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Howie Hawkins launches Green Party campaign for New York Governor

April 9, 2014 in State Wide Elections

From Howie Hawkins for NY Governor:

The week of April 8, Howie is officially kicking of his campaign with events across New York State. Please join us and please spread the word to your friends and political allies! 

p howie hawkins supporters syracuseSyracuse – Tuesday April 8, 5:30 pm
New York City – Saturday, April 12, 7 pm
New York City - Sunday, April 13 Press Conference

Stand with Howie next week and show your support for a political vision that prioritizes the needs of people and planet and economic justice and fairness. Cuomo relies upon the 1% to fund his campaigns. Howie is relying on you to help build the movement we need for radical social change.

The Albany Times Union reported on Hawkins’ announcement Wednesday morning:

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has a message for members of the Working Families Party who are contemplating a genuine left-flank challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Think about endorsing him.

“I think they should run against Cuomo,” Hawkins said of the WFP during a Wednesday press conference. “I think they should nominate me.” Read the rest of this entry →

PA Green Party nominates Glover for Governor, candidates for US House, State Senate

March 4, 2014 in Congressional Campaigns, State Wide Elections

From PoliticsPA:

p paul gloverThe Green Party of Pennsylvania made their official nominations last weekend for Governor, PA-12 and State Senate District 20.

At the top of their ticket is Paul Glover for governor, a social entrepreneur from Ithaca.

Glover is founder of more than a dozen organizations and campaigns, including Ithaca HOURS local currency, the Philadelphia Orchard Project, and Citizen Planners of Los Angeles.  He is author of six books on community economic development, and taught urban studies at Temple University.  In 1978 he walked 400 miles across Pennsylvania, from the Delaware Water Gap to its southwest corner.

In a speech to convention-goers, Glover said “I have agreed to stand as the Green Party’s candidate for governor of Pennsylvania so that voters have the opportunity to select a governor who would ban fracking; shift subsidies from nuclear to solar, and from roadbuilding to rail, and from prisons to public schools.”

Glover declared that he would “create 500,000 green collar jobs, promote progressive taxation, clamp down on commercial bank excesses, legalize marijuana and free its prisoners, protect forests and small farms.”

Getting on the ballot as a third party candidate in Pennsylvania is an uphill battle.

Republican and Democratic candidates only need 1,000 or 2,000 signatures to get their candidates on the statewide ballot, Glover’s campaign would need about 16,639 signatures.

The higher requirement comes from a state law that requires third party candidates obtain a number of signatures that is equal to 2 percent of the total votes received by the most popular candidate for statewide office in the previous general election. This is because third parties don’t have primaries in Pennsylvania.

Glover isn’t the only third-party candidate trying to get on the ballot in 2014,Libertarian Ken Krawchuck announced his intent to run for governor last month.

The higher threshold of signatures will also pertain to the Green Party’s other nominations including Tom Prigg from McCandless to run against Rep. Keith Rothfus in the race for U.S. House of Representatives, 12th District.

Prigg is a former 82nd Airborne paratrooper and neuroscientist, recently turned journalist to report stories on our government and the economy.

“It was the frustration of only observing and reporting that incited me on to run for Congress,” said Prigg. “I couldn’t sit back anymore and wait for someone else to come up with a plan for the future.”

Jay Sweeney, from Falls Township, Wyoming County and current Green Party chairman, will attempt to run in the 20th Senatorial District of the General Assembly, represented by Lisa Baker since 2007.

“We’re very excited about the upcoming campaign season,” said Sweeney.  “We are pleased to offer a choice of candidates who are opposed to the direction the Commonwealth and the Country are taking.  We are especially proud to offer candidates who oppose the hydrofracking process and the industrialization of our forests with which voters are increasingly expressing their displeasure.”

Ohio Greens aim to get on November ballot via write-in primary campaign

February 25, 2014 in State Wide Elections

p anita riosFrom the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Two Libertarian Party candidates, including the party’s chairman, and a team from the Green Party have qualified as write-in candidates for the statewide primary election with the hope of reaching the November ballot.

The Green Party’s Anita Rios and Bob Fitrakis filed as write-ins for the gubernatorial race. Rios is the candidate for governor, while Fitrakis is her lieutenant governor running mate. Rios, of Toledo, previously has run for local offices in that city and for U.S. Senate in 2012. Fitrakis, from Columbus, ran as a Green Party candidate for governor in 2006 and for Congress in 2012…

These candidates will have to reach a 500 vote threshold to qualify for the November ballot, said Matt McClellan, Husted’s press secretary.

