Green candidate in Des Moines seeks Iowa House seat

p David Courard HauriThe Des Moines Register reports:

David Courard-Hauri, a Drake University professor, has announced he will run for an Iowa House seat in Des Moines on the Iowa Green Party ticket.

He is seeking election in House District 41 for a seat now held by state Rep. Jo Oldson, a Democrat. The district includes part of the Drake neighborhood and the city’s west side, and extends across southwest Des Moines. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kansas City conference on building Green parties in KS, MO, AR, IA, NE with Jill Stein

Jill_Stein_432From Green Party US:

Transforming Politics On The Prairie: Building The Green Party In The Midwest

The Greens of Kansas City and the Progressive Party of Missouri invite you to a five-state Green Organizing Meeting

A conference for Greens in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, and Nebraska  - JUNE 13-15, 2014

Keynote speaker, Jill Stein

Never in the history of our country has there been a greater need for a new, vibrant party. With 60% of the people saying “We need a third party,” our holistic message and strong moral foundation put us in a unique position to accept the challenge. The Greens are leading the way in many parts of the country, and this meeting is intended to bring multi-state leadership together, to confer and develop plans for rejuvenating our Green Parties in the Prairie States. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Party 2013 National Meeting in Iowa City, 7/25-28, to feature 2012 Green presidential candidate Jill Stein

green party earthflowerWASHINGTON, DC — 2012 Green presidential nominee Jill Stein and other Green leaders will gather with party members at the Green Party’s 2013 Annual National Meeting, which will take place July 25 to 28 in Iowa City, Iowa (http://www.gp.org/meetings/Iowa2013).

Most events at the meeting will be held at the Iowa Memorial Union, which serves as the student union building for the University of Iowa (http://www.uiowa.edu / Campus Map: http://www.uiowa.edu/~maps/i/imu1.htm).

The Green Party’s web site has Media Credentialing page (http://www.gp.org/committees/media/press.php) for journalists interested in covering the meeting. Bloggers are also encouraged to register and attend.

“Iowa is significant for Greens not only because we have an active Green Party, but because, as the first state for caucuses in presidential elections, it might have America’s most politically aware population,” said Holly Hart, Secretary of the Iowa Green Party (http://www.greens.org/iowa). Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Party taps Iowa City to host meeting

Third-party political activists say they hope to recruit more candidates to run for down-ballot races in the next few years.

The Green Party recently decided on Iowa City as the site for its annual national meeting this summer. The four-day event in July will include policy discussions and meetings between party officials from around the United States but also seminars for activists who might consider running for office.

“What we’ve been talking about is getting people to run for local office,” said Holly Hart, an Iowa City resident and Green Party organizer. “We want to open the door for promoting some of these values and policies on councils and boards.”

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Green Party Presidential Race Updates (June 1)

Last weekend, three more state Green Parties determined their Delegate support for the Presidential Nominating Convention:

  • The Iowa Green Party has four Delegates, and the results of their presidential preference ballot was a slight lead for Jill Stein, resulting in two Delegates each for Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr.
  • The Green Party of Florida has eight Delegates. The proportional distribution of their ranked choice ballot gave Jill Stein 5 Delegates, Roseanne Barr two Delegates, and Kent Mesplay one.
  • The Green Party of Washington State’s ballots led to Jill Stein winning all four of their Delegates.

According to our *Unofficial Delegate Count*, Jill Stein now has 149 Delegates of the 201 determined thus far, Roseanne Barr is in second with 36 Delegates, Kent Mesplay is at 7.5 Delegates, and Harley Mikkelson is at 1.5. There are 7 Delegates that are “uncommitted”.

This weekend (June 2-3), the Green Parties in Michigan and Georgia will be holding state conventions to determine their Presidential Delegates. Georgia has 4 Delegates, Michigan has 16.

  • The Green Party of Michigan is meeting at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, and besides the Presidential Preference process they will be nominating candidates for Congress and State Legislative races. the GP of Michigan has a long history of running a strong slate of candidates.
  • The Georgia Green Party is meeting at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Public Library in Tucker, GA on Saturday June 2. Despite having one of the worst ballot access laws in the Nation, the Georgia Greens will be looking to run candidates nonetheless.

Also of note, this last week Kent Mesplay officially became (re-)recognized as a Presidential Candidate for the Green Party after raising over $5,000 for his campaign. This is Dr. Mesplay’s third run for the Presidential nomination, and thus far he is significantly behind in Delegates.

And finally, there is some action in South Dakota, North Dakota and Kentucky to meet and send Delegates to the Green Party PNC. None of the three states have currently accredited State Green Parties, but there is a process by which this can happen. The Green Party has not been on the ballot in the Dakotas since 2000.

