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Green presidential primary in Massachusetts, caucuses in Minnesota today

candidatesThe Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts will hold its presidential primary today. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. The Green Party of Minnesota will hold its presidential caucuses at at least nine locations this evening, mainly from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CT.

In both states, all five of the nationally recognized Green Party presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein — will be options for voters.

The results will be posted on Green Party Watch when available.

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Stein easily wins Illinois Green Party presidential preference vote

CJ9J5jiUAAEO4RLJill Stein has easily won the Illinois Green Party presidential preference vote, with nearly 87% of the total votes cast. The voting was as follows: Stein 119 (86.9%), William P. Kreml 5 (3.6%), Kent Mesplay 2 (1.5%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 1 (0.7%), Darryl Cherney 0 (0.0%), uncommitted 10 (7.3%).

According to the Illinois Greens, the voting serves as the state party’s internal primary election for its presidential nominee and determines the makeup of the ILGP delegation to the 2016 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention” in August. The Illinois delegation will consist of 20 Stein delegates, two uncommitted delegates, and one delegate pledged to Kreml.

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Five Greens to compete in California presidential primary; Stein off P&F ballot

candidatesThe office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has released the official list of candidates for the state’s June 7 presidential primary ballot, and, as Ballot Access News writes, “the list has some surprises.”

The Secretary of State added one name “to the Green Party’s list. The state party had not listed Sedinam Curry-Moyowasifa, but the Secretary of State added her anyway. She is a declared candidate for the Green Party presidential nomination, and she is on the Massachusetts Green Party’s presidential primary ballot.” The Green Party ballot will list Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein.

In addition, the Secretary of State “deleted one name from the Peace & Freedom list. He deleted Jill Stein, even though she wanted to be on that ballot. It may be that the Secretary of State removed her…because he decided it is improper for anyone to be listed in the presidential primary of two different ballots,” though California has no law to that effect. Gloria Estela La Riva, Lynn Sandra Kahn, and Monica Moorehead will be the only names on the Peace & Freedom Party ballot.

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Pennsylvania Greens meet, host presidential candidate forum

pennPennsylvania’s Centre Daily News covers the first day of the Green Party of Pennsylvania annual meeting and nominating convention. Presidential candidate Jill Stein, 2012 vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala, and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers were among the speakers Saturday. The other four recognized presidential candidates — Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry — joined Stein via Skype for a candidate forum later in the day.

State party chair Jay Sweeney told the newspaper that there is “a national slow growth trend among the party. If nothing else, he hopes more people can get involved — if not to join the Green Party, then to become more educated.” He said, “A lot of people agree with the Green Party on the issues, but a lot of people are afraid to make the break. All we are asking is to give Greens a chance.”

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Kreml says Stein will “probably” be Green presidential nominee

kremlGreen Party presidential candidate Bill Kreml said that Jill Stein will “probably” be the Green nominee.

Writing on Facebook, Kreml said, “In November, there will be other choices beyond the usual Republican/Democrat duopoly. There will be a Green candidate, probably Jill Stein, who opposes our wars with their massive killing of civilians, the gathering inequality, the non-prosecution of rich wrong doers…and the selling out of our country to foreign country lobbies, whose constituencies not only have divided loyalties, but often dual citizenship. The Green Party awaits you in the fall.”

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Honkala, Flowers to address Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting

GPPA_HeadThe Green Party of Pennsylvania Annual Meeting will take place this Saturday, February 6, in State College. The meeting will include a presidential candidate forum featuring all five nationally recognized Green Party candidates, participating in person or via Skype.

In addition, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee, and Maryland Green U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will address the meeting.

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Presidential candidate statement: Bill Kreml

kremlI did not intend it but my life has been a living dialectic. Raised in a family of both academic and political background, I sustained myself with academic work for a half century but interspersed that livelihood with what I felt were necessary forays into the real world of politics. Overeducated, with both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in political science, I found myself teaching politics in such a way that almost forced me to go before the public to promote the ideas I espoused behind the ivy.

In 1977, for example, my Anti-Authoritarian Personality completed the principal model that linked psychology with politics by extending the variables found in the classic Authoritarian Personality across the ideological range. The need for power and order, for example, rise and decline as one dances across ideologies. Does the American political system favor certain personalities along that continuum?

In 1980, taking LWOP, I entered a U. S. Senate race to discuss the imbalances of American politics and propose needed remedies. That campaign was covered by The Christian Science Monitor, the TRB column in The New Republic, The Washington Post, and other journals. I called for a bicentennial review of the American constitutional order, that call leading to the formation of the prestigious Committee on the Constitutional System which presented its findings and recommendations to the president and congressional leadership in 1987. Neither corporate party responded.

