Archive for June, 2008

Not Green, but green

Posted in General on June 30th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

Almost all of what you read here is about Greens. Very occasionally we go into “small g” green subjects, but they are few and far between, in large part because there are so many green sites, and so few Green sites.

Even so, I believe each of you will want to take a look below the fold to read the article. Why? Because the members of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board are planning to hold hearings…get this…via conference call! Just how are we supposed to be OK with that? read more »

What’s going on in Florida?

Posted in State Party News on June 29th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

According to TCPalms.com, Kristine Wright, a 20 year old Port St. Lucie woman, has announced plans to run for the 81st state House district seat as a Green.

According to another article, this one at TampaBay.com says that a “mystery Green” filed to run for a house seat in the 44th district. The candidate, Sarah Roman, may not be well known to the Green Party in her state. I will attempt to reach someone from Florida to see if they can shed any light on the situation. This article, also at TampaBay.com says that the Democratic Party is targeting this race, and some seem to believe that Roman is somehow being used by the Republicans, but then again, Democrats have been saying forever that we Greens are being used by Republicans, all proof to the opposite aside.

New Brooms for all!

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Grassroots Democracy on June 29th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

The New Broom Coalition draws it’s name from a quote “New brooms sweep clean”, which means that new members of Congress will clean up the mess in Washington DC. Started by California Green Carol Wolman who is herself running for Congress from the 1st Congressional District, includes Greens, Democrats and Independents like Cindy Sheehan.

Part of the beauty of this effort is that, just like Green Party Watch and New Menu, none of the people involved in the New Broom Coalition asked for permission to grow their campaigns and the Green Party. Instead, they took Personal Responsibility to heart and got things done.

Illinois Greens set a blazing pace

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News on June 29th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment

All one needs do is take a look at the dozens of Greens running all across Illinois to understand just how valuable a seriously run Gubernatorial campaign can be. Not only did Rich Whitney’s campaign for Governor bring in enough votes to secure a place on the ballot without ongoing petitioning, but it was so successful that it helped bring those dozens of Greens to the table to lead the charge this fall for change in Illinois.

One of these candidates is Jason Wallace of Normal IL, who has announced that he plans to run his race with a planned maximum of $10,000 to spend in his race. The 25 year old Wallace has set up a page at his site which includes links to several newspaper stories about his campaign, which can be found by clicking here. Take a look at Jason’s New Menu site and you’ll see the legacy of Whitney’s campaign. You’ll see a list of candidates as long as your arm on the left hand side of the page.

Vote For Jason Wallace

The Peoria Evening Star reports on the Green Party’s campaigns, and repeats the mantra that Greens and independents face almost insurmountable odds. Might seem like a normal thing to say, but in truth, even when the Democrats or Republicans are in a race they know they can’t win, the media almost never calls it a “long shot”. Those sorts of statements have the effect of making us seem like losers before the first ballot is cast or the first debate held.

Of course, the Democrats can’t be expected to just campaign for votes, not if there is some way to get competition kicked off the ballot, and yes indeed, that’s exactly what the Democrats did. In this article at the Herald Review, details of Democratic Party efforts to remove four Greens from their congressional races in November. Scott Summers, a Congressional candidate from Illinois’ 16th District, served as the ILGP’s attorney. I have a call into his campaign in hopes of finding out if there are any changes in that case.

Greens in Arkansas have shot at State House seat

Posted in State Party News on June 29th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – 2 Comments

Richard Carroll may be the first Green elected to Arkansas’ state House. So says a leader of that state’s Democratic Party. Seems that the Democratic nominee for a north Little Rock seat has a conviction for misdemeanor harassment after pleading guilty to same after being accused of improper behavior by a seventeen year old girl. In this article the Morning News reports that House Majority Leader Rep. Steve Harrelson, D-Texarkana believes that this could be the ticket to electing the state’s first Green.

In fact, this piece at Arkansas News Bureau indicates that state legislators may refuse to seat Democrat Dwayne Dobbins in the event he wins the race come November.

In an interesting side note, Jay Parks of Cottage Home Grown points out that Greens in Indianapolis, Indiana may have a similar opportunity, as District 15 Council woman Doris Minton-McNeill now faces two misdemeanor charges, including assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

Getting noticed in a good way

Posted in State Party News on June 29th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

What does your local Green Party do to get in the news? Well, in San Francisco they held a Green Party Presidential Debate back in 2007. The Poudre Valley Green Party in Colorado will be holding their second annual Red, White, Blue and Green Party on the Fourth of July in Fort Collins. The York County (SC) Greens have sponsored showings of the film The Story of Stuff at local libraries. Over in Lakewood, Colorado local Greens are taking on invasive non-native plants in a half day event at Bear Creek Lake Park, earning them some coverage, and solid links with other environmental groups in their area.

