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Will Bernie Sanders go Green in 2016?

Bernie SandersIn an article for the Nation entitled “Democrat? Green? Independent? The ‘Run Bernie Run” Jockeying” John Nichols raises the question of whether Bernie Sanders, the independent US Senator from Vermont, might seek the Green Party’s presidential nomination in 2016:

Would he consider running as a Green, embracing a party that has secured and maintained ballot lines in states across the country and that has had significant success electing local officials in a number of regions?… individual Green Party activists are arguing that Sanders, who has long been outspoken on a range of economic and social justice, peace and sustainability issues that animate the party, should seek a Green endorsement and a place on the party’s November ballot lines. A change.org petition declares: “Senator Bernie Sanders must run for president as a Green Party candidate if he wishes to remedy any of the grave problems that he speaks about.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Jill Stein Election Results

While official tallies won’t be certified for weeks, next-day tabulations at Google Election indicate that Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala finished fourth in the Nation with 396,684 votes, or 0.3% of the national total. This is more than twice the total of votes that the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente won in 2008 (161,195), and three times the total of votes that the Green Party’s David Cobb and Pat LaMarche won in 2004 (119,859).

Ballot Access News notes that the Green Party’s best showing was in Maine, where Stein won 1.3% of the vote.

State by state returns:

  • Alabama – 3,366 (0.2%)
  • Alaska – 2,089 (1.0%)
  • Arizona – 5,084 (0.3%)
  • Arkansas – 9,196 (0.9%)
  • California – 57,748 (0.6%)
  • Colorado – 6,850 (0.3%)
  • Delaware – 1,939 (0.5%)
  • District of Columbia – 2,045 (0.8%)
  • Florida – 8,708 (0.1%)
  • Hawaii – 3,121 (0.7%)
  • Idaho – 4,330 (0.7%)
  • Illinois – 29,298 (0.6%)
  • Iowa – 3,739 (0.2%)
  • Kentucky – 6,420 (0.4%)
  • Louisiana – 6,873 (0.4%)
  • Maine – 7,975 (1.3%)
  • Maryland – 15,289 (0.6%)
  • Massachusetts – 19,486 (0.6%)
  • Michigan – 20,855 (0.5%)
  • Minnesota – 12,951 (0.4%)
  • Mississippi – 1,516 (0.1%)
  • New Jersey – 8,891 (0.3%)
  • New Mexico – 2,634 (0.3%)
  • New York – 35,346 (0.6%)
  • North Dakota – 1,357 (0.4%)
  • Ohio – 17,657 (0.3%)
  • Oregon – 15,271 (1.0%)
  • Pennsylvania – 20,644 (0.4%)
  • Rhode Island – 2,261 (0.5%)
  • South Carolina – 5,133 (0.3%)
  • Tennessee – 6,443 (0.3%)
  • Texas – 24,450 (0.3%)
  • Utah – 3,378 (0.4%)
  • Virginia – 8,366 (0.2%)
  • Washington – 10,442 (0.5%)
  • West Virginia – 4,341 (0.7%)
  • Wisconsin – 7,572 (0.2%)

 

Here is Jill Stein’s Election Night Google Hangout:

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Green Party Election Watch

At Green Party Watch we will be watching the races and reporting what we can find, when we find it! Please join our chat or comments with any election results or news that you find and want to share.  Green Party’s Livestream show is embedded here, so you can watch and chat here or there!

Green Party (US) Live Stream Election Night Coverage – begins at 8 PM EST

LIVE UPDATES BELOW

11:48 PM EST – At this point I am going to take a long break. If you see or hear of any significant returns please post it in the comments to this post below. If I see or hear anything I will come back and post it. Tomorrow I have taken the day off work and hope to post election results all day. Take care, people! -Ron

11:43 PM EST – More updates:

FL State House District 12
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Lake Ray (inc) GOP 43,180 68.3%
Karen Morian Grn 20,087 31.7%
28 of 28 Precincts Reporting

MA State House | 4th Berkshire
15 of 23 Precincts reporting
Lee Laugenour (Green-Rainbow) 2,632
Smitty Pignatelli (Dem) 11,455

Delaware Senate
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Thomas Carper Dem 264,330 66%
Kevin Wade GOP 115,285 29%
Alexander Pires IPD 15,263 4%
Andrew Groff Green 3,182 1%
Incumbent: Carper
100% reporting

