure we get on the ballot this year. We are currently hiring petitioners Read the rest of this entry »

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FairVote verdict on CA Top Two primary: “Admirable goals, indefensible outcomes”

FairVote has published an insightful commentary on California’s Top Two primary, which was used in statewide elections for the first time on June 3rd. From Fairvote:

On June 3, California held primaries for nearly all major state and federal offices, including governor and 53 U.S. House seats. Since the approval of a 2010 ballot measure, the state has used a “top two primary,” versions of which are also used in Washington and Louisiana. In the top two primary, all candidates for an office run against one another, and voters select a single candidate. The two candidates with the most votes advance to the November election, regardless of party affiliation.

Sounds simple, right? What could go wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

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