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Greens to Join Civil Rights Coalition for Iowa Press Conference on New Detention Law

MarketWatch.com reports:

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — On Tuesday, January 3, representatives of the Libertarian Party and the Green Party will join the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT*) — a national coalition of major Muslim organizations — and other civil liberties group leaders at a news conference in Iowa to express their opposition to the unconstitutional nature of the National Defense Authorization Act’s detention provisions.

This news conference is intended to convey a broad-based public response to President Obama’s signing into law of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorizes the military to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of terrorism without charge or trial.

See the details at MarketWatch.com.

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Iowa candidate finds it’s lonely being Green

James Q. Lynch reports at the Quad City Times on Iowa Green Party candidate for State House District 89 David Arthur Smithers:

WELLMAN, Iowa — David Arthur Smithers was a Democrat for 30 years.

“Now I’m a party to myself,” says Smithers, a Green Party candidate in Iowa House District 89 near Iowa City. “It’s almost as if I’m running by myself.”

In fact, he is. Smithers is the lone Green candidate for state or federal office in Iowa this year.

Smithers, 57, of Wellman doesn’t want to be the Lone Green Ranger forever, so he hopes to build the party as a social movement for “working folks making less than $20 an hour.” Read the rest of this entry »

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More Green Party Wins for 2009

Since November 4th, we’ve learned of 7 more Greens elected in California, Colorado, Connecticut and Iowa. In addition to the 21 Greens elected on Nov. 3rd, that makes 28 Green victories this fall. Thanks to Brent McMillan of GPUS for tipping us off. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greens Make Gains in City Council Races Across the US

Green Party (US) release:

• Green Party beachhead in California: Greens take a majority of seats on Fairfax Town Council; see Preliminary Election Day results for Greens at http://www.gp.org/elections/2009-videos/november-results.html

• ‘Send a Green to Congress in 2010′: Greens will reach out to voters who are disappointed by Obama and Dems but haven’t forgotten eight years of GOP misrule under Bush

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party made a strong showing in city council races across the US on Election Day, November 3, 2009.

Greens now make up a majority on the Fairfax Town Council in Marin County, California, where first-place finisher Pam Hartwell-Herrero joins incumbents Lew Tremaine and Larry Bragman. Fairfax becomes the fourth municipality in the US to have a Green majority, following Arcata and Sebastopol in California and New Paltz in New York.

A list of Election Day highlights follows below. For a comprehensive report on Green results for Election Day 2009, visit the Green Party’s web site (http://www.gp.org/elections/2009-videos/november-results.html). More results will be listed on the page as they come in.

“The strong showing of Green candidates in 2009, especially among municipal candidates where Greens won 35% of all such races entered, shows that voters believe that Greens not only have good ideas but can govern effectively. When voters are given a positive alternative to the status quo, they will vote for it.” said Green Party co-chair Mike Feinstein, a former Mayor and City Councilmember in Santa Monica, California. (35% is based on 47 Green victories out of 133 municipal races in 2009.)

The Green Party is now turning its attention to the 2010 election.

“Our slogan for the midterm election will be ‘Send a Green to Congress in 2010.’ The Green Party will reach out to voters who’ve been frustrated by the broken promises of change from the Obama White House and Democratic Congress but haven’t forgotten eight years of disastrous Republican misrule under George W. Bush. We’re reminding Americans that they have more than two choices on Election Day. A few Greens in Congress will change the whole dynamic of US politics, ending the narrow corporate-approved pro-war range of two-party ideas,” said Ron Hardy, chair of the Green Party’s Senatorial Campaign Committee (http://www.gp.org/committees/gscc/index.shtml).

• ELECTION DAY HIGHLIGHTS
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Keeping In Touch With Nature

Many of us live busy lives, juggling work, family, activism, house work, foraging for food, etc. It is important to periodically spend some quality time in the great outdoors, if not camping or hiking at least spending time at a park or at a beach. A few years ago Richard Louv wrote a book called “Last Child in the Woods” which focused on what he called “Nature-Deficit Disorder”, about the disconnect between children and nature. I have two young children, and as I strive to make sure that they build strong connections with nature and the environment around them, I also have to remember to nurture my own connections with nature.


(Above: My daughter on top of Echo Rock at Mirror Lake State Park)

In August I’m taking the family to Wyalusing State Park for the second Great River Green Gathering, a fun camping-playing-vegan-green party time with Greens from around the midwest (and you should go too!). Our State Parks are treasures, and I would love to spend every weekend with the family exploring the 99 state parks in Wisconsin. However this week we are going to Northeastern Iowa to a farm wedding at a beautiful old farmhouse on a hill overlooking crops in every direction (“knee high by the fourth of July…”), where we will be setting up tents and camping on the farm for 3 of the 6 days. Farms are often under-appreciated as nature-magnets. Last summer at this same farm my daughter spent 3 days exploring the thick treeline surrounding the farm, picking and eating mulberries and raspberries, chasing frogs and butterflies, and building secret forts. This is the cure for nature-deficit disorder – rampant and uncontrolled play outdoors.

