Archive for March, 2010

Jill Stein to announce running mate, launch petitioning at Holyoke rally

Posted in State Wide Elections on March 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

The Jill Stein for Governor of Massachusetts campaign would like to invite you to join Jill and fellow supporters for a rally on Saturday, April 3rd in Holyoke for the announcement of her Lt. Governor running mate and the blast off of our nominating signature drive! Details for the event are at www.JillStein.org.

Ed Bortz, PA Green for Congress, speech for single-payer coalition

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on March 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Ed Bortz, the Pennsylvania Green Party’s nominee for US House of Representatives PA-14, recently delivered the following speech to a coalition of single-payer health care advocates:

Thank you single-payer activists for inviting me to speak tonight about my campaign for Congress in the 14th District of Pennsylvania.This is a great time to be a Green Party candidate for public office. Voters are looking for real and sustainable alternatives to business as usual. read more »

Illinois Greens: Lt Gov pick a slap to black electorate

Posted in State Party News on March 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Green Party leaders sharply criticized Governor Pat Quinn and the Democratic
State Central Committee for bypassing State Rep. Art Turner and other more
qualified candidates in nominating Sheila Simon for Lieutenant Governor.

“Pat Quinn’s message is that he can take the black vote for granted,” said
Phil Huckelberry, Illinois Green Party Chair. “Our message is that those
days are over. Many of our core issues – especially education funding
reform and the lack of economic development in the most struggling areas –
are at the top of the list across black communities throughout the state.
It’s clearer than ever that those issues are not going to be meaningfully
addressed by Pat Quinn and the Democrats. But they’re going to be addressed
by the Green Party.” read more »

A better media strategy for Greens

Posted in Editorials on March 31st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Gary Ruskin has written a post on Green Change about “A better media strategy for Greens”:

At national, state and local levels, I think Greens should shift much of our media efforts to what parties out of power traditionally do: hold elected officials accountable for their actions, and expose corruption, waste and malfeasance.

There are two main reasons why muckraking and watchdogging makes for a good Green media strategy.

First: it’s popular across the political spectrum. Everyone loves it. It wins votes.

Second: it’s genuinely newsworthy….

Greens are not fated to receive little or no media coverage. Many Greens get good news coverage regularly because they do things that are newsworthy….

Gary Ruskin has copious experience with the national press from 14 years as director of the Congressional Accountability Project. Read the full post at GreenChange.org.

Dan Craigie of Minneapolis announces Green bid for state representative

Posted in Local Elections on March 29th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Andrew Penkalski at The Minnesota Daily:

Green Party member and University of Minnesota alumnus Dan Craigie announced his bid in the state representative race for District 59B on Friday evening at the Oak Street Theatre.

Craigie, who graduated from the University in the fall of 2009 with a master’s degree in public policy, will be running against longtime DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn as well as Republican candidate and fellow University graduate Ole Hovde.

A key focal point throughout Craigie’s campaign will be regular engagement of the community’s leaders and small businesses, something he said he sees as lacking within the district. read more »

Tom Tresser for Cook County Board President videos

Posted in Local Elections on March 29th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Tom Tresser, the Illinois Green Party’s candidate for Cook County Board President, has been regularly producing campaign videos for his youtube channel. Check out his latest videos at Tom Tresser’s youtube channel.

Two short videos on how to improve the Green Party platform

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, National Greens on March 29th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Two members of the Green Party US Platform Committee have produced short videos explaining how you can still get involved in improving the Green Party platform. The videos already have almost 400 views on youtube, which is still less than the creepy Russian singing dude, but it’s a good start.

Asher Platts (aka The Punk Patriot): The Green Party is Accepting Platform Amendments

Marnie Glickman, PlatCom co-chair: How You Can Improve the US Green Party Platform

New Mexico Green Party nominates congressional candidate at state convention

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Party News on March 29th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

The Santa Fe Reporter recently published an article about the New Mexico Green Party’s state convention. The article asks “Can New Mexico’s Green Party recapture its heyday?” and covers the party’s conflict with NM’s Secretary of State, as well as the party’s nomination of Alan Woodruff for US Representative in district 1.

Chris Hedges interviews Cynthia McKinney: “Our country has been hijacked”

Posted in Editorials on March 29th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

In an article for Truthdig entitled “Is America ‘Yearning for Fascism?’”, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges quoted extensively from Cynthia McKinney, the 2008 Green Party candidate for president.

“We are ruled not by two parties but one party,” Cynthia McKinney, who ran for president on the Green Party ticket, told me. “It is the party of money and war. Our country has been hijacked. And we have to take the country away from those who have hijacked it. The only question now is whose revolution gets funded.”…

“It is time for us to stop talking about right and left,” McKinney told me. “The old political paradigm that serves the interests of the people who put us in this predicament will not be the paradigm that gets us out of this. I am a child of the South. Janet Napolitano tells me I need to be afraid of people who are labeled white supremacists but I was raised around white supremacists. I am not afraid of white supremacists. I am concerned about my own government. The Patriot Act did not come from the white supremacists, it came from the White House and Congress. Citizens United did not come from white supremacists, it came from the Supreme Court. Our problem is a problem of governance. I am willing to reach across traditional barriers that have been skillfully constructed by people who benefit from the way the system is organized.”