Michigan Senate
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Debbie Stabenow Dem 1,032,391 56%
Pete Hoekstra GOP 738,678 40%
Scotty Boman Lib 36,257 2%
Harley Mikkelson Green 11,681 1%
Richard Matkin UST 10,056 1%
John Litle NLP 4,471 0%
Incumbent: Stabenow
39% reporting

Tennessee Senate
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Bob Corker GOP 1,408,035 65%
Mark Clayton Dem 655,438 30%
Martin Pleasant Green 35,171 2%
Shaun Crowell Ind 19,388 1%
Kermit Steck CST 17,030 1%
Michel Long Ind 7,536 0%
James Higdon Ind 7,431 0%
Troy Scoggin Ind 6,583 0%
David Gatchell Ind 6,034 0%
Incumbent: Corker
93% reporting

11:32 PM EST – Maine: Fred Horch (assembly dist 66) – 1,504 votes (32.55%)

11:30 PM EST – Maine: Michael Wakefield (assembly dist 102) 571 votes (12.95%)

11:25 PM EST – Wisconsin: Brett Hulsey (Democrat) 9,675 (73%); Jonathan Dedering (Green) 3,514 (27%)

11:20 EST – CNN and FOX News are calling the Presidential election for Obama. (No charges of spoilers this year)

10:54 PM EST – Illinois early results:

Paula Bradshaw – 12,792 votes (5.8%) with 4% reporting
Nancy Wade – 12,870 votes (5.8%) with 4% reporting
Jill Stein – 23,553 votes (0.6%) with 79% reporting

10:49 PM EST – From Rizzo:

OHIO U.S. House of Representatives – District 14
Candidate Votes % of Votes
Joyce, David (R) 142,434 54.44%
Blanchard, Dale (D) 100,935 38.58%
Mastromatteo, Elaine (G) 9,864 3.77%
Macko, David (L) 8,409 3.21%

10:43 PM EST – Delaware (99% reporting):

Jill Stein – President – 1,936 votes (0.5%)
Andrew Groff – US Senate – 3,182 votes (0.8%)
Bernard August – US House – 4,260 votes (1.1%)

10:38 PM EST – From Rizzo:
Ohio U.S. House – District 3
Updated Tue Nov 06 22:29:01 EST 2012 – 80% reporting
69% Joyce Beatty 162,792 votes DEM
26% Chris Long 62,412 votes REP
3% Richard Ehrbar 6,813 votes LIBERTARIAN
2% Robert Fitrakis 4,902 votes GREEN

10:35 PM EST – Arkansas Results to date:
US House District 1 (26% reporting) Jacob Holloway 1,608 votes (2%)
US House District 2 (18% reporting) Barbara Ward 4,028 votes (3%)
US House District 3 (11% reporting) Rebekah Kennedy 15,731 votes (17%) – against a republican and a Libertarian
US House District 4 (28% reporting) Josh Drake 2,561 votes (2%)

10:27 PM EST – Nammu Muhammad at 5% in head to head with incumbent Democrat

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/199b73d54ad945bcacc0510297656f7d/SC–US-House-6th-District

10:25 PM EST – From Rizzo:

In Ohio:
U.S. House – District 3
Updated Tue Nov 06 22:18:01 EST 2012 – 46% reporting
71% Joyce Beatty 129,483 votes
25% Chris Long 45,698 votes
2% Richard Ehrbar 4,489 votes
2% Robert Fitrakis 3,622 votes (GREEN)

10:10 PM EST – From Livestream chat:

DC Statehood Green, Renee Bowser currently winning her race for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner District 4D02 with 225 votes or 99.1%

10:06 PM EST – From Rizzo:

State House District 12
Candidate Party Votes Pct.
Lake Ray (i) GOP 41,883 68.2%
Karen Morian Grn 19,534 31.8%
County totals | 26 of 28 Precincts Reporting

