Arkansas Green seeks US Senate seat

p Mark SwaneyKAIT ABC News 8 in Jonesboro reports:

The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Swaney, wants to tell voters why he is running for office. Swaney said he has a number of issues that differ from his Democratic and Republican opponents. He is up against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton and Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor.

Swaney said one of the most important issues on his platform is climate change. He would implement a tax on carbon to encourage people not to use it. Swaney wants the country to focus on alternatives that would not pollute the atmosphere.

Swaney said he will also fight to make things better for the working class. Continue Reading


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. Continue Reading


Arkansas Green Party announces 2014 candidates for Governor, US Senate

p Josh DrakeFrom UALR public radio:

Both the Libertarian Party of Arkansas and the Green Party have already submitted enough signatures to be on the ballot for the 2014 elections. On Saturday the Green Party announced a candidate for governor and US senate.

Hot Springs attorney Josh Drake is running for governor while Huntsville resident Mark Swaney is running for US senate.

The party’s public relations officer Rebekah Kennedy identified climate change, fossil fuel dependence, and the infringement of civil liberties as key issues in both candidates’ campaigns. Continue Reading


Green candidates win key endorsements from unions and labor organizations

While Dems take labor support for granted and cave in to corporate lobbies, Greens fight for working people; Greens say “We don’t have a shortage of work ethic in America, we have a shortage of work”

WASHINGTON, DC — Green candidates for Congress and other public offices have drawn important endorsements from unions and labor organizations, as well as union leaders and rank and file members throughout the US.

“Unions and working people are waking up to the fact that they have a party willing to fight for them — the Green Party,” said Howie Hawkins, Green candidate for Governor of New York (http://howiehawkins.com/) and a member of Teamsters Local 317 (see below).

“While Democratic politicians take labor votes for granted, Greens are pushing for the creation of millions of Green jobs, public works programs, and the right to organize in the nation’s workplaces. While Democrats cave in to wealthy corporate lobbies and campaign contributors, Greens are promoting Medicare For All and opposing plans by the White House’s ‘Catfood Commission’ to cut Social Security. When Democrats and Republicans sent Wall Street billions in bailouts, Greens demanded help for working people suffering under the economic meltdown. The Green Party says: we don’t have a shortage of work ethic in America, we have a shortage of work,” said Mr. Hawkins.

Recent labor endorsements for Green candidates: Continue Reading


Arkansas Green Party nominates slate of candidates

The Arkansas Green Party nominated several candidates at its state convention on July 24th. The candidates include two former state representatives, Jim Lendall for Governor and Bobby Tullis for Treasurer, as well as Rebekah Kennedy for Attorney General, who earned over 20% of the vote for US Senate in 2008. Here is the list of candidates after the convention:

U.S. Senate – John Gray – – http://www.johngrayforussenate.com
Congress – District 1 – Ken Adler —  http://www.kenadlerforcongress.org
Congress District 2 – Lewis Kennedy
Congress District 4 – Joshua Drake
Governor – Jim Lendall – jelendall [at] comcast [dot] net
Secretary of State – David Orr
Attorney General- Rebekah Kennedy
State Auditor – Mary Willis
State Treasurer – Bobby Tullis
State Senate District 18 – Greg Slocum
State Rep. District 33 – Conrad Harvin
State Rep. District 90 – Mark Swaney
Saline County Collector – Joy Ballard
Johnson County Coroner – Ray Wood

Endorsements in non-partisan races:
Howard Smith – West Memphis City Council
Jacob Hollaway – Jonesboro City Council


Arkansas Greens hiring

In a message at their Facebook page, Green Change reported that the Arkansas Green Party is offering to pay $1 per signature to help them secure ballot status. They will also provide housing. Contact Mark Swaney to get involved. The Green Party nation wide needs the Arkansas Green Party on the ballot come November. Here’s Swaney’s contact info, taken from the state party website:

 Mark Swaney (479-738-1077) — mswaney@madisoncounty.net


Greens working for better election laws

Members of the Green Party work daily recruiting candidates, educating voters, lobbying their local and state governments, serving on local boards and city councils, and lately, challenging obstructive and unequal election and campaigning laws in court.  Below is a round-up of some the latest legal moves and victories won by state Green Parties across the country.  Your support of the Green Party on all levels is vital if we are going to continue to work for better election laws and candidate recruitment.

