Sent in by William, Maria Allwine is an activist with the “Maryland Coalition to Re-Regulate BGE.” It called a press conference on Oct. 27, 2010, in front of the office of the Public Service Commission, in Baltimore, MD. Over the years, Ms. Allwine has battled hard against any more rate hikes and for “a moratorium on any rate increases in BGE bills.” Ms. Allwine is also the Green Party’s candidate for governor in Maryland. At today’s event, she ripped into BGE; incumbent Governor Martin O’Malley, a Democrat; and also, the Republican candidate for governor, Robert Ehrlich.
Archive for October, 2010
The chair of the Manhattan Green Party, Daniel W.K. Lee, has written a piece for The Advocate on why gay Americans should consider voting Green:
Now that the midterm election is upon us, the Democratic establishment has employed the fear tactic to get its progressives in line by saying, “If you don’t vote us back in, think of what the alternative will be.” And much like progressive Dems in general, GPDs — most notably the Human Rights Campaign — have resorted to shameless (or is it shameful?) apologies for the party and administration’s shortcomings by asking for more patience because “change takes time” and habitually failing to call out the administration and congressional Democrats’ poor progress on LGBT issues, or they have gotten vocally angry, but with no intention to not vote Democratic.
The poll of 1,000 likely voters taken October 23rd has Bill Brady leading Gov. Pat Quinn 44-39. Independent Scott Lee Cohen has 6 percent and Green Party nominee Rich Whitney has 4 percent.
If Whitney receives at least 5% of the vote, the Illinois Green Party will retain a place on the ballot as an established major party.
In other news, Greens are planning to protest a Chicago debate hosted by public TV station WTTW that excludes Whitney, who earned over 10% of the statewide vote in 2006.
Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein took part in a debate with Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick, Republican Charlie Baker, and Democrat-turned-independent Tim Cahill on Monday, October 25th. Here is footage of the debate from Boston TV station WGBH:
Ohio Green Party gubernatorial candidate Dennis Spisak was interviewed recently by Michael Kwiatkowski on the Blog Talk Radio show Progressive Independence Radio.
There are 60 candidates running for the United States House of Representatives on November 2.
This is the first of three posts on Green Party House candidates, beginning with the Eastern portion of the United States. There are candidates running in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Ken Krayeske (CD 1) – Krayeske is no stranger to media attention ever since his notorious challenge to UCONN coach Calhoun over his salary. Krayeske, now running for the US House, has been picking up a lot of media, most recently from a high profile endorsement from Ralph Nader. Krayeske has a nice website and a great campaign video. (GPW coverage of Krayeske)
G. Scott Deshefy (CD 2) – G. Scott Deshefy is a retired environmental analyst with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He ran for this same seat in 2008, finishing with 6,287 votes (1.87%). I highly recommend his campaign blog.
Charlie Pillsbury (CD 3) – Pillsbury works part time for Mediators Without Borders. He is a veteran candidate, having run in 2008 for New Haven Registrar of voters (8.15%), in 2005 for Alderman (30.5%), in 2003 for Alderman (38.9%) and in 2002 for US House of Representatives (9,050 votes, 4.9%).
Nicholas Ruiz III (CD 24) – Ruiz is running a write-in campaign for US House in Florida’s 24th district. He has put out several campaign videos (find them on his website) and took part in debates as well. He is the author of America in Absentia (2008), Integral Reality (with Robert Hassan, forthcoming, 2010) and The Metaphysics of Capital, (2006). He is also the editor of Kritikos.
Mark Heacock (CD 1) – Mark Heacock is a Master Painter, Lacrosse coach and veteran candidate. He ran for New Jersey General Assembly in 2007 (2.86%) and 2005 (5.15%), and Borough Council in 2004 (24%) and 2003 (33%). Check out the videos on his site here.
Steve Welzer (CD 4) – Welzer has been a Green Activist for 20 years, a founding member of the New Jersey Green Party, and co-editor of Green Horizons Magazine. This is his first run for office. Watch his “Candidates on Demand” interview on Youtube here.
Ed Fanning (CD 5) – Fanning has worked for 29 years in the finance industry, and is the Secretary of the Green Party of New Jersey. He ran for this same seat in 2008, finishing with 4,950 votes (1.68%). See his “Candidates on Demand” interview on YouTube here.
Patricia Alessandrini (CD 9) – Alessandrini is a retired nurse who has run for Bergen Freeholder in 2008 and State Assembly in 2003 (1.48%). Watch her “Candidates on Demand” video on YouTube here.
Anthony Gronowicz (CD 7) – A New York City native, Gronowicz was the Green Party candidate for Mayor of New York City in 2005, finishing third of 8 candidates. He has a PhD in New York City Political History and is the author of “Race and Class Politics in New York City Before the Civil War”. Here’s a clip of Gronowicz by Craig Seeman.
Hank Bardel (CD 13) – Bardel is a retired union worker and long time Green Party activist. He last ran for office in 2002 running for the US House and finishing with 1% of the vote. He has also run for City Council twice and State Assembly once. He did not get the signatures necessary to appear on the ballot so he is running a write in campaign.
Ed Bortz (CD 14) – Bortz is a retired engineer / electrician, and life long writer, poet, and Green Party activist in the Pittsburgh area. Here is a video of Bortz speaking at a Medicare rally that I highly recommend (watch the nervous people behind him.)
