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Attorney General campaign aims to make Greens major party in Minnesota

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 4th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p Andy DawkinsMinnesota Public Radio reports on Andy Dawkins for MN Attorney General:

Andy Dawkins wants to be Minnesota’s next attorney general. But don’t expect him to follow the usual script.

He supports legalizing marijuana, wants to limit money in politics, protect private data and stop copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota. He’s been speaking out on civil rights, environmental issues and what he sees as the shortcomings of his former party.

He may also be the Green Party’s best chance in years to regain major-party status. With six candidates in the attorney general race this fall, he’s making the most noise in what is typically a quiet contest. read more »

Minnesota Green Party aims for resurgence

Posted in State Party News on August 11th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p Andy DawkinsThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune published a front-page article during the 2014 Green Party US annual national meeting in St. Paul, covering the convention and the Minnesota Green Party’s current campaigns. From the article:

On the ballot is Andy Dawkins, a former DFL state representative, who is running for attorney general against three other candidates, including DFL incumbent Lori Swanson. He is the only Green Party candidate for statewide office — and the Greens’ best chance to claw itself back to relevancy.

Green Party leaders tapped Dawkins to run because as a longtime member of the Minnesota House representing St. Paul, he may be able to get enough votes to win back major party status. read more »

Schedule for Green Party’s 2014 national meeting in St. Paul, MN July 24-27

Posted in National Greens on July 15th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

green party earthflowerFrom the Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party will hold several events for the news media during the party’s 2014 Annual National Meeting at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 (http://2014greenpartyconvention.org).

Green candidates and officeholders will speak at two press conferences on Friday, July 25. A press conference at 9 a.m. will feature candidates and officeholders from many states around the country. An 11 a.m. press conference will feature Minnesota candidates and officeholders.

The meeting is open to the media and public. A credentialing page for reporters, bloggers, and other members of the media interested in covering the meeting is now online (http://www.gp.org/media-credentials). Members of the media may also register on site at the meeting.

Many of the events will be broadcast live on the Green Party’s Livestream Channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). read more »

Former state rep declares Green campaign for MN Attorney General

Posted in State Wide Elections on June 5th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p Andy DawkinsThe St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports on Andy Dawkins for Minnesota Attorney General:

A former Democratic state representative filed to run for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday as a Green Party candidate, saying voters aren’t content with the two established parties and are looking for a viable alternative to be the state’s lead lawyer.

Andy Dawkins, who represented a St. Paul district in the House for 15 years, said he’ll run on a message of limiting money in politics and combating policies that make personal data too readily available. He said he supports legalizing “sensible” use of recreational marijuana. read more »

US Green Party to hold 2014 National Meeting in St. Paul, MN, July 24-27

Posted in National Greens on April 29th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

US Green Party to hold 2014 National Meeting in St. Paul, MN, July 24-27From Green Party US:

“Looking Back, Moving Forward”: The 2014 meeting will mark the 30th anniversary of the first Green Meeting in St. Paul

WASHINGTON, DC – The Green Party of the United States will hold its 2014 Annual National Meeting at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27. read more »

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.

2013 Green Party election results

Posted in Local Elections on November 6th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

Minneapolis, MN – Green Cam Gordon is reelected to the City Council, representing Ward 2.

Green-endorsed candidate Ty Moore received 1565 of 4310 votes, or 36.3%, in second place behind Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate Alondra Cano, who has 39.4% of first-round votes (and who was endorsed by former Green vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke). There were four other candidates in the race (see full results). Since Minneapolis uses instant-runoff voting, election administrators will begin round-by-round counting on 11/6, and continue until one candidate has at least 50% plus one.

Syracuse, NY – In unofficial results, Kevin Bott is at 2,305 votes for Mayor, or 15%, slightly behind Conservative Ian Hunter. Democrat Stephanie Miner wins the race.

Howie Hawkins is at 995 votes, or 40%, for District 4 City Councillor, behind Democrat Khalid Bey. As when Hawkins ran for the same seat in 2011, the Working Families Party invested resources in his opponent in the final days of the campaign. “Every Green vote was a conscious vote”, wrote Hawkins in his reflections on the campaign.

New York City, NY –  Anthony Gronowicz received 4,741 votes, or 0.5%, for Mayor.

Julia Willebrand received 19,544 votes, or 2%, for Comptroller.

James Lane received 16,088 votes, or 1.7%, for Public Advocate.

Carl Lundgren received 1,358 votes, or 1.1%, for Bronx Borough President.

