Archive for February, 2012

Oakland Green Party proposes progressive candidate alliance

Posted in Local Party News on February 29th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From OaklandNorth.net:

The Oakland Green Party held a public forum Friday evening at Humanist Hall in downtown Oakland, where members of other political parties as well as members of the public were invited to brainstorm ideas for Oakland’s future and form an alliance before the next city government election. read more »

MI Green Neuville-Justice takes 4% in State Rep race

Posted in Local Elections on February 29th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Michigan Green Party candidate Cary Neuville-Justice received 803 votes for 4% in a special election for Michigan State Representative 51st District. See the results at clickondetroit.com.

Lack of Statehood, Women’s Health & Reproductive Health Rights in DC

Posted in Social & Economic Justice, State Party News on February 29th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

From the DC Statehood Green Party:

WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party will host a panel discussion on “Lack of Statehood, Women’s Health & Women’s Reproductive Health Rights in DC” on Thursday, March 1, at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

The panel’s topics will include the new bill making its way through the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives that would ban most abortions in the District. The bill, titled the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (HR 3803,
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s2103/show) and sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), would ban abortions in the District after a woman’s 20th week of pregnancy.

The event, which is free and open to media and the public, will take place at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Building 52, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, DC.
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Jill Stein Solid Gold in Arizona Green Party Primary

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 28th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 6 Comments

As of 9:30 PM Mountain Time, Jill Stein is at 70% in the Arizona Green Party Presidential Preference Primary, with 482 of 722 precincts reporting. Unofficial results are being posted here.

FINAL UPDATE (3):

722 of 722 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
STEIN, JILL
69.17% 350
SWING, GARY
5.93% 30
OATMAN, MICHAEL
7.31% 37
MESPLAY, KENT
7.91% 40
GRAYSON, RICHARD
6.92% 35
DAVIS, GERARD
2.77% 14

As pointed out in the comments, the Arizona Green Party intends to recognize only votes for Mesplay and Stein. Since Arizona was allocated 5 Delegates, depending on what type of formula they use Jill Stein will either take all 5 Delegates or four of the five. ~Ron

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Jill Stein: Obama pipeline betrayal requires response at polls

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 28th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Jill Stein for President:

“President Obama just struck a cruel blow against our hopes for saving our planet from catastrophic climate change” said the Green Party’s Jill Stein.

Yesterday, the White House issued the following statement, “The President welcomes today’s news that TransCanada plans to build a pipeline to bring crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the Gulf of Mexico. . . . We look forward to working with TransCanada to ensure that it is built in a safe, responsible and timely manner, and we commit to take every step possible to expedite the necessary Federal permits.”

Stein, who is seeking the presidential nomination of the Green Party, was responding to yesterday’s White House endorsement of the construction of a key section of the TransCanada pipeline permitting oil from Canada’s tar sand reserves to be shipped to refineries on the Gulf coast. While one section of the Keystone XL pipeline’s route remains to be approved, it is clear from the White House statement that the President is making a commitment to the eventual approval of the entire pipeline.

“This is the point at which the President could have chosen to stand up for our planet. Instead he decided to stand with TransCanada and to defy clear scientific warnings about the consequences of exhausting enormous amounts of tar sand carbon into the atmosphere,” said Stein. read more »

Greens in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin Meet This Weekend

Posted in State Party News on February 28th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

This weekend will see State Green Party meetings in several states.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania meets this weekend in Lancaster, PA:

We’ll be starting at 12 noon on Saturday, March 3 with an introduction and welcome followed by an afternoon of workshops and an evening forum. Workshop topics include: ballot access petition circulation; running a campaign for state office; productive interaction with the Occupy movement; fighting fracking; lobbying legislators on the Voters Choice ballot access bills; and strengthening our local Green parties. Details and additional topics to be announced.

Note – this is *not* a Presidential preference or delegate selection meeting.

The Illinois Green Party State Convention is being held this weekend in Macomb, Illinois, hosted by Western Illinois University Campus Greens:

This year’s convention will involve selection of delegates to the Green National Convention (Baltimore, July 12-15), panels, and planning for our presidential petition drive which begins on March 27. On Saturday night a fundraising dinner will be held at the West-Central Illinois Art Center in downtown Macomb.

The Wisconsin Green Party Spring Meeting and Nominating Convention is on Saturday March 3rd, in Madison, WI.