Green CA Governor candidate collecting signatures to fight new rules to keep minor parties off the ballot

February 18, 2014 in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections

p luis rodriguez speechFrom the California Green Party:

What: Signature drive to overcome new election rules designed to keep traditionally qualified parties like the Greens  and others off the ballot
Who: Luis Rodriguez, Green Party endorsed candidate for governor, is collecting signatures to ensure being on the June 2014 ballot. 
Where: Hollywood, in front of  the Farm Fresh Ranch Market, 5520 Sunset Blvd.
When: Wednesday, February 19, 1pm-2pm
In the face of an almost seven-fold increase in the number of signatures to be on the ballot because of the Top Two, Green-endorsed candidate for Governor Luis J. Rodriguez will be signature gathering Wednesday afternoon in Hollywood, in front of  the Farm Fresh Ranch Market at 1pm.
Under California’s new Top Two law, statewide candidates from the minor parties  must collect 10,000 signatures to get their candidates on the ballot or pay the fee, which ranges from $2,600 to $3,500 per office.  The old signature threshold was just 150 signatures from party members. The signature deadline is Thursday, February 20th.
“Although we have risen to this challenge with dozens of unpaid, mostly young volunteer petition circulators, we regard the 10,000-signature requirement to be an undemocratic impediment to the ballot.,” says Rodriguez, who is waging a grassroots campaign on issues of ending poverty and the schools-to-prison pipeline. “The Top Two favors moneyed interests at the expense of diverse voices, that have every right to be heard. We call upon the legislature to amend this law in favor of more fair ballot access for the people of California.” Read the rest of this entry →

Chicano activist Luis Rodriguez talks about his Green campaign for CA Governor

February 17, 2014 in State Wide Elections

p luis rodriguezVOXXI.com and Bay Area Indymedia have both published interviews with Luis Rodriguez, well-known Chicano author and activist and California Green Party candidate for Governor.

The California Greens still need volunteer help to put Rodriguez and the other CA Green candidates for statewide office on the ballot. Click here to find out how you can help.

From VOXXI:

Luis J. Rodriguez is an ambitious man, to say the least. Come November of this year, he hopes to turn the blue state of California green as well as completely reform the state’s prison, health, and education systems as the Green Party of California’s gubernatorial candidate.

“I’m running to demand an end to poverty, an end to our poisoned environment, an end to poor schools and a bloated prison industry,” he explained via email as he traveled the state. It’s a tall, practically impossible order, but one he feels destined for.

“I’ve been riding a thread that has been with me since birth, born on the border of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,” he continued. “That thread has to do with injustice, poverty, and being locked out of the decision-making processes in this country. I’m committed to changing this for everyone.” Read the rest of this entry →

California Greens vie for June primary spots

February 12, 2014 in State Wide Elections

p ellen brownFrom Neon Tommy, the online publication of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:

Though California’s June primary is still nearly four months away, candidates are scrambling to collect thousands more voter signatures than previously required.

A record-high 42 percent of Americans self-identified as political independents in 2013, the highest percentage in 25 years, according to a Gallup poll. The Green Party of California (GPCA) is looking to not only laurawells2increase its numbers in office, but also boost its visibility in a heavily Democratic and Republican political landscape.

Ellen Brown, GPCA candidate for treasurer, said that Americans — and specifically Californians — are increasingly open to third-party politics outside the realm of traditional Republican and Democratic platforms.

“It’s a good time to be running because there’s definitely more public support for independents,” Brown said. “People are so disillusioned with the two main parties, they don’t seem that different anymore and you can’t trust them to do what they said. The wave of the future will be politicians who will be independent of big money.” Read the rest of this entry →

Howie Hawkins protests Cuomo’s budget, proposes progressive taxes for NYS

February 11, 2014 in State Wide Elections

Syracuse.com reports oHowie Hawkinsn a protest by union members including Howie Hawkins, who recently declared his campaign for Governor of New York:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – About 15 people from local unions and the Green Party protested in Syracuse today against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $142.1 billion budget, which they said includes too many tax cuts for businesses and puts government services at risk. Read the rest of this entry →

Howie Hawkins seeks 2014 Green nomination for New York Governor

January 27, 2014 in State Wide Elections

p howie hawkinsFrom HowieHawkins.org:

Watch Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin interview with Howie on his campaign.

Governor Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address outlining his priorities for the coming legislative session. We heard more of the same from Governor 1%: Talk Left, Walk Right. Cuomo touted prosperity while practicing austerity.

Cuomo says he’s providing tax relief for the middle class but his “reforms” will soak the working class by forcing local governments and school districts to make deep cuts. His tax reforms will push dozens of local governments toward insolvency and anti-democratic state takeovers by Financial and Educational Control Boards, like Detroit and Philly.

Read Hawkins’ response to Cuomo’s State of the State on the Green Party NY website.

Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party’s nomination to run for Governor in order to advance the Green Party’s platform for fundamental, structural change: Progressive Taxes and Revenue Sharing to end the fiscal crises of our local governments and schools, Tuition-Free Public Colleges and Universities, Single Payer Health Care, $15 Minimum Wage, Public Banking, Union Co-ops, a Ban on Fracking, a Climate Acton Program scaled up to meet the crisis, and more.

