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Green campaign for Pennsylvania Governor enters final week of petitioning

Posted in Ballot Access on July 17th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

The Pennsylvania Green Party is in the home stretch of a campaign to gather 17,000 signatures to put Paul Glover for Governor and Wendy Lynne Lee for Lt. Governor on the ballot. Signatures must be submitted by July 25th.

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It would be quite an achievement to get a Green ticket on the top of the ballot in Pennsylvania, which has become notorious in recent years for its anti-democratic and punitive ballot access laws. The state of Pennsylvania is still attempting to collect a fine of over $80,000 from 2006 Green US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli after throwing Romanelli off the ballot, and the state was cited by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (set up by the Helsinki Accords for human rights) for its repression of political rights.

From the Glover for Governor campaign:

The Green Party is required to gather 17,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while Democrats and Republicans needed 2,000 signatures. read more »

Interview with Paul Glover, Green candidate for PA Governor

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 21st, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p paul glover 2Newsworks recently published an interview with Paul Glover, the Pennsylvania Green Party’s candidate for Governor. From the Newsworks interview:

NW: Say I randomly met you out on Germantown Avenue and you have one minute to convince me to vote for you over the established major-party candidates, what’s your pitch?

PG: “When conservatives don’t conserve, and liberals don’t liberate, Greens become centrists looking to solve problems with our schools, create jobs, improve healthcare, clean air and water, secure homes.

“I’m the only candidate who would ban fracking, cancel prison construction and shift that money to schools, and create a half million green-collar jobs statewide without raising taxes, but with progressive taxation.

“I’m also the only candidate who would legalize marijuana and free its prisoners and expunge their records.” read more »

PA Green Party nominates Glover for Governor, candidates for US House, State Senate

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Wide Elections on March 4th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From PoliticsPA:

p paul gloverThe Green Party of Pennsylvania made their official nominations last weekend for Governor, PA-12 and State Senate District 20.

At the top of their ticket is Paul Glover for governor, a social entrepreneur from Ithaca.

Glover is founder of more than a dozen organizations and campaigns, including Ithaca HOURS local currency, the Philadelphia Orchard Project, and Citizen Planners of Los Angeles.  He is author of six books on community economic development, and taught urban studies at Temple University.  In 1978 he walked 400 miles across Pennsylvania, from the Delaware Water Gap to its southwest corner.

In a speech to convention-goers, Glover said “I have agreed to stand as the Green Party’s candidate for governor of Pennsylvania so that voters have the opportunity to select a governor who would ban fracking; shift subsidies from nuclear to solar, and from roadbuilding to rail, and from prisons to public schools.”

Glover declared that he would “create 500,000 green collar jobs, promote progressive taxation, clamp down on commercial bank excesses, legalize marijuana and free its prisoners, protect forests and small farms.”

Getting on the ballot as a third party candidate in Pennsylvania is an uphill battle.

Republican and Democratic candidates only need 1,000 or 2,000 signatures to get their candidates on the statewide ballot, Glover’s campaign would need about 16,639 signatures.

The higher requirement comes from a state law that requires third party candidates obtain a number of signatures that is equal to 2 percent of the total votes received by the most popular candidate for statewide office in the previous general election. This is because third parties don’t have primaries in Pennsylvania.

Glover isn’t the only third-party candidate trying to get on the ballot in 2014,Libertarian Ken Krawchuck announced his intent to run for governor last month.

The higher threshold of signatures will also pertain to the Green Party’s other nominations including Tom Prigg from McCandless to run against Rep. Keith Rothfus in the race for U.S. House of Representatives, 12th District.

Prigg is a former 82nd Airborne paratrooper and neuroscientist, recently turned journalist to report stories on our government and the economy.

“It was the frustration of only observing and reporting that incited me on to run for Congress,” said Prigg. “I couldn’t sit back anymore and wait for someone else to come up with a plan for the future.”

Jay Sweeney, from Falls Township, Wyoming County and current Green Party chairman, will attempt to run in the 20th Senatorial District of the General Assembly, represented by Lisa Baker since 2007.

