The editorial board of Connecticut’s Norwich Bulletin spoke with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Friday, writing that Stein “is banking on a groundswell of support from disaffected, debt-ridden young people as she again makes a run for the highest office in the land.” The newspaper notes that Stein “received more votes — 456,169 — than any other general election female candidate” in history in her 2012 presidential run.
Stein told the Bulletin, “This has been a very unusual election season and all the rules of game are collapsing one by one. I’m not holding my breath that we’re going to win, but I’m not ruling it out. I wouldn’t offhand say that it’s impossible for a voter revolt. In fact, both parties are really holding on by the skin of their teeth trying to maintain their lock on the system. But 50 percent of voters are independent.”
Green Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml won the majority of South Carolina’s delegates to the Green Party presidential nominating convention at the state convention in Columbia Saturday. Kreml won five delegates, while Jill Stein won three.
Kreml is professor emiritus of political science at the University of South Carolina, and challenged incumbent Democrat Ernest Hollings in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in the state in 1980, taking 8.2% of the vote in a three-way race. Kreml also ran protest campaigns in the Democratic presidential primaries in South Carolina in 1992 and 2000.
Of the 14 reported state results so far, this is the first Green contest not won by Jill Stein. Stein leads the nomination race with a total of 91 delegates, followed by Kreml at 11, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry five, Kent Mesplay four, and Darryl Cherney two. Kreml and Stein are currently the only two candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States. There are 14 candidates seeking the nomination in some capacity.
Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will meet voters at the Green Party of the United States national headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to urge party members to vote in the Maryland Green Party’s primary. Maryland Greens can vote by mail through Saturday, April 30, or in person in Baltimore on Sunday, May 1. (Ballots will be available at the Flowers event.)
Though Flowers and most of the Green candidates for U.S. House are unopposed in their primary races, voters will also have the option to select “None of the Above” or to say that the party should run no candidate. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon, Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace. There is also a competitive Green primary for Baltimore mayor between Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray.
Flowers and Harris appeared on the Real News Network as part of their coverage of the Maryland Democratic and Republican primaries Tuesday evening.
The Green Party of the United States is reminding members that the Earlybird Registration rate for the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston is still available.
The special $100 price is available for the first 75 registrants or through Saturday, April 30; after that, the price will be $135. The convention will take place August 4-7 at the University of Houston.
With Hillary Clinton’s emergence as the likely Democratic presidential nominee, online chatter about Green Party candidate Jill Stein as a November alternative for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders is getting louder.
Myles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, told PressTV that Stein “is a true revolutionary politician in the United States, not Sanders or [Republican Donald] Trump.” Hoenig said, “Where will Sanders’ supporters go if they won’t go to Clinton? These voters are progressive and untrusting of our political establishment. The Green Party addresses all their needs and goes much further than even Sanders on positions.”
Bill Boyarsky writes at Truthdig that Sanders’ supporters “would be welcomed by Dr. Jill Stein. The physician-activist is favored to win the Green Party presidential nomination this year after heading the party’s ticket in 2012.” Stein told Boyarsky, “The whole reason for having an independent third party that cannot be silenced is there are 25 percent of Bernie’s voters who are not going into that dark night to vote for the No. 1 cheerleader for Wal-Mart, for Wall Street, for an endless war. They are looking for another place to hang their hat.”
Inquisitr reports on Stein’s outreach to Sanders, writing that Sanders has “refused the Green Party’s courting in the past, and he says he won’t play the part of the spoiler. Still, supporters of the idea point out that the Green Party National Convention takes place in August, following the Democratic National Convention in July. On social media, many have said that superdelegates should consider that hundreds of thousands of Sanders’ supporters might demand that he accept Stein’s offer” to join a Green ticket.
Sputnik News reports that according to journalist Sam Sacks, “If Sanders lost the Democratic nomination, millions of his voters could opt out from supporting Clinton, possibly seeking another candidate.” Dave Lindorff of Op-Ed Newsalso writes about a possible Sanders spot on the Green ticket.
Sanders has said he will support the Democratic nominee.
Columnist Glenn Yu writes in The Brown Daily Herald of Brown University, “When the general election comes, [Sen. Bernie] Sanders will be gone, and again we will be forced to choose between two evils. We will have to cast ballots not for the candidate who represents our values, but for the candidate who demonstrates the most sanity. For this reason that I urge you to vote for Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, in the general election. Her campaign platform calls for many of the same things that Sanders calls for in his own campaign.”
Yu says that Stein “differs from Sanders mainly in that she is not working to win the presidency necessarily but to meaningfully check the power of the two existing parties. She is working toward revolution and a system that values viewpoints and ideas over party affiliations and corporate donors.” He also argues that because of the Electoral College system, “for most of you, your vote probably doesn’t count anyways if you vote for an establishment candidate.”
Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is reminding party members in the state that the Green primary is not over, despite the Democratic and Republican primaries in the state being held today.
Though the Green Party has ballot access in Maryland, the state sponsors only Democratic and Republican primaries. The Green Party is having a by-mail primary through April 30, with in-person voting in Baltimore on May 1. Flowers is hosting a meet and greet at the national Green Party headquarters in Takoma Park on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 to facilitate last-minute balloting.
Flowers is urging Greens to respond to coverage of today’s Maryland primaries by posting comments to “let the media and readers know that there are more than two parties in this state and the election won’t be over until November 8th,” and to post reminders “that Dr. Margaret Flowers is running a serious campaign and is ready to serve as the next U.S. Senator from Maryland. … We can’t rely on the media to cover our message, so we need you to be the media!”
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein “is openly courting the idea of a bipartisan unity ticket,” Salon writes, asking Sen. Bernie Sanders “to consider ditching his attempt to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination for a real ‘revolution for people, planet and peace’ alongside Stein.”
In an open letter, Stein, “who has long called on Sanders to join forces with her in the interest of their ‘shared goals,’ wrote to Sanders over the weekend: ‘I invite you to join me in pushing the boundaries of that system to a place where revolution can truly take root.'”
Oregon’s Eugene Register-Guard reports that the Pacific Green Party and three other parties “have joined together to slam the Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, a longtime Democrat, alleging bias and lack of transparency in a recent notice Atkins’ agency sent to non-affiliated Oregon voters about party registration.”
Pacific Green Party representative Alan Zundel said, “This is another example of how the system is stacked against third parties, whether intentional or not. The notice prominently displayed how to register with a major party while registering with a minor party was left to a small, general aside at the bottom of the page.”
The Constitution Party, Independent Party, and Progressive Party joined in the protest.