9:42 PM EST – Florida – Karen Morian 19,534 (31.81%) vs. Republican 41,883 (68.19%) still early results?
9:36 PM EST – Massachusetts State Assembly – Scott Laugenour at 17% against Democratic incumbent (83%) early results
8:59 PM EST – Melissa Schlagg (CT State Senate District 33) – early returns Schlagg 796, Dem 1,252, Rep 1,684
8:56 PM EST – early Maine results (1% of precincts) – Jill Stein 1.07% – no results for the state legislative candidates.
8:50 PM EST – Early results from the North East show Jill Stein pulling anywhere from 0.1% to 1.0%, follow real time at politico.com and their election map.
3:45 PM EST – Bob Fitrakis, Ohio Green Party candidate, suing over electronic voting machines.
3:29 PM EST – Ann Wilcox, candidate for DC City Council: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu7traHJa2s
3:13 PM EST – Nice Video from Sweden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh1m7bVFJrY
3:04 PM EST – Google+ Huddle with Jill Stein here -> https://plus.google.com/109196677270230251313/posts
2:49 PM EST – Cheri Honkala voted in Philadelphia

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Jill Stein’s New Ad: “Climate Storm”

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Jill Stein Arrested at Keystone Pipeline Protest

From the Washington Post:

By Steven Mufson, Wednesday, October 31, 11:24 AM

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested Wednesday morning in east Texas while attempting to resupply protesters camping out in trees to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, according to anti-pipeline activists.

Opponents of the pipeline have climbed some trees in the path of the pipeline in Winnsboro, Tex., and have been there for 38 days.

Stein was taken to the Wood County jail, said Kim Huynh, a spokesman for the Tar Sands Blockade. Earlier, Stein said in a statement that “the climate is taking this election by storm, breaking the silence of the Obama and Romney campaigns that have been bought and paid for by the oil, coal and gas companies.” She added, “Hurricane Sandy is just a taste of what’s to come under the climate destroying policies of Romney and Obama.”

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VP Candidate Cheri Honkala Reporting From Philadelphia

Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala arrives back in Philadelphia after two weeks on the campaign trail just in time to witness the impact of Hurricane Sandy on her hometown. Watch it now:

From Jill Stein for President

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Chris Hedges: Why I’m Voting Green

This article by Chris Hedges at Truthdig is one of the best cases for voting for Jill Stein that I have read this year.

I post here two excerpts, first on the case for an alternative political party:

It was the Liberty Party that first fought slavery. It was the Prohibition and Socialist parties, along with the Suffragists, that began the fight for the vote for women and made possible the 19th Amendment. It was the Socialist Party, along with radical labor unions, that first battled against child labor and made possible the 40-hour workweek. It was the organizing of the Populist Party that gave us the Immigration Act of 1924 along with a “progressive” tax system. And it was the Socialists who battled for unemployment benefits, leading the way to the Social Security Act of 1935. No one in the ruling elite, including Franklin Roosevelt, would have passed this legislation without pressure from the outside.

“It is the combination of a social movement on the ground with an independent political party that has always made history together, whether during abolition, women’s suffrage or the labor movement,” Stein said when I reached her by phone as she campaigned in Chicago. “We need courage in our politics that matches the courage of the social movements—of Occupy, eviction blockades, Keystone pipeline civil disobedience, student strikes, the Chicago teachers union and more. If public opinion really mattered in this race, we [her presidential ticket] would win. We have majority support in poll after poll on nearly all of the key issues, from downsizing the military budget and bringing the troops home, to taxing the rich, to stopping the Wall Street bailouts, to breaking up the banks, to ending the off-shoring of jobs, to supporting workers’ rights, to increasing the minimum wage, to health care as a human right, through Medicare for all. These are the solutions a majority of Americans are clamoring for.”

And on Obama’s policies and on Climate Change:

Obama, who has claimed the power of assassinating U.S. citizens without charge or trial, increased the drone war and has vastly expanded the wars in the Middle East. He is waging proxy wars in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. His assault on civil liberties—from his use of the Espionage Act to silence whistle-blowers to Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act to the FISA Amendment Act—is worse than Bush’s. His attack on immigrant rights has also outpaced that of Bush. Obama has deported more undocumented workers in four years than his Republican predecessor did in eight years. There is negligible difference between Obama and Romney on the issue of student debt, which has turned a generation of college students into indentured servants. But the most important convergence between the Republicans and the Democrats is their utter failure to address the perilous assault by the fossil fuel industry on the ecosystem. It was Obama who undercut the international climate accord reached last year at Durban, South Africa, saying the world could wait until 2020 for an agreement.

“Obama is promoting oil drilling in the Arctic, where the ice cap has already collapsed to one-quarter of its size from a couple decades ago, and he’s opened up our national parks for drilling,” Stein said. “He has given the green light to fracking. He has permitted the exhaust from shale oil [extraction] to go into the atmosphere. He is building the southern pass of the Keystone pipeline. He brags that he has built more miles of pipeline than any other president.

