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Summers, Illinois Greens Sue State Over Election Rules

scott-summersScott Summers, Green Party candidate for Governor, and the slate of Green Party statewide candidates, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt the state’s “binder check” process and have key provisions of the Illinois Election Code ruled unconstitutional.

On June 23, the Green Party filed 29,707 signatures to place Summers, U.S. Senate candidate Omar Lopez, and five other statewide candidates on the November ballot. A week later, the petition was challenged by Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and long-time ally of Governor Pat Quinn.

“Voters want to see more than just one or two candidates on their ballots,” Summers says. “My campaign and this lawsuit challenge the election laws that choke off choice.”

The lawsuit makes three distinct allegations:

* The “binder check” process which is used to review petitions is unconstitutional, because it is biased against petitioning candidates, is subject to on-the-spot rules changes every year, and requires many hours on the part of candidates and supporters to defend signatures. No other state uses such a system.

* The “full slate” law which requires non-established parties to field candidates for all offices at a given jurisdictional level is unconstitutional for several reasons, especially equal protection and due process arguments under the 1st and 14th Amendments. In numerous counties either the Republicans or Democrats fail to field candidates for all county offices, yet the law demands that if a “new” party candidate wishes to run for county office, he or she must be part of a “full slate” for all county offices. Similarly, to run for Governor, a “new” party must field candidates for all other constitutional offices, whether they wish to or not.

* The notarization requirement for petitions is unconstitutional as it drastically limits approaches to organizing petition drives and yet fills no compelling state interest. Because petitions must be notarized, would-be signers cannot download a petition, sign it, and send it off, without first finding a notary, substantially curtailing their freedom of association.

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Connecticut Greens nominate 2014 state and local candidates

green party earthflowerThe Hartford Courant reports:

PORTLAND — About 30 Green Party members gathered at the Portland Senior Center Monday night to nominate dozens of candidates for statewide and municipal offices.

The Greens — who run progressive, environmentally concerned candidates on ballots across the country — have not qualified for the ballot in either the governor’s or lieutenant governor’s race. Read the rest of this entry »

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Democrats Try to Kick Green Off Ballot in Wisconsin

mikelaforestCORRECTION (6/9/14 : 4:30 PM) – Libertarian Phillip Anderson is also on the ballot for the 47th Assembly District. Our information was incorrect. Apologies to Mr. Anderson.

Mike LaForest submitted 284 signatures to get on the ballot for the 47th Assembly District in Wisconsin. The district is in Dane County and includes portions of Madison, Fitchberg, Monona and other communities. The Democratic incumbent, Robb Kahl, has a history of voting for and supporting Republicans which may be why the Republicans aren’t running against him.

On Thursday, Joel Gratz, Executive Director of the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, challenged Mike LaForest’s nomination papers, ALL of them, requesting they be disqualified.  Why? First, he claims that the candidate registration lists LaForest as an “Independent” while his nomination papers indicate Green Party. He is apparently unaware that when third parties register, they HAVE to select Independent. Second, LaForest circulated all his own papers, which on the top candidate section clearly state that his legal address is Town of Blooming Grove and his mailing address is Madison, yet Mr. Gratz claims that the fact that LaForest’s circulator signature and address indicate Madison, which is his mailing address, all 284 are disqualified. Third, he claims that the top of the form for some of his sheets cut off half of the words that state “Nomination Paper for Partisan Office” – disqualifying those sheets, even though the sheets themselves clearly state that Mike LaForest is running for the 47th Assembly District on the Green Party ticket.  Gratzz goes on to challenge a dozen or more individual signatures claiming their residencies are out of district.

Aside from the fact that the challenge has no merit, one has to ask why the Democrats fear running in a two way race against a Green Party candidate so much so as to try to kick their opponent off the ballot on such frivolous charges? Could it be because this Dane County District knows they have a Republican running as a Democrat, and if enough of them know it, they just might vote Green?

The Government Accountability Board will be addressing all challenged ballot petitions on Tuesday, June 10th, and 9 a.m.

Mike LaForest addresses the issue here and here.

 

 

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Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, NM, HI, MD, MI, ME, CA

Maine Greens Convergence - Overgrow the SystemState Green Parties in New York, New Mexico, Hawai’i, Maryland, Michigan, Maine, and California are holding meetings in coming weeks to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, we hope you will attend.

The Green Party of New York State convention will be held in Troy on May 17th. More information is available here on the party’s website.

