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

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.”

Dave Schwab

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  1. Waiting, waiting, waiting for the Wilders ……….

    and speaking of islands:

    By NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press Writer – Wed Mar 24, 2010

    NEW DELHI – For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island’s gone.

    New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said.

    “What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming,” said Hazra.

    Scientists at the School of Oceanographic Studies at the university have noted an alarming increase in the rate at which sea levels have risen over the past decade in the Bay of Bengal.

    Until 2000, the sea levels rose about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) a year, but over the last decade they have been rising about 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) annually, he said.

    Another nearby island, Lohachara, was submerged in 1996, forcing its inhabitants to move to the mainland, while almost half the land of Ghoramara island was underwater, he said. At least 10 other islands in the area were at risk as well, Hazra said.

    “We will have ever larger numbers of people displaced from the Sunderbans as more island areas come under water,” he said. —- don lake

  2. Hello there, Happy April Fool’s Day!!

    Three men died in a car accident and met Jesus himself at the Pearly Gates.
    The Lord spoke unto them saying, “I will ask you each a simple question. If you tell the truth I will allow you into heaven, but if you lie… Hell is waiting for you.”
    To the first man the Lord asked, “How many times did you cheat on your wife?”
    The first man replied, “Lord, I was a good husband. I never cheated on my wife.”
    The Lord replied, “Very good! Not only will I allow you in, but for being faithful to your wife I will give you a huge mansion and a limo for your transportation.”
    To the second man the Lord asked, “How many times did you cheat on your wife?”
    The second man replied, “Lord, I cheated on my wife twice.”
    The Lord replied, “I will allow you to come in, but for your unfaithfulness, you will get a four-bedroom house and a BMW.”
    To the third man the Lord asked, “So, how many times did you cheat on your wife?”
    The third man replied, “Lord, I cheated on my wife about 8 times.”
    The Lord replied, “I will allow you to come in, but for your unfaithfulness, you will get a one-room apartment, and a Yugo for your transportation.”
    A couple hours later the second and third men saw the first man crying his eyes out.
    “Why are you crying?” the two men asked. “You got the mansion and limo!”
    The first man replied, “I’m crying because I saw my wife a little while ago, and she was riding a skateboard!”

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

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