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Sanders backers urged to press for Green inclusion in fall debates

GreenParty2016Green Party of the United States media coordinator Scott McLarty writes at CounterPoint that “now that it’s almost inevitable Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, the talk is turning to what will come out of Bernie Sanders’ campaign after the Democratic National Convention.”

McLarty writes, “Enthusiasm is growing for a post-Sanders movement,” and it “will face its first test — or opportunity, if you prefer — in September. Will Mr. Sanders and his supporters demand a place for the Green Party nominee in the fall presidential debates? Or will they look the other way while ideas they claim to support are silenced and only the Democratic and Republican nominees are allowed to participate?” He says the Green Party nominee “will argue for many of the same things that Mr. Sanders has advocated, from Medicare For All to dismantling the power of the too-big-to-fail banks.”

Meanwhile, The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Yahne Ndgo, who “has appeared frequently on CNN as a spokeswoman for the Bernie or Bust campaign,” is “urging people to change their voter registration to the Green Party, in hopes Sanders will run as an independent or, if he doesn’t, to direct people to Green Party candidate Jill Stein.” In a report on Jill Stein’s recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Upvoted writes that Stein said, “Bernie and I need to talk. … But it has to start with his being interested. … I am committed to independent politics because I know that the goal for the Democratic Party at the end of the day is to sabotage the likes of Bernie Sanders and myself.”

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Stein interviewed by New York Daily News

steinpeaceIn an interview with The New York Daily News, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said, “Polls show that the majority of Americans don’t support either party. Most Hillary Clinton supporters are backing her to oppose Donald Trump. And most Trump supporters are doing it to oppose Hillary. So what is wrong with this picture? If our voices were actually heard, we would be dominating.”

She said she has yet to break through in the polls “because the political system is designed to suppress political opposition. I’m talking about the money it takes to get on the ballot, the rules of ballot access, the rules of debates in which the Democratic and Republican parties control the presidential debate commission itself. When you factor in corporate collusion, it difficult to be heard.”

The New York Daily News is the fifth-largest U.S. daily newspaper by circulation.

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Stein polling two percent in Arizona

ArizonaGreen Party candidate Jill Stein would get two percent of the vote in Arizona if the presidential election was held today, according to a Public Policy Polling survey. Libertarian Gary Johnson would receive six percent. Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton 40% to 38%.

Stein received 0.34% of the Arizona vote in 2012, the second-best Green Party performance in the state in a presidential election. In 2000, Ralph Nader received three percent.

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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.”

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Stein: DEA should use science and deschedule marijuana

steinoregonIn a 90-second video for NowThis News, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein discusses marijuana policy, saying, “The president can instruct the Drug Enforcement Agency to do a really radical thing — to use science in determining what substances are and are not going to be scheduled. Because if science was being used, then marijuana, cannabis, and hemp would be taken off the list of scheduled substances in the blink of an eye.”

Merry Jane has a brief item on Stein’s position on marijuana, calling her “the activist, physician, and presidential candidate who is weed’s biggest fan.”

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Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party raising funds for convention delegates

greenrainbowThe Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party is raising funds to help send the state’s delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston in August.

The Green Rainbow Party says, “The Green-Rainbow Party aspires to incorporate viewpoints from fiscally diverse backgrounds into selecting the Green candidate for U.S. president. That means helping cash-strapped people get to Houston, Texas, to this year’s Green Party of the U.S.’s Presidential Nominating Convention.” The party hopes to raise $2,500 to help fund expenses for five of the Massachusetts delegates.

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Stein at two percent in four-way general election poll

steinsignThe first national general election poll this year to include Green Party candidate Jill Stein as an option has Stein at two percent.

The Public Policy Polling survey has Democrat Hillary Clinton at 42%, Republican Donald Trump 38%, Libertarian Gary Johnson 4%, and Stein 2%. The survey, conducted May 6-9, has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

A recent Monmouth University poll that did not include Stein as an option had Johnson at 11% against Clinton and Trump. Johnson received 0.99% of the vote in 2012, while Stein received 0.36%.

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Mesplay, Moyowasifza-Curry, Stein debate on RT America

RT America has yet to make the full video of Monday afternoon’s live presidential debate between Green Party candidates Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein available online beyond full video of Live In 360 coverage, but a 30-minute excerpt of the two-hour debate is now online.

RT America also covers the debate on its website, with excerpts from the candidates’ remarks as well as other, shorter video clips.

Darryl Cherney and Bill Kreml were also invited to the debate, but declined. At present, Kreml and Stein are the only candidates with formal recognition from the Green Party of the United States.