Archive for the 'Green Party' Category

Greens hope to pair states to get ballot access

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

According to Ballot Access News, the Green Party is now on the ballot in 21 states plus the District of Columbia. They hope to increase this to at least 40 states with their paired-states strategy. First,

Six Green Parties can handle their own ballot access; they are Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, [...]

Green Party dinner for Rodger Jennings

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Rodger Jennings congressional campaign:

For Immediate Release

Green Party Dinner for Rodger Jennings, Candidate for US Congress

Alton, Illinois - July 14, 2007 -The Citizens for Rodger Jennings are proud to announce that there will be a Fund raiser for Rodger Jennings on Saturday, August 2, 2007 which will be [...]

‘Growing the Green Party is an imperative’

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Kevin Gosztola is a student activist and wannabe documentary filmmaker who covered the Green Party convention in Chicago this past weekend. Though he is supporting Ralph Nader, he also sees an important role for the Greens:

Run, Cynthia, run and go, Greens, go. Make this election a referendum on the Democratic Party that failed horribly [...]

Who is Rosa Clemente?

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Who is Rosa Clemente? We know she is Cynthia McKinney’s vice presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket, but who was she before that? This Chicago Sun-Times blog says “this is a ground-breaking pick” and provides links to her biography and website.

McKinney wins presidential nomination of Green Party

Monday, July 14th, 2008

The U.S. Green Party, at its convention in Chicago this past weekend, picked former Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney as its 2008 presidential candidate. Rosa Clemente, a hip-hop artist and activist, is her running mate seeking the vice presidential post.

McKinney won the nomination with 313 out of 532 votes cast.

McKinney was the first black woman [...]

From the Green Party convention

Friday, July 11th, 2008

According to Drew Pritt:

Reportedly, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska, former State Representative Jim Lendall of Arkansas, Boston City Councilman Chuck Turner of Massachusetts, and Madison Common Councilwoman Marsha Rummel of Wisconsin are on Johnson’s shortlist of running mates.

Also, Pritt says, “There’s no confirmation, but I understand McKinney is falling short on winning on [...]

McKinney picks Clemente for Green Party running mate

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The Green Party will select its presidential and vice presidential nominees at its convention this Saturday in Chicago. Cynthia McKinney, one of the candidates for the presidential nomination, has selected Rosa Clemente as her vice presidential running mate.

Clemente’s website is On it she says:

I hope that my Vice Presidential run will inspire [...]

Green Party’s convention is this coming weekend

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

The U.S. Green Party’s national nominating convention will be held July 10-13 in Chicago. Thursday and Friday will be devoted to workshops, Saturday to drafting the platform and selecting the party’s presidential candidate.

The presidential candidates are Jesse Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Kent Mesplay, and Kat Swift.

Malik Rahim and Kathy Kelly will both speak at the [...]

Can the Green Party become an electoral force?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Kim Scipes takes a detailed look at how the Green Party is developing, and whether it can be an electoral force. He is a long-time labor activist, currently working as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University North Central in Westville, IN.

Scipes’ conclusion:

In short, the Green Party is getting electoral experience—and that’s good. [...]

Greens hold presidential candidates debate

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The Green Party recently held a two-hour debate between its presidential candidates. A posting on Polidoc’s blog said:

When the Green Party Candidates face off for a debate, well, it’s really more of a team sport, where the players know that the end goal is to lift the party image higher.


Poignantly, it was the [...]

Greens nominate candidates in Arkansas

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

At the last moment a member of the Green Party, Richard Carroll, filed to campaign against former Rep. Dwayne Dobbins of North Little Rock. Dobbins stepped down from the legislature in 2005 after prosecutors said he fondled a 17-year-old girl. There is no Republican on the ballot, so Carroll is Dobbins’ only opponent.

The [...]

Three minor parties have nominees for Florida legislature

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Ballot Access News reports that filing closed on June 20 for candidates for the Florida legislature. The Green Party has five candidates, the Constitution Party has one, and the British Reformed Sectarian Party has one. In 2006, by contrast, there were two Libertarians, two Constitution Party members, and one Green running for the [...]

South Carolina Greens move ahead

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the South Carolina Green Party:

Southern Greens Move Ahead

Eugene Platt has served the voters of James Island since he was first elected to the Public Service District in 1993. For as long he has served the democratic Party. Today he is running for the South Carolina House of Representatives [...]

Nader submits signatures in Illinois

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

The following is a media release from the Nader/Gonzales campaign:

June 20, 2008

Contact: Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]
IL Contact: Christina Tobin: 312-320-4101


Joint News Conference with Libertarian And Green Party Representatives Will Focus On Impediments to Democracy

The Nader/Gonzalez [...]

Why isn’t Nader running as a Green candidate?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Chuck Giese, in his Dissident Voice blog, attacks the Green Party for not having “anything close to a one-person, one-vote process.” He posts a table of Green voters and delegates in the first 21 states for which that data is available. Only California, Illinois, and Massachusetts have had more than 500 Green voters, [...]

Oregon’s Pacific Green Party nominates congressional candidates, awarding 27 of 28 delegates to McKinney

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Pacific Green Party of Oregon

Contact: James J. Nicita
Pacific Green Party Co-Chair
[email protected]


Portland - (June 7, 2008) - At its first summer nominating convention in Portland on June 7, 2008, the Pacific Green Party voted to apportion 23 of its 24 alloted delegates to this year’s national Green Party presidential nominating convention to former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney left the Democratic Party because if its numerous failures on peace and justice issues, most prominently its failure to end the war in Iraq. She is the odds-on favorite to win the nomination at the convention to be held July 10-13 in Chicago.

