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Ballot Access – Segneri Interviews Huckelberry

Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, the Green Party often has to struggle to get on the ballot in a country that claims “Democracy” as a core value. In some states, Greens have no barriers to the ballot, but in many others state laws make it extremely hard for alternative political parties to get on the ballot.

AJ Segneri interviewed Phil Huckelberry, Chair of the Green Party’s Ballot Access Committee, and published it at Dissident Voice. You can also read the interview here, below the fold. If you don’t know much about ballot access issues for third parties you might find it quite enlightening.

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Former Globetrotter on Green Ballot in Arkansas

The Washington Post has this piece about former Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith, who was denied access to the Democratic Party’s ballot line and instead sought the Green Party’s line. Smith was elected to the Arkansas State House in 2010 as a Democrat, but resigned due to charges of accidental felony theft.

The last Green to get elected to a State Legislative seat was in Arkansas in 2008 when Richard Carroll wound up as the Green Party candidate running unopposed after the Democrat was removed from the ballot. Carroll later switched parties in 2009 to the Democrats and was eliminated in the Democratic Primary in 2010.

The Washington Post on Fred Smith:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Green Party of Arkansas nominated a former Harlem Globetrotter for a state House seat this weekend — a month after a judge said he wasn’t eligible to run for the Democrats.

Fred Smith said Monday that the Green Party picked him as its candidate for the House District 50 seat.

“Since I got into it and I’ve been cleared, what’s wrong with getting a second chance?” Smith asked.
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Rhode Island Presidential Delegates

The Green Party of Rhode Island at their state meeting this last weekend approved their delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention. Of their four delegates, 2 will be voting for Jill Stein, 1 for Roseanne Barr, and 1 will be Uncommitted.

According to our unofficial tally, Jill Stein has now locked up 98.5 Presidential Delegates of 131 determined to date.

This coming weekend, State Green Parties will be meeting in Delaware (4 Delegates) and Maryland (6 Delegates).

On May 19th, 35 Delegates are up for grabs in Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, and Tennessee.

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Maine Greens Split Delegation – Stein 7, Barr 6

According to the Convention Minutes of the Maine Green Independent Party, at the Party’s May 5th meeting in Portland the Party voted by Caucus resulting in 7 Presidential Delegates for Jill Stein and 6 Presidential Delegates for Roseanne Barr. Maine is allotted 13 Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in July.

The May 5th meeting follows county caucuses that were held between January and March of this year. According to the meeting minutes, “15 caucuses convened, small portion took a vote, most decided not to vote, those that did vote voted unanimously for Jill Stein, excepting Portland which went 90% for Jill Stein.”

An unofficial delegate count, including the latest results from Maine and Arkansas, puts Jill Stein with 78% of allocated presidential delegates:

  • Jill Stein: 96.5
  • Roseanne Barr: 18.5
  • Kent Mesplay: 6.5
  • Harley Mikkelson: 1.5
  • Unassigned: 6
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Green Party Presidential Forum May 12

(Distributed by the Green Party of the United States)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Green Party of California

Media Contact: Laura Wells, 510-504-4254, info@laurawells.org

Co-Sponsored by the League of Women Voters; KALW-FM’s Rose Aguilar Will Moderate

SAN FRANCISCO–Presidential candidates Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay and Jill Stein will face-off the evening of May 12 as Greens all across California are getting ready to go to the polls and vote.

Joining them on stage at the Victoria Theatre will be Rose Aguilar, Host of “Your Call” on KALW-FM and author of “Red Highways, A Liberal’s Journey Through the Heartland.”

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of San Francisco, the forum is scheduled to coincide with a Green Party of California plenary May 12 and 13, also in San Francisco.

California Greens will have the largest delegation heading into the Green Party’s Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, July 12-15.

Details on the Presidential Forum:

Time: 7:30-9:30 PM

Cost: $10 – 20 sliding scale; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Tickets available here

Free seats will be set aside for media covering the forum. Contact June Brashares at 415-425-3733 to reserve your place.

The forum will be livestreamed at http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus

See more about the Green Party’s presidential candidates here

For information about Rose Aguilar and her KALW-FM program “Your Call,” visit yourcallradio.org

League of Women Voters of San Francisco lwvsf.org

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Arkansas Greens Nominate 14 Candidates Plus Jill Stein

The Green Party of Arkansas yesterday at their State Meeting nominated a slate of 14 candidates for this November’s election, including challengers to all four congressional seats, two state legislative races, and seven local elections.

They also unanimously endorsed Dr. Jill Stein for President, which gives Stein 10 Presidential Delegates. Arkansas has the 8th largest number of Presidential Delegates due to their strong campaign history over the last four years. In 2008, Rebekah Kennedy (pictured) running for U.S. Senate in a head to head race against conservative Democrat Mark Pryor in Arkansas, took in 206,504 votes for 20.54% of the vote.

From the Green Party of Arkansas:

At its state nominating convention on May 6, 2012, The Green Party of Arkansas nominated the following candidates for the November 6, 2012, General Election.

Dr. Jill Stein, President of the United States, unanimous.
Jacob Holloway- U.S. House District 1
Barbara Ward- U.S. House District 2
Rebekah Kennedy- U.S. House District 3
Joshua Drake- U.S. House 4th District

Fredrick Smith-Arkansas State Rep. District 50
Travis Mason- Arkansas State Rep., District 45

Alvin L. Clay- Mississippi County, J.P. District 6
Kade Holliday- Craighead County Clerk
Roger Watkins- Craighead County Constable District 5
David Bogan- Craighead County Constable District 1
Kari Barber-Bars- Garland County Assessor
Mark J. Golen- Faulkner County, California Township Constable
Dalton Elliott- Faulkner County, Pine Mountain Constable
Michael Yoder- Faulkner County Justice of the Peace District 8

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Gainesville Sun on Jill Stein at May Day Rally

The Gainesville Sun covered the May Day Rally there, noting the presence of Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein:

During the rally just off one of the city’s busiest intersections, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein expressed disillusionment with President Barack Obama — describing the 2009 stimulus package as a tax break for corporations and the wealthy that did little to create jobs for the working class.

Stein, who was in Gainesville on a campaign swing, called for the elimination of tax cuts for the wealthy, higher corporate gains taxes, a financial transactions tax on Wall Street, a sharp reduction in military spending, universal health care and a jobs and infrastructure construction program akin to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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Stein Campaigning in Maine: Free College Education

Jill Stein has taken her campaign from Florida to Maine this week. This coverage is from Maine Public Broadcasting Network:

One presidential candidate has made it part of her campaign platform to erase student debt and make college more affordable. In fact, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein would make enrollment in a public college or university free. It’s all part of what she calls her Green New Deal. Stein was in Maine today for a campaign swing through Portland just two days before the Maine Greens hold their party convention.

Follow the link to the story at MPBN for an audio as well, but here is the text of the article:

With her 150-pound great dane, Bandita, by her side, Dr. Jill Stein (left) strolls into Monument Square looking very little like a traditional presidential candidate.

There’s nothing traditional about Stein, who would cut the defense budget by at least 30 percent, expand Medicare, make health care a human right, end bailouts and free loans to Wall Street and legalize marijuana.
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