“We’re very excited about the upcoming campaign season,” said Sweeney.  “We are pleased to offer a choice of candidates who are opposed to the direction the Commonwealth and the Country are taking.  We are especially proud to offer candidates who oppose the hydrofracking process and the industrialization of our forests with which voters are increasingly expressing their displeasure.”

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.

PA Green Party endorses Bill Swartz in special election for state representative

Posted in State Party News on February 27th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

York County Green, Swartz, to compete for 95th District seat vacated by Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale in Special Election on May 21, 2013.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA) has endorsed Bill Swartz, York County, for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 95th Legislative District Special Election this May. GPPA State Chair, Jay Sweeney said of the endorsement, “The more I hear about Bill Swartz, the more I like. I hope the voters of the 95th District have the same reaction. Bill not only has a vision for his district, but he is an articulate spokesperson for the Green Party’s vision for a better Pennsylvania. We are proud to have a candidate with the integrity and credentials Bill brings to this race.” read more »

Jill Stein On the Ballot in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Oregon

Posted in Ballot Access, Presidential Campaign on August 1st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

The Green Party’s Presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have added Oregon, New Jersey, and hopefully Pennsylvania to the growing number of states that will get to vote Green in 2012.

Earlier this week from Oregon:

The Oregon Elections Division today notified party officials that the Pacific Green Party of Oregon is qualified under state law to place candidates on the November ballot.

As a result, Oregon voters will once again have the opportunity to vote for peace, sustainability and genuine democracy.

The PGP has nominated Seth Woolley of Portland and Pat Driscoll of Eugene as the party’s candidates for Oregon Secretary of State and Treasurer, respectively.

“Oregon voters deserve the opportunity to vote on a Green agenda,” said Mr. Driscoll.

The Party’s presidential nominee is Dr. Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician and author. She is joined by running mate Cheri Honkala, the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.

Today from the Stein/Honkala Campaign:

The Stein campaign confirmed today that it expects Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala to appear on the presidential ballot in the major Mid Atlantic states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Now on the ballot in 24 states, the campaign is petitioning in every state remaining, and aims to qualify for the ballot in at least 40 states.

Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg state capitol building yesterday, and began submitting nearly 40,000 signatures of Pennsylvania voters who wish to see the Green Party on their state ballot in 2012. Just over 20,000 signatures are required to establish a ballot line in Pennsylvania, but the state is infamous in the voting rights community for its draconian petitioning requirements and high disqualification rate of signatures.

Across the river in the neighboring state of New Jersey, Greens are celebrating their success in submitting more than twice the required 800 signatures in order to regain ballot status.

“We were counting on New Jersey to carry their weight, and that they did well,” said campaign manager Ben Manski. “Pennsylvania is the performance trophy in this ballot access drive, and with a lot of money and volunteer effort, we’ve won it. Now we have to take this sense of confidence to the 20 remaining states, some of them tough to win, and make sure that every voter is able to exercise their right to vote for the candidates of her or his choice.”

Over 120 Pennsylvanians participated in their state’s ballot access drive, and the Stein campaign and Green Party of the United States rallied financial and volunteer support from around the country.

Now the attention of the campaign’s ballot access efforts, under the custody of Associate Campaign Manager Erika Wolf, shifts to the New England states of Connecticut and New Hampshire, the southern states of Virginia and Alabama, and a swatch of western states ranging from Alaska to Kansas and the Dakotas. A dozen such states will require direct financial and volunteer support from the campaign. Other states, like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Rhode Island, among others, are expected to qualify their ballot lines with only regional support. Overall, the campaign expects its total ballot access costs to exceed $300,000.

Pennsylvania Greens Need Your Help!

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on April 17th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

Greens in Pennsylvania are off and running, seeking over 30,000 signatures to get the Green Party’s candidate for President on the ballot. If you live in or near Pennsylvania – you can help!

From the GP of PA:

Green Party Petition Update – April 10, 2012

If you want to help get the Green Party on the ballot for this November, please contact Hillary at hillarya@pobox.upenn.edu.

Upcoming events

Please send me information about any events that might be good for collecting signatures. This is what I know about so far. More details are in the GPPA Events Calendar.

