Hawkins demands debate in NY gov race after rise in polls

p howie hawkinsThe Legislative Gazette in New York reports:

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor, renewed his call for debates after he rose to 7 percent in the latest NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Tuesday.

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Rob Astorino dropped in the recent poll, the first after the Moreland Commission revelations in the new York Times broke on July 23.

“Voters have a right to hear where the candidates stand on the issues. I am facing two conservatives in the major parties who are out of touch with the needs and concerns of most voters. The more the voters hear about where the Green Party stands, the better I continue to do,” said Hawkins.

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Green campaign for Pennsylvania Governor enters final week of petitioning

The Pennsylvania Green Party is in the home stretch of a campaign to gather 17,000 signatures to put Paul Glover for Governor and Wendy Lynne Lee for Lt. Governor on the ballot. Signatures must be submitted by July 25th.

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It would be quite an achievement to get a Green ticket on the top of the ballot in Pennsylvania, which has become notorious in recent years for its anti-democratic and punitive ballot access laws. The state of Pennsylvania is still attempting to collect a fine of over $80,000 from 2006 Green US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli after throwing Romanelli off the ballot, and the state was cited by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (set up by the Helsinki Accords for human rights) for its repression of political rights.

From the Glover for Governor campaign:

The Green Party is required to gather 17,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while Democrats and Republicans needed 2,000 signatures. Read the rest of this entry »

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MSNBC covers Hawkins campaign for NY Gov: “I can win this”

p howie hawkinsMSNBC recently covered Howie Hawkins’ campaign for NY Governor – here’s an excerpt from the article:

New Yorkers are hungry for an alternative to Cuomo, says Hawkins, who points to an April 2014 poll in which a generic nominee from the left-leaning Working Families Party (WFP) commanded 24% to Cuomo’s 39%.

“I think we’re the ticket that 24% is looking for,” Hawkins told msnbc. “They just haven’t found us yet. When they find us, we’ve got a real race.” Read the rest of this entry »

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California Green Party June 2014 primary election results

p luis rodriguezOn June 3rd, California held its Top Two primary for statewide and legislative offices, as well as local elections in many communities. Here are results for California Green Party candidates:

  • Gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez earned 46,181 votes for 1.5%, the top vote-getter outside the Democratic and Republican parties.
  • Jena Goodman got 70,663 votes (2.3%) for Lt. Governor – again, the top vote-getter outside the establishment parties.
  • David Curtis got 87,311 votes (3.0%) for Secretary of State.
  • Laura Wells earned 167,501 votes (5.6%) for Comptroller.
  • Ellen Brown got 194,987 votes (6.5%) for Treasurer.
  • Barry Hermanson got 4,435 votes (5.5%) for US House District 12 against incumbent Nancy Pelosi.
  • Michael Powelson got 1,800 votes (3.3%) for US House District 30.
  • Michael Sachs got 552 votes (0.7%) for US House District 33 (finishing 12th in a field of 18 candidates).
  • Dan Hamburg was re-elected to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

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Hawkins campaign responds to NY Working Families Party’s Cuomo endorsement

From Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones, Green Party candidates for New York Governor and Lt. Gov:

This weekend was a turning point. It’s never been clearer that the ONLY gubernatorial candidate who actually stands with working families throughout New York is Howie Hawkins. 

At the heart of our campaign is the struggle to defend and improve public education. Cuomo has made it clear that he supports the corporate privatization of our schools. That’s why Howie Hawkins asked Brian Jones, a long-time public school teacher and activist to be his running mate. As Howie said to a standing-room only crowd in New York City this weekend, “We don’t hesitate to challenge Cuomo, we’re ready for this fight.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Truthout interviews Luis Rodriguez, Green for California Governor

p luis rodriguezTruthout has published an interview with Luis J. Rodriguez, the best-selling author, Chicano activist, and California Green Party candidate for Governor. California’s Top Two primary is on Tuesday, June 3rd. From the interview:

People with your kind of progressive and radical politics are normally very cynical about electoral politics. They see electoral politics as inherently corrupt and believe building and supporting social movements are more effective at achieving progressive change. You seem to recognize the system’s inherent corruption. So why run for governor at all? 

