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Harris, Wallace win contested Green primaries in Maryland

harrisJoshua Harris has won the contested Green Party primary for Baltimore mayor, and Nancy Wallace has won the contested primary for the Green nomination in Maryland’s Eighth U.S. House District.

Though the Maryland Green Party is ballot-qualified, the state of Maryland only sponsors Democratic and Republican primaries, so the state, county, and city Greens held by-mail balloting throughout April and in-person voting on April 30. Harris defeated David Marriott and Emanuel McCray; vote totals have yet to be released. In the Eighth District, Wallace received 45 votes, Elizabeth Croydon six, and Charles “Teddy” Galloway III four.

While the U.S. Senate and other U.S. House primaries were not contested, voters had the option of selecting “None of the Above” or saying no candidate should be run. Margaret Flowers won the U.S. Senate nomination. Other U.S. House candidates are Nnabu Eze (Third District), Kamesha Clark (Fourth District), George Gluck (Sixth District), and Myles Hoenig (Seventh District).

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Talk of Stein as possible alternative to Sanders gets louder

SteinSandersWith Hillary Clinton’s emergence as the likely Democratic presidential nominee, online chatter about Green Party candidate Jill Stein as a November alternative for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders is getting louder.

Myles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, told PressTV that Stein “is a true revolutionary politician in the United States, not Sanders or [Republican Donald] Trump.” Hoenig said, “Where will Sanders’ supporters go if they won’t go to Clinton? These voters are progressive and untrusting of our political establishment. The Green Party addresses all their needs and goes much further than even Sanders on positions.”

Bill Boyarsky writes at Truthdig that Sanders’ supporters “would be welcomed by Dr. Jill Stein. The physician-activist is favored to win the Green Party presidential nomination this year after heading the party’s ticket in 2012.” Stein told Boyarsky, “The whole reason for having an independent third party that cannot be silenced is there are 25 percent of Bernie’s voters who are not going into that dark night to vote for the No. 1 cheerleader for Wal-Mart, for Wall Street, for an endless war. They are looking for another place to hang their hat.”

Inquisitr reports on Stein’s outreach to Sanders, writing that Sanders has “refused the Green Party’s courting in the past, and he says he won’t play the part of the spoiler. Still, supporters of the idea point out that the Green Party National Convention takes place in August, following the Democratic National Convention in July. On social media, many have said that superdelegates should consider that hundreds of thousands of Sanders’ supporters might demand that he accept Stein’s offer” to join a Green ticket.

Sputnik News reports that according to journalist Sam Sacks, “If Sanders lost the Democratic nomination, millions of his voters could opt out from supporting Clinton, possibly seeking another candidate.” Dave Lindorff of Op-Ed News also writes about a possible Sanders spot on the Green ticket.

Sanders has said he will support the Democratic nominee.

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Senate candidate Flowers: Maryland Green primaries do not end today

flowersMaryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is reminding party members in the state that the Green primary is not over, despite the Democratic and Republican primaries in the state being held today.

Though the Green Party has ballot access in Maryland, the state sponsors only Democratic and Republican primaries. The Green Party is having a by-mail primary through April 30, with in-person voting in Baltimore on May 1. Flowers is hosting a meet and greet at the national Green Party headquarters in Takoma Park on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 to facilitate last-minute balloting.

Though Flowers, and U.S. House candidates Nnabu Eze (Third District), Kamesha Clark (Fourth District), George Gluck (Sixth District), and Myles Hoenig (Seventh District) face no opposition, Greens may also vote “None of the Above” or “No Candidate”. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon, Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace.

Flowers is urging Greens to respond to coverage of today’s Maryland primaries by posting comments to “let the media and readers know that there are more than two parties in this state and the election won’t be over until November 8th,” and to post reminders “that Dr. Margaret Flowers is running a serious campaign and is ready to serve as the next U.S. Senator from Maryland. … We can’t rely on the media to cover our message, so we need you to be the media!”

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Maryland Green U.S. House candidate Hoenig says Greens are real alternative

hoenigMyles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, said in an interview with Iran’s PressTV that the Green Party, not Sen. Bernie Sanders, offers the real alternative to traditional American politics.

“For the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders is the real deal when it comes to a ‘revolution,'” Hoenig said. “However, Sanders is not revolutionary. He’s running as a Democrat. He wants taxes to be fairer. He wants our military to be used better, and if better, have proxies carry out our wars of aggression, primarily in the Middle East.”

He continued, “The only party at the moment that truly reflects a greater degree of revolution is the Green Party, whose likely candidate is Jill Stein. Her ‘Power to the People Plan’ creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit. Her platform goes far beyond that of Sanders or any other Democrat: not just free college education but debt forgiveness, something that would leave the banks empty handed and not something Sanders advocates.”

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Maryland Green House candidate Hoenig criticizes education reforms

hoenigMyles Hoenig, the Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, said in a release that the education reform “that has been promoted for many years has clearly been a winner for the private education and the prison industries.”

Hoenig called Teach For America “a program designed to staff urban schools with teachers who have very little teacher preparation and virtually no commitment to remain teachers” that “is used as a steppingstone for someone’s career, not an inducement to improve education in hard to staff districts.”

He continued, “Educating children is not, and should not, be equated with being a business or utilizing business models and techniques. … Equating teacher evaluations on rubrics based on student performance is also just another example of the commodification of education and learning.”

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Maryland Green U.S. House candidate Hoenig looks forward to facing Cummings

HornerMyles Hoenig, the Green Party candidate for the Maryland Seventh District U.S. House seat, says he “looks forward” to facing Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, who announced this week that he will seek re-election.

Hoenig said Cummings “has had a long and distinguished career in public service fighting for civil rights and human dignity. However, the mood in this country right now is finally saying no to the status quo, of which the Congressman dutifully represents.”

Hoenig faulted Cummings for accomplishing “little for this district” and said he “played politics and helped President Obama kill Single Payer and the public option” despite Cummings’s long-time support for a single-payer system.

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Hoenig: Stein, not Sanders, is U.S. equivalent of Britain’s Corbyn

CorbynMyles Hoenig, writing at Dissident Voice, argues that though many pundits have called newly elected British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn the UK equivalent of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sanders has little in common with Corbyn and other European progressives who have made progress over the past year.

Hoenig says that Sanders “is pro-military, pro-Empire building, pro-Israel and thus anti-Palestine, regardless of his statements (rhetoric) of support, pro-gun (for his support of gun manufacturers and not holding them financially accountable), and pro-standardized testing.” But “what we see that is similar is the enthusiasm, strength, and momentum of the campaign.”

In addition, he writes, Sanders has very little chance of actually winning the Democratic presidential nomination. And “Jill Stein of the Green Party will be outside the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia with arms wide open welcoming the stunned, angry and disenfranchised Sanders voters to the Green Party tent for the November election. After all, Stein and the Greens are much closer to the Corbyn left of Europe than Sanders.”