Henry Bardel received 476 votes, or 0.7%, for Staten Island Borough President.

UPDATE: With 100% reporting, Lynne Serpe has 2,412 votes, or 15% for New York City Council District 22, behind Democrat Constantinides who has 67%. Serpe finished ahead of the Republican candidate, who took 11.2%.

Other City Council races:

District 2: Miles Budde received 1,359 votes for 6.8%.

District 6: Tom Siracuse received 690 votes for 1.9%.

District 7: Christina Gonzalez received 1,581 votes for 8%.

District 11: John Reynolds received 481 votes for 2.6%.

District 12: Trevor Archer received 243 votes for 1.3%.

District 18: Walter Nestler received 302 votes for 1.9%.

District 20: Evergreen Chou received 373 votes for 3.4%.

District 43: Patrick Dwyer received 342 votes for 1.7%.

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, a Green, defeated challenger Brian Kazy 917-892 to win reelection to his Ward 14 seat. Cummins’ challenger was endorsed by Cleveland’s mayor, who had pushed a trash-to-energy plant that Cummins opposed.

Bangor, ME – Josh Plourde, a 22 year-old Green, was the top vote-getter for 3 spots on the Bangor City Council.

Portland, ME – Anna Trevorrow was the top vote-getter for 2 seats on Portland’s School Board.

Portland voters also passed a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, with about 70% voting in favor. Portland’s Green Party was a strong supporter of the initiative.

California - Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide. Full story at gp.org.

Marnie Glickman, who ran in a competitive race for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Board, appears to have come just short of winning a seat. Glickman took 21% of the vote, compared to 23.7% for the candidate who took the third of three seats.

Arlington, VA – Audrey Clement earned 31% of the vote for Arlington County Board, finishing behind incumbent Democrat Jay Fisette.

Seattle, WA – Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council District 2 endorsed by the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, is at 46.7% of the vote to 53% for incumbent Richard Conlin with slightly less than half of ballots now counted. A victory for Sawant is still plausible in this tight race.

New London, CT – Mirna Martinez was elected to the New London Board of Education, the sole non-Democrat on the 7-member board.

Pennsylvania – The Green Party of Pennsylvania reports the following election victories:

Neil B. Haagen III was elected to Snow Shoe Boro Town Council.

Tausif Khan was elected Judge of Elections in Falls Township.

Eric Hamell was elected Inspector of Elections in Philadelphia.

Albany, NY – Theresa Portelli received 665 votes, or 4.5%, for Mayor.

Peter LaVenia received 55 votes, or 12.6%, for City Council Ward 11, finishing second ahead of the Republican, Independence Party, and Working Families Party candidates in the race.

Rochester, NY – Alex White received 1,690 votes, or 5.16%, for Mayor.

Emily Good received 12,952 votes, or 11.97%, for Monroe County Sheriff.

Three Greens running for 5 open seats on Rochester City Council fell short, with all five seats going to Democrats. Dorothy Paige received 3,426 votes for 3.05%, David Atias received 2,997 votes for 2.67%, and Drew Langdon received 2,814 votes for 2.5%.

In the race for School Commissioner, Lori Thomas finished 6th of 8 candidates for 3 seats with 2,775 votes for 3.89%.

Fall River, MA – Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Mayor Joe Carvalho came short of unseating incumbent Mayor Will Flanagan. Carvalho received 3,792 votes, or 31.4%, in Massachusetts’ tenth-largest city.

Holyoke, MA – Rick Purcell fell short of winning an at-large seat on Holyoke City Council, receiving 1,717 votes for 4%.

Pittsfield, MA – Mark Miller fell short of winning one of four at-large seats on Pittsfield City Council, receiving 2,378 votes, as compared to 3,459 for one incumbent who won reelection.

Cambridge, MA – In Cambridge’s at-large city council election, which uses a form of proportional representation, Elie Yarden finished 19th of 25 candidates for 9 seats.

 

Jill Stein and Matt Gonzalez: A call to action for two independent candidates

Posted in Local Elections on October 24th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Jill_Stein_432From SocialistAlternative.org:

Jill Stein was the 2012 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. Matt Gonzalez knows how to challenge the Democratic Party’s establishment. In 2003 he ran for mayor in San Francisco and in 2008 he became Ralph Nader’s running mate for vice president of the U.S. Here is their letter of support for our campaign: 

A CALL TO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF TWO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES

As the American public is confronted with the latest example of two-party dysfunction, exemplified by the current government shutdown, two candidates running in local municipal races, in two different cities, pose an opportunity for the Left to govern and show the American people what we can accomplish when given a chance.  read more »

St. Paul Green Party endorses Johnny Howard for City Council

Posted in Local Elections on August 27th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

How much weight does the endorsement of St. Paul’s Green Party carry in Frogtown and Summit-University? We’re about to find out. On Sunday, the party met at a special convention and endorsed Johnny Howard, a founder of the Thomas-Dale Block Clubs, for the Ward 1 city council seat.

