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Roseanne Barr wins California’s Peace and Freedom Party nomination: Cindy Sheehan is VP nominee

Posted in Presidential Campaign on August 4th, 2012 by Gregg Jocoy – 10 Comments

In a post at their website, the Peace and Freedom Party announces their nomination of Roseanne Barr for President, and Cindy Sheehan’s nomination for Vice President.

Roseanne Barr for President

Updated August 4, 2012 by the Website Workers Council

On August 4, the Peace and Freedom Party nominated Roseanne Barr for President and Cindy Sheehan for Vice President.
Roseanne Barr

Barr had sought the Green Party nomination. Numerous articles about Barr’s campaign can be found in Green Party Watch’s archives

Socialist Party Presidential nominee Stewart Alexander was seeking the California based Peace and Freedom Party nomination as well as Barr.

Check back soon for more details.

The following was sent in reply to an inquiry sent to the Peace and Freedom Party via their website:

Here is a brief report on how the voting went this afternoon at the Peace and Freedom Party California State Convention in Los Angeles:

Wow! What a session! We went through the whole process, with nominations and seconds and speeches and so on – and at the very end of her 15 minute speech, the last one before the voting began, Peta Lindsay announced that the PSL was withdrawing her name from consideration, because her nomination would likely leave a blank on the California ballot (as she is not yet 35, the constitutional minimum age), and the Peace and Freedom Party needs names on the ballot. Then she paused, while peoples jaws dropped and there were gasps all over the hall – and announced that they would be voting for Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan, who would be good representatives of the party and fighters for socialism!

The rules had been changed to allow three ballots before eliminating the lowest vote-getter, rather than one ballot. Of course, a majority (of all present and able to vote) for one candidate would end the voting at that point.

First ballot: Barr 29, Stewart Alexander 12, Stephen Durham 18, 4 abstentions. (32 votes required for a majority, we thought. After the vote, there was a count-off to determine exactly how many delegates were present and able to vote. There were in fact 64, meaning that the required majority was 33.)

(The several people who had told me they intended to vote for Rocky Anderson before he withdrew, voted in the first round instead either for Roseanne Barr or Stewart Alexander.)

Second ballot: Barr 37, Alexander 6, Durham 16, 5 abstentions. Barr was declared nominated.

Several people who had voted for Alexander or Durham recognized that Barr was going to be nominated, and switched their votes even though no one had yet been formally dropped, ending the process before it could become too wearing.

While both Cindy Sheehan and Christina Lopez were nominated from the floor for VP, Lopez declined (because she is Durhams’s running mate nationally), and Cindy was nominated for Vice President with all in favor except 13 abstentions (mainly from FSP). So it’s official – Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan are the Peace and Freedom Party ticket.

Lots more happened today, and there will be plenty of important decisions tomorrow, but I know people wanted this news. -Kevin

It should be noted that Rocky Anderson had withdrawn from consideration three days before the convention, saying he did not have the needed support to win the nomination.

Others who sought the Peace and Freedom Party’s Presidential and Vice Presidential nominations included former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party, Stephen Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party, and Peta Lindsay of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Green Party National Convention Begins Today

Posted in National Greens, Presidential Campaign on July 12th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 13 Comments

The Green Party’s Annual Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention begins today in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of the events will be livestreamed by the Green Party, and we will have that livestream embedded here.

Some Convention highlights (see full schedule here)

Thursday July 12

  • Afternoon Workshops – Media Skills for Candidates, Student Greens, Campaign Messaging, Revisioning GPUS, and more
  • Afternoon Committee / Caucus meetings – Youth Caucus, Labor Caucus, Platform Committee
  • Evening Welcome Reception with International Greens – featuring Dr. Joachim Denkinger, Deputy Secretary General of the GREENS/EFA Group (Greens in the European Parliament), Toussaint Hinvi, Benin; Rick Leckinger, New Zealand; Keli Yen, Taiwan; and Jean Cloutier and Johan Hamels, Canada

Friday July 13

  • Morning Workshops – Occupy and the Peace Movement, From Austerity to Prosperity: The Green New Deal and the Green Economy, Fundraising for candidates, Low-carbon diet – food and the environment,
  • Morning Committee / Caucus meetings – International Committee, Latino/a Caucus, Platform Committee
  • Afternoon Workshops – Abolish Corporate Personhood, Alternative voting methods, Solar Power, “Running for the Mountains” (film with Jesse Johnson),
  • Afternoon Committee / Caucus meetings – Peace Action, National Committee Plenary
  • Evening fund raiser at Metro Gallery – featuring Green Party candidates at all levels