On March 3rd, the Wisconsin Green Party’s Spring Membership Gathering and Presidential Nominating Convention will be held at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., in Madison, Wisconsin. Ballots may be cast at the Convention by Green Party members until 11:30 a.m. The results of the primary will be announced, and Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 14-15 will be elected.

Jill Stein, who will be in Madison for the Grand Opening of her National Campaign Headquarters, will be at the meeting, and at 5 PM Greens will head to Capital Square for the opening of the Stein Headquarters. About that:

Special guests include John Nichols of The Nation and George Martin, co-chair of United for Peace and Justice. This is an important fundraiser for the campaign, and donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Robocall scandal hits Canada

Posted in General, International Greens on February 27th, 2012 by Peter V. Tretter – 3 Comments

Heraldic badges of the Canadian government

A scandal has broken out that has directly affected Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May‘s own riding. [See press release.] The governing Conservative Party is being charged with making robocalls and live calls to voters in ridings where the opposition had seats, and misdirecting their voters to false Elections Canada polling stations.

There are live callers coming forward with reports to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on this being done. Elections Canada is investigating, and there are calls for a public inquiry.

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Arizona Greens Hope for High Turnout on Tuesday’s Primary

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News on February 27th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

The Arizona Green Party is having its first state run presidential primary on Tuesday. With 5,000 registered Greens, the Party is hoping for a high turnout. Press release from the Arizona Greens:

Arizona Green Party encourages all registered Greens to vote in Presidential Preference Election

For the first time in party history, the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) will participate in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election (PPE), scheduled for this Tuesday, February 28, 2012. AZGP was founded in 1990, but has never held ballot status in time to participate in a Presidential Primary. In 1996 and 2004, AZGP did not have a ballot line. And, in 1992, 2000 and 2008, the party did not achieve ballot status until after the Presidential Primary. State party leaders are encouraging all registered Greens to vote in the PPE.

Angel Torres, AZGP state co-chair says, “For the first time in our 22-year history, Arizona Greens will have the opportunity to vote in a Presidential Primary. This is a big deal for us, and I ask my fellow Greens to remember to vote on Tuesday, February 28.”

The Green Party of Maricopa County (GPMC) and AZGP hosted the Green Party Presidential Debate on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at the Glendale Public Library (Foothills Branch). Green Party presidential candidates Dr. Kent Mesplay (http://mesplay.org) and Dr. Jill Stein (www.jillstein.org) were invited to speak. Mr. Torres says, “In order to be an officially-recognized candidate for President, the Green Party-US has certain benchmarks and qualifications that need to be achieved. For this reason, we only invited candidates Mesplay and Stein to our Arizona debate. We encourage our registered Arizona Greens to research the candidates before voting.” The actor Roseanne Barr is also an officially-recognized candidate for President by the Green Party-US. However, she did not file a nomination form by the January 9th, 2012 deadline, and will not appear on the ballot in Arizona. For this reason, she was not invited to the Arizona debate. Per Arizona state statute, write-in votes are not permitted in the PPE.

The official canvass (www.azsos.gov/election/2010/Primary/Canvass2010PE.pdf) of the 2010 Primary Election stated that Arizona Greens had the highest participation of any political party, with 56% casting a ballot. Currently, the Arizona Green Party has about 5,000 registered voters. Mr. Torres says, “We would love to be able to improve on that percentage for the PPE. It is very important that all of our registered Greens vote on Tuesday, February 28.”

Green Party Presidential Race, Delegate Counts, & Ballot Access

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 24th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 12 Comments

With the official certification of the Illinois Green Party primary results, Jill Stein has locked in 22 Delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention (PNC), Roseanne Barr has 5, Kent Mesplay 2, and 2 are Uncommitted.

These numbers are based on a Delegation Formula that is currently being voted on by the Green Party’s National Committee, with the vote concluding this Sunday. The allocation is currently passing by a 43-9 margin, however there is an effort to defeat it and vote on an alternative. If this allocation is passed, there will be approximately 350-400 Delegates allocated, with the largest Delegations to the PNC coming from California (65), Illinois (31), New York (16), Michigan (16), Maine (13), Texas (12), Massachusetts (11), Arkansas (10) and Connecticut (10). The full list of proposed Delegation sizes is listed below.

The only other state besides Illinois that has held a State Convention to determine Presidential Delegations so far is Ohio, which may be allocated 9 Delegates. Given that Jill Stein won 90% of the vote there, she likely will receive 8 or 9 of Ohio’s 9 Delegates, while the 9th Delegate could wind up either Uncommitted or going to Roseanne Barr, who won 4.7%.