The Green Party of New Mexico is also holding its state convention on May 17th. Click here for more information. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kansas City conference on building Green parties in KS, MO, AR, IA, NE with Jill Stein

Jill_Stein_432From Green Party US:

Transforming Politics On The Prairie: Building The Green Party In The Midwest

The Greens of Kansas City and the Progressive Party of Missouri invite you to a five-state Green Organizing Meeting

A conference for Greens in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska  - JUNE 13-15, 2014

Keynote speaker, Jill Stein

Never in the history of our country has there been a greater need for a new, vibrant party. With 60% of the people saying “We need a third party,” our holistic message and strong moral foundation put us in a unique position to accept the challenge. The Greens are leading the way in many parts of the country, and this meeting is intended to bring multi-state leadership together, to confer and develop plans for rejuvenating our Green Parties in the Prairie States. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Party conventions, broadcasts Sat. 5/3 in CT, ME, NJ, SC

green party earthflowerOn Saturday, May 3rd, the Green Party US livestream channel will feature the New Jersey Green Party‘s state convention, as well as 30th anniversary celebration of the Maine Green Independent Party. The Connecticut Green Party and South Carolina Green Party also hold their state conventions on May 3rd. From Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party TV will air special events planned by two state Green Parties on Saturday, May 3 on the party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Read the rest of this entry »

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Maine Democrats Target Asher Platts, Move to Kick the Punk Patriot off the Ballot

Portland-Green Party Senate Candidate Asher Platts is calling legal shenanigans over the fact that Democratic Party Staffers are trying to block his run for Portland State Senate District 27. On Monday, Platts, who also happens to be the Chair of the Maine Green Independent Party, received notice from the Secretary of State’s office that Democratic Legislative Aide, and Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Staffer Anya Trundy, represented by the law firm of Bernstein Shurr, had challenged primary nomination signatures that Platts turned in to qualify as a Green candidate for the June primary ballot in that district.

 

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

I once worked in the Democratic Party, for candidates like Dennis Kucinich. I left the Democratic Party because I saw disgusting skullduggery like this all the time. They’re so afraid they’ll lose if voters hear from young working class candidates with real world experience and proven, real-world policy solutions, that they are willing to use their lawyers to deny voter choice by keeping folks like me off the ballot”,  said Platts. “I was attracted to the Green Party because they have long advocated for more democracy, more citizen participation, and more choices at the ballot box– not limiting choice for voters, like I have seen the Democratic Party do using legal maneuvering, over and over.”

As a first time candidate in 2012, Platts garnered nearly 30% of the vote against Justin Alfond, the incumbent President of the Senate. Green’s have been improving their numbers with each successive run for the Senate District 27 seat. Platts’s impressive 2012 electoral showing was 5% more than that of the previous Green candidate Bill Linnell.

 “This is a sure sign of fear by the establishment”, said John Eder, Platts’s Campaign Coordinator. “They see us making steady electoral gains in the district of the type that lead up to my victory in 2002”, said Eder who represented Portland’s West End in the Maine Legislature as the nations highest elected Green. “I feel for the guy, I’ve been in Asher’s position before”, Eder continued, “they’re using dirty legal tricks against Asher like they used the redistricting process to try to get rid of me. That backfired on them then and this will backfire on them now. Voters don’t appreciate this type of thing, it just looks real ugly.”

Platts, known to fans of his podcast as the Punk Patriot, is working on finding a lawyer to represent him  pro bono at the Challenge Hearing in Augusta to be held Monday. Mach 21st . “They’re trying to throw road blocks in my path by disrupting my work week, disrupting my collection of Clean Elections Fund donations, and forcing a low income person like me to retain a lawyer on short notice”, said Platts. “I’m not daunted. Since becoming an activist outside the two party system, I’ve always had to work 10 times harder to challenge the entrenched power structures, and I’m not backing down now.”

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Upcoming Green Party conventions in Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon

The Green Parties of Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon are holding 2014 state conventions in the coming weeks. Details:green party earthflower

From the Illinois Green Party:

The ILGP will hold its state membership meeting this coming Saturday, March 15, at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway Homewood, IL, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the meeting ILGP members will help make a final decision about running a slate of candidates for statewide offices (governor, U.S. Senator, etc.) in 2014, as well as prepare for our petition drives, which start later in the month. We will also be holding elections for state party offices (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and four Vice Chairs) and GPUS representatives. The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration is required; Optional RSVP available on Facebook. Complete meeting information, as well as information about the Friday night social and Saturday night fundraising dinner, can be found at ILGP.org/meeting.

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Upcoming state Green Party meetings for Spring 2014

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

With elections coming this November, many state Green Parties are holding meetings to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, mark it on your calendar!

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is meeting in State College on Saturday, March 1st. Click here for details.

Also on March 1st, the Green Party of Tennessee will hold its statewide meeting in Nashville.

The Green Party of Texas is planning its next state meeting for April 11-13 in Travis County, TX. Details are available on the party’s Facebook page here.

The Green Party of Wisconsin is meeting in Madison on Saturday, April 12th. Click here for details.

