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Upcoming Green Party conventions in Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon

The Green Parties of Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon are holding 2014 state conventions in the coming weeks. Details:green party earthflower

From the Illinois Green Party:

The ILGP will hold its state membership meeting this coming Saturday, March 15, at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway Homewood, IL, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the meeting ILGP members will help make a final decision about running a slate of candidates for statewide offices (governor, U.S. Senator, etc.) in 2014, as well as prepare for our petition drives, which start later in the month. We will also be holding elections for state party offices (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and four Vice Chairs) and GPUS representatives. The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration is required; Optional RSVP available on Facebook. Complete meeting information, as well as information about the Friday night social and Saturday night fundraising dinner, can be found at ILGP.org/meeting.

From the Colorado Green Party:

The Green Party of Colorado Annual Meeting and Nominating Convention of 2014 will take place at the Mercury Cafe in Denver.  We have some great candidates who are seeking a place on the Green Party ballot.  This is your chance to learn more about them and decide what the party will be doing over the coming year.

COLORADO STATE NOMINATING CONVENTION

Saturday, March 22, 2014

9 am – 3 pm

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Attendance at the nominating convention is free and open to the public. Any Colorado registered voters who are affiliated with the Green Party are eligible to vote at the convention.

From the Oregon Pacific Green Party:

Our one-day gathering to work on 2014 Elections will be held in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, 29th March 2014, at the Peace House, details below the fold.  Our 2014 Spring Nominating Convention will follow in Salem on Saturday, 17th May 2014, venue to be announced.

 

Dave Schwab

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  1. I received the Colorado Green Party’s nomination for US Representative, CD6 at at our state nominating convention on March 22. Here is a copy of my nomination speech:

    It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing

    I have run as a Colorado Green Party candidate three times in the past: once for state representative and twice for US Representative. In those elections, I ran in safe Democratic districts where Republicans had no chance of winning. This year, I am asking for the Green Party’s nomination to run for US Representative in a district that is pretty evenly split between the Republicans and the Democrats. The Sixth Congressional district wraps around the eastern half of Denver, from the north, to the east, to the south. This includes most of Arapahoe County, Douglas County, and part of Adams County.

    This seat is currently held by a right wing Republican militarist, Mike Coffman. When he was first elected to this office in 2008, it was a safe Republican district. But redistricting following the 2010 census changed the demographics of the district, making it Colorado’s only competitive Congressional district and one of the most hotly contested Congressional districts in the country. Mike Coffman was narrowly re-elected in 2012 with just 47.8% of the vote. He was Colorado’s only member of Congress to be elected by less than a majority of the vote that year.

    Andrew Romanoff is a former four term Democratic state representative, former speaker of the state house of representatives, and a former candidate for US Senate. He moved from Denver to Aurora in February of last year to establish his residency in the Sixth Congressional District. The same week that he moved, Romanoff announced that he was running against Coffman.

    Legally, a candidate for US Representative only needs to be a resident of the state, not necessarily a resident of the district. The framers of the US Constitution did not envision Congressional districts. Today, as a candidate for US Representative, I propose that we amend the US Constitution to get rid of single member Congressional districts and elect the US House of Representatives by a national system of proportional representation using open party lists. The US Senate should be abolished, along with the Electoral College. Giving each state two US Senators has greatly inflated the political power of less populated, rural conservative states, creating an artificial Southern Block veto over Congressional legislation. The reactionary, misrepresentative US Senate obstructed the anti-slavery movement for sixty years and blocked civil rights legislation for another hundred years. As James Wilson asked at the Constitutional Convention: “Can we forget for whom we are forming a government? Is it for men, or for the imaginary beings called States?” Thomas Jefferson believed that the US Constitution could only be binding upon his generation. He said that each new generation should create its own Constitution. We are more than 200 years overdue for a new Constitutional Convention.

    The Cook Partisan Voter Index now gives the Democrats a one point demographic advantage in the Sixth Congressional District. The Democrats are targeting this district as one of a very small number of seats that they might be able to take away from a Republican incumbent. Romanoff is considered to be a strong contender. Both major parties are funneling millions of dollars into this race. Early media coverage of this district has treated it as a horse race to raise campaign contributions and get out the vote, with no major issues. Romanoff has obliged. His campaign website says nothing about public policy issues, but it does beg for money to support his campaign about nothing. Like the old song goes, “It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing.”

    The corporate media are already so bored and unimpressed with the meaningless contest between Coffman and Romanoff that they have declared this to be a Swing District. In fact, the political website “Colorado Pols” described this district as the “swingiest of swing seats.” When I read this, I thought, hey, my name is Gary Swing. This is an open invitation for me to jump into the race and add my name to the ballot. It sounds like the Sixth District is a good place to find Swing Voters.

    When Romanoff ran for the US Senate, he ignored candidate surveys that asked for his positions on public policy issues. “On the Issues” — a website that claims to feature “all the candidates on all the issues” has no record of Romanoff taking any positions on foreign policy issues.

    Here’s my foreign policy platform: Uphold the Kellogg-Briandt Pact outlawing war. Abolish nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Remove all US armed forces from foreign nations and restrict them to non-offensive defense of US territory. End all foreign military aid. Stop US interference in foreign elections. Abolish the CIA, the NSA, and the Selective Service System. Rescind NAFTA and GATT. Support “fair trade” policies, freedom of travel, and international work permits that are not tied to a single employer.

    Andrew Romanoff may not have any issues, unless he has issues with the whole issue of having issues. I will openly admit that I’ve got LOTS of issues. Serious issues. Global warming. Fracking and tar sands. Conversion to renewable energy sources. Single payer national health insurance. Overpopulation. Food security. Sustainable agriculture. The mass extinction of animal species. Public campaign financing. The runaway surveillance state. The Green Party has hundreds of serious issues, spelled out in its national platform.

    Every election year we hear the same nonsense about “voting for the lesser of two evils.” But year after year, 99% of American voters continue to embrace the greater evils of the two major parties: never ending wars of aggression, imperialism, authoritarianism, and environmental devastation.

    Some people may fear that I could spoil the Sixth District election for the Democrats, but you can’t “spoil” elections that are already rotten to the core. If you vote for candidates who don’t represent your values, then you are wasting your vote. The Democrats assume that they can take liberal votes for granted, but the Democrats just offer a bit less of the same corporate agenda as the Republicans.

    I will say though, it was a thoughtful gesture for Andrew Romanoff to step forward and start running against Mike Coffman long before anyone else did. So thank you, Andrew. But if he has nothing of substance to say, maybe it’s time for Andrew Romanoff to withdraw from the race. I would welcome his endorsement and support as a Green Party candidate in the general election for the Sixth Congressional District. Let’s swing this election together. I’m sure that Andrew Romanoff could find a better use for his millions of dollars in campaign contributions, such as financing a citizen initiative to elect Colorado’s state legislature by a modern system of proportional representation. It’s time to get into the swing of things.

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