Philadelphia – Sat, 4/14 – 99% Action Training at Arch Street Methodist Church
Altoona area – Sat. 4/21 – Logan Township Mall event
Philadelphia – Sat. 4/21 – Clear Air 5K and 4th Annual Earth Uprising
Wilkes-Barre – Sat. 4/21 – Restoring Freedoms event
Altoona – Sun, 4/22 – Penn State Altoona Earth Day
Statewide – Tues, 4/24 – Primary Day

Primary Day is one of our best petitioning days of the year. Please plan to take off work or do whatever you can to spend some time at the polls on election day. This is also great practice for our Get Out the Vote efforts in November.

We’re also planning a big weekend in Philadelphia May 5-6. There are two big events in NW Philly that weekend — Mt. Airy Day on Sat., May 5, and the Chestnut Hill Garden Festival on Sunday, May 6. We can arrange for home stays for anyone who can come to Philly and spend the weekend petitioning. Might also get together a fundraiser on Sat. night…stay tuned for details.

Your local Presidential Caucus is also a great place to petition — and more importantly, recruit attendees to join you as petitioners. Bring plenty of blank petitions to your caucus and even do a mini petition training after the caucus if you can. Read more about the caucuses here: http://www.gpofpa.org/index.php?module=htmlpages&func=display&pid=14

Going Door-to-Door

Going door-to-door with street lists is a great way to petition and campaign at the same time. If you’re able to knock on doors in your own neighborhood, let me know so I can email you a street list. A street list has the names of all registered voters in a particular area and is sorted by house number so you can just walk up and down the street with it and know whether you’re talking to registered voters or not.

Getting more petitioners

We’re up to 69 people actively collecting signature (or planning to) and we need many more people to make this a success. Can you help reach out to Greens and other potential volunteers in your area? Please let me know. Please also forward this email to your local lists.

Inspiration

Just a reminder as to why we’re doing this…
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=496

Thanks and Happy Petitioning!

Jill Stein Generates Local Media Coverage on Campaign Trail (Links)

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 23rd, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

Jill Stein is currently campaigning in the Northeast. Her campaign visits have been generating local media coverage and excitement at the local level. Here are a collection of media stories covering Jill Stein’s most recent campaign visits:

3/19/12 Philly Now: “Candidate Jill Stein Addresses Green Party of Philadelphia [Pt. 1]“

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein met potential supporters and members of the Green Party of Philadelphia today at Crossroads Coffee Shop in Roxborough. The meeting with the local party marked the beginning of a day that included addresses with students at the University of the Arts and an address to the William Way Community Center later on tonight.

3/21/12 Philly Now: “Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Addresses Green Party in Roxborough [Pt. 2]“

“It’s important to get the other side of the story,” she said, “which is, if you don’t vote your values, you’re giving a mandate for more of the same, for the corporate sponsored candidates who will continue to send you over the cliff, which is what they are doing.”

3/19/12 WHYY Newsworks (PA): “Green Party’s presidential candidate working to get on Pa. ballot”

“I come out of the medical profession and people ask me what kind of medicine I’m practicing now,” she said. “I say I’m practicing political medicine because it’s the mother of all illnesses!”

3/21/12 Chestnut Hill Patch (PA): “Green Party Presidential Candidate Makes Case in Northwest Philly”

The candidate devoted a large segment of her talk Monday to her Green New Deal program. Similar to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Great Depression era policy, Stein’s plan is a large-scale, emergency jobs initiative that intends on creating 25 million jobs that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

3/22/12 Olean Times Herald (NY): “Green candidate for president makes stopover”

“Her platform includes supporting small state and community banks that invest in small businesses, creating non-polluting jobs, forgiving student debt, changing the current policy of corporations being legally considered as people, single-payer healthcare, altering the tax structure so that the wealthy pay a greater share and low-income people pay less, and rearranging the budget in favor of spending less on wars abroad and more for relief at home.”

