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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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Earlybird Registration rate for Green Party convention still available

gpconv16The Green Party of the United States is reminding members that the Earlybird Registration rate for the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston is still available.

The special $100 price is available for the first 75 registrants or through Saturday, April 30; after that, the price will be $135. The convention will take place August 4-7 at the University of Houston.

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Green Party announces plans for national convention

Green-Convention-2012The Green Party of the United States has announced details regarding the Presidential Nominating Convention to be held at the University of Houston from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7.

GPUS Co-Chair Tamar Yager said, “Following the Republican and Democratic conventions, the Green convention will be watched closely because of widely anticipated dissatisfaction with the projected nominees of both of the established parties. We look forward to welcoming many Bernie Sanders supporters if he doesn’t emerge from the DNC as the nominee, as well as other voters who are considering alternatives to the two corporate-money parties and their candidates.”

Candidates for the presidential nomination will field questions from the media at a joint news conference on Saturday morning, with balloting later that day. The theme of the Green convention is “Houston, We Have A Solution: Vote Green 2016.”

Green Party of Texas State Executive Committee Co-Chair Laura Palmer said, “Texas Greens are excited to host this historic convention, which will bring attention to so many critical issues in a city that lies at the heart of the corporate empire. We believe Houston is uniquely situated to influence the national political dialogue, and to help lead the way in finding solutions for the future.”

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Green Party National Committee votes to establish Animal Rights Committee

animalThe Green Party of the United States National Committee has voted 67-14 to establish a GPUS Animal Rights Committee. There were eight abstentions. The National Committee voted to establish rules for the Animal Rights Committee by a similar margin.

According to the approved proposal, the Animal Rights Committee will “inform and advise Green Party candidates and officeholders on animal rights issues,” “develop resolutions and official position statements on animal rights issues, consistent with the GPUS Platform, for consideration by the National Committee,” “develop amendments to the GPUS Platform on animal rights issues, for consideration by the National Committee,” and “ropose endorsement of legislation of national and state significance, as well as endorsement of marches, demonstrations and similar actions of national significance, that support animal rights and are consistent with the GPUS Platform, for consideration by the National Committee,” among other tasks. The full text of the approved proposal is available online.

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U.S. Green Party leaders call for Instant Runoff Voting

irvLeaders of the Green Party of the U.S. said Monday that voters should push for, and legislators should adopt, Instant Runoff Voting, also called Ranked-Choice Voting, in all at-large elections at the federal and state level.

The Greens said that IRV, which allows voters rank the candidates in order of preference instead of voting for a single candidate, is an effective system for electing a single winner when more than two candidates are on the ballot. IRV ensures that the winner will have majority support and eliminates the alleged danger of “spoiling.”

Laura Wells, the Green Party 2010 nominee for California governor, said, “The U.S. Constitution doesn’t enshrine two parties. We demand fair and open elections in a multi-party democracy. Americans deserve the right to vote for candidates who represent their interests and ideals, without being told that only two candidates or two parties are legitimate.” Wells was part of the team that successfully fought for the implementation of IRV in Oakland.

Green Party of the U.S. national co-chair Sanda Everette said, “Greens have been calling for reforms like IRV since the Green Party was founded. In the wake of the 2000 election, Green nominee Ralph Nader was widely blamed for spoiling and enabling George W. Bush to move into the White House. We’ve challenged those worried about spoiling to demand IRV. Democratic Party leaders have ignored us — which leads us to suspect that Dem[ocratic] politicians would rather lose to Republicans than tolerate multi-party competition.”

Young Greens steering committee member Michael Dennis said, “It’s possible that 2016 will mark the end of two-party politics — or at least a huge crack in the perception that a field limited to two parties is acceptable. Those worried about the spoiler factor because of third-party participation in elections should join the demand for reforms like IRV.”

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Green Party National Women’s Caucus marks International Women’s Day

11167966_1616116421959257_6846481472562670493_nThe National Women’s Caucus of the Green Party of the U.S. is inviting supporters to join in honoring women around the world on May 8, International Women’s Day.

The caucus said in a statement, “There is a generation of women ready to be that catalyst to improve upon the work already done, and to push it to new levels of cultural importance with real-life solutions. Women support each other across communities, across cultures, across continents — offering inspired solutions for the benefit of our collective future. On this day of global celebration, join us — alongside millions of others — to support the elevation of women’s voices, leadership and impact across all sectors of society, as we work in partnership to determine our collective future and evolve our world!”

Caucus spokeswoman Kate Culver said, “I am excited about the future for women and the world as a whole because, more and more, women are standing and being heard. Being heard, that’s the important part. That’s when we’ll see a healthier, more just world.”

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Green Party calls on Congress to reject Trans-Pacific Partnership

tppThe Green Party of the United States is calling on Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying it “poses a grave threat to democratically enacted environmental, labor, public health, and other legal protections.”

Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi said, “The TPP, if enacted, would be a coup for corporate oligarchy and a blow to democracy and the public interest. It was negotiated in secret with the help of 600 ‘trade advisors’ from powerful multinational corporations. It would establish a mechanism to override democratically enacted laws by handing legislative and judicial power to a small panel of corporate lawyers.”

Joe Manchik, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Ohio’s 12th District, said, “Congress must kill the TPP now, before a new president and new Congress are inaugurated. President Obama used his final State of the Union address on Jan. 13 to promote the TPP, which may prove to be the most damaging legacy of his administration. … The TPP will sell the American people’s sovereignty over our nation down the river to the multinational corporations that own the Democratic-Republican Duopoly Party.”

In addition, Sanda Everette of the Coordinating Committee of the Green Party of California, who attended the COP21 climate change summit in Paris last year, said, “The TPP would have greater force than the agreement decided on by the nations of the world at COP21. It creates a legal tool to block measures against global warming that step on the toes of powerful corporations.”

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GP.org profiles Texas Green Party

texasThe official Green Party of the United States website at GP.org has published a profile of the Green Party of Texas. It reads in part:

 

The GPTX has already set a new record in 2016, with more than 50 candidates seeking offices across the state. There are candidates for the U.S. House in 19 of the state’s 36 districts, the first time the Green Party will field candidates in a majority of the state’s races.

“Texas is a red state, so there is no ‘lesser evil’ risk in voting Green,” says state co-chair Aaron Renaud. “Besides, the Democrats do not have the energy or motivation to fix the campaign finance system, in that regard they are just as culpable. In the end, I would say to vote for the only party that doesn’t accept corporate donations. I would say to put real people into office, not politicians.”

But there are challenges in organizing in a state that covers more than a quarter-million square miles and that has more than 250 counties.

Co-chair Laura Palmer says, “Because the state is so large, party cohesion is one of our biggest challenges. Getting to know party members in other areas, keeping track of the status of local parties, and having the ability to screen volunteers for key roles are all enormous concerns.” Palmer says the GPTX has started to implement an “intentionally regional approach,” urging locals in the same parts of the state to work together.

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Green Party candidates discuss State of the Union

Several Green Party candidates for federal office expressed their thoughts on the State of the Union during the Green Party livecast Tuesday evening.

 

Joe DeMare, Ohio U.S. Senate:

 

Margaret Flowers, Maryland U.S. Senate:

 

Arn Menconi, Colorado U.S. Senate:

 

Shamako Noble, California U.S. Senate:

 

Matt Funiciello, New York 21st District U.S. House:

 

Joe Manchik, Ohio 12th District U.S. House:

 

In addition, Green Party national co-chair Andrea Mérida spoke in both English and en español: