Archive for June, 2010

Arkansas Green Party Makes Ballot

The Arkansas Green Party needed 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot this fall. The Secretary of State certified 11,505 signatures putting them on the ballot.

From Ballot Access News:

The Arkansas Secretary of State has checked the Green Party’s ballot access petition and found it sufficient. The party needed 10,000 valid signatures and submitted 14,207. The Secretary of State says there are 11,505 valid signatures, for a validity rate of 81.0%.

This is the third election year in a row that the Green Party has successfully completed this petition. The only other party that ever completed it was the Reform Party, in 1996.

Arkansas did not require any petition for a party to appear on the ballot until 1971. Parties merely had to hold a nominating convention and certify the names of the nominees to the Secretary of State, before 1971.

The Arkansas Green Party is currently in court, not against the 10,000 signature petition, but against the state law that says a party should lose its qualified status after a presidential election if it doesn’t poll as much as 3% of the vote for President.

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Rich Whitney Making Fundraising Push Today

The Rich Whitney for Governor campaign is making a big fund raising push today. A donor has come forward who will match all donations (capped to $5,000) made today by 11:59pm June 30 tonight! See the facebook message sent to his facebook group below! Again, this offer only lasts until midnight tonight! If there was ever a time to donate to this campaign, now is that time!

You can donate online to the Rich Whitney For Governor campaign here.

Full Disclosure: I am a volunteer for the Whitney For Governor campaign.

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Jill Stein Democracy Day video

Supporters of Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein have made the following video to promote Democracy Day, an online fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday 30 June:

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Scott Laugenour, MA Green for state rep: “Time for a Party”

The following is the text of a speech given by Scott Laugenour, Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party candidate for 4th Berkshire District State Representative, to the GRP regional convention in Pittsfield:

Hello! My name is Scott and I am the Green-Rainbow candidate for State Representative this year in the 4th Berkshire District. My full name, which voters in the district will see on the ballot in November, is Lee Scott Laugenour. But my friends and family call me Scott, and you should, too. Thank you fellow greens, new members, and guests for joining us today.

I came to the party a little over two years ago when my husband Mark and I came to this very location for the regional convention in 2008. I made some phone calls to learn more about the party and began attending the local chapter meetings here in Pittsfield, and from those days on my family grew: Celia … Mike … Jeff … Gordon … Jamie … and Wanda. They welcomed Mark and me to the party and to a political home and to new friendships. I love you all.

But in a political fight where different ideas for public policies compete for voter support we need more than love. We’re challenging established paradigms and established power. History teaches us that this always means a fight and a struggle. There is the adage that says that life is not fair, which may be true, but public policies and laws in a democratic society should be fair to all. Our political fight will be forward-looking; it will be about building a healthy, just, green future. Our political fight is more visible than ever this year and we will keep that visibility before the voters. The establishment will soon see that there is some spirited grit in these greens. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cobb US Social Forum interview on Free Speech TV

Laura Flanders of Free Speech TV recently interviewed 2004 Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb at the US Social Forum in Detroit:

Watch live streaming video from freespeechtv at livestream.com

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Rwandan Green Party calls on government to end pre-election violence

Voice of America reports from Rwanda:

The leader of the opposition Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has called on President Paul Kagame’s government to help end the escalating violence ahead of the general elections scheduled for August this year.

Frank Habineza said the period leading up to the election is contributing to the ongoing violence.

Habineza’s comments follows last week’s shooting death of Leonard Rugambage, acting editor of the banned Umuvugizi independent newspaper in the capital, Kigali. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Texas is Important

“If the Republican Party insiders are doing stuff like that, we wouldn’t know about it,” [Green Party attorney David] Rogers said. “If the Republicans are doing the right thing for the wrong reason, is it wrong or is it right?”

The Dallas Morning News article here pretty much sums up where we are at with the Green Party of Texas ballot access story. A Texas Judge, who is a “lifelong” Democrat has blocked the Green Party of Texas from running a handful of state wide candidates. The GP of Texas has appealed, taken to the GOP controlled Supreme Court, and a Friday deadline looms as the last opportunity to put those candidates on the ballot.

This Texas ballot access story may be the most important story of the year in terms of its implications.

