Green Party: The Race Is On

The Race Is On

The Green Party presidential race is on, according to the Green Party of the United States

The candidates listed at the Green Party’s national website are:
Roland G. Aranjo
Sedinam Moyowasiza-Curry
Howie Hawkins
Dario Hunter
Dennis Lambert
David Rolde
Ian Schlakman

At the Green Party national website the party policy towards the various campaigns is

The national Green Party is committed to maintaining a neutral stance towards those seeking our nomination.

Ballotpedia reports there are 15 candidates seeking the Green Party presidential nod. One noteworthy “candidate” listed at Ballotpedia is “Kanye Deez Nutz West”, so information there may be questionable.

The <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Green_Party_presidential_primaries#CandidatesWikipedia article</a about the Green Party presidential candidates lists the same seven candidates as the official list at the Green Party website, but includes two withdrawn candidates and two who have declined to be nominated.

Michigan Green Party to host 2020 Presidential Nominating convention

The Green Party National Committee has chosen Wayne State University Wayne State University logo to host the Presidential Nominating Convention from July 9th to July 12th, 2020. The winning bid came from the Michigan Green Party Other bids came from the South Carolina Green Party

Using ranked choice voting, the polling closed at midnight pacific time Sunday. The vote results can be found at the voting results page for the GNC.

Five bids were submitted. They covered three locations in two states and four dates. The bid from Detroit was the date chosen and was the same as one of the dates in one of the bids from South Carolina.

The selection process is led by the Annual National Meeting Committee.

Accredited state parties were able to vote.
Accredited caucuses were also able to vote.

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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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Washington Times picks up Green Party release on Colbert

timesThe Washington Times picked up the recent Green Party news release responding to Stephen Colbert’s monologue on Sen. Bernie Sanders and the Greens, with reporter Valerie Richardson writing, “Irked Green Party officials cried foul Wednesday after CBS ‘Late Night’ host Stephen Colbert warned that voting for the Green presidential nominee would weaken presumptive Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton.”

The Times wrote, “In a Wednesday statement, the Green Party slammed the ‘Nader spoiler’ allegation, referring to it as a ‘baseless Democratic Party propaganda myth,'” blaming Al Gore’s 2000 “defeat on a series of factors. … The party has urged supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders to cross over to the Green candidate in November. Polls show as many as 25 percent of the Vermont senator’s backers say they would not vote for Ms. Clinton, the former secretary of state.”

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Stein speaks at New York campaign fundraiser

Craig Seeman of the Green Party of New York State has posted multiple videos of presidential candidate Jill Stein speaking at a recent New York fundraiser for her campaign.

Other speakers included CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin, hip-hop artist Immortal Technique, New York Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Robin Laverne Wilson, and veteran Green Party activist Howie Hawkins.

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DeMare: Ohio Green Party “almost doubled in size” with recent registrations

ohioOhio Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare breaks down the Ohio Secretary of State’s analysis of the state’s March primaries, writing that while many registered Greens switched to the Democratic Party, “presumably to vote for Bernie [Sanders],” for every Green who became a Democrat, three previously unaffiliated voters registered Green, and “almost half as many Dems switched to Green as Greens switched to Dems. Overall, we almost doubled in size.”

DeMare writes to these new members, “WELCOME!! My advice to you as an ‘old’ Green is to speak up! Tell us old timers what you want to see in the Green Party of Ohio. If you’re in a county that doesn’t yet have a County Committee, consider starting one. All it lakes is a letter to your County Board of Elections. I will help you through the process.”

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Honkala to hold news conference over denied Democratic convention protest permit

Honkala_PPEHRCThe Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is criticizing the city of Philadelphia for refusing a permit for its March for Our Lives rally and march for economic justice protest on July 25, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in the city. PPEHRC said the “denied demonstration intends to shed light on the city’s unemployment and homelessness issues and demand accessible housing and living wages in Philadelphia.”

PPEHRC National Coordinator Cheri Honkala, the 2012 Green Party nominee for vice president, will hold a news conference on Tuesday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia.

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Romper: Sanders supporters “taking a close look” at Stein

SteinSandersBecky Bracken writes at Romper that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders “are increasingly rejecting the idea of shifting their support” to Hillary Clinton and are instead “taking a close look at Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. So why are Bernie Sanders supporters supporting Jill Stein? Because she’s not Clinton, who has all the baggage of decades of being labeled as ‘corrupt’ by her foes and the media and a less-than-inspiring campaign style. Stein has also been pretty smart about seeing an opening to court Sanders’ enthusiastic legions of followers who deeply believe that a political revolution is the only solution to the problems facing America.”

And in a letter to the editor of The Springfield Republican in Massachusetts, reader Charlotte Burns writes, “If people would stop letting themselves be bullied into voting for Hillary and show some courage by voting for independents like the Greens’ Jill Stein, maybe we could break the stranglehold of corporate controlled Democrats and Republicans. Maybe this country could be ‘great’ again. … A country that spends its riches on taking care of its people and this planet and not on turning people worldwide into corpses and refugees while we create more enemies by wrecking their countries and making their people homeless.”