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Howie Hawkins for NY Governor Money Bloom this Friday: Support the Green New Deal!

October 21, 2010 in State Wide Elections

On Friday October 22nd, supporters of the Howie Hawkins for New York Governor campaign will hold an online money bloom to raise money for the Green Party candidate, who has seen a surge of support since Monday’s 7-way gubernatorial debate. The event is on facebook with the name “Howie Hawkins Money Bloom: Support the Green New Deal!”

Can you donate $10 on Friday October 22nd to help Howie Hawkins, NY Green Party candidate for Governor, reach voters with his message of a Green New Deal?

http://howiehawkins.com/2010/donate.html

Howie Hawkins is calling for a Green New Deal for New York State. His message: by taxing Wall Street and the super-rich and creating a state bank, we can fix the budget gap and invest in creating well-paying green jobs for all New Yorkers who need them.

Like all Green candidates, Howie Hawkins supports single-payer health care, fully funded education, a living wage, marriage equality, legalizing marijuana, and a ban on hydrofracking. He is the only candidate with a comprehensive plan to fix NY State government, including proportional representation, instant runoff voting, and public campaign financing.

http://howiehawkins.com/2010/donate.html

Howie Hawkins needs 50,000 votes for Governor for the Green Party to win a ballot line in New York for the next 4 years. That will make it much easier for the Green Party to run candidates for local office and state legislature where Greens can win and turn our values into public policy.

Every single vote for Howie Hawkins builds momentum for the Green movement, a people-powered grassroots movement for peace, social justice, grassroots democracy, ecology, and politics that puts people before profits.

Watch this video for just a sample of the message we want to share with thousands of New Yorkers:
http://howiehawkins.com/2010/video/308-where-are-the-f-ing-jobs.html

Please donate $10 (or more if you can) and spread the word by inviting your friends to the Howie Hawkins Money Bloom!

http://howiehawkins.com/2010/donate.html

RSVP and invite your friends to the Howie Hawkins Money Bloom on facebook.

Free and Equal to hold IL Governor and US Senate debates, Thurs 10/21

October 21, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Non-partisan electoral and ballot access reform organization Free and Equal will hold debates for the Illinois gubernatorial and US Senate races tonight with all ballot-qualified candidates invited. Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney and US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones will participate.

Both Whitney and Jones were excluded from a League of Women Voters debate Wednesday night in Chicago.

From Free and Equal:

U.S. Senate and Illinois gubernatorial candidates will debate on issues ranging from the economy to environmental concerns to the War on Drugs, in back-to-back debates today, Thursday, October 21, 2010, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The debates will take place in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in Holmes Student Center, with U.S. Senate candidates debating first from 6 – 7:30 p.m., followed by the gubernatorial debate from 8 – 9:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →

Deb Shafto, Green for TX Governor, debates rivals

October 21, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Texas Green Party gubernatorial candidate Deb Shafto took part in a debate with Democrat Bill White and Libertarian Kathy Glass on tuesday night. Republican incumbent Rick Perry refused to participate. ABC station KTRK has video from the debate, which is separated into 12 segments:

Jill Stein: 2 weeks to throw the bums out and put the people back in!

October 21, 2010 in State Wide Elections

From Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein:

The perfect storm couldn’t get more perfect. Growing impatience with the insider candidates and poisonous politics as usual makes a breakthrough for our campaign more possible – and more necessary – than ever.  Please make a contribution now to support the radio campaign to blast past the media blackout in every corner of the state. Let’s let people know that the alternative to politics as usual is ready and waiting! Read the rest of this entry →

Rich Whitney to protest exclusive Chicago debate, appear on MSNBC

October 20, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is asking supporters to join him in protesting a Chicago gubernatorial debate on Wednesday 20 October. The Illinois League of Women Voters has refused to allow Whitney to participate, despite the fact that he drew over 10% of the statewide vote in 2006, establishing the Green Party as a major party in Illinois. Details for the demonstration can be found on the facebook event “Protest ABC 7-League of Women Voters Governor’s Debate”.

In other news from the Whitney campaign, the candidate will appear on MSNBC earlier that day:

Rich Whitney to Appear on MSNBC

Carbondale, IL— Rich Whitney, Green party candidate for governor, will appear on MSNBC this Wednesday, October 20th. Mr. Whitney will be interviewed by host Tamron Hall on the show NewsNation live at 1:15 PM central. The candidate will discuss his campaign and the “Whiteygate” ballot scandal.