Minnesota’s caucuses earlier this month were largely a straw poll, and apparently not binding on Delegate support. The final numbers of that straw poll bear witnessing though: Stein: 92, Barr: 26, Mesplay: 22. If these proportions of support eventually turn into Delegates, Minnesota’s 7 Delegates might go 5 for Stein and one a piece for Barr and Mesplay.

Considering Illinois and Ohio only, at this point Jill Stein has 30 Delegates, Roseanne Barr 5, Kent Mesplay 2, and 3 Uncommitted or Unknown.

The next Primary for the Green Party is in Arizona on February 28, where six names appear on the Green Party ballot: Kent Mesplay & Jill Stein, who are both running nationally, along with Gary Swing, a Congressional candidate from Colorado, and three Arizonans: Gerald Davis, Richard Grayson, and Michael Oatman. Roseanne Barr had not qualified for the Arizona Primary ballot in time, but given the 18% write-in vote she received in Illinois, gaining votes, and delegates from Arizona is not impossible. Arizona would be allocated 5 Delegates under the proposed plan. A debate in Arizona this weekend features Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein.

Over the next three weeks, many more State Green Parties will be holding Conventions and Primaries to determine Delegates for the candidates seeking the Green Party nomination. While Jill Stein appears to be the early on favorite, it is too early to tell whether she will secure enough Delegates prior to the Presidential Nominating Convention to become the presumptive nominee. Stein’s success so far can be attributed in part to her organized campaign, and her willingness to campaign across the States such as Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, New York, Vermont, etc. meeting with “Greens on the Ground.”

Another major force is the Stein Campaign’s serious commitment to Ballot Access. The Stein Campaign got the Vermont Green Party re-established and the Utah Green Party on the ballot, and is actively committing funds and resources to put the Green Party on the ballot in 46 states. This is a costly exercise, but a necessary one. States that benefit from the Stein Campaign’s efforts will certainly reciprocate with votes, and Presidential Delegates. Petition drives are costly, and the Green Party’s Ballot Access Committee has been starved for funds. The Green Party could use a wealthy donor to make a significant contribution earmarked for Ballot Access and the money would be very well spent.

The Roseanne Barr Campaign is by no means sitting on the campaign sidelines. Roseanne’s website prominently states “OCCUPY THE GREEN PARTY!” and encourages people to participate in the Wisconsin Green Party Primary, currently underway. Roseanne Barr’s entry into the Green Party race resulted in hundreds of mainstream press pieces, and her inclusion in a Public Policy Poll, where she polled at 6% versus Barack Obama (47%) and Mitt Romney (42%). Given that the California Secretary of State has added Roseanne Barr to the Green Party’s Primary there in June, and California’s possible 65 Presidential Delegates (16% of the total number), it is safest to say that anything can happen. If nothing else, Roseanne Barr should book herself a ticket to Baltimore in July, because she has earned a prominent role at the Green Party’s Presidential Nominating Convention.

Kent Mesplay is also running for the nomination, and despite setbacks such as being “un-recognized” by the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC) due to low fund raising numbers, Kent is campaigning as best he can given his limited resources. Mesplay and Stein will be debating in Arizona this weekend, and Mesplay has been clicking for votes in Illinois and Wisconsin via email and Facebook. He is still hoping to raise the funds necessary to become “re-recognized” by the PCSC, but the further behind he falls in the Delegate count, the harder it will be to raise those funds. Mesplay points out that he is on the ballot in Texas, California, Massachusetts, & Arizona, and that he is stumping for votes in other states that meet and vote by Convention.

Harley Mikkelson of Michigan has yet to receive a Delegate, and has not made a significant effort to appear on Presidential Primary ballots such as Arizona that require simply a signed affidavit expressing interest. Although he is not currently recognized by the PCSC due to several measures, he is on the Wisconsin ballot and will likely be on others.

Green Party Watch will continue to provide coverage and commentary about the Green Party Presidential race throughout the year.

by Ronald Kane Hardy
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Jill Stein on Thom Hartmann

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 24th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

Maryland Green Party to Defend Ballot Access Petition in State’s High Court

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on February 24th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The Maryland Green Party will be back in court to defend their 15,000 ballot access signatures as the Maryland State Election Board tries to deny them ballot access. From the Green Party:

Maryland Green Party to Defend Ballot Access Petition in State’s High Court

Maryland Green Party members will be in attendance at the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis on Friday, March 2, 2012 as their ballot access lawsuit goes before the state’s high court. The case of Libertarian Party of Maryland and Maryland Green Party v. State Board of Elections will be heard by the court that morning.