3/22/12 Observer Today (NY): “Presidential candidate campaigns on campus”

Stein voiced support for a broad range of issues. “We’re not getting there on climate, we’re not getting there on the environment, and we’re not getting there for people and the economy. We’re going consistently in the wrong direction. We need to be able to deal with the political establishment.” On political affiliation, Stein noted, “Most people say they don’t support either political party.”

Jill Stein campaign comes to Left Forum, NYC, NJ, PA, upstate NY

Posted in Presidential Campaign on March 16th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

The Jill Stein for President campaign is beginning a campaign swing that will bring them to the Left Forum and other events in New York City, as well as events in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. Below are some upcoming events – for the full list of events, check out the events calendar on the Jill Stein for President website.

New Jersey GP State Convention

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick, NJ

Jill Stein and Ben Manski will appear in person on the morning at the New Jersey Green Party Annual Convention.  See http://www.gpnj.org/ for further details.


Left Forum: A Green New Deal: Resolving the Jobs and Climate Crises

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Pace University in New York, NY

With: Jill Stein, Mark Dunlea, Cecile Lawrence, Fred Magdoff, Sarah Manski, Sean Sweeney. Register at LeftForum.org

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Greens in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin Meet This Weekend

Posted in State Party News on February 28th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

This weekend will see State Green Party meetings in several states.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania meets this weekend in Lancaster, PA:

We’ll be starting at 12 noon on Saturday, March 3 with an introduction and welcome followed by an afternoon of workshops and an evening forum. Workshop topics include: ballot access petition circulation; running a campaign for state office; productive interaction with the Occupy movement; fighting fracking; lobbying legislators on the Voters Choice ballot access bills; and strengthening our local Green parties. Details and additional topics to be announced.

Note – this is *not* a Presidential preference or delegate selection meeting.

The Illinois Green Party State Convention is being held this weekend in Macomb, Illinois, hosted by Western Illinois University Campus Greens:

This year’s convention will involve selection of delegates to the Green National Convention (Baltimore, July 12-15), panels, and planning for our presidential petition drive which begins on March 27. On Saturday night a fundraising dinner will be held at the West-Central Illinois Art Center in downtown Macomb.

The Wisconsin Green Party Spring Meeting and Nominating Convention is on Saturday March 3rd, in Madison, WI.

On March 3rd, the Wisconsin Green Party’s Spring Membership Gathering and Presidential Nominating Convention will be held at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., in Madison, Wisconsin. Ballots may be cast at the Convention by Green Party members until 11:30 a.m. The results of the primary will be announced, and Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 14-15 will be elected.

Jill Stein, who will be in Madison for the Grand Opening of her National Campaign Headquarters, will be at the meeting, and at 5 PM Greens will head to Capital Square for the opening of the Stein Headquarters. About that:

Special guests include John Nichols of The Nation and George Martin, co-chair of United for Peace and Justice. This is an important fundraiser for the campaign, and donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

PA Democrat convicted of using state resources against Green Party for political purposes

Posted in Ballot Access on February 6th, 2012 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

Hat tip to Ballot Access News for this story:

On February 6, a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania jury convicted State Representative H. William DeWeese of using state resources to work on partisan political activity during the period 2000-2006. DeWeese was in the Democratic leadership in the House during those years. He directed staff to use government employees and government computers to help challenge the 2004 petition of Ralph Nader, and the 2006 statewide Green Party petition. See this story. DeWeese is currently in the legislature, and has been a state legislator since he was elected in a special election in May, 1976.

2011 Green Party Election Wrap-Up by the Numbers – Brent McMillan

Posted in Grassroots Democracy, Local Elections on December 3rd, 2011 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

2011 Green Party Election Wrap-up by the numbers

by Brent McMillan

104 green party candidates ran for election in 2011. By comparison 150 green party candidates ran for election in 2007, 277 green party candidates ran for election in 2003 and 96 green party candidates ran for election in 1999 (the year prior to the presidential election).

More than half of the offices that greens ran for in 2011 were partisan, by my count, 54.

22 greens were elected to office in 2011, 21% of those who ran.

Eleven of the 22, half, were incumbents seeking re-election. Two of these were partisan:

In the spring, Jason West made a come back and was elected to Mayor of New Paltz, NY.