Greens: Now it’s time to work for real health reform – Medicare for All

Posted in Press Release, Social & Economic Justice on March 25th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

Now it’s time to work for real health care reform — Medicare For All, say Greens

• The Democratic “insurance company enrichment” bill burdens millions of Americans and imposes mandates that enrich insurance companies

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on health care reform: http://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-health-care.php

WASHINGTON, DC — Green candidates and party leaders said today that the passage of the Democratic health care bill, with its increased financial burdens on millions of Americans, should not slow the movement for Medicare For All (single-payer national health care). read more »

Hugh Giordano, Green for PA State Rep, featured in Philadelphia newspapers

Posted in Local Elections on March 25th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Thanks to Ross Levin at Independent Political Report for this story:

Hugh Giordano, a Green state representative candidate in Pennsylvania’s 194th district, was featured today in a story that ran in a group of newspapers published in Philadelphia and nearby Montgomery County.  Read the full story here.

Also, check out this video of Hugh Giordano from Montgomery News.

Giordano works as an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 142. According to his campaign, in his first year with the local he won an award for organizing in his region. read more »

Green Parties in TX, AR, AZ, HI need your help to get on the ballot

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, State Party News on March 24th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

Several state Green Parties are collecting signatures to win ballot access for 2010 elections – and beyond! No matter where you are, there is some way to help fellow Greens win the recognition they need from their state governments. Please help any of the following states, and stay tuned for further news from other state parties.

TEXAS

The Green Party of Texas must collect more than 40,000 signatures in the next two months. This is a high hurdle but one that a lot of volunteers can make happen! To help the Texas Greens, contact kat@txgreens.org or call 210-471-1791. The Green Party of Texas is online at http://txgreens.org.

ARKANSAS

The Green Party of Arkansas is set to start a ballot access drive on Saturday March 20th. The drive will last until June 18. The goal of the drive is to collect at least 15,000 signatures, in the expectation that 10,000 of them will be certified. You can make a donation or volunteer at http://arkgreens.org.

ARIZONA

The Arizona Green Party just finished collecting signatures. They turned in nearly 30,000 signatures and are hoping enough will be validated to win ballot access. The Arizona party needs financial support to meet their obligations to collectors who helped get signatures. You can send checks to: Arizona Green Party, P.O. Box 60173, Phoenix, AZ 85082.

HAWAII

Always wanted to take a Hawaiian vacation? If you can get to Hawaii to help collect signatures in the next few weeks, please contact http://www.greenhawaii.org/ to volunteer!

According to ballot access expert Richard Winger, “The Hawaii deadline is April 1, although there is a chance that the deadline is unconstitutionally early. The number of signatures is only 663 and if the Green Party gets on in 2010, that will help it be on automatically in the future.

Hawaii law is very strange. It says if a party petitions or otherwise qualifies for the ballot 3 elections in a row, then it is also automatically on for the next 5 elections after that. The Greens petitioned in 2008. If they petition in 2010 and also petition in 2012, then they will be on automatically in 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022. So to goof up the 2010 petition wrecks that sequence. Greens are supposed to be future-oriented; this will be a test.”

Green gubernatorial campaigns to watch in 2010: CA, IL, MA, NV, OH

Posted in Press Release, State Wide Elections on March 23rd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

WASHINGTON, DC — Several Green candidates have launched campaigns in their states’ races for governor in 2010.

The Green Party of California will have a contested primary election for the gubernatorial race, with Laura Wells and Deacon Alexander competing for the nomination, to be decided on June 8.

In recent years, gubernatorial races in some states have given Green Parties high enough percentages to achieve or maintain ballot status and determine the outcome of the election.

In 2006, Rich Whitney and his fellow Greens overcame an attempt by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to keep the Green Party off the Illinois ballot. Gov. Blagojevich spent about $800,000 to block the Green Party. Mr. Whitney drew over 10% of the vote on Election Day 2006 and will be on the ballot in 2010.

Some Green gubernatorial candidates to watch: read more »

Australian Greens tally record vote in Tasmania

Posted in International Greens on March 23rd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

AUSTRALIAN Greens leader Bob Brown says he’s looking forward to the upcoming Senate election following the good performance of the Greens in the Tasmanian and South Australian state elections.

In Tasmania, the Greens now hold five seats – one more than previously – and attracted a record vote of 21 per cent.

In South Australia, the Greens improved their vote to six-and-a-half per cent, with two Upper House MPs, one more than previously.

This leaves Greens MPs holding the balance of power in both Tasmania and the ACT.

Senator Brown said the Greens had something new and bright to say, with a long-term vision, which was appealing to the electorate. read more »

Ed Bortz, Pittsburgh Green congressional candidate, calls for Medicare for All

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on March 22nd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Ed Bortz, the Pennsylvania Green Party’s candidate for US House in the 14th district, has garnered some publicity from Allegheny County Elections 2010 Examiner for a post on Firedoglake’s Seminal blog arguing that “we need health CARE, not health insurance”. Both the Examiner piece and the Seminal discussion are worth reading.