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Maine Greens call for impeachment of Gov. LePage

Posted in General on January 12th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

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.”

Maine Greens open primaries to unaffiliated voters

Posted in State Party News, State Wide Elections on January 7th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

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.”

Maine Green Independent Party supports Penobscot Nation sovereignty

Posted in General on January 5th, 2016 by PJO – Be the first to comment

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.”

Stein to campaign in Maine Saturday

Posted in General, Presidential Campaign on October 27th, 2015 by PJO – Comments Off

steinGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will speak at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

According to The Forecaster, Stein “will speak about abolishing student debt, extending health care, ending the war on drugs and other topics,” and will take questions. The event will be livestreamed.

Maine was Stein’s best state as the 2012 Green Party nominee, when she received 1.14% of the vote there.

Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, AZ, MA, PA, SC, ME, CA

Posted in State Party News on May 15th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 5 Comments

From p Green Party US new logoGreen Party US:

Spring is the time for annual conventions of many of our affiliated State & Local Green Parties. A partial list of upcoming meetings is listed here, including New York, Arizona, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maine, and California.

Conventions have already been held in New Jersey & Illinois. Our hardy Greens in Maine held their annual meeting in January.

Campaign School and Spring Nominating Convention Syracuse, New York
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17th
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Arizona
Saturday, May 30 in Flagstaff

The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) invites all registered Greens & guests to attend our next General Membership meeting & 25th Anniversary Celebration!
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Massachusetts
Saturday, May 30 in Worcester

Our theme, Healing Our Communities, is intended to set the tone of positive engagement and particularly encouraging and empowering people to run for elected office.
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Pennsylvania
Saturday, May 30 in Swarthmore read more »

Maine Greens nominate State Rep candidate for special election

Posted in Local Elections on February 10th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p ron huberFrom the Bangor Daily News:

ROCKLAND, Maine — An environmental activist has been nominated by the Maine Green Independent Party to be its nominee for the vacant Rockland-area House seat.

Ron Huber of Rockland was picked by the Greens at a caucus Saturday in Rockland.

Huber is executive director of Friends of Penobscot Bay. He has been involved in numerous environmental efforts to clean up the bay. Over the years, he has been involved in many Searsport matters, including the recent fight over the proposed liquid propane gas tank and the battle over the future of Sears Island. read more »

The two-party system is the problem; ranked-choice voting is the solution

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on November 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 16 Comments

p lauren besankoLauren Besanko, who ran as a Maine Green Independent Party candidate for state representative, recently wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News about Maine’s growing movement for ranked-choice voting. From the article, entitled “The Two-Party Duopoly is the Problem”:

Ranked choice voting allows people to vote for several candidates in order, from their favorite to their least favorite, by assigning candidates numerical values. Their favorite candidate would receive the “No. 1” vote, their second favorite the “No. 2” vote and so on. One of the points of election reform like this should be to eliminate the “spoiler” effect, so we don’t end up splitting the vote, for example, between center-left and farther-left candidates, resulting in electing a far-right tea party Republican.

Reform like this could very well be the start of a path toward the end of a political system dominated by the two parties.

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State Green Parties unite against the pipelines

Posted in Ecological Wisdom & the Environment on November 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Green Party US:

p no kxl green partyWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for the defeat of proposed tar-sands pipelines when the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday and opposes alternative plans, including “Energy East,” that would route Canadian oil into the U.S. by pipeline or tanker.

Green Party leaders are encouraging the public to call on Senators to vote nay. If the Senate approves the pipeline, Greens urge President Obama to exercise his veto power.

The Green Parties of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey have banded together against a proposed fossil-fuel pipeline through the region, calling themselves the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines, or GASP (https://www.facebook.com/StopThePipelines).

GASP opposes a plan by the six New England governors to spend $6 billion on the Kinder Morgan gas transmission pipeline, which would bring fracked natural gas to export terminals in Maine and Canada.