In the fall election, Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding, CT.

Of note, there was a successful write-in campaign in Virginia. Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board. He was one of 2 candidates that ran for two seats receiving 135 votes or 3%. (There may have been another successful write-in campaign in VA but have not been able to confirm.)

Officeholder summary for 2011:

California:

Larry Bragman was re-elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Matthew Clark was re-elected to Granada Sanitary District (Fall Election.)

William Hayes was elected to Mendocino Coast Park and Recreation District (Fall Election.)

Kathryn Marando did not seek re-election to the Tomales Community Services District.

Ryan O’Neil was elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Vahe Peroomian was re-elected to Glendale Community College District (Spring Election.)

Richard Sloan left the Green Party.

Lew Tremaine did not seek re-election to Fairfax Town Council.

Colorado:

Pete Gleichman did not seek re-election to Mayor of Ward.

Tanya Ishikawa was elected in a come back to Federal Heights City Council Ward 1 (Fall Election.)

Connecticut:

Daphne Dixon lost her re-election to Fairfield Zoning Board (Fall Election.)

Hector Lopez lost his re-election to Constable in New Canaan (Fall Election.)

Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding (Fall Election.)

Ronna Suller lost her re-election to New London Board of Eduction (Fall Election.)

Illinois:

Steve Alesch was elected to Warrenville Park District Commissioner (Spring Election.)

Don Crawford was elected to St. Elmo Library Board (Spring Election.)

Michael Drennen was elected to Ridgeville Park Board (Spring Election.)

Peter Schwartzman was elected to Galesburg City Council Ward 5 (Spring Election.)

Toni Williams was elected to Thornton Township District 205 High School Board (Spring Election.)

Maryland:

Christine Nagel was re-elected to College Park City Council District 1 (Fall Election.)

New Jersey:

Gary Novosielski was re-elected to Rutherford School Board (Spring Election.)

New York:

Jason West was elected to Mayor of New Paltz (Spring Election.)

Oklahoma:

Ed Shadid was elected to Oklahoma City Council (Spring Election.)

Pennsylvania:

Sam Ettaro left the Green Party.

Leif Winter did not seek re-election to Franklin Township Auditor, Susquehanna County.

Virginia:

Kathleen Harrigan did not seek re-election to Tri County/City (Fredericksburg) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Daniel Metraux did not seek re-election to Headwaters (Staunton) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board (Fall Election.)

Chris Simmons was re-elected to Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District Board (Fall Election.)

Wisconsin:

JoEllen Gramling did not seek re-election to Schleswig Town Clerk.

Tony Palmeri did not seek re-election to Oshkosh Common Council. (Instead he sought election to Mayor of Oshkosh but was not successful.)

Bob Poeschl was re-elected to Oshkosh Common Council At-Large (Spring Election)

Marsha Rummel was re-elected to Madison Common Council District 6 (Spring Election.)

The Green Party starts 2012 with 125 elected officeholders, 21 of which are partisan offices.

PA Green Party state meeting to be held Sat., Dec. 3rd

Posted in State Party News on November 24th, 2011 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

The Pennsylvania Green Party will hold its annual state committee meeting on Saturday, December 3rd in Breezewood, PA. All are welcome. Check out the details at the GPPA’s facebook page for the event.

Cheri Honkala, Green for Philadelphia Sheriff, interviewed on PressTV

Posted in Local Elections on October 31st, 2011 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Philadelphia Green Party Sheriff candidate Cheri Honkala was recently interviewed on PressTV. Here is an excerpt of the interview, which is available on PressTV as both video and text:

Philadelphia, where I live, was just named the poorest city in the country. And we have children that go to bed every day in our country that are hungry. We have over 3 million homeless people. And like I said earlier, every 7 seconds a family is losing their home now in this country.

There is no reason for that; we have the ability to provide people with the healthcare. We have the ability to provide everybody with all the necessities of life. We just have a serious problem, we have one political party in this country and that represents corporate America. We don’t have a political system that represents the people, and that is the only reason that I have decided to run for Sheriff.

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 »