Taking LWOP again, I campaigned in selected presidential primaries in 1984, and again in 1992, speaking to the dysfunctionality and inequity of the political system while expanding on the importance of psychology to political ideology in books like Relativism and the Natural Left (1984), and Psychology, Relativism, and Politics (1992), both published by NYU Press.

Also troubled by what I saw happening to the middle class, I wrote America’s Middle Class – From Subsidy to Abandonment in 1997, three years before Professor, now Senator, Elizabeth Warren’s work on the middle class, she citing me generously in her work.

I entered but one presidential primary in the year 2000, engaging in civil disobedience by intentionally violating several F.E.C. regulations and being written about by Molly Ivins for doing so. I sought a legal battle to challenge the infamous Buckley v. Valeo campaign finance case that I saw underpinning an inexorable drift into oligarchy that unlimited campaign expenditures were leading to. The F. E. C. did not bite. In 2007, I published The Twenty-First Century Left – Cognitions in the Constitution and Why Buckley is Wrong. Three years later, the Supreme Court issued its odious opinion in F. E. C. versus Citizens United, an utterly predictable case.

In sum, I know of no political figure, in the Green Party or any political party, that has anticipated, may I immodestly say acted as a first responder, respecting three core public issues, a) governmental gridlock, b) the decline of the middle class and c) the prostitution of our electoral system, in both writings and political activity.

To 2016. Approaching age 75, I weighed carefully whether to become a Green Party presidential candidate. Surely, the energy level has declined. Memory sometimes fails. Yet, buoyed by the open mindedness of so many Green Party members, I chose to take one more turn at bat, espousing four levels of understanding that I believe to be foundational if this country is to pull itself back from the oligarchy that academic studies and prominent political figures now say engulfs us. I shall be brief, pointing out that just as all knowledge is not of the same order of importance, so too political issues import a hierarchy of concerns. I candidly disclose that my campaign is primarily concerned with the first two of the four levels. I do this because I feel them to be the most important, and because I agree with other candidates in large measure at the third level, the fourth level being small in size.

First, I submit that the very paradigm of political ideology is changing, rapidly. My half century of ideologically-centered writings, along with the new realities of something like voting behavior, point to the fact that the principal ideological variable is now subjective rather than objective, a matter of the mind rather than matter. In the year 2000, the principal correlate for voting right or left switched from income, or SES, to whether or not one regularly attended religious services. That is a significant change. Let us build on the research that demonstrates the superior complexity of the progressive mind and its attention to a greater number, and more sophisticated, variables.

Second, I submit that the same structural and procedural difficulties that were cited in the CCS report mentioned above have only worsened. Simply put, centrifugal forces have overwhelmed centripetal forces, providing even more vulnerable access points for powerful interest groups to unduly influence legislation and regulation in ways that further imbalance income and wealth distributions. We must make constitutional level changes that lead to something closer to the functioning European parliamentary systems.

Third, contemporary or topical issues, still have importance. As above, I do not have significant differences with, say, Jill Stein, a leading presidential candidate. Where I find need for expansion of our view is in the matter of the so-called Middle East. I have long suggested that problems in that area will be solved only by the residents of the Levant, and that the patriotic position for our country is to unwrap the divided loyalty hands of groups like the Israeli Lobby that have contributed to our unwise involvement in other people’s wars. We are still in the grip of the Military-Industrial-Religious complex. Disclosure: I am a Taoist, with no theocratic linkage to this seemingly everlasting arena of conflict.

Finally, I suggest that the Green Party reconsider one Key Value, that being the value of decentralization at the national level. We are shooting ourselves in the foot. The most decentralized government on the planet no longer works.

My thanks.

Bill Kreml – Green Party Presidential Candidate

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Green Party Watch presidential candidate statement series

GreenParty2016On January 2, Green Party Watch invited the five presidential candidates recognized by the Green Party of the United States — Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, and Jill Stein — to submit statements for publication. The candidates were contacted by email, Facebook, and official campaign websites.

The campaigns were told that statements “will be published verbatim on our site and its Facebook page. Statements will be published without edits or commentary, and may be up to 1,000 words in length. Anything beyond 1,000 words will be cut. Statements will be published in the order I receive them. No images or hyperlinks may be included,” other than “one campaign website address if submitted.” Campaigns have until January 31 to submit a statement.

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Five candidates to appear on Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party presidential primary ballot

candidatesThe Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party presidential primary ballot will include all five current or likely candidates for the Green nomination: Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry, William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein. The ballot order will be determined by a random drawing on Tuesday.

The Green-Rainbow Party is the only party other than the Democrats and Republicans that will have a Massachusetts presidential primary. The voting takes place on March 1.

Stein won the 2012 Massachusetts Green-Rainbow primary over Mesplay and Harley Mikkelson.