Saturday July 14

Presidential Nominating Convention (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • Speeches of the candidates for the nomination (Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein)
  • Keynote: Gar Alperovitz
  • Honorary Co-Chairs David Cobb and Colia Clark
  • Colin Beavan
  • George Martin
  • Margaret Flowers, M.D.
  • County Board Supervisor Leland Pan
  • 2008 Vice-Presidential nominee Rosa Clemente
  • Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero
  • Rev. Ed Pinkney
  • Roll call vote of the states
  • Vice Presidential acceptance speech
  • Presidential acceptance speech
  • Evening Fundraiser for the Presidential Campaign

Sunday July 15

  • Convention Plenary – The Big Picture: How our presidential campaign will build the Green Party in 2012. Presented by the campaign team of the 2012 presidential nominee.
  • Morning Workshops – Ballot Access Final Push; Spanish Language outreach and organizing; Campus Greens; Grassroots Fundraising;
  • Closing Plenary – Call to Action

Green Party of California Primary Results

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Presidential Campaign, State Party News on June 6th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

Jill Stein won the Green Party of California Primary vote with 48% of the total, surviving a strong push by Roseanne Barr over the last two weeks to gain ground in the Delegate count.  Over 13 thousand votes were cast in the Green Party presidential primary, and another 19 thousand votes were cast for Green Party Congressional candidates, but unfortunately none made it into the top two to move on to the General Election.

Presidential Primary:

  1. Jill Stein – 6,563 votes (48.6%)
  2. Roseanne Barr – 5,396 votes (40.0%)
  3. Kent Mesplay – 1,534 votes (11.4%)

This will likely distribute California’s 65 Delegates in the following manner:

  • Jill Stein – 32 Delegates
  • Roseanne Barr – 26 Delegates
  • Kent Mesplay – 7 Delegates

In other California races, here are the outcomes according to the California Secretary of State:

House of Representatives:

Barry Hermanson (CD12) – 4,677 votes (5.2%) 3rd out of 6. Note that Nancy Pelosi won with 74% of the vote, but the second place finisher, Republican John Dennis, only won 12,562 votes. Hermanson was just 8K votes shy of making the “top two”

Carol Brouillet (CD18) – 3,890 votes (4.1%) 4th of 4 candidates

Eric Peterson (CD20) - 1,449 votes (2.0%) 5th of 7 candidates

Michael Powelson (CD30) – 1,523 votes (2.0%) 6th of 7 candidates

David Steinman (CD33) – 3,057 votes (3.4%) 6th of 8 candidates

Anthony Vieyra (CD35) – 5,371 votes (18.7%) 3rd of 3 candidates. NOTE that in this race the other two candidates were both Democrats, who will both move on to the general election. It should be pointed out that 18% is a very good turnout for the Green candidate, and Vieyra had the highest total vote among the California Congressional Candidates and the highest percentage finish as well.

In total, 19,967 votes were cast in California for Congressional candidates in the “top two” primary. Because of California’s Top Two election law, none of them will appear on the general election ballot in November.

In State Legislative races, there were three Greens on the ballot:

David Edwards (SAD1) – 5,050 (5.8%) 4th of 5 candidates. Note that the top two winners were both Republicans, with the Democrat finishing in 3rd place. Edwards beat the Libertarian, who finished in 5th.

Pamela Elizondo (SAD2) – 6,374 (8.6%) 3rd of 4 candidates. Note that the other 3 candidates were all Democrats.

Jack Lindblad (SAD39) – 1,895 (7.5%) 5th of 6 candidates. The top two finishers were both Democrats, with the other 3 candidates all Republicans.

Local Races:

Gary Blenner (Sacramento County Super d.4) – 6,466 votes (23.32%) 3rd of 3 candidates

Jane Rands (Fullerton City Council) – 3,340 (26.3%) 2nd of 4 candidates. Note that this was a Recall election of three city councilors prompted by the police beating death of a homeless man that outraged the community. All three of the city councilors targeted for Recall were recalled and replaced.

