From Green Party US:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States is calling for the defeat of proposed tar-sands pipelines when the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday and opposes alternative plans, including “Energy East,” that would route Canadian oil into the U.S. by pipeline or tanker.
Green Party leaders are encouraging the public to call on Senators to vote nay. If the Senate approves the pipeline, Greens urge President Obama to exercise his veto power.
The Green Parties of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey have banded together against a proposed fossil-fuel pipeline through the region, calling themselves the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines, or GASP (https://www.facebook.com/StopThePipelines).
GASP opposes a plan by the six New England governors to spend $6 billion on the Kinder Morgan gas transmission pipeline, which would bring fracked natural gas to export terminals in Maine and Canada.
Greens criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to hold the vote on Tuesday to allow pro-pipeline Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to participate. Republicans in the Senate are determined to approve the pipeline, regardless of Democrats’ positions. (See “Green Shadow Cabinet: Alert: Resist the Dems’ KXL Sneak Attack!” http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/11/14/green-shadow-cabinet-alert-resist-the-dems-kxl-sneak-attack/)
“Green Parties across the nation are battling plans for massive investments in fossil fuel infrastructure that, if approved, would sabotage efforts to avert the looming catastrophe of climate change,” said Jill Stein, 2012 Green presidential nominee and a member of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party. Continue Reading
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.
Ross Levin posted the following note at GreenChange.org:
There’s no Democratic candidate for Senate in South Dakota…
A perfect race for the Greens. It’s a small state, meaning that more votes can come from less money, and one of the major parties has failed to put a candidate in.
The filing deadline for Dems and Reps has passed, but for independents (not sure what the Green Party is in South Dakota or how this applies to them – anyone know?) the deadline is June. There’s already one independent, a former Libertarian candidate, trying to get on the ballot, but that’s no reason why the Greens couldn’t run a candidate or nominate an independent.
Thoughts? Anyone in South Dakota out there, or know of anyone worth running in South Dakota?
Read the entire discussion at GreenChange.org.