Posts Tagged ‘Governor’

Luis Rodriguez announces Green campaign for Governor of California

Posted in State Wide Elections on July 19th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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 more »

Special WV Governor election today with Mountain Party candidate Baber

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 4th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

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

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 22nd, 2011 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

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.

Mountain Party’s Baber takes part in WV Governor’s Debate

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 12th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

West Virginia Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate Bob Henry Baber participated in a 3-way televised debate on September 7th with his Democratic and Republican opponents. Baber is running in a special election for WV Governor to be held October 4th. WBOY ABC-12 reported on the debate:

Baber, though, said it’s government’s job to protect the entire state, “not just one industry.” … “If we had a real EPA we’d never have started down this road of mountaintop mining,” said Baber, a former Richwood mayor and former chairman of the Mountain Party who now works as the major gifts officer at Glenville State College. “Mountaintop mining is vile. It’s wrong, but we’re tied to it for the time being.”

Baber said the state needs to encourage new, greener technologies. “Those who have gotten the most have given the least, and it’s dragging down the whole state,” Baber added.

Read the entire article with more quotes from Baber and his opponents at ABC WBOY-12.

Make a list of your dream candidates running on the Green Party ticket

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, General, Grassroots Democracy, Local Elections, Presidential Campaign on June 2nd, 2011 by Edy – 27 Comments

The reason for this thread is simple – Make a list of candidates you would like to see on the Green Party ticket in 2012. This would include the Presidential, Congressional, and Senate races. At the state and local level, also make a list of who you would like to see run.

Now, what is the point? The point is that we can all see who we would like to see nominated, perhaps names we had never before considered, and see what the consensus is.

Just throw any name out there, from environmentalists, radicals, independents, non-Greens, celebrities, politicians, etc. Try to make your list concise by organizing it around the Presidential, Senate, Congressional, and state/local races.

Here’s a quick example(I live in Los Angeles):

President: Laura Wells, Howie Hawkins, Cynthia Mckinney, Cindy Sheehan, Bernie Sanders, Cornell West, Kent Mesplay, Ralph Nader

Senate: Jesse Ventura, Laura Wells, Jello Biafra, Matt Gonzalez, Ian Murphy, Howie Hawkins, Kent Mesplay, Mike Feinstein

Congress: Laura Wells, Cornell West, Deacon Alexander, Mike Feinstein

Los Angeles mayor: Ed Begley Jr., Deacon Alexander, Derek Iverson, Julia Butterfly Hill, Tom Morello

For local races, perhaps it would be best to consult your state Green Party and see what they think.

This is an example. The key in to throw out as many names out there as possible. The goal is to present this list to the national Green Party and state Green Party and ask them if we would consider nominating them on the Green Party ticket.

Mountain Party nominates Bob Henry Baber for Governor

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 3rd, 2011 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment

Bob Henry BaberIn an article at the Charleston Daily Mail, reporter Jared Hunt reports that the Mountain Party has unanimously nominated Bob Henry Baber as their nominee for Governor.

Baber was the first Mountain Party member ever elected to public office when he won the 2004 Richwood mayoral election. He had lost out to (Jesse) Johnson for the party’s gubernatorial nomination earlier that year.

He acknowledged that being a third-party candidate is an uphill battle.

“It’s a tough way to go — you don’t have a lot of finances; you’ve got to do a lot yourself,” he said. “Our party is a party about the truth, and sometimes telling the truth is not the most popular thing in the world to do.”

Addressing one of West Virginia’s blessings, and burdens, Baber said

“We are hooked on coal, the whole country’s hooked on coal and oil, and we’re going to be for the foreseeable future,” he said. “But we absolutely need to start a plan to get off coal and oil. We should have done this a long time ago, and now it’s time to start.”

Coal mining has offered West Virginia’s working families jobs at above average wages, but has despoiled much of their land and killed and maimed many miners, with the benefits enriching a small number of mine owners and others similarly situated.

H/T to Independent Political Report and writer Daniel Surman.