First, it is very similar to the Romanelli situation in Pennsylvania when Republicans were largely behind the funding for a 60,000 plus petition drive to get the Pennsylvania Green on the ballot. Although the funding was legal, all from individuals that did not exceed state limits, the Green Party signatures were not only thrown out by the Democrats but over $80,000 in court costs was slapped down to Romanelli to further punish the Greens for daring to surpass ballot access barriers. How can the ethics of the Green Party be questioned given the unethical and clearly self-preserving actions of the Democrats? Why are Democrats allowed to take money from Republicans and do whatever they can to increase their chances of winning while the Green Party is called unethical for doing the same thing?

Second, while the Democrats don’t hide the fact that for them this is all about eliminating competition in the Governor’s race between White and Perry, for the Green Party this is all about 2012. For the Texas Greens it may be about ballot access, but for the Green Party of the United States this has implications in recruiting a viable candidate for President in 2012. Being able to offer a ballot line in Texas, the second most populous state in the union, is a real big deal sweetener.

Third is the question of whether the cost of petitioning is an “administrative cost” for political parties or not. The Green Party of Texas claims it is, because if they can’t get signatures then they can’t run candidates. The onerous ballot access barriers are an administrative hurdle to cross.

Fourth is the issue of ballot access barriers. The one question major media outlets seem to be brushing over is why the Green Party requires 42,000 signatures from registered voters who did not vote in the primary, but the Democrats and Republicans don’t have to do that? In many states there is an equal access to the ballot. In Wisconsin, for example, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Green, you need 2,000 signatures to run for state wide office, 1,000 to run for US House of Representatives, 400 for State Senate, 200 for State legislature. There is a uniform application of ballot access requirements. Why do states like Texas and Pennsylvania have tiered access rules that inherently benefit the two parties in power?

Finally, how will the three parties be impacted by this in terms of public perception? Will the Republicans look slimy for paying over a half a million dollars to put some leftist competition on the ballot? Will the Democrats look like creeps for legally challenging the will of over 90,000 Texas voters? Will the Green Party look like puppets, or instead like innocent victims who just wanted the right to run candidates for state wide office?

Some stories on the topic:
Texas Green Party files appeal for candidates (Dallas Morning News, 6/28/10)
Texas Green Party Appeals Ballot Decision
(Wall Street Journal,6/28/10)
Judge blocks Green Party candidates from Texas ballot (Dallas Morning News, 6/25/10)
Texas Democrats sue to find who bankrolled Green Party petitions (Dallas Morning News, 6/11/10)

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Online fundraiser for MA Green Jill Stein set for Weds 30 June

CORRECTION: Democracy Day is scheduled for Wednesday 30 June. The original post said Tuesday.

Supporters of Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein, galvanized by Stein’s exclusion from a radio debate by disgraced former MA House Speaker Tom Finneran, have announced a second “Democracy Day” set for Wednesday 30 June to raise money for Stein’s campaign. Organizers are asking supporters of Jill Stein to pledge to contribute $10 (or more) to help her campaign, which is not taking corporate contributions, qualify for matching public funds.

Learn more by visiting DemocracyDays.com or the event’s facebook page.

Jill Stein was recently covered by the Cape Cod Times at an AFL-CIO candidate forum in Hyannis.

Stein was also interviewed by political analyst John Keller on WBZ-TV. Watch here.

Stein also

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New York Green Party announces ballot access drive

From the Green Party of New York State facebook page:

It’s our mission to provide a progressive Green alternative to the corporate agenda of the Democrats and Republicans, and build support for a different world. To that end, we have nominated an exciting slate of candidates for statewide office, including Howie Hawkins for Governor, Gloria Mattera for Lt. Governor, Colia Clark and Cecile Lawrence for US Senate, and Julia Willebrand for Comptroller.

This is the time to regain our ballot status — to do that we need 50,000 votes for Governor. It’s the perfect year, with voters across New York fed up with the corruption in Albany and the pro-corporate bailout, pro-war agenda in DC. They ache to see candidates stand strong for peace, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, single payer-universal health care, and an aggressive program to create living wage jobs.