On May 3rd, Maine Greens are holding an anniversary dinner in Augusta to celebrate the founding of the state party. Click here for more information.

And don’t forget, the Green Party of the United States is holding its Annual National Meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota this July 24th-27th. Hundreds of Greens will be there. We hope to see you!

Click here to purchase registration, food, and lodging for our Annual National Meeting.

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Opposition News website features article on California Greens approaching 30.

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In an article Opposition News, writes of the California Green Party as it approaches it’s 30th anniversary. The article goes into some detail about the founding of the Green Party as well as individual Green Party races and causes, such as opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Louisiana Green Party to hold state convention with Jill Stein Jan. 25, 2014

From the Louisiana Green Party:

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Green Party of Louisiana 2014 State Convention

Saturday, January 25, 2014
2372 St Claude Ave (Room #250), New Orleans, LA 70117 (Map)

Sixty percent of Americans now say that a third party is needed to represent them.  For progressives, the Green Party is the clear choice for environmental justice, social equity, peace, and true democracy.  Greens from across Louisiana are holding a statewide convention on January 25th in New Orleans.  The keynote speaker is 2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein.  The event is open to all registered Greens in Louisiana and will include issue-based discussions, workshops on running for office, and election of statewide officers.

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Illinois Greens file for 2014 primary

NancyWadeFrom the Illinois Green Party:

Earlier this month, several Green Party candidates* successfully filed for office and will be on the ballot in the March 18, 2014, primary, including:
  • Nancy Wade, U.S. Congress, U.S. Congress, 5th District (NW Chicago & Cook, NE DuPage)
  • Paula Bradshaw, U.S. Congress, 12th District (Metro East/Carbondale)
  • George Milkowski, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Karen Roothaan, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Michael Smith, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
In addition, there are a number of candidates in Cook County and Downstate for precinct/township committeeperson. While these races are unopposed, you can show your support for the Green Party by asking for a Green Party ballot in the March 18, 2014, Illinois Primary (if there is no Green Party ballot available in your area, you can ask for a nonpartisan ballot).  Read the rest of this entry »

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Texas Green Party fields over 50 candidates for 2014

p kenneth kendrickFrom the Texas Green Party:

The Texas Green Party has recruited more than 50 candidates for state and local office across Texas to occupy the ballot in 2014. This is historically the largest number of Green Party candidates that will appear on the ballot in Texas.

“We are very excited to be running so many principled progressive candidates throughout the state,” said David Wager, co-chair of the Texas Green Party.

“Our goal is to provide a progressive alternative to the other two parties in Texas and offer voters more voices and more choices than they might otherwise have on the ballot,” Wager said.

The most widely known candidate is food safety advocate and whistleblower Kenneth Kendrick of Wilson, who is running for Agriculture Commissioner. Read the rest of this entry »

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California Green Party announces 2014 statewide endorsements

p luis rodriguezFrom Napa Valley Patch:

On the heels of a record number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year (20), the Green Party of California (GPCA) announces its official endorsements for the June 2014 primary: Luis Rodriguez, Governor; Laura Wells, Controller; Ellen Brown, Treasurer; and David Curtis, Secretary of State.

In 2012, the L.A. Weekly named Luis Rodriguez one of the 60 most fascinating people in Los Angeles, citing his history of art, activism and ‘fighting his way through the mean streets of East L.A.”

Rodriguez visited Napa in October to seek local support.

“This campaign is an imaginal poetic journey,” said Rodriguez in a speech to the GPCA’s recent state meeting in Santa Rosa. “But we also aim to win.”

“Winning is addressing poverty, justice and the environment,” Rodriguez told GPCA delegates. “Solutions come from aligning resources to meet human needs, by providing livable and meaningful work or income, healthy and clean communities and free quality health care for all. We must also address the massive inequities of the criminal justice system, and ensure arts, culture and expression outlets in every neighborhood.”

Also solution-oriented, Laura Wells and Ellen Brown advocate “banking in the public interest”, to address the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis and infrastructure funding shortfalls, by establishing a publicly-owned state bank for CaliforniaRead the rest of this entry »

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Illinois Green Party news: Oct. membership meeting, fracking, 2014 candidates, and more

IL green party logoFrom the Illinois Green Party:

State Membership Meeting, October 19
The next Illinois Green Party state membership meeting will take place on Saturday, October 19, in U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
All current members, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Green Party or its candidates, are invited and encouraged to attend. The membership is the highest decision-making body of the Illinois Green Party, and this is your chance to help strategize and set the direction for 2014 and beyond.
The meeting will feature a noontime public forum on “Fracking: Not in Labor’s Interest”. The event, co-hosted by the ILGP and the Illinois Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking, is part of Global Frackdown 2, an international day of action against fracking. Read the rest of this entry »

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