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The Green Party Watch Facebook page has 1580 “likes” right now. Our lifetime “likes” at Facebook is 1583. This means that only three of the 1583 people who have “liked” GPW have “unliked” us…an impressive total in my mind.

We have had 256175+ visitors since the site was founded two years ago, and almost 400,000 page hits according to Sitemeter. We have regular visitors from across the globe, although US visitors represent the huge majority of our hits.

Alexa says that 88 sites link to Green Party Watch, and we are the 2,702,035th most popular website on the Internet. 85% of our readers only read the “front page”.


Arizona Governor Signs Bill that Puts Green Party on 2012 Ballot

According to a post at Ballot Access News, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has signed legislation which guarantees the Arazona Green Party access to the ballot in 2012 without having to re-petition to do so.

Among many other provisions, it says that when a party qualifies for the ballot, it gets the next two elections, not just the next election. Because the Arizona Green Party had successfully petitioned in 2010, it is now automatically on the 2012 ballot, even though it didn’t meet the already-existing requirements for a party to remain on the ballot (that it poll 5% for Governor, or that it have registration of at least two-thirds of 1% of the state total).


A Green Leader Has Risen’ in Baden-Württemberg

According to a piece at Spiegel Online, Winfried Kretschmann of the Green Party will be the new governor of Baden-Württemberg in May.

In coalition with the “center-left” Social Democratic Party, Kretschmann will be the Green Party’s first state governor in Germany.

The election was held in March, but negotiations to set up a new government just now have concluded, placing the Green Party at the head of the state government. For full details, please do visit the Spiegel Online link above.

H/T to David Wynyard


Top 10 corporations which paid no taxes

Here is Sen. Sanders’ list of the 10 worst corporate income tax avoiders:

1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings. (Source: Exxon Mobil’s 2009 shareholder report filed with the SEC here.)

2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion. (Source: Forbes.com here, ProPublica here and Treasury here.)

3) General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States over the past five years and, thanks to clever use of loopholes, paid no taxes.(Source: Citizens for Tax Justice here and The New York Times here. Note: despite rumors to the contrary, the Times has stood by its story.)

4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009. (Source: See 2009 Chevron annual report here. Note 15 on page FS-46 of this report shows a U.S. federal income tax liability of $128 million, but that it was able to defer $147 million for a U.S. federal income tax liability of negative $19 million.)

5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year. (Source: Paul Buchheit, professor, DePaul University, here and Citizens for Tax Justice here.)

6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year, received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction. (Source: the company’s 2009 annual report, pg. 112, here.)

7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department. (Source: Bloomberg News here, ProPublica here, Treasury Department here.)

8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury. (Source: Paul Buchheit, professor, DePaul University, here, ProPublica here, Treasury Department here.)

9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2006 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction. (Sources: Profits can be found here. The deduction can be found on the company’s 2010 SEC 10-K report to shareholders on 2009 finances, pg. 127, here.)

10) Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits over the past five years, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent. (Source: The New York Times here.)

H/T to Patriot Action Network for the text above. A cursory visit to their site leads me to believe that we don’t share a lot in common with these folks, but on this point they are right on target.

Rwanda Democratic Green Party Leader Receives Democracy Prize in Swedish Parliament

From the website of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda

Frank Habineza, Founding President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, has received a Democracy Prize in Swedish Parliament, today, 28th April 2011.

The Prize was awarded by Hon. Bodil Ceballos, a Swedish Parliamentarian, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and alternates on the Defence and Justice Committees. She is also a member of the Green Party of Sweden.

This initiative originated from the Green Party in Gävle, led by Ms.Inger Schörling, former Member of Swedish Parliament and European Parliament. She is also the Vice Chairperson of Green Forum Sweden and particularly in charge of East Africa.

The Prize is given in honor of the democratic struggle started in Rwanda and the resolve to continue it, using peaceful and non-violent means, despite all the hard challenges faced.

This is a great encouragement and we highly applaud the Green Party in Gävle, Ms.Inger Schörling and Hon.Bodil Ceballos for this recognition.
For more information, please contact :

Ms. Inger Schörling : Email : inger.schorling@mp.se


Green Party March in Los Angeles on May 1st for Worker’s Rights!

All Green Party supporters are encouraged to come out and protest alongside other Green Party supporters in solidarity with Immigrants and Workers, in conjunction with the worldwide event of International Worker’s Day.The march will begin at 10am in downtown Los Angeles. Green Party members will be coming from different parts of Los Angeles. If you need a ride, leave a comment on the page and I will ask around and see if a ride can be provided. Let’s register Americans with the Green Party. Be sure to bring your Green Party signs, banners, shirt, etc!!

By the way, the California Green Party is undertaking a massive voter registration drive to register 100,000 people with the Green Party by the end of 2012. But the only way we will accomplish the goal is if you get involved. I am calling on you to help us out. Join a local Green Party chapter.

Here is the Facebook link(with over 1,000 invitations):http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210837192268608

Here is the politicalindependentreport link(with a challenge between Greens and Libertarians!):http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2011/04/ca-green-party-march-in-los-angeles-on-may-1st-for-workers-rights/


Elizabeth May Polling at 45%

From the Green Party of Canada:

The Green Party of Canada released polling today that shows Leader Elizabeth May in the lead to win the riding of Saanich Gulf-Islands (SGI). 45% of decided voters in SGI stated they would vote for Elizabeth May, compared with 38% for the Conservatives. The Liberal and NDP candidates each polled at 9%, with 16% undecided. 13% of respondents named Elizabeth May as their second choice, while only 6% gave Gary Lunn as their second choice.

“The polling results confirm the positive feeling we’re getting on the ground and motivates us to keep working hard until every Elizabeth May supporter casts their ballot next Monday, May 2nd,” said May’s Campaign Manager Jonathan Dickie. “We know that the only poll that really counts is the one on May 2nd.”

“It is still a neck-and-neck race,” said Dickie. “We know that we have the best candidate for Saanich-Gulf Islands and we need every supporter to know that every single vote counts.”

“I want to thank all the volunteers who are working so hard for Elizabeth May, knocking on doors, driving voters to polls, and answering phones. There is a real feeling that we have a chance to make history,” said Dickie.

“We are very proud of our positive election campaign. We’ve focused on the sharing of ideas and responsible debate of the issues. That’s what the voters of this riding want, that’s what we have worked to give them, and that’s why they’re supporting Elizabeth May,” said Dickie.

The poll was conducted April 18-19. 389 respondents in Saanich-Gulf Islands were asked how they intended to vote for local candidates. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9%, 19 times out of 20


Three State Green Party Meetings This Weekend

The Green Parties of California, Maine and Wisconsin are all holding membership meetings this coming weekend.

In California, the GP of California State Meeting is being held Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 in Berkeley, CA at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut St.  Included as part of the General Assembly is elections to the GPUS National Committee and elections to 14 at-large seats on the State Coordinating Committee.

In Maine the 2011 Maine Green Independent Party State Convention is being billed as “Green Party Rising”, and will be in Brunswick, Maine at the Curtis Memorial Library on Sunday May 1.  The agenda includes elections to the state steering committee, national committee, and international committee, candidates for Mayor of Portland, Maine John Eder and Dave Marshall, State representative Ben Chipman, and some goal setting for the MGIP.

In Wisconsin the 2011 Spring Gathering and Membership Meeting is being held at First Unitarian in Milwaukee, WI on Saturday April 30.  Strategic planning for 2011-2012 is the main order of business, including campaigns / election strategy, fund raising and finance, membership growth and outreach, and State Party structure and organization.