California Primary Today – Green Party Candidates

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Presidential Campaign, State Party News on June 5th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The California Primary is today, which will determine the proportion of Delegates that will go to the Green Party Presidential candidates Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein. California, with 65 Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, is the largest Delegation, making the primary very important for all three candidates.

On top of the Presidential Primary, California also has on the ballot the open “top two” primary, in which the top two candidates in each race today for Congressional and state legislative seats will advance to the General Election. Consequently, this is an important election for the Green Party candidates on the ballot in those races. According to the Green Party of California, these candidates are on the ballot today:

Green congressional candidates

Barry Hermanson (district 12) – • Facebook campaign page
Carol Brouillet (district 18) – • Facebook campaign page
Eric Peterson (district 20) –
Michael Powelson (district 30) – • Facebook campaign page
David Steinman (district 33) – • Facebook campaign page
Anthony Vierya (district 35) – • Facebook campaign page

Green state legislative candidates

David Edwards (State Assembly district 1)
Pamela Elizondo (State Assembly district 2)
Jack Lindblad (State Assembly district 39)

Green candidates for local office

Gary Blenner (Sacramento County Supervisor, district 4)
Jane Rands (Fullerton City Council)

Michigan Greens Nominate 22 Candidates

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, Presidential Campaign, State Party News on June 5th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

The Green Party of Michigan this last weekend nominated 22 candidates for office across the state, from US Senate to local County Commissioner seats. Harley Mikkelson, who had thrown his hat into the Presidential Race, was nominated to run for US Senate. There are also seven candidates for US House of Representative seats.

The Green Party of Michigan also polled its members for Presidential Preference, the results of which will guide the Michigan delegation to the Presidential Nominating Convention. The results of that process translates to 9 of Michigan’s 16 Delegates for Jill Stein, three for Roseanne Barr, and two each for Kent Mesplay and Michigan Green Harley Mikkelson.

See below (or here) for the full report on the Michigan Convention.

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Georgia Greens Back Barr

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

The Georgia Green Party this last weekend elected to send 3 of their 4 Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention to support Roseanne Barr. The fourth Delegate will be supporting Jill Stein.

The Georgia Greens also nominated Cynthia McKinney for Congress, Kwabena Nkromo for State Legislature, and Denice Traina for a County Commission seat.

See press release below.

Georgia Greens Support Barr for Green Presidential Nomination
‘only serious comedian in the race’ part of slate of four

At its Nominating Convention in Tucker, on Saturday, June 2nd,
Delegates to the Georgia Green Party’s annual meeting instructed three
of its four Delegates to the Baltimore Presidential Nominating
Convention to support the nomination of Roseanne Barr, of Hawaii, as
the Party’s 2012 Presidential standard bearer.  The fourth Delegate
was pledged to Jill Stein.  Kent Mesplay also had some support at the
Convention, but not enough to win a Delegate to Baltimore.
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Green Party Presidential Race Updates (June 1)

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News on June 1st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 5 Comments

Last weekend, three more state Green Parties determined their Delegate support for the Presidential Nominating Convention:

  • The Iowa Green Party has four Delegates, and the results of their presidential preference ballot was a slight lead for Jill Stein, resulting in two Delegates each for Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr.
  • The Green Party of Florida has eight Delegates. The proportional distribution of their ranked choice ballot gave Jill Stein 5 Delegates, Roseanne Barr two Delegates, and Kent Mesplay one.
  • The Green Party of Washington State’s ballots led to Jill Stein winning all four of their Delegates.

According to our *Unofficial Delegate Count*, Jill Stein now has 149 Delegates of the 201 determined thus far, Roseanne Barr is in second with 36 Delegates, Kent Mesplay is at 7.5 Delegates, and Harley Mikkelson is at 1.5. There are 7 Delegates that are “uncommitted”.

This weekend (June 2-3), the Green Parties in Michigan and Georgia will be holding state conventions to determine their Presidential Delegates. Georgia has 4 Delegates, Michigan has 16.

  • The Green Party of Michigan is meeting at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, and besides the Presidential Preference process they will be nominating candidates for Congress and State Legislative races. the GP of Michigan has a long history of running a strong slate of candidates.
  • The Georgia Green Party is meeting at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Public Library in Tucker, GA on Saturday June 2. Despite having one of the worst ballot access laws in the Nation, the Georgia Greens will be looking to run candidates nonetheless.

