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Akron newspaper profiles Ohio Green U.S. Senate candidate DeMare

demareOhio’s Akron Beacon Journal profiles Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Joe DeMare, writing, “With a master’s degree in education, DeMare is one of the most educated machinists in Perrysburg.” If elected, DeMare “would push to replace the Affordable Care Act, a system of exchanges to purchase mandated private medical insurance, with universal health care by taxing billionaires ‘out of existence.'”

He says his “progressive tax plan, he argues, would balance income inequality. On social justice, he would parrot the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement. … But ecological restoration — ‘bringing the environment back to health, not just slowing its decline’ — is front and center on his political agenda. DeMare’s campaign website features a flier” with the candidate “smirking as global warming burns the world behind him. ‘Vote for me if you want to live!’ the ad says.”

In another article, the Beacon Journal writes that DeMare and the two independent candidates in the race “are long-shot candidates,” but “what they lack in viability they more than compensate for in the ability to alter the outcome of the election.”

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Ohio Greens call for DeMare’s inclusion in U.S. Senate debates

demareThe Green Party of Ohio has called for the inclusion of U.S. Senate nominee Joe DeMare in the debates that have been agreed to by the Democratic and Republican nominees. The Ohio Green said in a statement, “The primaries have ended; the nominees for all three recognized parties in Ohio have been chosen. It is vital that Ohio voters hear all the voices and have the ability to make an informed decision as to how they will vote in November.”

The party also said the two independent candidates in the race should be invited to debate, and that all Green candidates “for U.S. House and the Ohio Statehouse, as well as local offices be given the opportunity to debate their counterparts, should those debates occur. Only by all the candidates being heard can Ohioans truly have the chance to vote for whom they see as having the ideas and platform that best matches the voters own ideals.”

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MintPress News profiles Maryland Green Senate candidate Flowers

flowerswebMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Margaret Flowers was profiled by MintPress News.

Flowers said that while she is “supportive of the Green Party’s national agenda,” she “is primarily focused on building local political power.” Flowers said, “It’s really organizing within neighborhoods to empower them to look at what their needs are look at what their resources are and look at how we can harness all of that.”

Flowers “views activism during this election season as a way to target the societal injustices that cause illness and other forms of suffering. ‘As a physician, you see the symptoms of the problems that we face, and I don’t want to just treat symptoms, you need to get at the root causes of why we’re facing the issues that we face.'”

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Arizona Greens urge rejection of education finance constitutional amendment

azgpThe state committee for the Arizona Green Party has recommended a “no” vote on Proposition 123, the education finance constitutional amendment that will be on the statewide ballot on May 17. The AZGP says the proposition “is not necessary, since there is a $600 million budget surplus in the state treasury to properly fund K-12 public education,” and that “a recession, a rise in unemployment, lower tax revenues, and a 49% cap on K-12 education funding from the state general fund” could “pull money away from public education.”

The AZGP says most state legislators want to use the surplus “for more corporate tax cuts, as opposed to properly funding K-12 public education.” State co-chair Maritza Broce said, “We have the necessary funds to properly fund K-12 education here in Arizona. Unfortunately, what is lacking is the political will with the majority of our state legislators. Instead of performing their constitutional duty to properly fund public education, our state legislators decided to put the unnecessary and confusing Proposition 123 on the ballot during a special election, when voter turnout is expected to be very low.”

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CounterPunch: Greens playing “long game” with presidential campaign

SteinSandersAndrew Stewart writes at CounterPunch that the Green Party is laying the path very early to lead a pack of [Bernie] Sanders supporters to the [Jill] Stein campaign. This explains the reason the party recently said there will be a ‘Green welcome mat’ awaiting the Sanders crowd in July and why Stein recently publicly reached out to Bernie to continue the revolution. The Greens know that someone is in the buff but the Sanders gang has yet to catch on that their emperor has no clothes.”

He continues, “The Greens just passed a major benchmark to gain federal funding. Every vote Jill Stein gets, even if she does not win, is a vote for further funding for the Greens. That is a brilliant type of long game. Even if the Greens lose in 2016, by 2018 they would have more resources for the midterm elections.”

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Flowers calls for Medicare For All

pennMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Margaret Flowers said in a statement that six years after the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, it has produced the results that Physicians for a National Health Program predicted: “tens of millions of people remain without health insurance, nearly 40 million people in the United States have insurance but still can’t afford necessary health care, and private insurers continue to raise the price of premiums while restricting access to care through narrower and narrower provider networks.”

Flowers continued, “Today, Physicians for a National Health Program released ‘Beyond the Affordable Care Act: A Physicians’ Proposal for Single Payer Health Care Reform.’ The proposal was crafted by 39 physicians and signed by more than 2,000 physicians and medical students. I am one of the physician signers. A national health program is the remedy for the ills of the ACA. When it is enacted, an improved Medicare for All system will immediately cover everyone living in the United States. It will remove financial barriers to care such as health insurance premiums, deductibles and co-payments, thereby eliminating under-insurance. And it will allow free choice of health provider instead of restricting patients to narrow networks.”

