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Who will the Maine Greens endorse for Governor?

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on October 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From the Maine Green Independent Party:

The Maine Green Independent Party’s steering committee voted in 2013 not to field a candidate for Governor so that we could focus our time, resources and energy on recruiting and supporting the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We respect the individual opinions of our membership and your ability to make up your own mind about the race for governor. 

Rather than ask you to spend your time, resources, and energy outside of the Green Party, we’re asking you to focus your time, resources, and energy on electing the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We hope that you will join us in supporting our candidates for state legislature. read more »

South Carolina Green legislative nominee gets TV coverage

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on October 23rd, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – Be the first to comment

As reported yesterday here at Green Party Watch, Sue Edward no longer faces a Republican nominee as that candidate, Bobby Harrell, has admitted guilt in a case involving official corruption.

WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, covered the race. As the reporter says in the piece, the Republican Party is now trying to find a way to avoid the consequences of nominating a criminal by demanding a special election instead of honoring the results of the election already scheduled. WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather

West Virginia Mountain Party nominates 2014 candidates

Posted in State Party News on August 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

green party earthflowerOpposition News has a detailed report on the West Virginia Mountain Party’s recent convention, including information about candidates endorsed in 2014 elections, newly elected party officers, and issue campaigns. From the article:

Sutton, WV. (ONN) The Mountain Party of West Virginia, the local affiliate of the national Green Party, just held its bi-annual State Convention. The party’s Executive Committee unanimously voted in new party leadership while approving a large slate of candidates for the upcoming November General Election. With West Virginia’s recent poisoning of its drinking water due to industrial contamination, watch for the Mountain Party Greens to score some surprise victories this year. read more »

Minnesota Green Party aims for resurgence

Posted in State Party News on August 11th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p Andy DawkinsThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a front-page article during the 2014 Green Party US annual national meeting in St. Paul, covering the convention and the Minnesota Green Party’s current campaigns. From the article:

On the ballot is Andy Dawkins, a former DFL state representative, who is running for attorney general against three other candidates, including DFL incumbent Lori Swanson. He is the only Green Party candidate for statewide office — and the Greens’ best chance to claw itself back to relevancy.

Green Party leaders tapped Dawkins to run because as a longtime member of the Minnesota House representing St. Paul, he may be able to get enough votes to win back major party status. read more »

Summers, Illinois Greens Sue State Over Election Rules

Posted in Ballot Access, Press Release, State Party News on July 17th, 2014 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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

Posted in State Party News on July 10th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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 more »

Democrats Try to Kick Green Off Ballot in Wisconsin

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on June 9th, 2014 by admin – 5 Comments

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.

 

 

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

Posted in State Party News on May 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

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 more »

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

Posted in State Party News on May 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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 more »

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

Posted in State Party News on May 2nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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 more »

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

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on March 26th, 2014 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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.”

Upcoming Green Party conventions in Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon

Posted in State Party News on March 14th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

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.

From the Colorado Green Party: read more »

Upcoming state Green Party meetings for Spring 2014

Posted in State Party News on February 24th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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.

Opposition News website features article on California Greens approaching 30.

Posted in General, State Party News on January 29th, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

Laura Wells

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.

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

Posted in State Party News on January 14th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

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.