Also of note, this last week Kent Mesplay officially became (re-)recognized as a Presidential Candidate for the Green Party after raising over $5,000 for his campaign. This is Dr. Mesplay’s third run for the Presidential nomination, and thus far he is significantly behind in Delegates.

And finally, there is some action in South Dakota, North Dakota and Kentucky to meet and send Delegates to the Green Party PNC. None of the three states have currently accredited State Green Parties, but there is a process by which this can happen. The Green Party has not been on the ballot in the Dakotas since 2000.

Roseanne Barr Interview on AlterNet

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 29th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 4 Comments

Joshua Holland interviews Roseanne Barr on AlterNet. Read it all there, here is an excerpt:

JH: Roseanne, whenever I talk to Green Party members I hear that we just have to overcome our fear. Jill Stein said that during our interview. I guess the idea is that if progressives — or whatever you want to call us — voted for the candidates who best reflected their positions they’d vote Green.

One thing that strikes me about this is the idea of lesser-evils. What’s wrong with the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils if the alternative is electing the eviler of two evils? When I look at what the GOP is doing in terms of domestic policy, from the Ryan budget, to all of these insane anti-woman laws, to voter disenfranchisement, and harsh anti-immigration legislation. Should one not be frightened of Mitt Romney appointing a couple more right wing justices to the Supreme Court?

RB: What we should all be afraid of is that both the Democrats and the Republicans went for the same guy, so let’s not BS ourselves. Let’s put the blame on both parties and everybody in this government. They both work for the elite bankers of the Federal Reserve. They do not work for the American people. That is a sad fact. You are indeed voting for the lesser of two evils because you’re voting for the exact same party. The money party which has two faces – we should throw the bums out.

Obama is not a populist and he never was. He’s masquerading as one. Obama is Wall Street’s favorite candidate, and make no mistake: they’re going to yank everybody and work everybody so that we think there’s a real chance Romney is going to win, and he isn’t. Nobody is going to vote for Romney. This is just all theater, and at the end Obama will win by a landslide — unless I win which would be fantastic for this country. It’s all just a charade. They all work for the same guys.

Obama signed the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act]. He doesn’t want to get rid of DOMA [Defense of Marriage Act]. He says gay rights are a state’s rights issue. His healthcare program is Romneycare, so what’s the difference? I’ll tell you what the difference is. Obama is the hand-picked person from his masters at Wall Street whose job and task is to tell the American people that their jobs and money are not ever going to come back. The American people will be pacified hearing that from a face that looks like Obama far more than a face that looks like Romney. It is all a scam from top to bottom.

Stein & Barr Enter Final Stretch of Primary Campaign

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 23rd, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 27 Comments

After winning nine of ten Delegates in Delaware and Maryland on May 12, Jill Stein picked up 30.5 Delegates last weekend out of 42 available, from six states. The other 11.5 went to Roseanne Barr.

Our unofficial Delegate count now shows Jill Stein has secured 138 Delegates out of the 185 that have been determined, 74.5%. Roseanne Barr has been increasing her numbers, and currently has secured 32 Delegates, for 17%. Kent Mesplay has 6.5 Delegates, Harley Mikkelson 1.5 Delegates, and there are 7 uncommitted Delegates.

The breakdown from the weekend of May 19:

  • Hawaii – 2 delegates for Stein, 2 delegates for Barr (THIS IS A CORRECTION, PREVIOUSLY STATED 4 DELEGATES FOR STEIN – RKH)
  • Minnesota – 4 delegates for Stein, 3 delegates for Barr
  • Mississippi – 4 delegates for Stein
  • New York – 14 delegates for Stein, 2 delegates for Barr
  • Pennsylvania – 4 delegates for Stein, 3 delegates for Barr
  • Tennessee – 2.5 delegates for Stein, 1.5 delegates for Barr

Given that Jill Stein has a 100 delegate lead in a contest that has a maximum of 400 delegates, is she now the presumptive nominee? That would depend on who you ask.  On the one hand, there are a number of states and territories that have been assigned delegates that have no active Green Party chapters, and will likely not be sending Delegates. I would include in this list  Alaska, Idaho, South Dakota, Wyoming, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, and the US Virgin Islands – for 24 total.  There are another group of states that are wild cards – we know there are Greens there, but we can’t find any indication of when and how they will select their delegates.  Those states hold an additional 48 Delegates that may not be allocated.  If those states and territories fail to allocate Delegates, then the total number may drop to as low as 330.  However, there could be surprises, there is word out that a Green Party will be meeting in North Dakota soon, a state that has been difficult to organize in the past.