Many groups have websites. Many have local radio and cable access TV shows. Many submit letters to the editor and columns regularly to local papers in hopes of reaching new voters. What have you found to be effective? Share your successes with your fellow Greens by adding a comment below.

EcoAction Committee Focuses on Water

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on June 29th, 2008 by Mato Ska – 2 Comments

In a resolution intended to focus attention on the national and international issues surrounding water, the EcoAction Committee of the Green Party of the United States has raised the concerns of Greens and provided a template for further internal discussion, public education and candidate consideration. In the context of global warming’s impact on water supplies and international efforts to privatize water, the EcoAction saw the need for a defining strategy for Greens in moving together and building unity for this concern that impacts on everyone.

The Committee intends to have states consider the language of the proposal and provide input on the langauge prior to introducing it before the National Committee for approval. During this time states can add language that will be based on their own particular understandings and consider the steps they can take locally and within their states to provide leadership on this issue.

The proposal states:

“The EcoAction Committee considers the importance of the water resource a critical priority in this election year and every year after. The Green Party advocates for the future well-being of generations to come by actively working to implement the necessary legislation, electing the committed candidates and establishing the required administrative and political measures in every state. We actively work in accordance with our Key Values to make the changes needed to empower the people to make the decisions regarding the water resource that impact on their daily lives.

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Would Apes Vote Green? Would Democrats let Nader on the Illinois Ballot without a challenge?

Posted in General on June 29th, 2008 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Bits found around here and there:

According to the Providence Journal Bulletin (June 26: “most incumbents to seek re-election”), the Green Party is running Jeffrey Johnson against U.S. House of Representative Democrat James Langevin in the Second CD.

At Ballot Access News, interesting discussion in the comments following the story about the UK Green Party out polling the British Labour Party in a House of Commons Special Election.

The Albuquerque Journal reports on June 25 that New Mexico Green Rick Lass submitted over 3,000 signatures to get on the ballot for a seat on the Public Regulation Commission:

“For too long, these big corporations have been given a free ride by the commission,” Lass said in a news release. “I will be an unwavering advocate for ratepayers, small businesses and our local economies.”

Ralph Nader’s campaign has filed 50,000 signatures to get him on the ballot in Illinois, one of the most difficult states to both get on the ballot and stave off ballot challenges from Democrats.

And finally, the Catholic News Agency is going after the Green Party and Socialists in Spain for supporting the “Great Ape Project”, which the article states will grant Great Apes rights equal to humans. Don’t worry, I’m sure the chimps won’t be given a right to vote. (But if they could… )

Letter to the Editor: Arkansas Green Party

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Editorials on June 29th, 2008 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Another Green Letter to the Editor, this one June 26 in the ironically named Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Give newcomers a try

Do you think gas and food are too high? Want to fix things? Well, signing your name on a banner is not going to do a thing. Not buying gas on Tuesday or wearing a purple shirt on Saturday won’t get it done, either.
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Green Party of Virginia ballot access drive

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, Presidential Campaign, State Party News on June 28th, 2008 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

From the GPUS Ballot Access Committee:

Take action now! Let’s win one more state for the Green Party this month! The Green Party of Virginia has completed over half of its signature requirement. Donate at gp.org/commitees/ballot/ to put Virginia over the top! We need 18 more donations of $100 during June to completely fund the GPVA’s drive and move us onto the next state in our quest for maximum ballot access in 2008.

Is your state safely on the ballot for 2008? We still need your help fund raising, phone calling, and traveling to neighbor states to collect signatures. Volunteer at gp.org/commitees/ballot/

Do you have a MySpace or Facebook account? Copy and paste this message as a comment, bulletin, or message and SPREAD THE WORD!

The Virginia Drive adds to the growing list of states that the Green Party Presidential candidate may appear on in November. I’m not sure if this is up to date, but going by that information that indicates the Greens already have ballot access in 23 states, and Virginia and New Jersey join 8 other states with active campaigns, which would bring the number up to 33. There could be more to come?

Welcome to the new Green Party Watch!