Wednesday, October 20

Who: Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney

What: Appearance on MSNBC’s NewsNation

When:  1:15 PM central

Where: MSNBC Read the rest of this entry →

Ralph Nader and Howie Hawkins appearing in Albany area today

October 20, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Ralph Nader, the legendary activist who ran for president on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000, will make several appearances with New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins in New York’s Capital District on Wednesday 10/20. To RSVP and invite friends, see the facebook event “Ralph Nader and Howie Hawkins in the Capital Region Weds 10/20″. Here are details for the events with Nader and Hawkins:

Nader/Hawkins schedule for Wednesday October 20th:

11-12: Howie Hawkins and Ralph Nader on Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter, broadcast on PBS/NPR stations across the state at various times. Check local listings. Read the rest of this entry →

Arkansas Green candidates for Governor, US Senate polling at 3.5, 4%

October 20, 2010 in State Wide Elections

The City Wire reports on a new poll including Arkansas Green Party candidates Jim Lendall for governor and John Gray for US Senate:

In the U.S. Senate race, Boozman’s margin over incumbent U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln has shrunk to 13 points as he now holds a 49-36% lead. Independent Trevor Drown and Green Party candidate John Gray each received 4% support, while 7% of voters remain undecided.

Beebe has seen a steady increase in his advantage — now 16 points — over Republican gubernatorial challenger Jim Keet, 50-34%. Green Party nominee Jim Lendall pulled 3.5%, and 12.5% remain undecided.

If Lendall gets at least 3% of the vote, the Arkansas Green Party will remain ballot-qualified for the next 2 years.

Here are some interesting recent articles about Gray and Lendall:

Arkansas Times: A conversation with John Gray, Green Party candidate for Congress

Arkansas News: Here’s your independent voice

Blue Arkansas: Is John Gray picking up steam?

Baxter Bulletin: Jim Lendall fights for legitimacy of Green Party

Illinois Green Party to protest exclusion of Rich Whitney from debates

October 19, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Even after Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney got over 10% of the vote in 2006 and established the Green Party as a major party under Illinois law, the Illinois League of Women Voters is refusing to let Whitney debate the Republican and Democratic candidates in Chicago on Wednesday, October 20th. In the editorial viewpoint of Green Party Watch, actions like this make a mockery of democracy in America.

The Illinois Green Party is asking supporters to turn out in force to protest the debate exclusion. Whitney’s campaign has created a facebook event “Protest ABC 7-League of Women Voters Governor’s Debate” where you can view the details and share with your friends.

Gwen Blossom of Wilmette wrote a letter to the Chicago Tribune that nicely captures the injustice of this situation: Read the rest of this entry →

Howie Hawkins, Green for NY Governor, shines in 7-way debate

October 19, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Last night New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins took part in a 7-way gubernatorial debate. The debate included Hawkins as well as Anti-Prohibition Party candidate Kristen Davis, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Freedom Party candidate Charles Barron, Libertarian Warren Redlich, Rent is 2 Damn High Party candidate Jimmy McMillan, and Republican Carl Paladino. Hawkins made a strong case for progressive taxation, a Green New Deal, proportional representation, instant runoff voting, public campaign financing, a hydrofracking ban, and gay marriage. If Hawkins gets at least 50,000 votes, the Green Party will win a ballot line in New York for the next 4 years.

Watch the debate online at NY1 News.

On the heels of “WhiteyGate”, Rich Whitney shut out of Chicago debates

October 18, 2010 in State Wide Elections

From Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney:

Just days after Rich Whitney’s name was found to be misspelled on voting machine throughout Chicago, the Green Party candidate for governor is now finding himself locked out of three Chicago debates, including one going on tonight at Elmhurst College, 8 p.m..

Tonight’s debate, along with the League of Women Voters on Oct 20 and WTTW Channel 11 on Oct 28 debates, are set to include only Brady and Quinn, leaving out the only other established party candidate, Rich Whitney, despite heavy lobbying from Green Party representatives and supporters.

The debate exclusions come after a very successful debate among the three established party candidates in Southern Illinois — including Whitney — in Carbondale, far outside the Chicago political monopoly.

“Whitney won hands down,” wrote David Ormsby in a piece for examiner.com.

“Whitney… seemed to be [the] only one of the three to seize the gravity of the state budget mess,” wrote Chuck Sudo for chicagoist.com.

Similar comments were expressed by Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn after a five-way gubernatorial forum discussion held before the paper’s editorial board .

“Rich Whitney was the best spoken, had the best command of the facts and, in my opinion, had the most sensible ideas for moving Illinois forward,” wrote Zorn on October 1.

“Clearly Rich Whitney belongs in these debates, but debate organizers continue to stonewall us. This is clearly the result of pressure by the Democrats,” said Phil Huckelberry, Chair of the Illinois Green Party. Read the rest of this entry →

Howie Hawkins, Green for NY Governor, to join 7-way debate tonight

October 18, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York Governor, will participate in a debate on Oct. 18 at Hofstra University that will be broadcast statewide. Hawkins said he was looking forward to debating the issues that face NY. All seven candidates on the ballot for governor will be attending.

The debate will be held at Hofstra University on Monday Oct. 18th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The debate is sponsored by News12 Networks, Newsday, and Hofstra University.