14 Greens to Watch on Election Day

Posted in National Greens on November 2nd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Green Change:

Tonight, we will be focusing on the campaigns of 14 transformational Green candidates who are building the Green movement across the country. Some of these candidates are poised for history-making wins. Others are blazing the trail for future success by running party-building campaigns for statewide office.

14 Greens to Watch on Election Day

Jeremy Karpen for IL Assembly – Jeremy Karpen’s vigorous grassroots challenge to a Chicago Machine insider has earned him endorsements from the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Teacher’s Union, Independent Voters of Illinois, and even Chicago Progressive Democrats of America. Karpen, a strong supporter of single-payer health care, affordable housing, mass transit, and progressive taxation, has run a clean-money campaign as part of his commitment to reforming Illinois’ notoriously dirty pay-to-play politics.

Ben Manski for WI Assembly – Ben Manski’s insurgent run has earned the support of Madison’s teachers union, the Madison Capital Times, and leading progressives including Jim Hightower, Medea Benjamin, and Thom Hartmann. The outgoing Democratic assembly member revoked his endorsement of Manski’s main opponent, a Democrat who left the Sierra Club to lobby for the coal industry. Manski is racing to the finish line with the support of a broad transpartisan coalition of elected officials, unions, students, newspapers, and activists committed to renewing Wisconsin’s trailblazing progressive tradition.

Gayle McLaughlin for Mayor of Richmond, CA – With a population over 100,000, Richmond became the largest US city with a Green mayor when Gayle McLaughlin was elected in 2006. Since then, McLaughlin has made Richmond a center of the emerging solar industry, fought successfully to increase taxes on the local Chevron oil refinery while lowering them for small businesses, and brought down violent crime with expanded community policing. Her supporters, including Green For All founder Van Jones, hope that her record of positive accomplishments in office will carry Mayor Gayle to victory.

Hugh Giordano for PA Assembly – Hugh Giordano is a union organizer from Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood whose people-powered campaign has electrified the race for an open seat in a traditionally Democratic district. After a CEO won the Democratic primary with only 30% of the vote, Giordano’s strong support for public education, single-payer health care, and worker’s rights has gained him the backing of local unions and maverick Democrats and made him a contender for the win.

Dan Hamburg for Mendocino County (CA) Supervisor – In a county the size of Delaware on the coast of California, former member of Congress and Voice Of The Environment executive director Dan Hamburg is running for supervisor to build a vibrant, sustainable local economy and protect the beautiful natural landscape for generations to come. Hamburg finished first in the 4-way June primary, and has been endorsed by the third-place finisher as well as local unions and environmentalists in his head-to-head race against the conservative, developer-backed candidate who finished a close 2nd in the primary. read more »

Laura Wells, CA Green for Governor, to spend Election Day in court

Posted in State Wide Elections on November 2nd, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

The Sacramento Bee reports on California Green Party gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells:

For most candidates, Election Day consists of attending last-minute rallies, posing for photo ops as they cast their ballot and waiting for the returns to come in. Not Laura Wells. The Green Party nominee for governor will spend the big day in court.

Wells was arrested Oct. 12 on a misdemeanor trespassing charge outside the debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman at San Rafael’s Dominican University. Wells, who was not invited to participate in the debate, says she had a ticket to watch the event live at the time of her arrest, but it was rejected. read more »

Rich Whitney video: “How’s that working out for you?”

Posted in State Wide Elections on November 1st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney has a new video on youtube that speaks for itself:

Green candidates support marijuana legalization

Posted in Social & Economic Justice on November 1st, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

In a year that has seen the biggest upsurge of activism against marijuana prohibition in American history, Green Party candidates across the country are leading the fight for marijuana legalization while Democrats and Republicans defend the failed, destructive “war on drugs” prohibition regime.

The eyes of Americans who oppose prohibition are on California’s Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control, and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. The California Green Party and its leading candidates, including gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells and US Senate candidate Duane Roberts, support Proposition 19, while the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor and US Senate all publicly oppose it.

