Category Archives: Green Party

Michigan Greens Oppose HB 4540’s New FOIA Loophole for Pipelines

gpmiFrom the Green Party website:

The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) announces its opposition to Michigan House Bill 4540, which would open a loophole in the state’s Freedom of Information Act to keep public records on oil and gas pipelines and plans secret from the public.

The bill was introduced May 5 by Kurt Heise (R-020, Plymouth) and assigned to the state House’s Committee on Oversight and Ethics.… Read more ...

Three Pennsylvania Ballot Access Rules Declared Unconstitutional as Applied to Green and Libertarian Parties

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On March 2, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Stewart Dalzell, a Bush Sr. appointee, struck down three Pennsylvania ballot access barriers, but only as applied to the Green Party and the Libertarian Party. The laws are: (1) the ban on out-of-state circulators; (2) the requirement that each petition sheet be notarized; (3) the prohibition on a voter signing for more than one minor party in any given election year.… Read more ...

BBC: UKIP joins cross-party push for electoral reform

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The BBC reports that the UK Independence Party has joined with the Liberal Democrats, the UK Green Party, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalist) in support of a call for reforming the electoral system in the United Kingdom. The small parties – all represented in the House of Commons are calling for use of Proportional Representation to elect a more representative Parliament.… Read more ...

Seattle Democrats Split on Whether to Invite Kshama Sawant to Democratic-Sponsored Debates

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In 2013, Kshama Sawant was elected in a non-partisan Seattle city election for City Council. She is running for re-election this year. This story says some Seattle Democrats favor inviting her to party-sponsored debates, but other Democrats object. Washington state voter registration forms do not ask about party affiliation, so whether someone is a member of one particular party is often ambiguous.… Read more ...

Thomas L. Knapp: In 2016, Let’s Have Real Presidential Debates

Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

From Thomas L. Knapp at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism:

Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates.

The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization “established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”

But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large “in kind” campaign donations, in the form of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of free media exposure, exclusively to their own candidates.… Read more ...

Green Party to Democratic U.S. Senators: Don’t Reverse Defeat of Fast Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

From the Green Party of the United States website:

The Green Party called on Democrats in the U.S. Senate not to reverse their defeat of fast-track trade authority for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

On Tuesday, May 12, Senate Democrats blocked passage of legislation to grant President Obama fast-track authority to promote the TPP, which Greens called a temporary victory for democracy and transparency.… Read more ...

Greens Begin Petition for Party Status in Missouri

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The national Green Party has issued this press release, which says the party has started its petition to obtain party status in Missouri. The name of the party in Missouri is the Progressive Party. The Green presidential candidate has not been on the ballot in Missouri since 2000.… Read more ...

Our America Initiative: Important Google Hangout Wednesday (May 13) on Presidential Debate Lawsuit

Release from OAI, distributed by the Libertarian Party:

In 2012, four candidates for U.S. President qualified for enough states’ ballots to potentially achieve a majority in the Electoral College. Only four.

One of those candidates was Gov. Gary Johnson, nominee of the Libertarian Party. The others were Dr. Jill Stein, nominee of the Green Party, and of course, President Obama and Gov.… Read more ...

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Ralph Nader: ‘Suddenly, Baltimore – Wonder Why?’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

Suddenly, the mass media is writing about or televising the conditions in West Baltimore. Conditions that Washington Post columnist, Eugene Robinson, summarized as decades long “suffocating poverty, dysfunction and despair.”

Suddenly, reporters and camera teams are discovering Baltimore’s inner city—crumbling or abandoned housing; mass unemployment; too many merchants gouging the locals (the poor pay more); too many drug dealers; schools, roads and sidewalks in serious disrepair; debris everywhere; lack of municipal services (which are provided to the wealthier areas of the city); and, as always, grinding poverty and its many vicious circle consequences.… Read more ...