JOHNNY HOWARD

Community organizer and retired autoworker Johnny Howard unsuccessfully ran against Carter two years ago. He received just under 28 percent of the vote, with Carter garnering about 60 percent in the three-way race that included Realtor Anthony Fernandez.

Howard, who has said that the city comes down too hard on landlords with its property inspections, was part of a team of plaintiffs that last year filed a federal complaint against the city, claiming housing discrimination and “forced gentrification.”

Website: JohnnyHoward.net

Bio: ”Johnny Howard, 58, founded and directed the Thomas Dale Block Clubs, a multi-cultural grassroots organization that successfully advocated for better living conditions in Frogtown. He organized and for 19 years ran a football program that instilled positive values in 160 young people annually. Johnny is a retired UAW auto worker who was employed by Ford and attended Saginaw Valley State College. Among other recognition, he has received the St. Paul Companies Leadership Award and the Urban League Man of the Year Award. He is the father of four and has been married to Diane Howard for 30 years.”

Priority: ”Ward One is wildly diverse. New immigrants, refugees and people trapped in generational poverty live practically next door to others who vacation in Europe. The biggest issue here is to make Ward One work for everyone.

We must seize the opportunities before us. Light rail development will bring new people who will be served by new businesses. Ward One residents need to be ready not only to take those jobs, but to run those businesses. The city can help through training and by cutting unnecessary red tape.

We need to give all kids a chance to prosper. We can do better by looking at our rec centers and asking whether it’s enough for kids to bounce a ball. What about music, art, theater — the types of enrichment that build success and, in many families, are taken for granted?

We have got to be about the future. The future is the place where travel is increasingly human powered or via transit systems. We need more safe bikeways and walking paths that connect to neighborhood shopping nodes. That’s how cohesive neighborhoods are built. We need north/south transit routes that link to light rail.

The future is green. We create health and wealth by making it easy for neighbors to grow food in their own yards, in well-managed community gardens and on urban farms. We can make it happen by cutting cumbersome regulation; using existing, underutilized greenspace creatively; and by offering education in food growing and preserving techniques.

The opportunities far exceed the challenges. The ward needs leadership that sees the possibilities and is capable of making them real. I believe I possess the experience and skills to do this job.”

 

UPDATED: Unofficial Minnesota Greens Caucus Results

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News on February 8th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 5 Comments

UPDATE: Here are caucus results posted on the Green Party of Minnesota facebook page:

Minus one caucus reporting, here are the results of Tuesday’s straw poll:

Jill Stein, 92 votes
Roseanne Barr, 26 votes
Kent Mesplay, 22 votes
Harvey Mikkelson, 11 votes
No candidate, 9 votes
David Cobb, 2 votes
Ralph Nader, 2 votes
Winona LaDuke, 1 vote

The Green Party of Minnesota held Caucuses yesterday (Tuesday Feb. 7), and as of this afternoon there has been no official Caucus results released.

However, based on very unofficial (and anecdotal) comments on various Facebook pages, including the GP of MN page, it appears that Jill Stein won a number of the individual caucuses.

Green comments on Facebook include Jill Stein winning Washington County, North and South Minneapolis, and winning 3 to 1 in the 4th CD District in St. Paul, and another report indicates Stein splitting 50/50 with Roseanne Barr in another St. Paul Caucus.

Again, these are all UNOFFICIAL, we acknowledge that, but in lieu of an official media release or report on the Caucus results we felt like reporting *whatever* we could find.  The only msm news story we have found post-Caucus is from the Brainerd Dispatch which reports that two Greens showed up for their Caucus, but gave no Presidential results. From Facebook accounts, there were more Greens at other Caucus locations.

If you have any information about Green Party of Minnesota Caucus results we encourage you to post them here in the comments.