“There is a protracted drought in 60 percent of the continental U.S.,” Stein said. “There are record forest fires and rising food prices. We have just now seen the 12 hottest months on record. Storms are growing in destructiveness. All this is happening with less than 1-degree Celsius temperature rise. Yet we are now on track for a 6-degree Celsius warming in this century alone. This is not survivable. The most pessimistic science on climate change has underpredicted the rate at which climate change is advancing.”

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Third Party Presidential Debate – Vote for Jill Stein Now

Yesterday Free & Equal hosted a quality third party presidential candidate debate in Chicago hosted by the legendary Larry King. It was televised live on C-SPAN, Al Jazeera, and RT. You can watch a replay of the debate here at C-SPAN.

Following the debate, it was announced that there will be a second debate between the two candidates who poll the most votes at Free & Equal’s online IRV poll. If you want Jill Stein to be at that second debate, go there and rank her #1 now.

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Cheri Honkala on “Rust Belt to Green Belt” Campaign Tour

Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, is in the midst of a campaign swing through the heart of America, the “Rust Belt” from Appalachia to stops this week in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Detroit.

From the Stein/Honkala Campaign:

Green Party Vice Presidential nominee Cheri Honkala has begun a tour of the Rust Belt during which she has seen first-hand the effects of the failed economic policies advanced by the two corporately owned parties. This tour has highlighted the plight of impoverished communities in the Upper Great Lakes and Appalachia.

Honkala began the tour in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and witnessed the horrors of mountaintop removal mining. The environmentally unsound and shortsighted energy policies of both the Republicans and Democrats have left this area dependent on the harvest of coal. The local population now faces abject poverty, contaminated water sources, and the continued degradation of one of the U.S.’s most ecologically significant natural areas.

According to Honkala, “What the Great Lakes and Appalachia need is the Green New Deal. Dr. Jill Stein and I offer commonsense, time-tested solutions to the ongoing cycle of pollution and poverty in the central Appalachian mountains. We would redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal energy. We will invest in research in sustainable, non-toxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry. We offer a transition away from dirty coal and an escape from poisoned air and water as well as the destruction of these mountains.”

Honkala then continued to Louisville, Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio, where she witnessed the dismantling of public housing and met with displaced families and community leaders. “People in Kentucky and Ohio are suffering. The austerity programs offered by President Obama and Governor Romney offer no relief. We must end the demolition of public housing which serves to only raise homelessness rates. My number one priority, if elected, is ending homelessness in the U.S. by ending foreclosures, and placing families in abandoned housing units and creating employment by fixing them up. There are more abandoned homes than there are homeless people in this country. We just have to put the two together.”

Honkala then traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and met with leaders on the World Court of Women East which will take place in Philadelphia in October of 2013. This Court will address poverty in the U.S. using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “The Republicans and Democrats both violate the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by continuing to allow homelessness and poverty in one of the world’s richest nations. A Green presidency will end homelessness, end unemployment, and provide a living wage for all workers, which would bring the U.S. into compliance with international human rights norms.”

The Rust Belt tour continues with stops in Milwaukee on October 24, the Twin Cities October 25-27, and Detroit October 28-29. Honkala will continue to advocate for the Green New Deal which will allow these ailing economies an escape from the continued downward trend offered by President Obama and Governor Romney.

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BREAKING: Stein and Honkala Arrested at Presidential Debate Site

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala decided to show up to tonight’s Presidential Debate, which didn’t invite them. Both were prepared to be arrested, and it came to pass:

Speaking earlier in the day to Philadelphia Weekly:

“This is a great day for democracy,” noted Stein. “It’s a great day for the politics of courage.” She said they’re attempting their bum-rush because fighting the exclusion of this debate is a “push-back against the stranglehold of the economic elite — and especially of this forum.”

The candidates are calling the action “Occupy the Commission on Presidential Debates,” noting the CPD is an unfair entity formed in the 1980s by Democratic and Republican leaders and structured so as to lock out any opposition. A leaked 12-page memorandum was just recently obtained by Time magazine which shows the CPD’s rules agreed upon by both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama — including such points as, “The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates.” Gawker noted it shows both candidates are “sniveling cowards.”

Honkala told PW she’s ready to face security at the Hofstra debate, though “you get some butterflies in the stomach before you deal with the secret service.” But it’s worth it, she says: “We’re on the ballot. Eighty-five percent of the electorate can vote for us. We’ve done our homework. We deserve to be on the stage with the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.”

