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Goldman Sachs vs Adjunct Professor

SC Green candidate David Kulma attends a meet-n-greet. Three Democratic candidates address Rock Hill Rising.

Green Party candidate David Kulma attended a forum where retired Goldman Sachs executive Archie Parnell and two other Democrats addressed Rock Hill Rising.David Kulma, Green for Congress in SC's 5th

March 15th in Rock Hill South Carolina a group of citizens took their virtual community to the “real world” by hosting a gathering of three contenders for the Democratic Party nomination in SC Congressional District 5. The seat will be decided in a special election to be held June 20th. The opening was created when Mick Mulvaney resigned the seat to take a place in the Trump administration.

The event was sponsored by Rock Hill Rising at a local outlet of a small regional coffee house chain, Amelie’s Bakery. The three Democrats had been invited to address the group, one of dozens of Internet based activist groups across the state which sprung up in response to the Trump victory last November.

Three Democratic candidates, Les Murphy, Alexis Frank and Archie Parnell were invited to offer the group their views. David Kulma, The South Carolina Green Party nominee, attended after securing a ticket to the event. Kulma, a Winthrop University Adjunct Professor of Music for the past five years, will address Rock Hill Rising at their next regularly scheduled meeting at their invitation. Kulma listened, took notes, and spoke with organizers of the event.

Parnell, the best financed of the three, served twenty years as an executive at Goldman Sachs as well as a ten year stint as a tax attorney for Exxon Mobil.

“When I listened to Alexis Frank I thought she was fired up and ready to go.” Kulma said. “She wasn’t getting into many specifics but she was passionate and a good speaker.”

Les Murphy, a former Marine who discussed the difficulties of returning to civilian life after service also spoke.

But Parnell was the person of the moment in that room tonight.

“He seemed to project confidence. He had more applause and laugh lines. It was clear that he had spent a good deal of time being coached. He presented himself well.” said Kulma.

Liz Smith-Anderson of Rock Hill had submitted a question which was rejected by the sponsors. “I just wanted to know if the candidates think this is a Christian nation, why or why not. A big part of the Trump agenda is driven by fanatical people who don’t understand our nation’s history.” she said.

The Kulma campaign was launched only a week and a half ago, but the campaign is said to be building steam already. In most Democratic and Republican congressional races $2500 checks are common. But this “people powered” campaign has just broken past it’s first $1000 fundraising barrier.

“We don’t take PAC money, we don’t take corporate money, so we must ask for worker’s money, as painful as that is.” Kulma concluded.

A total of 15 candidates from of South Carolina’s ballot qualified parties have filed. Seven Republicans, three Democrats, an equal number of Libertarians, and a single candidate each have filed for the Green and American Party nominations. One of the Libertarians has also filed to seek the Constitution Party nod.

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Dutch Green Party now leads the left opposition to austerity

Jesse Klaver

While the world press was watching the rise of Party for Freedom nominee Geert Wilders the Dutch Green Party, GroenLinks was quietly and effectively growing it’s voter base. In the end, an almost four fold increase in voter support has pushed the party and it’s young leader Jesse Klaver

The Dutch Green Party under his leadership has been outspoken in support of the European Union, immigrant rights, and the environmental issues so often identified with the Greens world wide.

Klaver made it clear even before the election results were known that the Green Party grows when it stands by it’s principles especially when standing against forces of reaction.

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It’s On Like Donkey Kong

Today the South Carolina Election Commission wrote Green Party co-chair Sue Edward to tell her that House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s name will be on the November ballot, but voters will be informed that he is ineligible to serve. The message from the Commission does not make it clear what will happen if Harrell wins the most votes.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The State Election Commission has received notification from the Clerk of the House that Bobby Harrell has formally withdrawn as a candidate for State House of Representatives District 114. The election for House 114 will go forward on November 4. While Mr. Harrell’s name will appear on the ballot, he is no longer eligible to win the election. The county voter registration and elections offices will place prominent notices in all polling places to inform voters that Mr. Harrell is no longer a viable candidate for House 114.

Harrell had served for more than twenty years in the state legislature without a single challenge until he faced Green Party candidate Larry Carter Center in 2012. Despite years of allegations and rumors of corruption, Harrell never faced a competitor in the primary.

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New York Green Congressional Candidate Hank Bardel Vote Total May Be Decisive

Green Party congressional candidate Hank Bardel is said to have garnered enough support in his campaign for Congress that his vote total might impact the eventual winner. An article at NY1.com reporter Courtney Gross wrote

According to our recent NY1/Capital New York/Siena College poll, Bardel was bringing in 4 percent. With an extremely tight race, where the major candidates are running neck and neck, this third party candidate could be a deciding factor.

The linked article is well worth your time.

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South Carolina Green legislative nominee gets TV coverage

As reported yesterday here at Green Party Watch, Sue Edward no longer faces a Republican nominee as that candidate, Bobby Harrell, has admitted guilt in a case involving official corruption.

WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, covered the race. As the reporter says in the piece, the Republican Party is now trying to find a way to avoid the consequences of nominating a criminal by demanding a special election instead of honoring the results of the election already scheduled. WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather

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SC Green Sue Edward Faces Only Democrat as Republican Speaker of the House Resigns Facing Indictment.

Sue Edward, SC GP nominee for House District 114

Sue Edward SC GP nominee for House District 114

Sue Edward, a long time co-chair of the South Carolina Green Party, has had a golden opportunity laid at her feet. The incumbent she is running against is House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Harrell has been under investigation for two years under pressure from Republican and libertarian groups. He will reportedly confess to a series of misdemeanors, and resign his seat. He would also be removed from the ballot and state law seems to indicate that the Republicans will have no nominee in the race. Will the Republicans opt to vote for the Democrat, the Green, or not vote at all?

For more on Speaker Harrell’s criminal indictments, read below the fold.
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Opposition News website features article on California Greens approaching 30.

Laura Wells

In an article Opposition News, writes of the California Green Party as it approaches it’s 30th anniversary. The article goes into some detail about the founding of the Green Party as well as individual Green Party races and causes, such as opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Ed Rabel of WV Mountain Party will be the guest on today’s episode of Occupy The Microphone

On today’s show we will be joined by Ed Rabel. Ed Rabel is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist whose reporting experience spans three decades of worldwide coverage.

He is today a highly-respected strategic communications counselor and adjunct professor of journalism at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communications.

Rabel’s award-winning work at NBC News focused heavily in the defense and national security arena. He was the Pentagon correspondent for NBC News from 1993 to 1997 and then served as the network’s Cuba expert until 1998. In his tenure at NBC, which began in 1985, he was the first to report on Israel’s illegal transfer of U.S. missile technology to China and brought viewers exclusive coverage of the U.S. government’s closely guarded Nuclear Emergency Search Team project. He is a two-time Emmy winner and three-time Emmy nominee, as well as the recipient of one of journalism’s most prestigious awards, the George Polk Award.

Please invite everyone you know to join us live at five on Occupy The Microphone

Ed Rabel

If you would like, you can listen to the show streaming or download the episode here.

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Greens in Wellington New Zealand win every race they entered yesterday.

In a post via Yahoo! we read that the entire field of candidates offered by the Green Party in New Zealand has won the elections they entered. the full story if below the fold. Continue Reading