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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%.

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Harris, Wallace win contested Green primaries in Maryland

harrisJoshua Harris has won the contested Green Party primary for Baltimore mayor, and Nancy Wallace has won the contested primary for the Green nomination in Maryland’s Eighth U.S. House District.

Though the Maryland Green Party is ballot-qualified, the state of Maryland only sponsors Democratic and Republican primaries, so the state, county, and city Greens held by-mail balloting throughout April and in-person voting on April 30. Harris defeated David Marriott and Emanuel McCray; vote totals have yet to be released. In the Eighth District, Wallace received 45 votes, Elizabeth Croydon six, and Charles “Teddy” Galloway III four.

While the U.S. Senate and other U.S. House primaries were not contested, voters had the option of selecting “None of the Above” or saying no candidate should be run. Margaret Flowers won the U.S. Senate nomination. Other U.S. House candidates are Nnabu Eze (Third District), Kamesha Clark (Fourth District), George Gluck (Sixth District), and Myles Hoenig (Seventh District).

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Kreml wins majority of South Carolina delegates to Green convention

kremlGreen Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml won the majority of South Carolina’s delegates to the Green Party presidential nominating convention at the state convention in Columbia Saturday. Kreml won five delegates, while Jill Stein won three.

Kreml is professor emiritus of political science at the University of South Carolina, and challenged incumbent Democrat Ernest Hollings in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in the state in 1980, taking 8.2% of the vote in a three-way race. Kreml also ran protest campaigns in the Democratic presidential primaries in South Carolina in 1992 and 2000.

Of the 14 reported state results so far, this is the first Green contest not won by Jill Stein. Stein leads the nomination race with a total of 91 delegates, followed by Kreml at 11, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry five, Kent Mesplay four, and Darryl Cherney two. Kreml and Stein are currently the only two candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States. There are 14 candidates seeking the nomination in some capacity.

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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.”