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Goldman Sachs vs Adjunct Professor

SC Green candidate David Kulma attends a meet-n-greet. Three Democratic candidates address Rock Hill Rising.

Green Party candidate David Kulma attended a forum where retired Goldman Sachs executive Archie Parnell and two other Democrats addressed Rock Hill Rising.David Kulma, Green for Congress in SC's 5th

March 15th in Rock Hill South Carolina a group of citizens took their virtual community to the “real world” by hosting a gathering of three contenders for the Democratic Party nomination in SC Congressional District 5. The seat will be decided in a special election to be held June 20th. The opening was created when Mick Mulvaney resigned the seat to take a place in the Trump administration.

The event was sponsored by Rock Hill Rising at a local outlet of a small regional coffee house chain, Amelie’s Bakery. The three Democrats had been invited to address the group, one of dozens of Internet based activist groups across the state which sprung up in response to the Trump victory last November.

Three Democratic candidates, Les Murphy, Alexis Frank and Archie Parnell were invited to offer the group their views. David Kulma, The South Carolina Green Party nominee, attended after securing a ticket to the event. Kulma, a Winthrop University Adjunct Professor of Music for the past five years, will address Rock Hill Rising at their next regularly scheduled meeting at their invitation. Kulma listened, took notes, and spoke with organizers of the event.

Parnell, the best financed of the three, served twenty years as an executive at Goldman Sachs as well as a ten year stint as a tax attorney for Exxon Mobil.

“When I listened to Alexis Frank I thought she was fired up and ready to go.” Kulma said. “She wasn’t getting into many specifics but she was passionate and a good speaker.”

Les Murphy, a former Marine who discussed the difficulties of returning to civilian life after service also spoke.

But Parnell was the person of the moment in that room tonight.

“He seemed to project confidence. He had more applause and laugh lines. It was clear that he had spent a good deal of time being coached. He presented himself well.” said Kulma.

Liz Smith-Anderson of Rock Hill had submitted a question which was rejected by the sponsors. “I just wanted to know if the candidates think this is a Christian nation, why or why not. A big part of the Trump agenda is driven by fanatical people who don’t understand our nation’s history.” she said.

The Kulma campaign was launched only a week and a half ago, but the campaign is said to be building steam already. In most Democratic and Republican congressional races $2500 checks are common. But this “people powered” campaign has just broken past it’s first $1000 fundraising barrier.

“We don’t take PAC money, we don’t take corporate money, so we must ask for worker’s money, as painful as that is.” Kulma concluded.

A total of 15 candidates from of South Carolina’s ballot qualified parties have filed. Seven Republicans, three Democrats, an equal number of Libertarians, and a single candidate each have filed for the Green and American Party nominations. One of the Libertarians has also filed to seek the Constitution Party nod.

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Kreml wins majority of South Carolina delegates to Green convention

kremlGreen Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml won the majority of South Carolina’s delegates to the Green Party presidential nominating convention at the state convention in Columbia Saturday. Kreml won five delegates, while Jill Stein won three.

Kreml is professor emiritus of political science at the University of South Carolina, and challenged incumbent Democrat Ernest Hollings in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in the state in 1980, taking 8.2% of the vote in a three-way race. Kreml also ran protest campaigns in the Democratic presidential primaries in South Carolina in 1992 and 2000.

Of the 14 reported state results so far, this is the first Green contest not won by Jill Stein. Stein leads the nomination race with a total of 91 delegates, followed by Kreml at 11, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry five, Kent Mesplay four, and Darryl Cherney two. Kreml and Stein are currently the only two candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States. There are 14 candidates seeking the nomination in some capacity.

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Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, AZ, MA, PA, SC, ME, CA

From p Green Party US new logoGreen Party US:

Spring is the time for annual conventions of many of our affiliated State & Local Green Parties. A partial list of upcoming meetings is listed here, including New York, Arizona, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maine, and California.

Conventions have already been held in New Jersey & Illinois. Our hardy Greens in Maine held their annual meeting in January.

Campaign School and Spring Nominating Convention Syracuse, New York
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17th
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Arizona
Saturday, May 30 in Flagstaff

The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) invites all registered Greens & guests to attend our next General Membership meeting & 25th Anniversary Celebration!
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Massachusetts
Saturday, May 30 in Worcester

Our theme, Healing Our Communities, is intended to set the tone of positive engagement and particularly encouraging and empowering people to run for elected office.
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Pennsylvania
Saturday, May 30 in Swarthmore Continue Reading

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It’s On Like Donkey Kong

Today the South Carolina Election Commission wrote Green Party co-chair Sue Edward to tell her that House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s name will be on the November ballot, but voters will be informed that he is ineligible to serve. The message from the Commission does not make it clear what will happen if Harrell wins the most votes.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The State Election Commission has received notification from the Clerk of the House that Bobby Harrell has formally withdrawn as a candidate for State House of Representatives District 114. The election for House 114 will go forward on November 4. While Mr. Harrell’s name will appear on the ballot, he is no longer eligible to win the election. The county voter registration and elections offices will place prominent notices in all polling places to inform voters that Mr. Harrell is no longer a viable candidate for House 114.