There are four tests coming up for both Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr.

First, this coming weekend we may hear delegate results from Iowa (4), Florida (8), North Carolina (4), and Washington (4).

Second, Michigan’s state convention is June 2-3. Michigan has 16 Delegates, one of the five largest delegations. Also meeting that weekend is Georgia (4 delegates).

Third is California, which not only has the largest delegation size (65), but has a state run primary on June 5.  Roseanne Barr has been on CNN asking voters to change registration to vote for her, and may very well give Jill Stein a run for her money. 65 Delegates could be a “game changer”.

Fourth, the great state of Texas holds their state convention on June 9-10, possibly the last state to determine their delegates before the July 15th Presidential Convention. Texas has 12 Delegates.

So on one hand, based on a realist perspective on the total possible number of delegates, Jill Stein may only need to secure a few dozen more to get the nomination. But on the other hand, there are 117 Delegates that will be determined over the next four weeks, and Greens can be an unpredictable lot.

Roseanne Barr on CNN (Video)

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 21st, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

Roseanne Barr, seeking the Green Party nomination for President, appeared on CNN over the weekend. In her interview she encourages California voters to register Green and vote for her in the Green Party primary in June, and describes how the Green Party is the Party of solutions, small & efficient government, and starting over the right way.

Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein debate in San Francisco

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 14th, 2012 by Gregg Jocoy – Comments Off

As was reported here at Green Party Watch May 12th found the San Francisco Green Party host to a presidential debate between Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr. Ann Garrison covers the debate at Fog City Journal, a widely read news website based in San Francisco.

Where Obama and Romney see a world full of terrorists requiring an ever-heightened state of military positioning with Homeland and National Security, Stein and Barr see further militarization of the police, an empire of military bases in need of dismantling and a need to redefine national priorities and security.”

The full debate can be seen at the linked article.

Willie Nelson to Roseanne: I’m not ready to get into politics

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 13th, 2012 by Gregg Jocoy – 5 Comments

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson
Yesterday via HootSuite
@TheRealRoseanne
Roseanne
I see you are speaking to someone else regarding your vice president running mate. I know whoever your choice is they will be happy to serve with you.
I’m not ready to get into politics. I have stayed away from it this long. I am content to sit on the sidelines and criticize everyone else.
Good luck with your campaign.
Love, Willie

Livestream – Green Party Presidential Debate Tonight

Posted in Presidential Campaign on May 12th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 2 Comments

Show starts at 7:30 PM Pacific, 10:30 PM Eastern

Watch the forum live, chat with other Greens!

Watch live streaming video from greenpartyus at livestream.com

Rhode Island Presidential Delegates

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

The Green Party of Rhode Island at their state meeting this last weekend approved their delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention. Of their four delegates, 2 will be voting for Jill Stein, 1 for Roseanne Barr, and 1 will be Uncommitted.

According to our unofficial tally, Jill Stein has now locked up 98.5 Presidential Delegates of 131 determined to date.

This coming weekend, State Green Parties will be meeting in Delaware (4 Delegates) and Maryland (6 Delegates).

On May 19th, 35 Delegates are up for grabs in Hawaii, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, and Tennessee.

Maine Greens Split Delegation – Stein 7, Barr 6

Posted in Presidential Campaign, State Party News on May 7th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – 3 Comments

According to the Convention Minutes of the Maine Green Independent Party, at the Party’s May 5th meeting in Portland the Party voted by Caucus resulting in 7 Presidential Delegates for Jill Stein and 6 Presidential Delegates for Roseanne Barr. Maine is allotted 13 Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in July.

The May 5th meeting follows county caucuses that were held between January and March of this year. According to the meeting minutes, “15 caucuses convened, small portion took a vote, most decided not to vote, those that did vote voted unanimously for Jill Stein, excepting Portland which went 90% for Jill Stein.”

An unofficial delegate count, including the latest results from Maine and Arkansas, puts Jill Stein with 78% of allocated presidential delegates:

  • Jill Stein: 96.5
  • Roseanne Barr: 18.5
  • Kent Mesplay: 6.5
  • Harley Mikkelson: 1.5
  • Unassigned: 6