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Who’s really spoiling the Massachusetts gubernatorial race?

Shirley Kressel of the South End News has written an excellent op-ed piece tackling critics of Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein, which is worth reading in full:

Have you been hearing that Green-Rainbow gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein could “spoil” the election for Democrat candidate Deval Patrick? That progressives must vote for Patrick, even if he’s been a disappointment, to keep Republican Charlie Baker from winning? This is the perennial campaign strategy of the two big establishment parties: getting us to vote our fears instead of our hopes. But are the differences between these two big-party front-runners important enough to give up a chance to vote for a third-party candidate with the values we want? Continue Reading

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Jill Stein news: Instant runoff voting, people-powered politics, and more

Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein has been in the news recently. The Boston Herald published a profile on Oct. 2nd entitled “Stein says she knows how to help ‘ordinary people'”:

As a physician, Jill Stein says she grew tired of prescribing pills for people who could not afford them, so she left her clinical practice and decided to go into medical research and policy work to help improve the nation’s health care system.

Now, the 60-year-old says she is sick of politicians who promote solutions, such as business tax incentive programs, that only benefit the wealthy. She says the focus of state government on corporate elites — instead of the working class — is what has motivated her to mount her second run for governor of Massachusetts as a Green-Rainbow candidate.

MassLive.com published an article on Oct. 1 entitled “Jill Stein, Green-Rainbow candidate for governor, says Tim Cahill’s departures make the case for instant runoff voting”: Continue Reading

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Jill Stein: Exclusionary gubernatorial debate was disservice to voters

From Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein:

Following today’s gubernatorial debate on WRKO,  gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein  noted that “In this debate, Tim Cahill, Charlie Baker, and Deval Patrick cozied up with the disgraced former House Speaker Tom Finneran to give the voters of the Commonwealth a very narrow vision of the state’s future.  The failing policies of the Beacon Hill machines were endorsed as great ideas and real solutions were kept off the table.  We’re going to work hard to break up this tedious deception and let the voters hear a real alternative to business as usual in Massachusetts.”

The debate was hosted by Finneran and included only three of the four gubernatorial candidates.  The Green-Rainbow Party candidate, Stein, was excluded from the debate, whose producers declined to return numerous phone calls from the campaign requesting that Stein be allowed to participate.

After noting that the three candidates invited by Finneran found themselves agreeing on issue after issue, Stein offered the following critique of the debate: Continue Reading

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Valley Advocate: Patrick goofs, Stein scores

The Valley Advocate’s Stephanie Kraft has an article about Jill Stein, the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party candidate for governor:

It was news late in May when Gov. Deval Patrick tried to cap off a gushing scandal about patronage in hiring at the Massachusetts Probation Department by calling the department, headed by John O’Brien, a “rogue agency.” It sounded tough, it sounded true—but it took Green gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein, the soft-spoken Harvard-trained doctor from Lexington, to expose the slippery level of the governor’s rhetoric.

As Stein recognized immediately, the word “rogue” cut two ways. It made the Probation Department sound bad, but it isolated the agency and made the rest of the state government, by implication, sound pretty good.

That’s a misstatement, to say the least, says Stein.

“Anyone who watches Beacon Hill knows that Commissioner O’Brien’s appointment of Democratic Party friends, family, and political allies to jobs in the Probation Department—and the collection of campaign donations from employees—are routine practices,” Stein told the press last week. “This problem is not limited to one ‘rogue’ agency, or even to the Democratic Party. There are flagrant examples of this practice occurring under Republican administrations. For example, we had patronage appointments and lax oversight at Massport under Governors Weld and Cellucci and the problems Joe Malone faced with employees stealing from the Treasury.”

Read the full article at the Valley Advocate.

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Jill Stein pulls 8% in recent poll of MA governor’s race

A recent poll from Suffolk University shows Massachusetts Green-Rainbow party candidate Jill Stein at 8% in the race for MA governor against 3 better-known and better-funded opponents:

In the poll of registered voters, 42 percent say they would vote for [incumbent governor Deval] Patrick, compared to 29 percent for Baker and 14 percent for independent Tim Cahill. Green Party candidate Jill Stein gets 8 percent, while 7 percent were undecided.  Of the three candidates whose numbers improved since a February 2010 Suffolk University/7News poll, Patrick’s increase of 9 points was higher than Baker’s (+4) and Stein’s (+5).

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Jill Stein releases tax returns, urges rivals in MA governor race to do likewise

From Jill Stein for Governor of Massachusetts:

BOSTON (May 19, 2010) –  Calling it a commitment to transparency, and a show of respect for the voters of the commonwealth, Gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein released her personal tax returns for 2009 to the media.  In doing so, she called upon her rivals in this year’s race for governor to follow her lead.  Stein released the following statement:

“On November 2nd, voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will make important choices about the people they want to govern our state for the next four years. As candidates, we owe it to the people to give them as much information as possible to help them make an informed choice. That means developing well-articulated policies, offering honest answers to difficult questions,  and participating in debates and community forums. This should also include the release of key financial information, such as tax returns. This is the sort of transparency that I think the voters want from the person who will be their next Governor.” Continue Reading

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Jill Stein: Investigate the big fish first

Jill Stein, the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party candidate for governor, released the following statement yesterday:

BOSTON (May 5, 2010) – Today Green-Rainbow gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein rejected the suggestion of Republican Charlie Baker who was quoted yesterday as saying that state assistance in housing and legal defense could be withdrawn from state residents on the basis of “lifestyle” investigations into whether they were sufficiently poor to need help.

“If we’re going to start investigating lifestyles, let’s start by first investigating the lifestyles of Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker’s wealthy corporate friends who are pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars in needless taxpayer giveaways.” Stein retorted.

Stein pointed out that Deval Patrick’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council has approved 1399 of 1400 applications for corporate tax breaks, sometimes giving an “incentive” for a facility expansion that was already completed.

“The place to start investigating is at the top, not the bottom” Stein asserted. “In recent years, both Democratic and Republican administrations have wasted billions in poorly justified giveaways to well-connected Beacon Hill players. Charlie Baker wants to get people riled up about some poor person on the bottom rung of the economic ladder who could be squeezed a little harder. That’s just a distraction from the real housecleaning that needs to take place on Beacon Hill”.

Stein noted that her three rivals, Deval Patrick, Charlie Baker, and Tim Cahill, have already raised millions of dollars from the very corporate interests that have been the beneficiaries of sweetheart deals with little public benefit. “It’s clear from the money they have already taken that there is little chance that any of them will have the stomach for the reforms that are needed to get this waste under control. It’s going to take a real outsider administration to start the needed clean-up. That’s why our campaign is refusing money from the corporate lobbyists – so we will have a free hand to decide which programs make sense and which need to be eliminated.”

Stein noted that the Green-Rainbow Party’s candidate for State Auditor, Nat Fortune, has promised to use that office to conduct a thorough review of whether taxpayers are getting their money’s worth in various state programs. “Nat says we have to forget all the political deals that led to these programs being set up, and just evaluate them on their merits, letting the chips fall where they may. I’m looking forward to working with Nat on this, because the potential cost savings for taxpayers will be enormous.”