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Stein wins Maine Green Independent Party presidential caucuses

steinmaineJill Stein has won the Maine Green Independent Party presidential caucuses, according to WCSH-TV Portland. The specific vote totals were not yet available.

Stein and fellow candidate Kent Mesplay debated Saturday in Mesa, Arizona. The two are the only candidates on the Arizona Green Party presidential primary ballot on Tuesday, March 15.

In related news, Stein was recently profiled by The Oxford Student, the newspaper of the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford.

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Maine Greens call for impeachment of Gov. LePage

maineThe Maine Green Independent Party has called for the impeachment of Republican Gov. Paul LePage, with the MGIP state committee voting unanimously to urge the state House of Representatives to do so.

MGIP co-chair Gilbert Harris said, “Since taking office in 2011, Le Page’s tenure has been marked by slurs and morally questionable statements about individuals in office and about whole groups of people and he has taken actions that are unconstitutional, arguably criminal, and reflect badly on the people of Maine, the state as a whole, and the governor’s office itself.”

The MGIP cites LePage’s alleged intimidation of the board of directors of a school for at-risk youth into voiding the employment contract of a leading Maine Democratic legislator, as well as his withholding of land conservation funds approved at referendum, his alleged use of political pressure to achieve the resignations of the president of the World Acadian Congress and the president of the Maine Community College System, and a history of what the MGIP called “racist, sexist, and homophobic comments.”

Harris said, “The State of Maine has been subject to his governance-by-bullying for far too long. We deserve a governor that proudly represents the State of Maine, not one that has become the embarrassing butt of late night talk show comedy routines.”

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Maine Greens open primaries to unaffiliated voters

maineWABI-TV Bangor reports online and on the air that the Maine Green Independent Party “is hoping to attract more voters to its primaries this year.” On Wednesday, Maine Green leaders notified the state “that the party is now letting unaffiliated voters take part in the primary process. The change was approved at the Green Party’s state convention last year.”

Co-Chair Gil Harris said, “The majority of voters are either unenrolled or independent, not only in Maine but across the country. There are many people that are dissatisfied with both of the two corporate-run parties and what we want to do is give people the opportunity to get involved in the electoral process that they may not have now if they’re unenrolled.”

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Maine Green Independent Party supports Penobscot Nation sovereignty

Penobscot-Nation-SovereigntyThe Maine Green Independent Party says in a statement that it “supports the Penobscot Nation’s effort to protect the Penobscot River waterways as their recognized territory, and condemns the ruling handed down by U.S. District Court Judge George Singal” last month that said “Penobscot territory included only the islands and not the ancestral waterways of the Penobscot River.”

The MGIP said it “bases its support for protecting both the Penobscot River and the sovereign rights of the Penobscot Nation on its ten key values, which include ecological wisdom and social justice.”

Maine Green Independent Party Co-Chair Gil Harris said, “It seems to reason that if the water standards are not regulated so as to maintain a food source that is edible in the river, then the state would be in breach of the U.S. treaty with Penobscot Nation, which guarantees sustenance fishing rights in the river. There are no fishing rights if the state poisons the fish.”

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Stein campaigns in Maine

CJ9J5jiUAAEO4RLGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein campaigned in Maine this weekend in advance of municipal elections in the state on Tuesday. WGME-TV Portland reports on its website that Stein spoke at the University of Southern Maine, saying she “supports living wages for workers, eliminating student debt and reigning in big banks.”

Stein “said she’s not counting on winning the White House, but she’s not ruling it out. She said people don’t always vote for the candidate they like the most. Instead, they vote along party lines for someone they might consider the lesser of two evils. ‘All the reasons people were told not to stand up for what we deserve and what we believe, all those scary things, have come to pass, the expanding wars, the offshoring of our jobs, the bailouts for Wall Street,’ Dr. Stein said.”

The full two-hour event can be viewed online. In addition, a four-minute Maine Public Broadcasting interview with Stein can be heard online.

Maine Green Independent Party mayoral candidate Tom MacMillan is on the ballot in Portland this week.

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Portland, Maine Green mayoral candidate says media is ignoring him

PortlandMayor10072015-4.jpgThe Portland Phoenix writes that Maine Green Independent Party mayoral candidate Tom MacMillan “has argued that some press coverage, including the Portland Phoenix’s,” has not been treating his campaign fairly.

Referring to a recent cover of the weekly that showed the other two candidates on the ballot, both Democrats, MacMillan said, “I’ve always liked The Phoenix, and this seems like an aberration to me. I think my candidacy should be covered as well.”

MacMillan said he expects a strong showing on November 3 due to public resentment against what he calls the “political class.” He said, “The political class is going to be very surprised because we’re going to see a big turnout of people who aren’t in that class of people.”

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MacMillan debates rivals for Portland, Maine mayor

PortlandMayorThe Portland Press Herald reports Maine Green Independent Party candidate Tom MacMillan and his two rivals for Portland mayor debated Tuesday evening.

MacMillan said his two rivals, both Democrats, are alike “on many issues, both opposing ballot Question 1 to raise the minimum wage and Question 2 to provide protections for scenic views. MacMillan favors both referendum questions.” MacMillan said, “I’m disappointed that both candidates here stand against living wages. We need to raise the minimum wage for all workers to get by. The average person is struggling. We see taxes go up. We see rent go up. Wages are stagnant. These candidates are opposed to helping working-class people and I’m very disappointed.”

MacMillan also said that as a Green, he could “avoid the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans in the state.”

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Portland, Maine Greens get matching donation pledge of $6,000

maineThe Maine Green Independent Party announced that the Portland Greens have “received a sizable matching donation of up to $6,000 to help with their Get Out The Vote (GOTV) operations this election season!” Any donations up to $6,000 will be matched.

The Portland Greens are running two city council candidates and three school board candidates, in addition to mayoral candidate Tom MacMillan. In 2012, MacMillan finished second in a three-way race for state representative with 27% of the vote, easily outpacing the Republican nominee’s 14% but losing to the incumbent Democrat. MacMillan ran again last year.

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Maine Greens re-elect secretary, name Rensenbrink to national committee

The Maine Green Independent Party “has re-elected Sam Chandler, who ran for the Maine House in Portland’s District 36 in 2014, as its secretary,” The Bangor Daily News reports. Chandler “co-chairs Patricia Jackson and Gil Harris, as well as treasurer Mako Bates on the party’s executive committee.”

In addition, the Greens named John Rensenbrink, “who was instrumental in founding the party, to a one-year term on the national Green Party committee and the Green Party International Committee. This continues involvement Rensenbrink has had with the party dating back three decades.”

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Green candidate submits signatures for Portland, Maine mayoral race

Maine Green Independent Party candidate Tom MacMillan has submitted ballot access signatures for his run for mayor of Portland, Maine. The Portland Press-Herald says “he is running, in part, based on his role to place a question on the November ballot asking residents to raise the local minimum wage to $15 per hour.”

In 2012, MacMillan finished second in a three-way race for state representative with 27% of the vote, easily outpacing the Republican nominee’s 14% but losing to the incumbent Democrat, who received 58%. MacMillan ran again last year.