I intend to extend the conversation about what is democracy. When it takes millions of dollars to even “play” (if you’re not paying for ads and airtime, many media outlets won’t include you), this is not democracy. When only two corporate parties dominate, this is not democracy. When politicians make deals – and often tear up the social contract to serve the people – this is not democracy. I know why we have low voter turnouts: Voting has become meaningless.

Nonetheless, we cannot abandon the electoral process to the rich and powerful. A war is fought on many fronts – not just the newest proclaimed “cool” action. We need them all. Don’t give up one quarter of political or cultural space.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview with Paul Glover, Green candidate for PA Governor

p paul glover 2Newsworks recently published an interview with Paul Glover, the Pennsylvania Green Party’s candidate for Governor. From the Newsworks interview:

NW: Say I randomly met you out on Germantown Avenue and you have one minute to convince me to vote for you over the established major-party candidates, what’s your pitch?

PG: “When conservatives don’t conserve, and liberals don’t liberate, Greens become centrists looking to solve problems with our schools, create jobs, improve healthcare, clean air and water, secure homes.

“I’m the only candidate who would ban fracking, cancel prison construction and shift that money to schools, and create a half million green-collar jobs statewide without raising taxes, but with progressive taxation.

“I’m also the only candidate who would legalize marijuana and free its prisoners and expunge their records.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Luis Rodriguez for CA Governor video and Truthdig article

Luis Rodriguez, the best-selling author and California Green Party nominee for Governor, has released a short campaign video entitled “Imagine”, corresponding to his campaign slogan “Imagine a new California”. Watch here:

p luis rodriguezTruthdig recently published an article about Rodriguez’s campaign and his rich personal history, entitled “Luis J. Rodriguez: From Gang Member to Governor?”

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life. The 60-year-old Chicano poet and best-selling author has been a member of a gang, faced felony charges, struggled with drug addiction, worked in various countries as a journalist, painted murals, taught prisoners, organized against war and racism, and run a cultural center and bookstore in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ohio Green Party nominates Latina activist Anita Rios for Governor

Anita RiosFrom Rios For Governor:

TOLEDO, OH - On Tuesday night, Latina activist Anita Rios achieved enough votes in the Green Party primary to receive that party’s nomination for Governor. With Charlie Earl of the Libertarian Party off the ballot, Rios stands to be the only third-party candidate for Governor on the ballot in November. President of the Ohio National Organization for Women, Rios says she is running because “the insights of ordinary people are absent in politics.”

She is joined on the ticket by candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Columbus-area professor and lawyer Bob Fitrakis. Fitrakis acted as her attorney in 2004 when she filed suit against then-Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to demand a state-wide recount following the Presidential election.

“Neither major party has done enough to defend women, workers, and the natural resources that we depend on. It’s time to stand up and declare that an economy which generates low-wage part-time jobs over living-wage jobs is not acceptable.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Hawkins, Green for NY Gov, picks teacher as running mate

From Howie Hawkins for New York Governor:

p Brian JonesI am excited to let you know that Brian Jones has stepped up to run as the Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Brian would not just balance the Green Party ticket. He will multiply it.

To be sure, balance is good. He’s downstate; I’m upstate. He’s a Teacher; I’m a Teamster. He’s black; I’m white. He’s younger; I’m older.

Brian brings a record of effective and significant organizing, speaking, and acting on the issue that I am hearing the most about from voters as I campaign around the state: public education.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Howie Hawkins launches Green Party campaign for New York Governor

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
Albany – Wednesday April 9, 11:45 am
Rochester – Thursday April 10, 11:30 am
Monroe Co. Greens meeting, 6:30pm
Buffalo – Thursday April 10, 4 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 »

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

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.”

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

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.

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

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 »

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

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 »

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