Meanwhile, Green gubernatorial candidates like Howie Hawkins in New York, Rich Whitney in Illinois, and Jill Stein in Massachusetts have injected marijuana legalization into the public debate and rallied anti-prohibition voters, who number 46% in the latest Gallup poll, around an issue considered taboo by the political establishment.

All of these candidates, plus other Green gubernatorial candidates including Deb Shafto in Texas, Dennis Spisak in Ohio, Maria Allwine in Maryland, Morgan Reeves in South Carolina, and Jim Lendall in Arkansas as well as over 100 Green candidates for federal, state and local office, have signed onto a 10-point program called the “Green New Deal”, which includes legalizing marijuana and ending prohibition as one of 10 major reforms needed to put the country back on the right track. See Green Change for a list of candidates endorsing the Green New Deal by state.

By voting Green, you not only send a strong message that you want a sensible drug policy; in many cases, your vote helps the Green Party maintain its ballot line in your state, enabling Greens to run more and stronger campaigns in the future. If you want to legalize marijuana, vote Green.

Rich Whitney attempts to restore sanity to Illinois politics

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 29th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the Illinois Green Party:

Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney has been invited to speak at the Chicago satellite location of the “Rally to Restore Sanity”, this Saturday in Grant Park.  He’ll be speaking for 10 minutes in the 1:00 hour.  Other candidates were
invited (it’s technically a non-partisan rally), but Rich is the only one who will be there, because he’s the only one with sane ideas for Illinois!

Facebook event for Rich’s appearance there:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=169514536396782
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Howie Hawkins, Green for NY Gov: Roping in the stock transfer tax

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 28th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins:

Few people know that gubernatorial Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins once worked on Wyoming Senator Clifford Hansen’s ranch. “Back then I was baling hay. Now we’re talking about bailing out the people. But the people of New York need to round up these state revenue rustlers on Wall Street!” thundered Hawkins, announcing a “Wall Street Rodeo” for Wednesday, October 27th at Bowling Green Park’s Charging Bull sculpture. Watch Howie and the NY Greens rope in the stock transfer tax:

Hawkins has used the 2010 election to raise awareness of the $16 billion dollars in Stock Transfer Tax revenue rebated back to Wall Street firms every year. “Cuomo and Paladino claim our budget is hog-tied, but if New York would just hold onto the money it’s already collecting, we’d have $7 billion dollars extra for a badly needed, Green New Deal jobs program.” Unemployment reaches 30% in communities across New York State, while underemployment tops out at 50%. read more »

Rich Whitney, Green for IL Gov, at 4% in new poll

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is at 4% in a new Fox News poll, according to Capital Fax Blog:

The poll of 1,000 likely voters taken October 23rd has Bill Brady leading Gov. Pat Quinn 44-39. Independent Scott Lee Cohen has 6 percent and Green Party nominee Rich Whitney has 4 percent.

If Whitney receives at least 5% of the vote, the Illinois Green Party will retain a place on the ballot as an established major party.

In other news, Greens are planning to protest a Chicago debate hosted by public TV station WTTW that excludes Whitney, who earned over 10% of the statewide vote in 2006.

Dennis Spisak, Green for OH Governor, interviewed on Blog Talk Radio

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 27th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Ohio Green Party gubernatorial candidate Dennis Spisak was interviewed recently by Michael Kwiatkowski on the Blog Talk Radio show Progressive Independence Radio.

Listen to the interview online at Progressive Independence Radio.

Help Rich Whitney get in final IL Governor’s debate

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 26th, 2010 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Illinois Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney:

WTTW – a taxpayer supported PBS station – is sponsoring a gubernatorial debate on Thursday, October 28, on its program Chicago Tonight program. Like other sponsors, it has only invited the Democratic and Republican candidates. Unlike the others, though, WTTW is using our tax dollars to promote the two candidates who have already spent millions of dollars attacking each other on television!

WTTW may change its mind if it hears from enough people, especially viewers and supporters. If you haven’t called WTTW yet, NOW is the time! Call 773-583-5000. You can also email them at chicagotonight@wttw.com. Tell WTTW that it needs to DO THE RIGHT THING and invite Rich Whitney to its Chicago Tonight debate. read more »