Monthly Archives: October 2009

Green Party of Florida calls PSC approval of nuclear cost recovery “A license to steal”

Hat/tip to my co-blogger at onthewilderside.com who re-posted the Green Party  press release below:

The Green Party of Florida (GPF) denounces the October 16 decision by the Public Service Commission allowing Progress Energy and Florida Power & Light to raise utility rates paid by their customers in order to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in so-called “nuclear cost recovery” funds.

Under an ill-conceived law approved by the Florida legislature in 2006 in Florida, private utility companies are allowed to collect funds, in the form of rate increases to their customers, to pay the advance costs for nuclear power plant construction. These funds can be collected even if the nuclear projects have not yet been licensed and approved by state and federal regulatory agencies, and if the projects are not approved. If the nuclear plants are canceled by the utilities for any reason, the corporations can pocket the millions they have fleeced from their customers, all with permission from the state.

Granting FPL and Progress Energy permission to raise utility rates to pay for risky and unnecessary nuclear plants is like giving them a license to steal,” said Michael Canney, GPF spokesperson and representative in a Petition to Intervene in the federal licensing process for the Levy County nuclear plant.Nuclear cost recovery is a form of corporate welfare designed to “fast track” nuclear power development and guarantee industry profits at the expense of the public interest. The PSC has become a rubber stamp for the nuclear power industry.”

Panagioti Tsolkas, Green Party member and co-chair of Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition said “This is the sort of collaboration between industry and government that spawns the corruption we are seeing surface across Florida. This vote is evidence that the ethics problems in the Public Service Commission (PSC) go much deeper than a few benign Blackberry messages or private jets. The PSC is putting the entire State in grave economic and environmental danger, and Governor Crist is encouraging it. [read more]

National Green Party site: hackers affected Google searchability

On Sunday night, Green Party Watch wrote about a mystery. The national Green Party website was not coming up on any Google searches. An email to Green Party Watch from Google states that the Green Party (US) website gp.org had been removed from the Google index because it had been hacked. The problem is being resolved. [read more]

Newspaper covers 12 candidates for Governor in NJ

A paper in New Jersey write an extensive article about what it calls “another nine” candidates running for New Jersey Governor. The list includes independents, a Libertarian, and a candidate with Socialist Party USA. [read more]

Green, Democrat-turned-independent, and Libertarian-turned-Republican face off in Erie, PA

On November 3, the citizens of the 6th city council district will decide who will represent them – a Green, an independent, a Republican, a Democrat, or an incumbent Republican running a write-in campaign.

The Green candidate is Bert Taylor, a construction superintendent who “is [read more]

Sarah Palin endorses Conservative candidate Hoffman in NY-23

From the Associated Press:

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has endorsed a third-party candidate over the GOP-backed contender in New York’s congressional special election, saying her own party has abandoned its core values.

The former Alaska governor, who was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s running-mate last year, said Thursday she was backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Republican Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava in the 23rd Congressional District race.

Hoffman has been polling at over 20 [read more]

Reverend Billy to parade through New York park

On Thursday, a week before the November 3 election, Reverend Billy will be taking animals native to the rainforest through Washington Square Park. He is the Green Party’s candidate for mayor of New York City. Reverend Billy claims that the city is the single largest purchaser of wood from the rainforest in the nation. [read more]

Former LP Communications Director Helps Overturn Campaign Speech Restrictions In Colorado

Donny Ferguson recently was the Communications Director for the Libertarian Party. Ballot Access News posts the court’s opinion. From Ferguson’s blog:

DENVER – Federal District Court Judge Walker Miller blocked enforcement Tuesday of parts of Longmont’s “Campaign [read more]

NC Appeals Court Rules Against LP, GP

From a press release issued by the Libertarian Party of NC:

The N.C. Appeals Court decision upholding the state’s restrictive ballot access laws is “a shameful day for our state,” said Dr. Mike Munger, 2008 Libertarian Party candidate for governor.

Dr. Munger, chair of Duke University political science department agreed that judges properly show substantial deference to the legislature in these sorts of ‘time, place, and manner’ of elections.

“But at some point our justice system is going to have to take up the cause of the citizens, because right now the General Assembly is letting us down,” he said.

“The North Carolina Constitution guarantees a citizen’s right to vote for the party or candidate of their choice. Right now, that right is being denied. The courts are bending over backwards to give the legislature a chance to make this right. So, for now, the ball is once more in the court of the General Assembly.”

Since this was a 2-1 decision the full court will automatically hear the case if one of the parties requests it. [LPNC Chair] Howe said the Libertarians will almost certainly make such a request.

Howe said Libertarians were heartened by Judge Calabria’s dissenting opinion, in which she said, “North Carolina’s two percent statewide requirements for both ballot access and ballot retention place too onerous a burden on the fundamental rights of members of third parties under the State Constitution.”

Judge Calabria noted that the state permits ballot access under far less burdensome requirements for unaffiliated candidates, and thus has proven that it can accomplish its “compelling interest” in ballot regulation in a less restrictive fashion.

The LPNC’s Chair, Barbara Howe, later indicated that the case absolutely would go to appeal.

The Fayetteville (NC) Observer comments about the decision in an editorial. They encourage the NC [read more]

National Green Party: Bring Medicare-For-All back to the table

The Green Party of the United States says, “The media are focusing on the debate between Democrats promoting Obamacare and ‘Tea Party’ activists who are determined to block any health care reform at all. Whether Obamacare gets passed in Congress or Republicans succeed in defeating reform legislation, the for-profit health insurance companies will win and the rest of us will lose…Tell your legislators that Single Payer makes economic sense and business sense.” [read more]