Her full statement is available online.

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Georgia Green Party’s Dixon discusses building party in state

dixonCounterPunch interviews Georgia Green Party activist Bruce Dixon, managing editor of Black Agenda Report, about building the party in the state and nationally. Dixon said, “We won a victory in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals here in Georgia…and the court lowered the barrier of the number of signatures in Georgia from 50,000 signatures, or 1% of turnout in the last statewide election, down to 7,500 signatures. … In North Carolina the barrier is 90,000 signatures right now, but the court lowered the number of signatures we need to get a statewide candidate on the ballot in Georgia from 50,000, in early March, to 7,500 and we feel very confident that we can make that goal.”

Dixon added, “If the Green Party in Georgia is able to get one percent of the presidential vote this year and field 16 electors, then we will have a spot on the ballot for 2018, and we’ll be able to keep that spot on the ballot as long as we can turn out one percent of the vote in November.”

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MintPress News interviews Colorado “rebel candidate” Menconi

Colorado Green U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi was interviewed by MintPress News about his campaign. On its website, MintPress News says the “rebel candidate” may be “exactly what’s needed to ‘make America great again.’ His track record of radical action against the corporate takeover of American democracy and his history of civil disobedience in opposition to U.S. wars and empire building would provide a needed counter-balance to the entrenched government establishment.”

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Maryland Green U.S. Senate nominee Flowers issues statement on primary win

1798863_10203334306584554_923955710_nThe Flowers for Senate campaign released this statement today:

Pediatrician and advocate Margaret Flowers has won the Green Party nomination for the Maryland U.S. Senate seat, and is urging voters to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski with another progressive woman from Baltimore.

“I want those voters who turned out for Donna Edwards and Bernie Sanders last week to know that there is an alternative who represents their values,” Flowers said Monday. “Marylanders will have a chance to make a statement against big-money politics at the polls in November.”

Flowers won the Green nomination in a primary run and funded by Maryland Greens, since the state government only runs primaries for the two major parties – despite the fact that the Green Party is also ballot-qualified in Maryland. Flowers says this is another indication of how the system is stacked to prevent competition to the status quo.

“The Maryland political establishment would have you think that the election took place last week,” Flowers said. “But Chris Van Hollen’s corporate sponsors haven’t won yet. The final vote will take place on November 8.” Open Secrets reports that the top donors for Van Hollen’s over $8 million primary campaign were developers, Washington lobbyists and financiers.

Margaret Flowers is the youngest of five children. Raised by a single mother, she was the first of three daughters to attend college. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completing her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Flowers worked as a hospitalist in Carroll County and later in private practice.

Seeing firsthand how the profit-driven healthcare system hurt her patients and their families, Flowers stopped practicing medicine in 2007 to become a full-time advocate for a single-payer system, calling the struggle for healthcare “part of a broader social, racial, economic and environmental justice movement.”

She later joined 2006 Maryland Green U.S. Senate nominee Kevin Zeese in leading ItsOurEconomy.us to educate, organize and mobilize around social and economic justice and democratization of the economy to reduce the wealth divide. Flowers, Zeese and others organized the Occupy movement at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. They are now the co-editors of PopularResistance.org, which reports on local, national and international movements and organizes issues campaigns. Flowers has been a leading voice in the fights against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Dominion’s fracked gas project in Southern Maryland.

“I see through my work how the concerns of Marylanders are ignored by our legislators even when serious issues of public health and safety are raised,” Flowers said. “I do not accept any corporate donations, and as senator, I will accept only the median Maryland income and will donate the balance to social movements. My office will be open to constituents so that we can work together to rein in corruption, reduce the wealth divide, solve the healthcare crisis, move to clean and sustainable energy and end systemic racism.”

Flowers, a mother of three young adults, lives in Baltimore’s Belvedere Square area.

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Complete Maryland Green Party primary results

marylandHere are the complete results of the Maryland and Baltimore Green Party by-mail and in-person primary, as reported by the party organizations:

U.S. Senate: Margaret Flowers 125 (98%), None of the Above 3 (2%).

U.S. House, Third District: Nnabu Eze 18 (100%)

U.S. House, Fourth District: Kamesha Clark 2 (100%)

U.S. House, Sixth District: George Gluck 6 (100%)

U.S. House, Seventh District: Myles Hoenig 37 (86%), None of the Above 4 (9%), No Candidate 2 (5%)

U.S. House, Eighth District: Nancy Wallace 45 (85%), Elizabeth Croydon 6 (11%), Charles “Teddy” Galloway III 2 (4%)

Baltimore Mayor: Joshua Harris 85%, Emanuel McCray 7%, David Marriott 3%.