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Pacific Green Party says Oregon secretary of state shows partisan bias

PacificGreenLogoOregon’s Eugene Register-Guard reports that the Pacific Green Party and three other parties “have joined together to slam the Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, a longtime Democrat, alleging bias and lack of transparency in a recent notice Atkins’ agency sent to non-affiliated Oregon voters about party registration.”

Pacific Green Party representative Alan Zundel said, “This is another example of how the system is stacked against third parties, whether intentional or not. The notice prominently displayed how to register with a major party while registering with a minor party was left to a small, general aside at the bottom of the page.”

The Constitution Party, Independent Party, and Progressive Party joined in the protest.

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Colorado newspaper profiles Green Senate nominee Menconi

menconiThe Colorado Independent profiles Colorado Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Arn Menconi, “a social justice activist from Carbondale who served two terms on the Eagle County Commission” who, the Independent says, is targeting incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet “from the left.”

Menconi is “the founder of SOS Outreach — think Outward Bound, but with skiing and snowboarding — and the author of an audiobook titled ‘Lied to Death,’ in which in he interviewed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. He’s been politically active in Colorado for years” and became a Green this year. He “says he wants to represent ‘the 99 percent.’ He believes Bennet is out of touch with Coloradans.”

Menconi said, “We’re run by a global corporate mafia. Everyone who I’m talking to believes that we’re run by an oligarchy.”

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Green Party of New York: “Open” primaries are not the answer

gpnys_logoOn Monday, the day before competitive Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in New York, the Green Party of New York said, “We are not surprised by reports of would-be voters in tomorrow’s presidential primary discovering that they do not, in fact, belong to the party to which they registered. Many of our members experienced similar frustrations when attempting to register Green. But the solution to this and other threats to democracy in New York is not so-called ‘open’ primaries, as proposed in a newly-announced lawsuit, but comprehensive voting reforms to support multiparty democracy and a board of elections that operates free from partisan control.”

The GPNY said, “‘Open’ primaries funnel unaffiliated voters into the corrupt, undemocratic duopoly parties instead of building the grassroots parties we so desperately need,” and “only serve the short-term interests of unaffiliated voters at the expense of party members who spend time and energy building a fighting organization with a coherent platform and agenda.”

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Wisconsin Greens hold spring meeting, hear from presidential candidates

wisconsinMadison, Wisconsin’s WKOW-TV reports on its website that the Wisconsin Green Party held its spring meeting on Saturday and “eard from the five candidates running for the Green Party’s nomination for president. Members say this could be a breakout year for the party.”

Green Party activist Dave Schwab said, “This is the best year we’ve ever seen. People are more receptive than ever. If you look at polls they reveal numbers of Americans are disenchanted with the two party system.”

WKOW lists the five candidates and says the nominee “will be chosen at the Green Party’s national convention, which is coming up in August in Houston, Texas.”

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Colorado Green U.S. Senate candidate Menconi introduces himself to voters

menconiColorado Green Party U.S. Senate nominee Arn Menconi published a letter in several Colorado newspapers introducing himself to voters and outlining his campaign agenda.

Menconi wrote in part, “I will fight to end the military industrial dominance of our government with its greed and killings, end our dependence on fossil fuels by 2050, providing single payer health care for all as a right not as a privilege, and break up the Big Banks and power of Wall Street that has been stealing resources from our children and grandchildren. … Our world is not for sale. Our country will not be the biggest terrorist. Our judicial system will not lock up the whistleblower and communities of color while politicians commit war crimes and CEO’s fraud. They will no longer walk free while we become slaves.”

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New York Green State Senate nominee Hirsh debates rivals

hirshLaurence Hirsh, the Green Party nominee for the April 19 special election for New York’s Ninth State Senate District, debated Democrat Todd Kaminsky and Republican Christopher McGrath on cable television’s News 12 Long Island on Thursday evening.

According to Newsday, Hirsh “criticized a State Board of Elections policy allowing Democrats and Republicans to run on minor party lines and urged public campaign financing of elections. ‘New Yorkers deserve a drastic change from the business as usual politics of the state,’ Hirsh said.” He also “said he opposes Common Core and ‘the privatization of education in any form.'”

The Long Island Herald interviews Hirsh about his campaign, highlighting his call for a state tax on Wall Street. Hirsh told the Herald, “A one percent tax on all Wall Street derivatives trading that should net about $16 billion per year. Reduce the state portion of sales tax from four percent to one percent. The money from the Wall Street tax should make up for that lost revenue. The money could also pay for infrastructure improvements and unfunded mandates.”

The CBS New York website also reports on the campaign, but fails to mention Hirsh and in fact says there are just “two candidates” in the race.

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Ex-Michigan Green U.S. Senate nominee gets four days in jail for parole violations related to pipeline protest

wahmhoffChris Wahmhoff, the 2014 Green Party nominee for U.S. Senate in Michigan, was sentenced Monday to four days in jail for parole violations related to his 2013 activism against a new oil pipeline.

According to the Associated Press, Wahmhoff pleaded guilty to parole violations related to his 2014 conviction for “resisting police and trespassing,” at which time he was “given a two-month suspended jail sentence. In June 2013, the Kalamazoo man spent about 10 hours inside an open pipe in Fredonia Township. The pipeline was under construction for Enbridge Inc. The company’s ruptured line spilled oil and fouled the Kalamazoo River system in 2010.”

Wahmhoff received 26,137 votes, or 0.9% of the total, in his Senate run.

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Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Flowers calls for tax justice

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is calling for congressional action “to enforce tax justice and stop the hiding of trillions of dollars of individual and corporate wealth in ‘offshore’ accounts in the more than 90 countries and US states such as Delaware, Nevada and Wyoming that serve as tax havens,” according to a release from her campaign.

Flowers said, “As we are re-discovering in the recently-released Panama Papers, which give us a pinhole look into the world of wealth-hiding. Communities, cities and entire nations do not have the tax base they need to provide basic services because trillions in taxable income is being hidden. If this money were kept in country and taxed, many nations would be debt-free. In the US, this wealth could fund improvements to schools and infrastructure or investment in the green energy economy in a way that creates high quality jobs and yearly dividends to the public.”

The Baltimore Post-Examiner runs a feature on the Flowers campaign, writing, “A revolutionized economy that’s fueled entirely by renewable energy, established far faster than either major party is proposing. Universal — truly universal — health care in a system that takes decisions out of the hands of insurance companies. A foreign policy that’s more dovish and acknowledging of the Palestinians’ plight. Those are just a few of her proposals as she seeks the Green Party nod for November.”