The Green Party filed suit in conjunction with the Libertarian Party in March 2011 after the State Board of Elections rejected thousands of signatures intended to extend the party’s status as a recognized political party. An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge decided in favor of the parties in June 2011 and ordered them placed on the ballot. The Court of Appeals will hear the Board of Elections’ appeal next Friday.

Green Party members are prepared to begin circulating new petitions to meet the 10,000 signature requirement to extend the party’s ballot status. The Green Party is currently ballot-qualified but will have to collect approximately four thousand new valid signatures if the Court of Appeals rules against the two parties.

“We worked for over a year to collect nearly 15,000 signatures,” notes party co-chair Brian Bittner, “and although the Board of Elections was able to identify significantly more than ten thousand voters who had signed the petition, the majority of them were rejected because they had signed without their middle initial or used a nickname like Bill or Betty. We went to court to win Marylanders’ right to place a new political party on the ballot and eventually vote for those candidates. It will be a major disappointment if that win is overturned and we have to go back out on the streets for more signatures, but we are willing to do that to keep what we have struggled for over the last decade.”
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Jill Stein for President launches new website

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 23rd, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has rolled out a new website, complete with interactive organizing tools, videos, eye-catching graphics, ballot access and fundraising maps, and much more. Check it out at JillStein.org.

In upcoming events, Dr. Stein will be on the Thom Hartmann show tonight (2/23) at 9 PM EST, at the University of Virginia on Friday, and on the Daisy Deadhead Show in South Carolina on Saturday. Check out the events calendar on JillStein.org for more info.

Green Party Presidential Debate in Arizona This Weekend

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 22nd, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 7 Comments

This Saturday February 25, the Arizona Green Party and the Green Party of Maricopa County are hosting a Presidential Debate. Kent Mesplay (CA) and Jill Stein (MA) are both confirmed to participate.

From the Announcement:

Green Party Presidential Debate—featuring Green Party candidates Dr. Kent Mesplay and Dr. Jill Stein

Saturday, February 25, 2012—1:00pm to 3:00pm

Glendale Public Library (Foothills Branch—Roadrunner Room)

19055 N. 57th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85308

(Loop 101 to 59th Avenue, south to Union Hills, east to 57th Avenue, north to library)

Hosted by the Green Party of Maricopa County (GPMC) and the Arizona Green Party (AZGP)

Attention all registered Arizona Green Party voters: Remember to vote on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the Arizona Presidential Preference Election!

Open to the public. Doors will open at 12:30pm. Please arrive early for best seating. For more information and to RSVP, call the GPMC voicemail: (602)417-0213, or e-mail mcgp@maricopagreens.org.

Jill Stein presidential campaign aims for federal matching funds

Posted in Presidential Campaign on February 21st, 2012 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Jill Stein for President:

Double your donation, double your green. It’s simple. Donate right now and help Jill Stein double your greenbacks for the Green Party.

Every donation you make to Jill Stein for President, up to $250, can be matched dollar-for-dollar by public financing once we have qualified for federal matching funds. Donate now.

  • To qualify for matching funds, we must raise at least $5,000 in each of 20 states.
  • The first $250 donated by any individual (this should be you) counts toward the $5,000 goal.

This means that if you donate $250, $100, or $50 right now, your state will be that much closer to qualifying us for matching funds. And once 20 states have raised $5,000 in qualifying donations, every single one of those donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, for the rest of the campaign, in federal matching funds.

The sooner we qualify, the better. That’s when we start doubling our green for the Green Party, which means Dr. Stein can invest twice as much on getting the Greens on the ballot, building our state and local parties, and putting our Green New Deal agenda in the public eye. read more »

Green Party blasts Obama, NRC on approval of new nuclear reactors in Georgia

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on February 20th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Green Party US:

US taxpayers to subsidize the high cost and high liability for the new units, while Southern Co. reaps the profits

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates and leaders strongly criticized a Feb. 9 decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to issue the final license for two new reactors located at the currently operating Vogtle nuclear power plant near Augusta, Georgia.

Greens said that the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with radioactive water and waste continuing to spill into the local environment, proves the need to put nuclear power on permanent hold. Green Party leaders noted that residents near Plant Vogtle claim that some cancers increased after 1987, when the Atlanta-based Southern Company opened the first of the two existing reactors. read more »