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Wisconsin Green Party elects new officers, sets course for future growth

IMG_2936From the Wisconsin Green Party:

This past weekend the Wisconsin Green Party held our 2013 Summer Gathering. We were honored to be joined by the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Nominee, Dr. Jill Stein, who gave a rousing keynote and helped us to strategize about the future of the Wisconsin Green Party and the U.S. Green Party.

We elected new state party officers, a statewide coordinating council, and delegates to the national Green Party meeting to be held July 25-28 in Iowa City, Iowa. Four out of five of the newly elected officers are Greens under 30, several of whom were inspired to join the Green Party by the Jill Stein for President campaign. Dave Schwab and Erika Wolf were elected as co-chairs, Adam Porton and Jolie Lizotte were elected as co-secretaries, and Michael Slattery was elected as treasurer. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein to keynote Wisconsin Green Party Summer Gathering Sat. 6/29

From the Wisconsin Green Party:

p Jill SteinThe Wisconsin Green Party is delighted to welcome 2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein to our 2013 Summer Gathering in Oshkosh on Saturday, June 29th.

Click here to read a special message for Wisconsin from Jill Stein.

Our Summer Gathering will feature talks from Jill Stein and Wisconsin Green elected officials, candidates and organizers, as well as workshops on party-building, running campaigns, being an officer, creating a long-term vision, and more.

No previous experience with the Green Party? No problem – the gathering will be aimed at helping everyone get involved, from veteran Greens to newcomers.

We will also be electing officers to guide the Wisconsin Green Party as we take our newly gained experience and resources into the 2014 election cycle. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein to keynote Wisconsin Green Party Summer Gathering in Oshkosh June 29

p jill steinFrom the Wisconsin Green Party – click here for more information and to RSVP:

The Wisconsin Green Party is delighted to welcome 2012 Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein to our 2013 Summer Gathering in Oshkosh on Saturday, June 29th.

Our Summer Gathering will feature talks from Jill Stein and Wisconsin Green elected officials, candidates and organizers, as well as workshops on party-building, running campaigns, being an officer, creating a long-term vision, and more.

No previous experience with the Green Party? No problem – the gathering will be aimed at helping everyone get involved, from veteran Greens to newcomers.

We will also be electing officers to guide the Wisconsin Green Party as we take our newly gained experience and resources into the 2014 election cycle. Continue Reading

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Sustainability at the core of Ron Hardy’s campaign for Oshkosh Common Council

Jeff Bollier of the Oshkosh Northwestern recently wrote an article about Ron Hardy’s campaign for Oshkosh Common Council, emphasizing Hardy’s focus on sustainability and quality of life issues:

Hardy has been involved in Oshkosh’s Sustainability Advisory Board since its inception and presently serves as chairman, but for Hardy, it’s more than just a green buzzword to remind people to turn off their lights or drive less. Hardy sees an opportunity for the city to save money, but he also sees bike lanes, community gardens, more parks, resolving storm water management problems and central city revitalization inherent in a drive toward a better and more sustainable community.

Read the full article at the Oshkosh Northwestern.

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Ronald Kane Hardy wins AFSCME endorsement

Ronald Kane Hardy has received the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In a posting at his Facebook campaign website, Hardy reports on his endorsement. Hardy, founder of Green Party Watch, lives in Oshkosh, WI and is running for a seat on that city’s Common Council.

Donations to Hardy’s campaign can be made here via PayPal, or by mailing a contribution to:

“Friends of Ron Hardy”
c/o Barbara Fahey, Treasurer
1715 Evans St.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Palmeri Warns of Health Care Monstrosity

Green Party politician Tony Palmeri appeared on the Wisconsin Public Radio show Week in Review on Friday, and spoke with host Joy Cardin on a variety of topics, ranging from economic stimulus in Wisconsin to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States.

On the issue of health care reform, Palmeri warned about the influence of lobbyists from the health insurance industry upon the legislative process in Washington D.C. “I would be shocked if something were passed before the August recess, mostly because the private insurance industry is putting about 1.4 million dollars a day in lobbying in Washington, and sad to say, until something comes out of those committees that the industry is happy with, we probably won’t get a bill signed,” he said. “If these folks are putting in a million or more dollars a day in lobbying, they’re not doing it so that they’re going to be put out of business. We might be creating a kind of monstrosity here.”

However, as imperfect as the health care reform process is, Palmeri noted that local governments are struggling to keep up with the increasing burden of health care costs, even as the overall economic crisis reduces the money that’s available for their budgets. He explained, “As a member of the Oshkosh City Council, we’re going into our budget period right now, and as most cities, we’re facing huge health care increases for our city employees, so we really need some help from the feds, and if whatever they pass in Washington passes the cities, at least it’s some positive reform.”

Palmeri is an Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. He was re-elected to the Oshkosh Common Council this year and named Deputy Mayor.