Read on for news from Arkansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Connecticut about how Greens are working for better election laws. Continue Reading


The Green Flash



May 2, 2009

Volume 1, Number 32

Richard Carroll Switches to Democrats

On Wednesday, April 29, Richard Carroll announced that he will be seeking re-election as a Democrat in 2010. The decision to leave the Green Party for a reelection bid as a Democrat is disappointing, as Richard is a great legislator. However, attacks on Richard, mostly from out of state Greens on e-mail blogs, are out of place in our opinion. Richard had a great session as a first time legislator, and most importantly, as a first time GREEN legislator. We are grateful for the good that he has done for the party, and it will always be true that Richard Carroll’s first victory in Arkansas politics was also the Green Party’s first victory as well.

Richard introduced a bill to allow the voters the opportunity to change the ancient provision in the Arkansas constitution that says that atheists can’t hold public office or give testimony in legal cases. Richard introduced two ballot access bills in the legislature, and he fought hard for those bills. One of the two bills passed the legislature, and as a result the victory, new political parties in Arkansas will have 90 days, instead of only 60 days in which to collect the necessary signatures. Richard introduced a bill that would have required equal time in broadcast debates for all legal candidates. Perhaps most memorably, Richard tried to join the Black Caucus even though he is white.

All of these efforts were popular and widely covered in the press – and in every story on Richard Carroll, the Green Party was credited with having Richard as our first victory in the legislature. Richard has helped the Green Party of Arkansas tremendously and we are sorry to see him go, but we wish him well.

GPA Needs $10,000 + 5,000 Volunteer Gathered Signatures

The GPA’s fundraising drive continues, having received another $100 donation last week. Fundraising is absolutely necessary for a political party, there simply is no other way for a party to survive in modern America. GPA’s, strength has been that we are a self-funded political party. We now must work on fundraising on a steady basis in order to be ready to have candidates in the 2010 election. We must raise at least $10,000 and in addition we must have a number of volunteers that will commit to and carry through on gathering at least 5,000 signatures. This is not an impossible task by any means, but it must be done. Please consider donating a minimum of $100 to the Green Party’s ballot access effort, and also, decide to gather a given amount of signatures. By the efforts of our own organization, we put candidates on the ballot and make changes in the politics of our state.

Organizing Meeting to be Held in Independence County May 23

There will be an organizing meeting held Saturday, May 23, at 2:00 pm in Batesville on the campus of Lyon College. A Green Party supporter in Independence County, Ken Adler, is helping to plan the meeting and will be inviting people from Batesville and the surrounding area to the meeting. Greens from outside the county are invited to attend.


There will be a meeting of the Green Party of Washington County on Wednesday, May 13, at the Fayetteville public library at 6:30 pm.


Donate to the Green Party of Arkansas!

YES! I will support the GPA with a donation of $10 _____ $25_____ $50 ______ $100 ______ or write in your own amount $________.

YES! I will be a sustainer of the GPA with a regular monthly donation of $10 _____ $25_____

$50 ______ $100 ______ or write in your own amount $________.

Mail cash, or check (made out to the Green Party of Arkansas) to (GPA Treasurer)

Mark Jenkins
3610 Lilac Terrace
Little Rock, AR 72202


Green Party of Arkansas website down

The Green Party of Arkansas’ website is down. According to party spokesperson Mark Swaney, the website has become “buggy”, with links not working and other “behind the scenes” difficulties. It has been pulled down for an update.

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News was apparently the first to notice that the state party’s donation page was not working. Facing a fresh ballot access petition drive, the Green Party of Arkansas would benefit from any donations readers here would care to make. Donations can be mailed to:

Green Party of Arkansas
PO Box 2423
Little Rock, AR 72203

Arkansas state law apparently allows unlimited donations to a political party, providing that public disclosure is made. The state party hopes to raise at least $10,000 for this ballot access drive. Donations are needed now to help them secure ballot access for a third time.