Greens criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to hold the vote on Tuesday to allow pro-pipeline Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to participate. Republicans in the Senate are determined to approve the pipeline, regardless of Democrats’ positions. (See “Green Shadow Cabinet: Alert: Resist the Dems’ KXL Sneak Attack!” http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/11/14/green-shadow-cabinet-alert-resist-the-dems-kxl-sneak-attack/)

“Green Parties across the nation are battling plans for massive investments in fossil fuel infrastructure that, if approved, would sabotage efforts to avert the looming catastrophe of climate change,” said Jill Stein, 2012 Green presidential nominee and a member of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party. read more »

Green Party highlights from Election Day 2014

Posted in Ballot Access, Congressional Campaigns, Local Elections, State Wide Elections on November 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Green Party US:

Election results http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/11/04/green-party-2014-election-results and http://gp.org/election-wrapup

p hawkins for governor girlWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party made several advances in the 2014 general election on November 4, with Green candidates winning 27 seats and ballot lines held for most state Green Parties.

The most closely watched Green races were in Richmond, California, where outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin overcame a $3-million campaign by Chevron to defeat her slate, and New York, where Howie Hawkins challenged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. read more »

Who will the Maine Greens endorse for Governor?

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on October 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From the Maine Green Independent Party:

The Maine Green Independent Party’s steering committee voted in 2013 not to field a candidate for Governor so that we could focus our time, resources and energy on recruiting and supporting the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We respect the individual opinions of our membership and your ability to make up your own mind about the race for governor. 

Rather than ask you to spend your time, resources, and energy outside of the Green Party, we’re asking you to focus your time, resources, and energy on electing the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We hope that you will join us in supporting our candidates for state legislature. read more »

Tune in TONIGHT to the hottest campaign in America right now

Posted in State Wide Elections on October 22nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President 2012:

Sometimes there is an election in one state that progressives all over the United States get excited about. I’m sure you can think of examples. Paul Wellstone and Russ Feingold’s first campaigns come to mind, for me. So do those of Matt Gonzalez and Kshama Sawant.

Tonight, Wednesday, you can tune in to the hottest progressive campaign in America. Howie Hawkins is polling nearly 10% in New York’s gubernatorial election, and he’s climbing fast. 

On Thursday, the Buffalo Federation of Teachers became the latest union to endorse him and his teacher running mate, Brian Jones. 

This past week, Hawkins and Jones received the endorsement of not one, not two, but three New York City Democratic Party clubs. 

And tonight, you can tune in to watch Howie Hawkins debate Andrew Cuomo. Tens of thousands of progressives across the country will be watching. Click here to find out how you can be one of them.

And please join me right now in supporting the Hawkins campaign. Howie reminds me of a North American Lula, the first Workers Party president of Brazil. Howie’s been at the front lines of the labor and green movements in United States for 40 years. He’s known and trusted and brilliant and speaks complicated truths in plain language that moves people. You can donate to this exciting campaign right now.

The Hawkins campaign is the most exciting in a series of fresh, promising campaigns in states ranging from Maine to Minnesota in which the Green Party is attracting labor, farm, community and professional endorsements. 

A couple weeks ago I emailed you about Eugene Puryear’s campaign for the D.C. City Council; the latest poll there puts him within 10% of victory, with 27% undecided.  read more »

Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, NM, HI, MD, MI, ME, CA

Posted in State Party News on May 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Maine Greens Convergence - Overgrow the SystemState Green Parties in New York, New Mexico, Hawai’i, Maryland, Michigan, Maine, and California are holding meetings in coming weeks to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, we hope you will attend.

The Green Party of New York State convention will be held in Troy on May 17th. More information is available here on the party’s website.