Posted in Green Party Watch on June 26th, 2008 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Welcome to the new Green Party Watch!

We are very happy with the thousands of hits we got at greenpartywatch.com, and we are looking forward to providing daily Green Party news, views and opinions now here at greenpartywatch.org.

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Perry Mason

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on June 26th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – 3 Comments

Yes, I get to be Perry Mason tomorrow. Or maybe Matlock?

Tomorrow at 4 PM I will appear before the state Elections Commission to argue that their staff’s decision to refuse to place the SC Green Party nominee, Eugene Platt, on the ballot because he lost the Democratic nomination, despite the fact that he won the Green Party nomination a full month before the Democratic primary, was wrong. I will argue that they must put our candidate on the ballot for any number of reasons, including what I see as a misinterpretation of state law and constitutional issues.

If you are old enough to remember what Graham Nash said when introduced at Woodstock, well, that’s me. Scared itless.

I just want to say that I will be out of pocket until at least Friday night. This site is a month old today and we have gotten more than 3100 visits, averaging 3 1/2 minutes and a total of almost 5800 page views, and that is for GPW.com only. We will see those numbers grow when GPW.org is merged and I begin to promote more aggressively.

For the moment, wish me well please, and think kind thoughts at 4 PM east coast time.

PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING CONVENTION TO HIGHLIGHT HEALTH CARE, HOMELESSNESS, ENVIRONMENT, DRUG REFORM, IRAQ WAR

Posted in Social & Economic Justice, State Party News on June 26th, 2008 by deesings – Comments Off

Contact information: Deanna Taylor, 801.631.2998, gpu@gput.org

Green Party of Utah Delegate to Attend National Meeting in Chicago; Food and Clothing collection efforts will take place in Chicago and Utah; Presidential Candidate to be nominated

06.25.07 Salt Lake City – The Green Party of the United States Annual National Meeting, “Live Green Vote Green”, will be held in Chicago July 10 – 13, where the candidate for President for the GPUS will be chosen. The convention will serve as a public forum for discussion on a variety of major issues including nuclear power, single payer health insurance, homelessness, the war on drugs and the Iraq War.

Moab Green Party Local Member Harold Shepherd will be representing the Green Party of Utah at the Convention. “I am very excited to be a representative for the GPUT,” says Shepherd, a consultant for Red Rock Forests in Moab and Executive Director for the Center for Water Advocacy. “Utah is one of the states that is being hit most directly with climate change, energy development, water conflicts and other environmental and social justice issues and is far behind most other states in addressing these issues. I think the GPUT and the National Green party have a chance to be leaders in going beyond mere talk and actually reversing the tide of the social and environmental crises in the West.” Shepherd has over 25 years working with Indian Tribes, conservation organizations and activists on water and natural resources related topics.

Pat LaMarche of Maine, 2004 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate and 2006 Candidate for Governor of Maine is launching a collection effort for homeless shelters during the National Convention for Chicago shelters. Utah will join that effort locally.
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Taking a closer look at a committee

Posted in Presidential Campaign on June 26th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

The Committee on Bylaws, Rules, Policies and procedures is the sponsor of the proposed Presidential Nominating Convention rules. As noted in the article below this one, this proposal seems headed for defeat by the Green National Committee. This begs the question, what happens in Chicago?

To answer that question I might suggest two things. First, take a look at this link and see if you recognize any of the names of committee members. If you know them personally, contact them and ask what they think the next step is.

In addition, the committee has set up a wiki which has loads of information about the BRPP’s deliberations, plans and ideas. Kick that around for a bit and you may find the perfect solution we all hope for. If ya do, share it here!

Presidential Nominating Convention rules going down in flames

Posted in Presidential Campaign on June 25th, 2008 by Gregg Jocoy – 6 Comments

As I noted in an earlier post here at GPW, The Green National Committee is considering a proposal to change and establish rules for the Presidential Nominating Convention in Chicago. In my original post I pointed out that California delegates had not voted in support of the proposal, and anonymous asked why I singled out the California delegation.

Well, another look today shows why I took notice. Proposal 348 is in trouble, and in no small part because the California delegation has voted 13 no votes and not a single “yes” vote yet. With the vote currently at 20 yes, and 29 no, the California delegation is the only one of size that is unified solidly on one side of the question. New York is split, as is Illinois. Maine is unified behind the “Yes” position, and no one from Texas has voted yet.

That is why I said that California was worth keeping an eye on.