The first step is to get on the ballot, which means 30,000 signatures from NY State registered voters. Of that 30,000 we need at least 100 signatures from half of the congressional districts across the state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Huffington Post Chicago interviews LeAlan Jones, IL Green for Senate

Huffington Post Chicago has published a short interview with Illinois Green Party US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones:

While Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias slam each other in campaign ads, Jones has been telling Illinois voters what the Green Party is about, and says that people have been liking what they hear (a recent poll showed him pulling 14 percent of the vote.) A resident of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Jones has been active in his community since the age of 13, when he helped produce “Ghetto 101,” a documentary about his upbringing and life on Chicago’s South Side.

He became the youngest recipient of the Peabody Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Grand-Prize for his documentary work, and went on to produce and write for the BBC World Service.

Aside from his political and journalism work, he is the legal guardian for his two teen nephews and a football linebacker coach at Simeon High School.

HP:Do you think Illinois voters have been paying attention to all the back-and-forth going on between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate race?

LJ: Most certainly, I think that candidates running from cameras and not speaking about the issues has been noticed. People are looking for an alternative.

Read the whole interview at Huffington Post Chicago.

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Lynne Williams endorsed by Women’s Campaign Forum in ME State Senate run

From Independent Political Report:

The following is posted at the Women’s Campaign Forum website:

Lynne WilliamsLynne Williams is running for State Senate in Maine’s 28th District. Williams has spent many years as an attorney and organizer, working with disenfranchised communities to give them a voice in the halls of power. Williams now represents community groups that are resisting industrial development in their communities and is a member of the Bar Harbor, Maine Planning Board.  She also practices First Amendment law representing environmental and peace activists as well as estate planning for families with disabled family members. In October 2007, Williams was awarded the “Hands of Peace” award from the Eastern Maine Peace and Justice Center, and in 2008 was awarded the “Conservationist of the Year” award from RESTORE: the North Woods. To learn more, visit Lynne Williams’ website.

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SC Green Party governor candidate visits Charleston

South Carolina Green Party gubernatorial candidate Morgan Reeves garnered media coverage for a visit to Charleston where he discussed his ideas for the state. The Charleston Post and Courier reports:

Reeves said he would push toward establishing high speed rail between the state’s major cities, an ethanol plant that would convert sweet potatoes into fuel, and luring a manufacturer of hydrogen cars.

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South Carolina Senate hopeful posts YouTube spot

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More Annual National Meeting Updates

On Friday, Day 2 of the Annual National Meeting, there were multiple events going on all day from Platform meetings, budget discussions, candidate press conferences, strategic planning sessions and National Committee Plenary meetings.

News came in about the Texas judge, a Democrat, throwing the Green Party of Texas statewide candidates off the ballot that afternoon. kat swift and several other Texas Greens arrived after train delays late in the day, and the battle in Texas for ballot access is not over. The decision will be appealed, but it should also be noted that apparently the Democrats restraining order on the Green candidates applied only to their statewide candidates, meaning regional and local candidates for the Green Party of Texas *will* be on the ballot regardless of the outcome of the legal system.

A reception Friday night featured many more candidates, all of whom were great speakers and energized the crowd. Videos of some of those candidates will be posted here soon.

As Saturday, day 3 of the ANM gets underway, more Plenary meetings, more strategic planning, and a degree of anticipation as the voting ends for new Steering Committee members at 5 PM although the official results will not be announced until Sunday morning. The six candidates running for three co-chair positions on the Steering Committee include Lori Burton (OR), Craig Thorsen (CA), Julie Jacobson (HI), Theresa el-Amin (NC), Audrey Clement (VA) and Vivek Ananthan (PA). I expect the results to be close. Jeff Turner (HI) is the only candidate running for Treasurer of GPUS.

The three new co-chairs and Treasurer will join continuing Secretary Holly Hart (IA) and continuing co-chairs Farheen Hakeem (MN), David Strand (Lavender Caucus), Jason Nabewaniac (NY) and Mike Feinstein (CA).

More later.

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ANM 2010 – Chris Henry, Candidate for US House, Oregon

Chris Henry, Green Party candidate for US House of Representatives in Oregon’s second congressional district, speaking at the 2010 Green Party Annual National Meeting in Detroit.

Parts 2 & 3 below
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