Interview with Paul Glover, potential Green candidate for Pennsylvania governor

January 13, 2014 in State Wide Elections

p paul gloverFrom Philadelphia Weekly:

Pennsylvania’s next governor could ban fracking all together. That governor could enact a more progressive income tax and shift funds from prisons to education; expand solar tax credits and attempt to enact local, community currencies. That governor could be a person who once walked from the United States’ east coast to its west coast to write a book.

Meet Paul Glover. He’s a former Temple professor residing in Northwest Philly who’s interested in jumping into the mix on the Green Party ticket. Already an activist in Philadelphia, he tells me Green Party candidacies are still relevant in Pennsylvania, as a means to introduce new ideas.

I spoke with Glover about some of those plans and what he’d try to do as governor of Pennsylvania if he ever got the chance.

You’re not officially running for governor, yet. Are you going to do it? Read the rest of this entry →

Arkansas Green Party announces 2014 candidates for Governor, US Senate

January 9, 2014 in State Wide Elections

p Josh DrakeFrom UALR public radio:

Both the Libertarian Party of Arkansas and the Green Party have already submitted enough signatures to be on the ballot for the 2014 elections. On Saturday the Green Party announced a candidate for governor and US senate.

Hot Springs attorney Josh Drake is running for governor while Huntsville resident Mark Swaney is running for US senate.

The party’s public relations officer Rebekah Kennedy identified climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and the infringement of civil liberties as key issues in both candidates’ campaigns. Read the rest of this entry →

Texas Green Party fields over 50 candidates for 2014

January 8, 2014 in State Party News

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 →

California Green Party announces 2014 statewide endorsements

January 7, 2014 in State Party News

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 →

Luis Rodriguez announces Green campaign for Governor of California

July 19, 2013 in State Wide Elections

p luis rodriguezLos Angeles author and activist vies for Governor’s office as Green Party candidate

LOS ANGELES, CA – Nationally renowned author Luis J. Rodriguez has announced his intention in running for California Governor under the Green Party in 2014. The Green Party of California will nominate its June 2014 Gubernatorial candidate this November at its bi-annual statewide General Assembly. As a newly registered Green Party member of California and the 2012 Vice-Presidential Nominee for the Justice Party alongside running-mate and former mayor of Salt Lake City Rocky Anderson, Luis’s plan is for a campaign aimed at the wellbeing of all Californians – for meaningful and livable jobs; education/training into the new digitally driven technology; green, clean and healthy neighborhoods for everyone; and peace and safety through restorative, transformative and healing urban peace models.

“I’m for a vision of a new California – one that takes care of all its hard working residents, including those that now find themselves without work and even homes, and that strives for the long-range sustainability that is possible in the wealthiest and most resourceful state in the country,” says Mr. Rodriguez. “I am inviting all progressives, labor leaders, community organizers, and, of course, regular folk – across the political spectrum – to unite around a broad movement for a California worthy of each of us. We need to make sure everyone is included in the immense possibilities inherent in people’s imaginations, in their labor, in the technology, and with respectful relationship to our bountiful earth.” Read the rest of this entry →

Special WV Governor election today with Mountain Party candidate Baber

October 4, 2011 in State Wide Elections

West Virginia is holding a special election for governor today, October 4, and one of the candidates is the Mountain Party’s Bob Henry Baber. The Mountain Party, WV’s Green Party affiliate, has made a name for itself by opposing mountaintop removal mining, which both Democrats and Republicans support and which MP candidates have dubbed “ground zero for global climate change”. WBOY Channel 12 recently interviewed Baber for his thoughts on the election:

“To speak for the common man, woman and child of West Virginia and try to move West Virginia into the 21st century and tell the truth about where we are, running a three-legged race with Mississippi to be the poorest state in the union — and we should be the wealthiest — it can never be a futile effort. You just do what you do and leave it to the voters to decide. Where would the world be without futile efforts?” he said.

“Politics is awful hard to read. I know the people are sick of the negative ads. I feel that I have some wind at my back right now. I think the Mountain Party is going to grow this year.”

Interview with Bob Henry Baber, WV Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate

September 22, 2011 in State Wide Elections

Over at Alternet, Jeff Biggers has published a detailed interview with Bob Henry Baber, the West Virginia Mountain Party’s candidate for governor in an October 4th special election:

In a blatant genuflect to the coal industry’s stranglehold over state politics, the West Virginia Broadcasters Association blocked the participation of popular Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Dr. Bob Henry Baber last week, as it hosted a widely denounced debate between the two climate-change-denying, Big-Coal-bankrolled candidates.

Never has West Virginia seemed more like an embarrassing 19th-century throwback to dirty politics and absentee corporation control over the very heart of democratic elections than in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

Never has Baber’s inspiring and heartfelt campaign platform for a just transition to a sustainable and clean energy economy in ailing coal country seemed more timely — and threatening to the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Read Biggers’ interview with Bob Henry Baber at Alternet.