The 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.”
Ohio 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.”
The 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.
Becky 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.”
A YouGov poll released Wednesday shows that 18% of supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign plan to vote for an alternative party presidential candidate in November if Sanders is not the Democratic nominee, and three percent do not plan to vote at all. The poll did not specifically mention the Green Party or a potential Green nominee.
Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will meet voters at the Green Party of the United States national headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to urge party members to vote in the Maryland Green Party’s primary. Maryland Greens can vote by mail through Saturday, April 30, or in person in Baltimore on Sunday, May 1. (Ballots will be available at the Flowers event.)
Though Flowers and most of the Green candidates for U.S. House are unopposed in their primary races, voters will also have the option to select “None of the Above” or to say that the party should run no candidate. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon, Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace. There is also a competitive Green primary for Baltimore mayor between Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray.
Flowers and Harris appeared on the Real News Network as part of their coverage of the Maryland Democratic and Republican primaries Tuesday evening.
Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is reminding party members in the state that the Green primary is not over, despite the Democratic and Republican primaries in the state being held today.
Though the Green Party has ballot access in Maryland, the state sponsors only Democratic and Republican primaries. The Green Party is having a by-mail primary through April 30, with in-person voting in Baltimore on May 1. Flowers is hosting a meet and greet at the national Green Party headquarters in Takoma Park on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 to facilitate last-minute balloting.
Flowers is urging Greens to respond to coverage of today’s Maryland primaries by posting comments to “let the media and readers know that there are more than two parties in this state and the election won’t be over until November 8th,” and to post reminders “that Dr. Margaret Flowers is running a serious campaign and is ready to serve as the next U.S. Senator from Maryland. … We can’t rely on the media to cover our message, so we need you to be the media!”
Official results from the March 1 Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party presidential primary made available Thursday show Jill Stein winning by a margin of just under 10 to one.
Stein received 768 votes (48.1%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 78 (4.9%), Darryl Cherney 54 (3.4%), Kent Mesplay 37 (2.3%), and Bill Kreml 24 (1.5%). There were 199 “No Preference” votes, 12.5% of the total, with 436 write-ins, 27.3% of the total. There were 85 blank ballots cast.
The site also carries the audio of a half-hour speech Stein made on “Working for Our Political Environment and Personal Health” at the University of Illinois Springfield. NPR Illinois says Stein “spoke to a packed theater” at the school last Thursday.
The Illinois Green Party has already held its presidential preference vote, with Stein receiving 87% of the votes cast in the five-candidate field and winning 20 of the state’s 23 delegates to the August Green Party nominating convention.