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RAPNEWS 16: The Final Presidential Debate

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Jill Stein in Alternative Presidential Debate This Thursday

This Thursday October 18, the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will face off in a Presidential debate two days after the CPD debate which excluded them again. The Independent Voter Network (IVN) and Google+ Politics will be hosting the first ever, online presidential debate. Unlike debates in the past, the candidates and moderators will simultaneously participate from different states.

Each participant will appear using live, videoconference technology and respond to questions submitted online from citizens like you!

The online presidential debate will focus on five key topics in domestic policy including:

  • Tax and Economic Policy,
  • Energy,
  • Housing and Financial Regulation,
  • Foreign Policy, and
  • One topic selected based upon online user response.

IVN.us will be looking to voters across the country to participate by submitting their questions for the candidates within each topic. Each topic will include two questions submitted using the hashtag #indyvote on Google+ and Twitter, or responding to calls for questions on the ‘Independent Voter’ Facebook Page.

The debate can be viewed live on October 18, 2012 beginning at 4pm Pacific on IVN.us, or on IVN.us’ Google+ and YouTube page.

Follow the hashtag #indyvote on Twitter and Google+ during the debate to join the conversation, respond to the candidates, and let them know how they are doing in answering your questions. Learn more about how to participate by watching this video:

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Jill Stein Supports Same Sex Marriage

From the Jill Stein Campaign:

Green presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala paused in their campaigning today to acknowledge National Coming Out Day, an internationally-recognized celebration honoring those who publicly acknowledge their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Today we celebrate the diversity of our people and our commitment to stand in solidarity with people of all sexual orientations and gender identities who have added so much to the life of our nation,” said Dr. Stein. “We encourage everyone to stand with the members of our LGBTQ community as they ask for the fairness and respect that they deserve, but which is not yet fully granted.”

Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala said that President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage was a positive step forward, but sharply disagreed with his statement that legalization should be left to individual states.

“Human rights are universal. We support national recognition of same-sex marriage rights, without which true equality does not exist. There is no more basic right than the right to choose whom we love and whom we call family, without the state declaring that one kind of family is more legitimate than another,” said Cheri Honkala. Read the rest of this entry »

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NPR Debate: Gary Johnson and Jill Stein

NPR has a debate with Libertarian Presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein; audio and transcript at the NPR site.

Opening statements:

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The Nation: These Debates Could Use Some Jill Stein and Gary Johnson

John Nichols in The Nation (excerpt):

Imagine if Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein joined Obama and Romney for this year’s debates. Instead of having to listen to a pair of adult men trying to distinguish between Obamacare and Romneycare, we could hear a working physician explain why a “Medicare for All” program would be dramatically more efficient, economical and humane than what either the president or his Republican challenger has proposed.

Imagine if Libertarian Gary Johnson could respond to the predictably empty wrangling about whether America is “broke”—as opposed to suffering from broken budget priorities. Johnson would propose bringing American troops and resources home from policing the world’s trouble spots, a wholly sensible fix that would make the United States safer, richer and a more popular.

Imagine if Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode—who once talked about denying a US House seat to Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, because Ellison clutched a Koran rather than a Bible when he was sworn in—opened up a real discussion about the relationship between church and state. Instead of dancing around the issue, as they both do, Obama and Romney would be forced to get specific about how seriously they take the promise of Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation.” They might even call Goode out, sending a message that America needs to hear. from the leaders of both major parties.

By the standards of most countries, Stein, Johnson and Goode could qualify to join national debates. Johnson and Stein have secured places on enough state ballots to win the electoral votes needed to assume the presidency. Goode is already on twenty-six ballots and could yet use legal challenges (and certified write-in campaigns) to be positioned to get on enough additional ballots to win an Electoral College majority. (Other candidates, including former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, whose mounting an intellectually rich and radical run on the Justice Party line, have struggled to get on enough ballots to get near making the Electoral College cut. Anderson will, however, join Stein in a “Debate Talkback” tonight, which will be moderated by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman.)

There’s not much chance that any of the three will be elected. But at this point, there’s not as much chance as there once was that Romney will be elected. It would be absurd to disqualify Romney on the grounds that he’s falling behind in the polls, just as it is absurd to disqualify candidates who are on the ballot but have not gotten the exposure that might run their numbers up.

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