Harrell had served for more than twenty years in the state legislature without a single challenge until he faced Green Party candidate Larry Carter Center in 2012. Despite years of allegations and rumors of corruption, Harrell never faced a competitor in the primary.

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SC Green Sue Edward Faces Only Democrat as Republican Speaker of the House Resigns Facing Indictment.

Sue Edward, SC GP nominee for House District 114

Sue Edward SC GP nominee for House District 114

Sue Edward, a long time co-chair of the South Carolina Green Party, has had a golden opportunity laid at her feet. The incumbent she is running against is House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Harrell has been under investigation for two years under pressure from Republican and libertarian groups. He will reportedly confess to a series of misdemeanors, and resign his seat. He would also be removed from the ballot and state law seems to indicate that the Republicans will have no nominee in the race. Will the Republicans opt to vote for the Democrat, the Green, or not vote at all?

For more on Speaker Harrell’s criminal indictments, read below the fold.
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Green Party conventions, broadcasts Sat. 5/3 in CT, ME, NJ, SC

green party earthflowerOn Saturday, May 3rd, the Green Party US livestream channel will feature the New Jersey Green Party‘s state convention, as well as 30th anniversary celebration of the Maine Green Independent Party. The Connecticut Green Party and South Carolina Green Party also hold their state conventions on May 3rd. From Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party TV will air special events planned by two state Green Parties on Saturday, May 3 on the party’s Livestream channel (http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus). Continue Reading

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South Carolina Green wins just under .5% in special congressional race

South Caronlina Green Party stalwart Eugene Platt was unable to secure much in the way of press coverage, and was excluded from the only debate between after the Republican and Democratic nominations were finished. Despite being the only veteran in the race, and despite almost 30 years in elected office in the state, Platt was kept out of a debate sponsored by AOL owned “Charleston Patch” held at The Citadel.

The Democrats ran Elizabeth Colbert-Busch against disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford, famous for disappearing from the state to visit his paramour in Argentina. Colbert-Busch is the sister of Steven Colbert. Sanford beat Colbert-Busch by a 10 point margin.

The author of this report also submitted an article to Yahoo! Voices, which they have published. A link to that article is here.

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Patch excludes Green candidate from SC-1 congressional debate

Eugene Platt

From the Charleston City Paper:

Patch, AOL’s online local news platform, will host a debate between candidates for South Carolina’s District 1 House seat on Monday at the Citadel, but only two of the three candidates will be present. Republican Mark Sanford will square off against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, but Green Party candidate Eugene Platt was not invited to the debate.

S.C. Patch Political Editor Shawn Drury, who will be a panelist at the debate, says Patch followed the guidelines of the Commission on Presidential Debates and only invited “the two candidates who are polling at 15 percent or greater.” According to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity, the Commission on Presidential Debates is “a largely secretive tax-exempt organization, created and run by former chairmen of the two major parties, funded by a small group of unidentified major donors, and designed, it seems, to exclude nearly all third-party candidates.”

Platt, who has referred to the mainline political parties as “corporate parties” in interviews, sent an e-mail to Drury Tuesday night asking to be included in the debate. In the e-mail, which he forwarded to the City Paper, Platt had this to say: Continue Reading

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South Carolina Greens nominate Eugene Platt in 1st Congressional District special election

Eugene Platt

In a message posted to his Facebook page, David J. Gillespie, author of Challengers to Duopoly and South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee member, announced the results of Saturday’s nominating convention.

Meeting in convention in Mt. Pleasant yesterday, the South Carolina Green Party chose Eugene Platt as its nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District seat. Platt will face off against the winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries in the general election. This was the first contest with more than one candidate seeking the SCGP nomination for any office, and Platt is the only candidate of any third party who will be running in this general election. Platt is also the only Green currently holding an elective office in South Carolina. Here is the link to his campaign website.

http://voteplatt.com/

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South Carolina Greens Vote for Jill Stein

The South Carolina Green Party this weekend voted to allocate 7 of their 8 Delegates to Jill Stein. The eighth Delegate was allocated to Roseanne Barr. Jill Stein has now won 11 of 11 State Green Party primaries and conventions. From the South Carolina Green Party:

Presidential delegate count, of 8 delegates to GPUS National Convention:
Jill Stein: 7
Roseanne Barr: 1

Nominated for other offices:
Second Congressional District: Jeff Sumerel
Sixth Congressional District: Nammu Muhammed

State Senate District 20: Scott West
State Senate Seat 41 (special election): Sue Edward

State House Seat 24: Joseph Martin
State House Seat 114: Larry Carter Center

James Island Public Service District (non-partisan): Eugene Platt.

Congratulations to all the candidates and especially many thanks to Dr. Stein and Farheen Hakeem, who represented the Roseanne Barr campaign, for personally appearing at the convention. Video of the speakers is being edited and will be posted to the South Carolina Green Party website and facebook page shortly.