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Green Party takes on the Electoral College

Monday, August 11th, 2008

The Green Party is weighing in on the historic debate over the merits of the Electoral College by filing suit in a US District Court. The Party claims that electing a president via apportionment of state electors effectively disenfranchises tens of thousands of voters (especially black voters in southern states) and may lead to [...]

Barr falls short in West Virginia

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Ballot Access News

According to the West Virginia Secretary of State, petitions for Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr fell short. He turned in 13,036 of the 15,118 required by state law.

The Barr campaign website says a lawsuit will be filed on Tuesday and they will continue to collect signatures to exceed 20,000. The basis of the [...]

Poll listing of third party candidates reduces Obama’s lead

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

A new poll by Opinion Research Corporation, released by CNN, raises questions about the inclusion of third-party candidates in the polling question.

When respondents are given only two names, Barack Obama and John McCain, they choose Obama over McCain 51% to 44%—a 7-point spread.

When respondents are given five names—Obama, McCain, Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, and Cynthia [...]

Third-party candidates petition for Alabama ballot as independents

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 reports that the campaigns of Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin, and Cynthia McKinney all hope to make it onto the Alabama ballot. Valid signatures of 5,000 voters must be submitted by September 5.

The Nader campaign already has 5,000 signatures, but continues to circulate petitions and plans to turn in 9,000 names as [...]

Glenn Beck endorses Cynthia McKinney!

Friday, August 1st, 2008

You read that right. Glenn Beck, who is on CNN Headline News and also hosts a conservative national radio talk show, says:

Well, don’t forget former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, whose Green Party candidacy I fully and unequivocally support…

Of course, those are 3 very big elipses, and you have to go here for “the rest of [...]

State of Georgia now on the political stage

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Columnist Dick Yarbrough brags tongue-in-cheek in the Athens Banner-Herald:

Are we Georgians privileged or what? Here we sit in the greatest state in the union with its majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, the oldest state-chartered university in the nation located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, sweet Vidalia onions and more barbecue than we can [...]

McKinney starts New York tour

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Workers World, whose slogan is “workers & oppressed peoples of the world unite!” carries this news about Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney:

Cynthia McKinney, a U.S. presidential candidate, spoke of her goal of establishing a Department of Peace to oppose war at a July 18 news conference at the offices of Manhattan Neighborhood Network, a [...]

Cynthia McKinney scores 20 on Paul-O-Meter

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate for President, scores 20 out of a possible 99 on Liberty Maven’s Ron Paul Paul-O-Meter. See Wednesday’s posting on this topic for a full explanation.

The “Paul-O-Meter” figures show just how much each candidate is in agreement with Ron Paul on the issues. Of the presidential candidates measured [...]

Nader blasts Obama on Israel

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

“Why is it important to have Ralph Nader on the ballot in November?” asked the Nader campaign as Barack Obama prepared to visit Israel. Because “without him, the plight of the Palestinian people will not be an issue in this year’s election.”

The Nader campaign asserts that “Obama/McCain stand with the militaristic right wing AIPAC [...]

A first in U.S. presidential campaigns

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Democracy Now! notes with approval that the Green Party team of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente constitutes the first all-women-of-color presidential ticket in U.S. history.

McKinney kicks off NC campaign today

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney kicks off her North Carolina campaign today in Durham. According to The Independent Weekly:

Although Green Party candidates won’t appear on the North Carolina ballot this November, they can still qualify as write-in candidates. Tuesday is also the deadline for turning in 500 verified signatures to qualify for statewide [...]

‘Newsweek’ interviews Cynthia McKinney

Monday, July 21st, 2008

In a lengthy interview, Newsweek asks the Green Party’s presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, about the goals and strategies for her campaign, the “spoiler” issue, and some past controversies. This exchange took place regarding Bob Barr:

There are quite a few prominent third-party candidates running this year, including your former fellow Congressman from Georgia, Bob Barr, [...]

Nader congratulates Greens on McKinney candidacy

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Ralph Nader has congratulated the Green Party on its nomination of Cynthia McKinney for President. The former Green Party candidate had this to say:

Although the Nader/Gonzalez and Green Party platforms have many similarities, we are not competing for votes, but instead we are allies joined in a common struggle to tap the huge and [...]

‘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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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

Hardball w/Chris Matthews & Green Party Women

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Hardball w/Chris Matthews & Green Party Women

Mountain Party of West Virginia’s has new state Chairman and multiple candidates

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Mountain Party of West Virginia’s has new state Chairman and multiple candidates

Rosanne Barr move to the Green Party

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Rosanne Barr move to the Green Party

Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney winning Hillary supporters

Friday, June 13th, 2008

University of Iowa Students for Hillary Clinton members Cody Eliff and Nikki Dziuban told disappointed Clinton supporters, “... we suggest you look into Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate. ”