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Future Focus for the Green Party (an open thread)

Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente both state that they are in this race to build a movement. Others have said that a vote for McKinney & Clemente is a vote toward party building and movement building.

Where is the Green Party heading? How has 2008 been different than 2004? How does 2008 impact 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012?

It has been pointed out that Green Party candidates in America have declined in numbers compared to other Parties, particularly the Libertarians, but how do you explain the growth of Green Party candidates in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, the heartland of America? How does this “heartland” growth coincide with the perception that the Green Party is now the Black, Brown and Green Party (with Red Socialism tucked inside…)? Will we see a surge in candidates over the next two years?

Where will the Green Party fit in the post-election political landscape? With the Wall Street Bailout and looming Peak Oil, will New Urbanism, Sustainability, & Local Economics become key issues that the Green Party can wrap around? Will the war(s) ever end? How will the Green Party influence the urgency of health care, alternative energy, and green jobs? What about the housing crisis? will the Green Party be offering solutions that resonate with the American people?

What should Greens in America do?

Here is Head Roc, Change in America:

This is an Open Thread (but aren’t they are?), please speak your mind.

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Sandy Amborn for State Representative (Maine D.120)

Sandy Amborn
District 120 in Maine (Munjoy Hill area of Portland) is an open seat. Three political newcomers are running for it: Republican Peter Doyle, a software developer; Democrat Diane Marie Russell-Natera, self-employed; and Green Party candidate Sandy Amborn, a research assistant at Idexx Laboratories. This is the kind of race that anyone could win, especially in the Portland, Maine area. Sandy Amborn, who maintains a campaign blog, can win it.

In 2006, Green Party candidate Ben Meiklejohn took 43% of the vote running for this seat, coming in 2nd out of three candidates. in 2004, Green Party candidate Pamela Jean Cragin took 35.6% of the vote in the 120th, coming in second of 3. Can Amborn pull in enough votes to put her over the top?

From a profile of the race in the Portland Press Herald:

Amborn said the Legislature should consider raising more money by imposing a tax on bottled water and eliminating or revising some corporate tax breaks.

“I do think we need more revenue,” she said. “I think we need to look at ways to do that that don’t burden low- and middle-income people.”

Amborn said she would be a strong advocate for a single-payer health insurance system and for state efforts to promote clean energy and help residents cope with high home heating oil prices by subsidizing weatherization and setting tougher energy efficiency standards for buildings.

(photo from the Portland Press Herald)

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List of 73 Green Party Candidates running for State Legislature

73 Green Party candidates are seeking election to state legislative offices around the nation.

Illinois is fielding the largest slate of state legislative candidates at 18, followed by Maine with 10, Michigan with 7, Arkansas & Connecticut with 6 a piece. Other states with state legislative candidates include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia.

These candidates are on top of 69 Green Party candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, 7 candidates for U.S. Senate, and 2 candidates for Governor. There are over 200 Green Party candidates on the ballot on Nov. 4 (or Dec. 6).

Below is a list of the 73 candidates running for State legislature:
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Jason Wallace for Congress – (Illinois 11th CD)

Jason WallaceJason Wallace is the Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 11th District, Illinois. Wallace is a 26 years old Iraq War Veteran and a student at Illinois State University. He is an engaging person, active in his community, and committed to improving the lives of those around him. And he’s polling around 9% in this hotly contested race.

The 11th District race is an open seat after the retirement of Jerry Weller, leading to a battle to grab the open seat. The Democratic candidate, Debbie Halvorson, has raised more than 1.7 million dollars, and another 1.4 million dollars in advertising is coming directly from the Democratic Party. (source). The Republican candidate, Martin Ozinga III, has raised 1.1 million dollars. Jason Wallace created a self-imposed fund raising cap at $10,000 (Calling it 10K08), stating “…While other campaigns are raising hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in special interest money we want to let you put your two cents in as a real voter instead of cutting back-room deals with the political machine.”

Wallace’s main campaign issues:

  • Veteran Funding and Care
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Restoring Civil Liberties and Rights
  • Increased Funding for Public Education
  • Medicare for All – Single Payer Health Care

You can find out more and help support the Jason Wallace campaign at www.electwallace.us
(Above photo by soundfromwayout)

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Malik Rahim for Congress (Louisiana 2nd)

Malik Rahim, Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, will not be on the ballot Nov. 4. Because of Hurricane Katrina Rita Ike, the election will actually be on December 6. That gives Malik Rahim an extra month to organize and get the word out.