The debate will be broadcast live on News 12 LI, News 12 Brooklyn, News 12 The Bronx, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, NY1 News, NY1 Noticias, YNN, and some National Public Radio stations. Check your local listings.

The debate will also be available on the web at newsday.comnews12.comny1.com, andny1noticias.com.

Real time feedback can be given online at newsday.com and facebook.com/raceforgovernor.

In related news, the Syracuse Post-Standard has a profile of Howie Hawkins in anticipation of tonight’s debate.

Laura Wells videos from CA gubernatorial debate

October 18, 2010 in State Wide Elections

California Green Party gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells made the news last week when she was arrested for trying to attend a debate between Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman. Two new videos show what happened that day and illuminate Wells’ perspective on the debates. Polidoc Productions has released a youtube video showing the open debates demonstration and Laura Wells’ arrest. Wells’ campaign has released a video in which she responds to the questions that only Brown and Whitman were allowed to answer that day. Watch here:

Ca Gov Debate from jason sussberg on Vimeo.

Jill Stein op-ed in Boston Globe: “Ending politics as usual”

October 18, 2010 in State Wide Elections

Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein has written an editorial for the Boston Globe entitled “Ending politics as usual”:

YOU DON’T need me to tell you that things are not going well in Massachusetts. We’re struggling with record unemployment, crushing underemployment, struggling schools, an unraveling environment, unfair taxes, and unaffordable health care. And we have a state government that can’t seem to fix anything.

With politicians failing to get the job done, you’d think voters would rise up and vote them out. But with lobbyists and big money controlling elections, people are rarely given a choice to vote for real change. Voters have been pummeled with the idea that they can’t break with the two-party system no matter how badly it treats them.

The result? Despite all the noisy rhetoric in the governor’s race, Beacon Hill lobbyists and insiders aren’t worried about the outcome. The fix is in. They know that both frontrunners will defend big money interests. I got into this race so voters could have real change with a clean money candidate who has never been a Beacon Hill insider. The defenders of the status quo have responded with the shopworn “spoiler’’ argument. They’re telling voters who want to vote for me that Charlie Baker is so bad that they have to vote for Deval Patrick instead to keep Baker from winning. They drive this home with negative campaigning that demonizes Baker as the enemy of all things good. If you buy their spoiler argument, political free speech has been taken from you. You’ll have to just shut up and vote your approval for four more years of business-as-usual.

Read the full article at the Boston Globe.

Rich Whitney Wins 1st Debate; Needs Your Help to Get Into Next 2

October 15, 2010 in Grassroots Democracy, State Wide Elections

Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney debated Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican Bill Brady last night at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. While Quinn and Brady bickered and spoke in vague generalities, Whitney stood out as the only candidate with a plan to fix the budget and ensure that all Illinoisans have access to quality jobs, education and health care. Over the course of the debate, Whitney made strong cases for single-payer health care, progressive taxation, a green capital bill, tuition-free higher education, a state bank, and more.

Watch the debate online at WSIU or listen at WBEZ.

Although Rich Whitney earned over 10% of the vote in 2006, establishing the Green Party as a major party in Illinois, sponsors of two upcoming debates are trying to keep him out. The recently redesigned Illinois Green Party website has a page telling Whitney supporters how they can join the grassroots campaign to get Whitney in the debates. On facebook, the campaign has started a rapidly-growing page “Do the Right Thing: Put Rich Whitney in the Debates”. You can easily write a letter to the editor supporting Whitney’s inclusion in the debates at Green Change.

Whitney is also asking supporters to watch and share a video message calling on the debates to include his voice. His campaign needs donations to put the video on TV – please donate what you can so that one of the Green Party’s most outstanding candidates can reach millions of undecided voters. Whitney needs 5% of the vote to keep the Illinois Green Party, which is running dozens of strong candidates this year, on the ballot. You can watch the video “A Message to Illinois Voters from Rich Whitney” here:

Green Party candidates win some debates, battle exclusion from others

October 15, 2010 in Grassroots Democracy, National Greens, State Wide Elections

Green Party candidates across the US win some debates, battle exclusion from others

• In Illinois race for the US Senate, Green candidate LeAlan Jones wins a debate from which he was excluded: SC Green Tom Clements challenges Sen. Jim DeMint’s refusal to debate; Calif. Green Laura Wells arrested for entering the gubernatorial debate site

• Video downloads and campaign news:
Green candidates in debates http://www.gp.org/candidates/debates.php
Greens on the campaign trail http://www.gp.org/elections/campaign-trail/index.php
Labor endorsements for Greens http://www.gp.org/candidates/labor-endorsements.php
More candidate videos: http://www.gp.org/candidates/videos.php

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates across the US are shining in some debates — and protesting their exclusion from other debates. Read the rest of this entry →