At its convention on Saturday, the Pacific Green Party, the Oregon state Green Party organization, awarded six presidential convention delegates to Jill Stein and one to Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry. Stein now has 120 total delegates, Bill Kreml 11, Moyowasifza-Curry seven, Kent Mesplay four, and Darryl Cherney two. A candidate needs 202 delegates to win the nomination.
Oregon’s Eugene Register-Guard reports that the Pacific Green Party and three other parties “have joined together to slam the Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins, a longtime Democrat, alleging bias and lack of transparency in a recent notice Atkins’ agency sent to non-affiliated Oregon voters about party registration.”
Pacific Green Party representative Alan Zundel said, “This is another example of how the system is stacked against third parties, whether intentional or not. The notice prominently displayed how to register with a major party while registering with a minor party was left to a small, general aside at the bottom of the page.”
The Constitution Party, Independent Party, and Progressive Party joined in the protest.
KLCC Radio 89.7 Eugene, Oregon, a National Public Radio affiliate, aired a one-minute piece on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein during Stein’s recent campaign trip to Oregon.
KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reported that in her “second presidential run on the Green ticket,” Stein “is banking on the support of the younger demographic. Stein promises to cancel student loan debt and in return, hopes college age people will check her name on their ballots.”
Stein said, “We just qualified for federal matching funds, which sets a new record for Green candidates to qualify this early in the election cycle. It’s a sign of the energy and the excitement that’s coming into the race.”
Oregon’s Corvallis Gazette-Times reports on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s visit to the city, writing that Stein told “a receptive audience of about 100 people” Thursday evening that they should “quit voting for ‘the lesser evil’ and cast a ballot for genuine political change.”
In an hour-long speech, Stein detailed “her platform, which is built around the traditional Green Party values of environmentalism, nonviolence and social justice. But she devoted most of her talk to persuading voters who feel trapped by the two-party system that a third-party candidate like her could actually win — eventually.”
Stein said, “We have to build to get to the point where we can win office, because you don’t get to 51 percent overnight. We have to commit to our values. We have to commit to bring our moral compass to our politics, because politics needs a moral compass. … The lesser evil, if you look at the track record, has been paving the way for the greater evil.”
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein spoke at a house party in Portland, Oregon, on the evening of Wednesday, January 20. The event was webcast as a Google Hangout, and the video is available below. Stein’s portion begins 49 minutes into the video.
From Ballot Access News:
The Green Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in nineteen states. By contrast, four years ago it was on in fourteen states. For purposes of this sentence, the District of Columbia is treated as a state.
The Arizona Green Party submitted 30,000 signatures on November 14, so in all likelihood it will soon be on in Arizona. It has almost finished its Maryland petition drive and expects to submit those signatures in December, so it will probably soon be on in 21 states, the most it has ever had following a midterm election.
Relative to four years ago, the Green Party has gained Delaware, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
From Green Party US:
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. Continue Reading
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon is opposing Measure 90, a statewide referendum on enacting “Top Two” primaries in Oregon. As this author has written before, Top Two is a false reform favored by corporate interests to limit choice in elections. It is opposed by non-partisan electoral reform groups like FairVote and Free and Equal.
The growing push for Top Two from superrich backers like John Arnold of Enron (yes, that Enron) may be a pre-emptive strike against ranked-choice voting (aka instant runoff voting), which is a superior system in every respect (see the above-linked article).
From the Pacific Green Party of Oregon:
Dangerous & Deceptive: Excellent guest viewpoint article in the Eugene Weekly by Pacific Green Party founder Blair Bobier. Do add your comments to this online article.
Also, read here about the ENRON energy trader John Arnold who is spending $1.5 million on passing Measure 90. Manipulating energy markets was not enough, now the agenda is manipulating Oregon’s elections!
THIS IS THE WEEK TO WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OPPOSING MEASURE 90.
Top Two is supported by billionaires. The NO side is supported by YOU.
From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for a new antiwar movement in response to the renewal of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.
Greens said that dropping bombs in Iraq and Syria is unlikely to bring peace and stability to the region. The open-ended campaign includes more than a thousand U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq.
Green Party candidates and leaders strongly condemn the violent extremism of Islamic State militias but asserted that there are ways to respond without military force (see “53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in Iraq,” published August 27 by Win Without War, http://winwithoutwar.org/religious-letter-iraq). Continue Reading
Oregon Pacific Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jason Levin got a major boost in exposure Monday when he walked into a candidate forum in Portland and insisted that he be allowed to answer questions alongside the Democratic and Republican candidates.
Moderator: “Um, actually, we were setting it up between the Democratic and Republican candidates.”
Levin: “Yes, I know everything has been set up between the Democratic and Republican candidates.” Continue Reading