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Green Blog Action Day: Electoral Reform

Today is Green Blog Action Day over at Green Change.  The topic for today is electoral reform, which is addressed  in the Green Party’s platform.   It will be interesting to read from bloggers on Green Change from all over the country on the topic of electoral reform.   My contribution to the Green Blog Action Day today is to provide a summary of electoral issues in Utah, including bills up for adoption during this year’s Legislative Session.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, that resulted in granting corporations the same constitutional rights as people have, has, in essence, made a mockery of campaign finance laws and election laws in general.   We have before us, then, greater challenges than ever before in the world of electoral politics.

One of the biggest issues at the forefront in Utah has been election fraud, an issue that many states have faced.  Voters have found in recent years that their votes haven’t counted or they weren’t even able to vote, or that the electronic voting machines were flawed.  Greens, such as David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate, have been at the forefront of demanding vote recounts in elections where fraud was suspected.  “Either every vote is sacred, or democracy is a sham.~ David Cobb, December 2009

Read the rest of my post here, where I highlight the electronic voting machine debacle of 2006, voter issues, and bills currently under consideration in Utah’s 2010 Legislative Session.

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Connecticut Green Party member elected Selectman in Windham

Found in the Hartford Courant

When Jean de Smet was elected last year as Windham’s first selectman, she said she wanted to shake up the office by turning “town hall into a public service.”

De Smet’s goal almost was overshadowed by her triumph. She was the first Green Party candidate to be elected first selectman in the largely Democratic town. Third-party candidates rarely succeed in getting elected, but de Smet got the win by rallying voters around a specific issue. She beat Windham’s three-term Democratic First Selectman Michael Paulhus by campaigning to make local government more open to the public and to give residents easier access to town hall.

In the year since, de Smet has made town hall and local government more user-friendly, she and others who work with her said recently. De Smet said one of the first items she tackled was making the town website more informative and organizing training sessions for department heads so they could regularly update their own websites.

“We’re trying to make it so we’re user-friendly. Perhaps you can go on the website and get the information you need instead of possibly having to come in,” de Smet said.

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D.C. Statehood Greens Collecting “Shoes for Bush”

TRAVELING TO D.C. FOR OBAMA’S INAGURATION? PLEASE TAKE SHOES WITH YOU!

The D.C. Statehood Greens are participating in the Shoes for Bush event being held in tandem with the inaguration of Obama.

I received this in my email box recently:

www.shoebush.org
JOIN US IN WASHINGTON,DC
January,19th
SHOES FOR BUSH action “For the widows, the orphans, and those killed in Iraq.”

send me your old shoes to take to DC. ALL SHOES DONATED to the needy in the DC/Baltimore area and distributed by the DC Greens

On January 20th,tens of thousands of people will be gathering to celebrate the Inaugural of President Barrack Obama.It will be a historical marker and a joyous and celebratory occasion. However, the promise of change, does not mean that we can shut the door, on the past eight horrific years of the Bush administration and wipe clean the images of shear terror, torture and suffering on the faces innocent Iraqis who have faced death and total destruction of their country. Also, it will not be easy for our own families, like Melida and Carlos Arredondo who have lost their child to an unjust and immoral war. Americans of conscience are grieving for our children and for those in Iraq. To watch president Bush leave office, unaccountable is like rubbing salt into a wound.

On Monday, January 19th at 11:00 people will be converging at a permitted site near the White House for what may be a cathartic action of hurling a shoe at an image of President Bush. In the spirit of Mutadhar Al-Zaidi and in solidarity with the people of Iraq, we invite you to join us. Continue Reading

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Brainy children ‘likely to vote Green’

According to a study summarized in the Times Online:

Cleverer children are more likely to vote for the Green Party or the Liberal Democrats in a general election than other parties when they become adults, research suggests. The study, by the University of Edinburgh and the UK Medical Research Council and published in the journal Intelligence, indicates that childhood IQ is as important as social class in determining political allegiance. The IQs of more than 6,000 subjects were recorded at the age of 10, before any secondary schooling. Twenty-four years later they were asked about their voting habits.