The PGP also nominated Congressional candidates for its Peace Slate:

In the 2nd district, the PGP nominated Dr. Tristin Mock to challenge incumbent Greg Walden, a staunch supporter of the Bush war policy. Mock is a naturopathic physician who grew up in The Dalles. She has already been active campaigning through the vast 2nd Congressional District, which covers all of Oregon east of the Cascades, as well as southern counties such as Jackson.

In the 3rd District, the PGP nominated Michael Meo to challenge incumbent Democrat Earl Blumenauer, who has angered progressives in his east-side Portland district by supporting funding for the Irag war, as well as free-trade deals such as CAFTA. In fact, Joe Walsh, Blumenauer’s challenger in the Democratic primary, has endorsed Meo in the general election. Meo has tremendous credibility as an anti-war candidate, having served to years in prison as a Vietnam War draft resister. He is the chair of the mathematics department at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland.

In the 4th District, the PGP nominated Mike Beilstein to challenge incumbent Peter DeFazio, whose inconsistent record on Iraq includes votes to fund the war. Beilstein is a sitting member of the Corvallis City Council, and is the architect of the PGP’s Peace Slate strategy. He devotes a month of every summer to travel to Cuba with Pastors for Peace to defy the US trade and travel embargo. He is an active member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and Citizens for Global Solutions.

In the 5th District, the PGP nominated Alex Polikoff for the seat being vacated by Democratic Congresswoman Darlene Hooley. Like McKinney, Polikoff recently left the Democratic Party after it took over Congress in 2006 and yet failed totally to end the war in Iraq. Polikoff is an electrical engineer in Corvallis. He decries the fact that both major parties seem more concerned with getting elected and appeasing their corporate donors than dealing with the threat of our ballooning public debt, job and health insecurity, world instability, the energy crisis and global warming.

In addition to the Peace Slate candidates, the PGP also nominated Seth Woolley for Oregon Secretary of State. A software engineer, Woolley will focus on the concerns generated by electronic voting machines, and is an advocate for electoral reforms such as preference voting also known as instant runoff voting. Although preference voting is authorized by Oregon Constitution Article 2, Section 16, Democratic Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and his Elections Division head John Linback have aggressively worked to undermine attempts in Eugene, Ashland, and the Oregon Legislature to implement this constitutional provision.

The PGP nominated Chris Extine for the 42nd district in the Oregon House of Representive, which covers inner southeast Portland. Chris is a math teacher in the Portland Public Schools.

The PGP will hold a follow-up nominating convention on August 16 in Oregon City. In addition to filling out the Peace Slate with 1st Congressional District and U.S. Senate candidates, the PGP anticipates nominating candidates to other statewide offices, seats in the Oregon Legislature, and other local partisan offices.

Oregon’s Pacific Green Party nominates congressional candidates, awarding 27 of 28 delegates to McKinney

Nader: Most journalists don’t like me because they’re Democrats

Friday, June 20th, 2008

CQ Politics takes a serious and lengthy look at Ralph Nader’s candidacy, in which the independent gives this explanation of why he’s getting virtually no media attention:

Nader believes he is receiving little mainstream press coverage because many journalists are Democrats, who blame him (and the Green Party) for George W. Bush ’s victory and, by [...]

Green Party can’t find candidate in Arkansas race

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Three years ago Democratic Rep. Dwayne Dobbins resigned from his U.S. House seat to settle a felony sexual assault charge of fondling a 17-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in a plea bargain.

Now he’s back. In March he unexpectedly filed to run for his old seat, and he has no opponents [...]

New York Green Party posts election notice

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

A notice from the Green Party of New York State:

Run for the GPNY State Committee

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 .

All seats on the Green Party of NY State Committee are up for election this year. The Green Party in NY’s Rules and Policy use a method of electing SC members [...]

Green candidate pushes his book

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Jerome Pohlen is the Green Party’s candidate for the U.S. House seat in the 3rd District of Illinois. According to Green Party Watch, he is also author of Progressive Nation: A travel guide with 400-plus inspiring landmarks and left turns, which he is promoting on the campaign trail.

Progressive Nation lists sites where “civil libertarians, [...]

Green Party candidate puts cap on expenditures

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Jason Wallace, the Green Party candidate in the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, says he will spend just $10,000 on his campaign, a tiny fraction of what Republican Marty Ozinga and Democrat Debbie Halvorson will spend. That’s a cap only on expenditures, he explains. If he raises more money than that, he will [...]

Virginia’s Independent Greens 10th congressional district Chairman Neeraj Nigam makes ballot for House of Representatives.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Virginia’s Independent Greens 10th congressional district Chairman Neeraj Nigam makes ballot for House of Representatives.

Cynthia McKinney, Green Party leading a Peace Slate to Reclaim our Nation

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Cynthia McKinney has new campaign theme/slogan and pamphlet

South Carolina Green Party candidate fighting to stay on ballot after primary success

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

South Carolina Green Party candidate fighting to stay on ballot after primary success

Will Cynthia McKinney drop out of run for Green Party presidential nomination?

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Will McKinney drop out of run for Green Party nomination?