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New York Green State Senate nominee Hirsh debates rivals

hirshLaurence Hirsh, the Green Party nominee for the April 19 special election for New York’s Ninth State Senate District, debated Democrat Todd Kaminsky and Republican Christopher McGrath on cable television’s News 12 Long Island on Thursday evening.

According to Newsday, Hirsh “criticized a State Board of Elections policy allowing Democrats and Republicans to run on minor party lines and urged public campaign financing of elections. ‘New Yorkers deserve a drastic change from the business as usual politics of the state,’ Hirsh said.” He also “said he opposes Common Core and ‘the privatization of education in any form.'”

The Long Island Herald interviews Hirsh about his campaign, highlighting his call for a state tax on Wall Street. Hirsh told the Herald, “A one percent tax on all Wall Street derivatives trading that should net about $16 billion per year. Reduce the state portion of sales tax from four percent to one percent. The money from the Wall Street tax should make up for that lost revenue. The money could also pay for infrastructure improvements and unfunded mandates.”

The CBS New York website also reports on the campaign, but fails to mention Hirsh and in fact says there are just “two candidates” in the race.

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Baltimore Green Party nominating primary underway

Baltimore-Green-PartyThe Baltimore Green Party Primary, in which registered Green voters in Baltimore City, Maryland will select nominees for mayor and city council, is now underway. Green voters can request ballots by mail; they must be received by the party by April 30. In-person voting will take place at the Baltimore Green Party office on May 1.

There are three candidates — Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray — in the party’s first-ever contested mayoral primary. The city council races are not contested, but voters can also choose None Of The Above or No Candidate In This Seat.

Baltimore Green Party Co-Chair Jeremy Collins said, “The upcoming primary gives the people of Baltimore their chance to choose someone to represent their interests. It’s an exciting thing to witness democracy working as its supposed to. We have exciting candidates ready to challenge this one-party system. This will be a transformative election season for Baltimore.”

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Maryland Green congressional candidate Croydon takes part in White House cannabis march

Elizabeth Croydon, who is running for the Green Party U.S. House nomination in Maryland’s Eighth District, took part in the #Reschedule420 Emergency National Mobilization to Deschedule Cannabis demonstration outside the White House last Saturday.

Charles “Teddy” Galloway III and Nancy Wallace are also seeking the Green nomination in the by-mail primary.

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Maryland Green U.S. House candidate Hoenig says Greens are real alternative

hoenigMyles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, said in an interview with Iran’s PressTV that the Green Party, not Sen. Bernie Sanders, offers the real alternative to traditional American politics.

“For the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders is the real deal when it comes to a ‘revolution,'” Hoenig said. “However, Sanders is not revolutionary. He’s running as a Democrat. He wants taxes to be fairer. He wants our military to be used better, and if better, have proxies carry out our wars of aggression, primarily in the Middle East.”

He continued, “The only party at the moment that truly reflects a greater degree of revolution is the Green Party, whose likely candidate is Jill Stein. Her ‘Power to the People Plan’ creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit. Her platform goes far beyond that of Sanders or any other Democrat: not just free college education but debt forgiveness, something that would leave the banks empty handed and not something Sanders advocates.”

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Funiciello: Belgium attacks “blowback in its purest form”

p matt funiciello farmers marketMatt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, told The Plattsburgh Press-Republican that the bombings in Belgium this week show that the U.S. “needs to rethink its foreign policy.”

Funiciello said, “It is a given in these situations that our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. Sadly, it also a given that we will use this action as an excuse to call for more blood and escalate our own aggression. We’ve bombed and droned and occupied our way into radicalizing millions of people overseas. We’ve destroyed their families, their friends and their homes in our thirst for revenge and control. This is blowback in its purest form, and it is precisely why groups like ISIS exist in the first place.”

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Green candidate Harris easily wins Baltimore mayoral youth straw poll

harrisAt the first-ever Baltimore City College Mayoral Straw Poll and Youth Summit on Monday, Joshua Harris, one of three Green Party candidates for Baltimore mayor, easily topped a field of 17 candidates.

More than 250 students, educators, and community members attended the event which featured opportunities for each candidate to engage directly with the audience for over an hour, followed by a 90-second statement from each. (Harris’s statement can be heard here.)

Harris won 28.0% of the straw poll vote, followed by Democratic City Councilman Nick Mosby at 19.6%, Democratic State Prosecutor Elizabeth Embry 14.5%, and Democratic state Sen. Catherine Pugh 11.2%. Green candidates David Marriott and Emanuel McCray did not take part in the event.

Harris said, “This is the purest form of grassroots ā€ˇdemocracy. This generation does not entertain respectability politics. The youth are educated and aware and they will call you out if they feel you are being dishonest. I believe they recognize that the city needs leadership that is honest, straightforward, and committed to people first, and that’s me.”

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Sherman, Bradshaw win contested Illinois Green U.S. House primaries

illinoisResults are in from the two contested Green Party U.S. House primaries in Illinois Tuesday.

With 98% of votes counted, Rob Sherman has defeated Warren Grimsley in the Fifth District by a margin of 60% to 40%.

With 96% of votes counted, Paula Bradshaw has defeated Sadona Folkner in the 12th District by a margin of 80% to 20%.

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Northeast Public Radio interviews Green U.S. House candidate Funiciello

funicielloMatt Funiciello, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, was interviewed by WAMC Northeast Public Radio about his campaign. The piece runs six and one-half minutes.

Funiciello first sought the seat two years ago. Last fall, 2014 Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf urged Funiciello to run as a Democrat this time, but Funiciello declined to do so. Woolf received 33% of the vote in the three-way race won by Republican Elise Stefanik; Funiciello received 11% of the vote.

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Green Party primary voting issues reported in Ohio

ohiogreensBob Fitrakis, Green Party candidate for Franklin County, Ohio, Prosecutor, reports some problems at the primary polls in the state.

During early voting, a A Franklin County Board of Elections absentee ballot official incorrectly informed an Election Protection worker that the Green Party did not have a ballot, and “an incumbent Franklin County Green Party Central Committee member and candidate on the Green Party primary ballot went in the Franklin County BOE early voting site and asked for a Green Party ballot. She was initially told there was no Green Party ballot. She had to demand they find and give her a Green Party ballot.”

Today, an Election Protection observer “reported that a high school student was told at her high school that 17-year-olds who would be 18 by the general election this year were NOT permitted to vote in the primary, despite the court ruling last week that these 17-years-olds ARE allowed to to vote,” while a Franklin County Green Party voter “went to her polling site at Whetstone and was told there was no Green Party ballot by a pollworker. She had to go to the presiding judge to obtain the Green Party ballot.”

There are Green Party primaries for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and other races in Ohio today. There is no Green presidential primary in the state.