Faye Walters (CD 4) – This is C. Faye Walters’ fourth run for the US House as a Green Party candidate. She finished with 1.23% in 2004, 1.3% in 2006, and 3% in 2008. Furthermore she ran as a Natural Law Party Candidate for U.S. Congress District 4 Representative in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002. She has a rich and varied background, currently a small business owner in Greenville, SC.
Nammu Muhammad (CD 6) – Nammu Muhammad is a life-long resident of the threatened Waverly community in Columbia. An electrician, Nammu has worked against gentrification and the displacement of longstanding communities by a business driven and unaccountable development program.
From Ken Krayeske, Green Party candidate for US House in Connecticut:
From Green Change:
Jeremy Karpen’s clean-money Green campaign for the IL State Assembly is poised to pull off an upset victory against his Chicago Machine opponent.
Jeremy and his volunteers have already knocked on 7,000 doors and made 3,000 phone calls. Jeremy has earned enthusiastic endorsements from leading newspapers, unions, and voter groups.
At this critical moment, Jeremy needs to raise $3,000 to air a bilingual TV ad, “I support Jeremy Karpen/Yo Apoyo a Jeremy Karpen.”
If you have a spare hour to phone bank, please volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “phone bank”. Even if you don’t live in Chicago, you can make calls from the comfort of your own home.
Jeremy Karpen’s election could spark a peaceful Green revolution from coast to coast. His victory will prove that Greens can start winning state legislative races.
Let’s do everything in our power to help him win.
Here is more information about Jeremy and his campaign: Read the rest of this entry »
California Green Party gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells will participate in a 10/28 debate hosted by Free and Equal. All 6 ballot-qualified candidates have been invited. From Free and Equal:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. While the Democratic and Republican party candidates continue to debate only amongst themselves, the other four gubernatorial candidates in California are gearing up to participate in what is sure to be a vigorous, all-inclusive debate hosted at California State University, Sacramento, in the Forest Suite located on the second floor of the University Union, Thursday, October 28, 2010, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »
From Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney:
WTTW – a taxpayer supported PBS station – is sponsoring a gubernatorial debate on Thursday, October 28, on its program Chicago Tonight program. Like other sponsors, it has only invited the Democratic and Republican candidates. Unlike the others, though, WTTW is using our tax dollars to promote the two candidates who have already spent millions of dollars attacking each other on television!
WTTW may change its mind if it hears from enough people, especially viewers and supporters. If you haven’t called WTTW yet, NOW is the time! Call 773-583-5000. You can also email them at email@example.com. Tell WTTW that it needs to DO THE RIGHT THING and invite Rich Whitney to its Chicago Tonight debate. Read the rest of this entry »
Minnesota Green Party candidate for State Representative District 59B Dan Craigie was interviewed by MN Daily, the University of Minnesota newspaper, about pressing issues facing MN state government. The Green Party has had a measure of success in Minneapolis, having elected candidates to the city council and park and recreation board, as well as helping to enact instant runoff voting. Craigie hopes to become the first Green elected to MN’s state legislature.
NBC Washington has an article about the DC Statehood Green Party entitled “DC’s ‘Second Party’?”:
The D.C. Statehood Green Party styles itself the District’s “Second Party” — a barb directed not just at the city’s Republicans, but also at the notion that D.C. is a one-party town.
This year, the Statehood Greens have five candidates running for citywide office.
The party nominated perennial candidate, noted trumpet player, and former Marlon Brando paramour Faith for mayor, though with some reluctance — Faith actually received only 40 percent of the votes in the September primary, despite running unopposed…
Other contenders are making more serious efforts. Rick Tingling-Clemmons is challenging Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, while Joyce Robinson-Paul is on the ballot for shadow representative. Two veteran Statehood Green activists, Ann C. Wilcox and David Schwartzman, are running for citywide D.C. Council seats. (The party also has a candidate in Ward 1, Nancy Shia, who was nominated after winning the primary there as a write-in candidate.)
Although the Connecticut Green Party has no candidate for governor this year and is running a write-in campaign for US Senate, CT Green candidates running for a variety of statewide, congressional, legislative and local seats have been steadily making news. Here are some recent stories:
CT News Junkie: Nader Endorses Krayeske in 1st Congressional District
Norwich Bulletin: 2nd District Incumbent, Challengers Duke It Out in Willimantic
Hawkins’ campaign needs donations as soon as possible to get these ads on the air and maximize the Green vote. If Hawkins gets at least 50,000 votes, the New York Green Party will win a ballot line for the next 4 years, making his campaign one of the most important in the nation for Green Party ballot access. The New York Green Party, and Hawkins’ campaign in particular, have seen a surge in interest after Hawkins’ performance in last week’s gubernatorial debate.
From Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein:
If we can raise $15,000 by Friday, October 29th, we will be able to air our ads from Boston to Pittsfield. Not only are we rising in the polls, but the latest poll has a staggering 28% of likely voters saying they still might change their mind. We’re hitting our stride just as the other candidates are failing to inspire their bases. Now it’s time to hit the streets and the airways with our message.
Donate $75 right now and you’ll be putting our message on the air for a full minute. If you donate $500 you’ll put us on the air in Boston on the radio news stations with the widest reach. Dirty money has had its say on the airways. But now it’s clean money time!