The Green Party of New Mexico is also holding its state convention on May 17th. Click here for more information. read more »

Green Party conventions, broadcasts Sat. 5/3 in CT, ME, NJ, SC

Posted in State Party News on May 2nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

green party earthflowerOn Saturday, May 3rd, the Green Party US livestream channel will feature the New Jersey Green Party‘s state convention, as well as 30th anniversary celebration of the Maine Green Independent Party. The Connecticut Green Party and South Carolina Green Party also hold their state conventions on May 3rd. From Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party TV will air special events planned by two state Green Parties on Saturday, May 3 on the party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). read more »

Maine Democrats Target Asher Platts, Move to Kick the Punk Patriot off the Ballot

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on March 26th, 2014 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Portland-Green Party Senate Candidate Asher Platts is calling legal shenanigans over the fact that Democratic Party Staffers are trying to block his run for Portland State Senate District 27. On Monday, Platts, who also happens to be the Chair of the Maine Green Independent Party, received notice from the Secretary of State’s office that Democratic Legislative Aide, and Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Staffer Anya Trundy, represented by the law firm of Bernstein Shurr, had challenged primary nomination signatures that Platts turned in to qualify as a Green candidate for the June primary ballot in that district.

 

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

I once worked in the Democratic Party, for candidates like Dennis Kucinich. I left the Democratic Party because I saw disgusting skullduggery like this all the time. They’re so afraid they’ll lose if voters hear from young working class candidates with real world experience and proven, real-world policy solutions, that they are willing to use their lawyers to deny voter choice by keeping folks like me off the ballot”,  said Platts. “I was attracted to the Green Party because they have long advocated for more democracy, more citizen participation, and more choices at the ballot box– not limiting choice for voters, like I have seen the Democratic Party do using legal maneuvering, over and over.”

As a first time candidate in 2012, Platts garnered nearly 30% of the vote against Justin Alfond, the incumbent President of the Senate. Green’s have been improving their numbers with each successive run for the Senate District 27 seat. Platts’s impressive 2012 electoral showing was 5% more than that of the previous Green candidate Bill Linnell.

 “This is a sure sign of fear by the establishment”, said John Eder, Platts’s Campaign Coordinator. “They see us making steady electoral gains in the district of the type that lead up to my victory in 2002”, said Eder who represented Portland’s West End in the Maine Legislature as the nations highest elected Green. “I feel for the guy, I’ve been in Asher’s position before”, Eder continued, “they’re using dirty legal tricks against Asher like they used the redistricting process to try to get rid of me. That backfired on them then and this will backfire on them now. Voters don’t appreciate this type of thing, it just looks real ugly.”

Platts, known to fans of his podcast as the Punk Patriot, is working on finding a lawyer to represent him  pro bono at the Challenge Hearing in Augusta to be held Monday. Mach 21st . “They’re trying to throw road blocks in my path by disrupting my work week, disrupting my collection of Clean Elections Fund donations, and forcing a low income person like me to retain a lawyer on short notice”, said Platts. “I’m not daunted. Since becoming an activist outside the two party system, I’ve always had to work 10 times harder to challenge the entrenched power structures, and I’m not backing down now.”

Upcoming state Green Party meetings for Spring 2014

Posted in State Party News on February 24th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

green party earthflowerFrom Green Party US:

With elections coming this November, many state Green Parties are holding meetings to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, mark it on your calendar!

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is meeting in State College on Saturday, March 1st. Click here for details.

Also on March 1st, the Green Party of Tennessee will hold its statewide meeting in Nashville.

The Green Party of Texas is planning its next state meeting for April 11-13 in Travis County, TX. Details are available on the party’s Facebook page here.

The Green Party of Wisconsin is meeting in Madison on Saturday, April 12th. Click here for details.

On May 3rd, Maine Greens are holding an anniversary dinner in Augusta to celebrate the founding of the state party. Click here for more information.

And don’t forget, the Green Party of the United States is holding its Annual National Meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota this July 24th-27th. Hundreds of Greens will be there. We hope to see you!

Click here to purchase registration, food, and lodging for our Annual National Meeting.