Consequently, I won’t be posting very often here at Green Party Watch over the next week. Yes, I can pick up the wireless provided by the rural wireless cooperative, but I need to play too!

I wanted to add one more item on this unnecessarily long “I’m taking a week off” post: Wisconsin Green Dennis Boyer has a new book out through University of Wisconsin Press called “Listen to the Land: Conservation Conversations”. From the back: “Inspired by years of talking with farmers, foragers, loggers, tribal activists, seed savers, fishers, railroaders, and nature lovers of all stripes, Dennis Boyer has created in Listen to the Land a fascinating communal conversation that invites readers to ponder their own roles in grassroots environmentalism…” Furthermore, Dennis surprised me by informing me (by way of a check) that he is donating all of his proceeds from the sale of the book through 2009 to the Wisconsin Green Party! So…

BUY THE BOOK!!! I’m reading it now, short little essays for quick reads or sit and enjoy it all at once. Best read by campfire…

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Iowa & Wisconsin Green Parties Sue Davenport, Iowa

Last year two Wisconsin Greens went to Iowa to help Iowa Greens get Cynthia McKinney on the ballot. They hit Iowa City, and several other cities, before going to Davenport, IA for the Bix Street Fest, a large event with lots of people – ideal for gathering signatures. Event organizers DavenportOne confronted the petitioners and tried to force them to leave the streets of Davenport. They called the police.

The ACLU of Iowa took up the case and now the Green Party of the United States, The Wisconsin Greens and the Green Party of Iowa are suing Davenport for violating their first amendment rights to petition.
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Midwest Greens Regional Gathering August 20-23

The Wisconsin Green Party is excited to host the second annual Great River Green Gathering. Held at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers, this gathering is an opportunity for regional Greens from the Upper Midwest to get together face to face. Think recreation and regionalism, not rigidity; camaraderie, not constitutions; activities, not agendas and you’ll have an idea of what this weekend is meant to do for Greens.
Great River Green Gathering
The gathering will be held at Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien, WI and attendees will have the choice of staying in a group bunkhouse (with toilets and showers) near the lodge or reserving a campsite in the park (a WI state park sticker is required for admission to the park). Vegan breakfasts and lunches are provided with registration while dinners will be potluck, family style meals. Bonfires and grassroots entertainment in the evening. While there will be time to discuss issues important to Greens, there will be more time to play games, relax, explore the park and to sing and laugh together. This is a family event though pets are restricted from the lodge area.

To read more or register now, go to:

http://www.wigp.org/?q=GRGG2009

Early registration runs through July 1. (All registration fees will be used to pay for this gathering, this is not a fund raiser for the Wisconsin Green Party.)

ALL GREENS are welcome and encouraged to attend! Last year was a lot of fun – it is a great site, and everyone pitched in with the cooking, the cleaning up, the games, etc. There is both indoor group bunk houses or nearby campsites that you can reserve on your own. Register before July 1 to receive a discounted pricing.

Registration options range from $25-$50 and include vegan breakfasts & lunches Friday & Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. The higher registrations include lodging in the group bunk houses (with fully functional bathrooms) or take the low end and reserve your own camp site. Dinner meals are potluck / shared but someone will feed you if you come from afar.

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Iowa Greens analyze election outcome

Excerpts from an article posted by John Deeth:

“My suspicion is that there is a kind of ‘automatic’ knee-jerk third party vote which is almost always guaranteed,” said Holly Hart of the Iowa Green Party. “None of the third party candidates since Nader’s 2000 run have broken past that.”

Third party vote percentages dropped steadily from Ross Perot’s 1992 peak through 2004, but held about steady, increasing just slightly. from 2004 to 2008.

“Perhaps just the increase in voter turnout drew out more third party votes; plus, I think conservative third party supporters tend to be less apt to part from their far-right third party candidates,” said Hart.

“Voters are more pragmatic, not interested in risking a vote for a top-of-the-ticket third party candidate,” said Hart. “But an increasing number are willing to vote for down-ticket candidates if they think they can actually win.”

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Snow, Elections, the Upper Midwest and Bio-Regionalism

Snowy Woods
This morning I woke up to this beautiful site after a night of snow fall in Eastern Iowa. I spent the Thanksgiving weekend with family on the lakes between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. One relative said she voted straight ticket Green Party, first time ever voting Green for her. She didn’t know anything about the candidates, but felt voting Green was the thing to do this year.
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More Greens covered

Iowa Green Wendy Barth is covered in this Des Moines Register article.

New Mexico Green Rick Lass is covered in an article at The Santa Fe New Mexican in his race for Public Regulation Commission.

Nebraska Green Steve Larrick was covered by the Associated Press in his race for US Senate.

The Rev. Edward Pickney is running for Congress from prison. Running in Benton Harbor, Michigan, home of the Whirlpool Corporation, Pickney is in prison for 3 to 10 years because he quoted the Bible, violating his probation.

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