Minnesota Green Party caucuses today, 2/7/12

Posted in State Party News on February 7th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

The Minnesota Green Party is holding caucuses on Tuesday, February 7th. The caucuses will make decisions about candidates for 2012 elections, including presidential candidates. Here is the list of caucuses from the GPMN website:

The following locations have been confirmed for Green Party caucuses. You can also call the Green Party office at 651-288-2820, or visit the Secretary of State’s caucus finder at http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ to find a location near you. read more »

Fairvote reports on instant runoff voting elections in 6 cities

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on November 18th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 10 Comments

Rob Richie and Dorothy Scheeline of Fairvote have written some interesting analysis of last week’s elections that used instant runoff voting, aka ranked choice voting. Instant runoff voting was used in San Francisco, CA, St. Paul, MN, and Portland, ME; in all three cities, Greens both helped enact IRV and ran in last Tuesday’s elections. For the mayoral elections in Portland and San Francisco, Fairvote has graphs that show the breakdown of votes round by round until someone takes a majority (in Portland, Greens David Marshall and John Eder finished 4th and 12th of 15; in SF, Green Terry Baum finished 11th of 16). In a Huffington Post article, Richie and Scheeline focus on the story of IRV’s success in Portland:

Repeatedly, we are seeing RCV winners being the candidates who do a particularly effective job at reaching out to voters, often with direct contact involving community debates, local events, and door-knocking. One Portland candidate, David Marshall, said he knocked on 20,000 doors. He didn’t win, but it was ballots from his supporters that provided a particularly strong boost to the new mayor’s win total.

St. Paul paper interviews Green city council candidates Howard, Xiong

Posted in Local Elections on November 1st, 2011 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Twin Cities Daily Planet has published interviews with two Green Party city council candidates. Johnny Howard is running in Ward 1:

“I want to change the culture of leadership,” says Johnny Howard who is competing in the race for the Saint Paul city council against incumbent council member Melvin Carter in Ward One. “Too often, there is a pretense of neighborhood involvement that disguises top-down leadership.”

Read the full interview with Johnny Howard.

Bee Kevin Xiong is running in Ward 6:

What is it like in the day of a city council candidate? Between 9 a.m. and noon, Xiong is in meetings. In afternoon to early evenings, Xiong and his team of volunteers are going door to door, talking to the residents of the sixth ward. He asks what the resident which issues they are concerned about in the ward and then explains his plan and why he’s running for city council. “I’m endorsed by the Green Party, which means we are a grassroots democracy – we care about people. We treat them with dignity and respect. We put people first.”

Read the full interview with Bee Kevin Xiong at the Twin Cities Planet.

The St. Paul Green Party has one more city council candidate and a school board candidate in the upcoming election, which will use instant runoff voting for the first time in the city’s history. Learn more about all the candidates at GreenSaintPaul.org.

Campaign news and more endorsements for Green Party candidates running in the Nov. 8, 2011 general election

Posted in Local Elections, Press Release on October 28th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates have continued to receive endorsements in local races across the US.

59 Greens will be on ballots in the November 8, 2011 general election. Ten Greens have been elected to public office in elections held earlier this year, out of 34 candidates who competed.

Green candidates in St. Paul, Minnesota, received several endorsements. For the first time, St. Paul will use Ranked Choice Voting (also called Instant Runofff Voting) in City Council elections, which will increase the chances of a Green election victory.

TakeAction Minnesota, a progressive grassroots coalition, has endorsed Jim Ivey for Ward 2 (http://iveyforsaintpaul.org) and Bee Kevin Xiong (http://xiongforsaintpaul.org) for Ward 6 in City Council races.
http://www.takeactionminnesota.org/_assets/document/St._Paul_City_Council_Endorsements.pdf
http://iveyforsaintpaul.org/news/jim-ivey-endorsed-takeaction-mn

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 has also endorsed Mr. Ivey and Mr. Xiong.
http://www.ufcw789.org/newsletter/vol2issue5.pdf
http://iveyforsaintpaul.org/news/united-food-and-commercial-workers-endorse-jim read more »

Greens finish 2nd in two special elections

Posted in Local Elections on October 19th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

In two four-way special elections yesterday in Pittsfield, MA and Minneapolis, MN, Green Party candidates took second place. In Massachusetts’ 3rd Berkshire State Representative district, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark Miller finished close behind Democrat Tricia Farley-Bouvier, although the final vote count is not yet clear. From Ballot Access News:

Some sources say Miller lost by only 92 votes, and some say he lost by 192 votes. He placed second, with either 30% or 32% of the total. The winning Democrat, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, polled 33%.

In Minnesota’s 61st State Senate district, Farheen Hakeem finished second with 22% to 68% for Democrat Jeff Hayden. In both races, the Green candidate outpolled a Republican and an independent.