Malik Rahim’s race is a featured race for the Green Party, his work following Hurricane Katrina was an example of Green Values in Action. His role as a keynote speaker at the Chicago GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention was no accident, and his message is strong.

From his website:

Malik Rahim, born and raised in New Orleans’ Algiers neighborhood, has worked as an organizer for decades around housing and prison issues. During Hurricane Katrina, Malik stayed to assist the community and has been speaking out about racism and the failures of government exposed by the Katrina disaster.
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DC Greens Respond to Washington Post McKinney Piece

On Monday, the Washington Post published an article on Cynthia McKinney in the “Style” section entitled: “Stealth Candidacy“. While media coverage of the Green Party is rare from news publications such as the Washington Post, when it happens it is usually a wee bit negative. This article starts: “Spies. They’re probably in the room, she says ominously.” You can imagine the direction this is going to take from that start (or read it yourself).

Adding further insult to injury, the Washington Post chose to omit Cynthia McKinney from their Presidential Candidates web page, choosing instead to stick with Barack Obama and his three leading white male opponents (Chuck Baldwin was left off as well, as proof that it wasn’t a conspiracy against women).

The DC Greens have responded with the following release and well written response to the “Stealth Candidacy” article:

WASHINGTON, DC — The following response to an October 27 Washington Post article on Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney was prepared with the intent of submitting as a guest column.
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A Presidential Candidate Who Gets It on Immigration

Cynthia McKinney Responds to Sanctuary Survey

Showing the vitality and importance of voices from outside the mainstream two-party political paradigm, Congresswoman McKinney puts forth not only a strong understanding of the complexities of these issues, but also a vision of real-world solutions. Her refreshing willingness to confront the broader social and economic realities which undergird international migration further demonstrates that practical solutions will not come from political compromises and “bipartisan” gamesmanship, but rather from rigorously-grounded assessment and analysis.

Simply put, McKinney gets it right.

Read the entire article.

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Green Party State Legislative Races

The Green Party has XX candidates running for state legislative office across the US. The last Green to hold a state legislative seat was John Eder in Maine.

The Green Party (US) today released a short list of state legislative races to watch, on top of a much more thorough profiled list of candidates for offices up and down the ballot here. The press release today notes that of the state legislative races there are a few strong possibilities of victory on election day, and profiles four candidates:

• Richard Carroll is running unopposed, except for two write-in candidates, for an open seat in Arkansas State Representative District 39. He has strong union support, with endorsements from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB), United Transportation Union, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Arkansas State Electrical Workers Association, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and the Central Labor Council of Arkansas, as well as the North Little Rock Fire
Fighters, Ride Free, and Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Mr. Carroll has been active in union organizing for 30 years, holding the offices of Vice President, and Recording Secretary of IBB Local 69, and Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Local Chairman of IBB Local 66

Campaign web site: http://www.newmenu.org/richardcarroll

• Farheen Hakeem, a popular political personality in Minneapolis, is running for Minnesota State House District 61B. Three candidates are seeking an open seat, and in recent polls Ms. Hakeem is running in a statistical dead heat for the lead. Ms. Hakeem, who has worked as a teacher and volunteers as a Girl Scout Leader, ran for Mayor of Minneapolis in 2005 as a Green and received 14% of the vote. In 2006, she ran for Hennepin County Commissioner (District 4) against a Democratic incumbent, drawing 33%.

Minneapolis Mirror article with video:
Campaign web site: http://www.farheenhakeem.org

• Ante Marijan, candidate for State Representative in the Chicago (District 2), received endorsements from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Campaign web site: http://www.11thwardgreens.org/

• Kent Solberg, candidate for State Representative District 27, received the endorsement of the Arizona Daily Star, the largest circulation newspaper in Tucson. He also qualified for Arizona Clean Elections funds, enabling him to run a well-financed campaign. The campaign has canvassed the entire district twice with 50,000 brochures each time, and just finished a series of three special rallies with live bands. Mr. Solberg, running an
issues-oriented campaign, has a very real chance to defeat one of the two incumbents.

Campaign web site: http://www.kent4house.org

A full list of Green Party State Legislative Candidates will be posted here soon. For a complete list of Green Party candidates in America see the Green Party Elections Database.