(Thanks to Babette Hogan over on Facebook for posting this item)

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ZNET: Vote Your Values: An Interview with Rosa Clemente

An interview with Adele Nieves

Rosa Clemente is one of the most prominent activists of our generation. She is a nationally renowned speaker, writer, and journalist – one of the most important independent journalists covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – and in 2001 was a youth representative at the United Nations World Conference against Xenophobia, Racism, and Related Intolerance. She continues to organize conferences focused on the empowerment of young people of color, working in colleges, community centers, and prisons. In 2008, she accepted the Green Party nomination for vice-president on the Cynthia McKinney presidential ticket. This is an interview conducted by Adele Nieves in mid-October.


AN: Tell me how the Green Party is different from the Republicans and Democrats?


RC: Our core principles: democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom, and economic sustainability. Right there, our priorities are different in principle. Concretely, our party does not take any corporate or lobbyist PAC money. The Green Party was founded 30 years ago with the intention to break up the two-party system, and promote visionary environmental strategies and social justice.

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Green Party Political Director Addresses OSCE

Green Party Political Director Brent McMillan addressed the  Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation  in Europe (OSCE.) on Friday, October 31st.  According to Brent:

Approximately 100 Parliamentarians from Europe and  Central Asia are about to disembark around the country to observe the  U.S. Elections over the next several days (Nov. 1 – 4.) Joao Soares,  President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Head of the Election  Observation Mission to the U.S. was quite struck by what I had to say in  September and this time I was invited back with a much larger time slot.  (He is also a member of the Portuguese Parliament.)

What follows is the text of Brent’s speech:

OSCE PA Observers – Election Briefing
Oct. 31, 2008
Presentation by Brent McMillan

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for this opportunity to
address the Parliamentary Assembly.

The Green Party of the United States is a relatively young party. On
November 08, 2001 The Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued a
unanimous opinion recognizing the Green Party of the United States as
the National Committee of the Green Party.

I have been in my current position as political director since Feb. 11
of 2004. I am a co-founder of the Green Party of Seattle (1997) and the
Green Party of Washington State (2000). I have been engaged in Green
Party organizing since 1991.

We currently have about 230 elected officeholders.

We are running approximately 300 candidates this year.

We have state committees in most, but not all states.

So far we have won over 50% of our elections this year which is
outstanding for a ‘third party.’ This is the farthest into an election
cycle that we have gone with over a 50% win rate.

We face many challenges as a third party in a winner take all system. Continue Reading

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Green Party Poised to Collect Big Victories in State On Nov. 4

published on the News Blaze

Twenty-three members of the Green Party are on the California ballot Tuesday – including presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney – with the party poised to collect several big victories, including two supervisor seats in San Francisco. Greens already hold about 50 elected posts throughout the state.

n all, Greens have, in addition to McKinney for President, six candidates for city council or mayor positions, including city council candidates Bob Nanninga (Encinitas), Linda Piera-Avila (Santa Monica) and Jon Mann (Santa Monica); and mayoral candidates former Marina City Councilperson Bruce Delgado (Marina), Kahil Jacobs-Fantauzzi (Berkeley) and Ivan Olsen (Gonzalez).

Greens are also fielding seven congressional candidates, including Carol Wolman (CD1), Dave Heller (CD9), Barry Hermanson (CD12), Carol Brouillet (CD14), Peter Myers (CD15), Phil Rockey (CD19) and Tom Lash (CD46).

Read more about the rest of the candidates in this year’s California races and the propositions that the California Green Party is supporting.

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Nebraska Green Party’s Larrick Seeks Cleaner World

Candidate Challenging Johanns, Kleeb In Senate Race

published on KETV7 Omahan’s website

Steve Larrick, the Green Party’s candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska, said his campaign is all about peace and fixing the environment.

“We really feel our country needs to invest in green technologies and green solutions to our challenges,” Larrick said. “We could begin to reduce our dependence on wars for oil, and we could build a whole new economy with local materials being used in the production process.”

Larrick said his message, and that of the Green Party, is clear: Fix Washington, fix America and fix the environment.

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A Presidential Candidate Who Gets It on Immigration

Cynthia McKinney Responds to Sanctuary Survey

Showing the vitality and importance of voices from outside the mainstream two-party political paradigm, Congresswoman McKinney puts forth not only a strong understanding of the complexities of these issues, but also a vision of real-world solutions. Her refreshing willingness to confront the broader social and economic realities which undergird international migration further demonstrates that practical solutions will not come from political compromises and “bipartisan” gamesmanship, but rather from rigorously-grounded assessment and analysis.

Simply put, McKinney gets it right.

Read the entire article.