Nebraska Green Partyís Larrick Seeks Cleaner World

November 1, 2008 in 2008 Fall Elections, Found Elsewhere

Candidate Challenging Johanns, Kleeb In Senate Race

published on KETV7 Omahanís website

Steve Larrick, the Green Partyís candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Nebraska, said his campaign is all about peace and fixing the environment.

ìWe really feel our country needs to invest in green technologies and green solutions to our challenges,î Larrick said. ìWe could begin to reduce our dependence on wars for oil, and we could build a whole new economy with local materials being used in the production process.î

Larrick said his message, and that of the Green Party, is clear: Fix Washington, fix America and fix the environment.

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Cynthia McKinney’s TV Ads

November 1, 2008 in 2008 Fall Elections, Found Elsewhere

Cynthia McKinney – Health Care Single Payer
Cynthia McKinney – Sustainable Investment instead of Corporate Bailouts
Cynthia McKinney – Green Values – Grassroots Democracy, Peace Social Justice, Environmental Wisdom
Cynthia McKinney – Green Party Seat At The Table will invite the Public
Cynthia McKinney – Constrained by the Two Party Paradigm
Cynthia McKinney – Restore Our Constitutional Rights
Cynthia McKinney – Rebuild the Economy with Energy Efficient Cars
Cynthia McKinney – Bring All The Troops Home
Cynthia McKinney – Katrina survivors right of return
Cynthia McKinney – Oppose Africom
Shot and edited by Don Debar

McKinney certified as write-in candidate in Missouri

October 30, 2008 in 2008 Fall Elections, Found Elsewhere

Published in the Thursday Oct 30th edition of the Missouri State Standard

Cynthia McKinney, Missouri’s Green Party presidential nominee, has† officially been certified to be a write-in candidate for the upcoming† Nov. 4 election.
“I am proud to be able to† write in Cynthia McKinney for President on my ballot this year,” said
Midge Potts, state co-chair of the progressive party of Missouri.† “Missourians are demanding real change in the American political system.”

Potts, a write-in candidate for U.S. Representative† in the seventh Congressional district, said McKinney is known for being† a maverick.

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A Presidential Candidate Who Gets It on Immigration

October 30, 2008 in 2008 Fall Elections, Found Elsewhere, immigration

Cynthia McKinney Responds to Sanctuary Survey

Showing the vitality and importance of voices from outside the mainstream two-party political paradigm, Congresswoman McKinney puts forth not only a strong understanding of the complexities of these issues, but also a vision of real-world solutions. Her refreshing willingness to confront the broader social and economic realities which undergird international migration further demonstrates that practical solutions will not come from political compromises and “bipartisan” gamesmanship, but rather from rigorously-grounded assessment and analysis.

Simply put, McKinney gets it right.

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ìBonusgateî exposed

October 11, 2008 in 2008 Fall

Pennsylvania Democrats indicted for challenges to Greens

By Carl Romanelli, Pennsylvania Green Party

Although it has been two years since I was prevented from running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania under the Green Party banner, it has been an ongoing saga. Finally, the PA Democratsí transgressions are being revealed. Harrisburg was buzzing in July as thirteen high ranking Democratic Party officials were indicted on charges of theft, conflict of interest, and conspiracy. Some of these charges were related to a crushing petition challenge of the Carl Romanelli U.S. Senate campaign, where I was assessed over $80,000 in costs owed to the lawyers for the Democrats, and was subsequently denied a bid for senate.

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The PA Attorney General (AG) charged Democrats with illegally using state workers and state resources and that they paid hefty bonuses to the workers for partisan political work. Nearly four million dollars of taxpayer money was wrongfully used on these political projects between 2004ñ2006. Among those charged are former Democratic Whip for the PA House of Representatives, Michael Veon; current representative, Sean Ramaly (D-Greene County), former Chief of Staff to House Majority Leader Mike Manzo, his spouse Rachael Manzo, and nine others. If convicted of all counts, the 13 individuals will face cumulatively 1,873 years in prison. It was the weight of these potential sentences which induced staffers to reveal vital information to the cases.

It appears that most of the money was used in the effort to remove my name from the 2006 ballot, and for the effort to displace Ralph Nader from the ballot in 2004. In the challenge against me, the Democrats are accused of using a caucus of up to 36 staffers to research the campaign signatures for flaws, negative public relations, and other dubious activities. In the Nader case, the same technique was used and a caucus of up to 50 state workers was used. This is significant, as it appears the only way Democrats in PA could banish the Greens and others from the ballot was through gross misuse of taxpayer funds and by committing serious constitutional crimes against those who dare challenge the old party duopoly. Though the indictments are new, the accusations are not. Nader, the Greens and I have consistently complained about ìblatant and criminal abusesî to their rights of speech, assembly, due process, and association.

The scandal has become known as ìbonusgateî since the grand juries were convened in 2007. AG Tom Corbett indicated more arrests were coming and his investigation is not limited to Democrats alone. Corbett advised he felt he had to move on the Democrats first as they were destroying evidence. For example, Veon apparently destroyed a hard drive containing 2006 records and Manzo allegedly instructed an intern to shred personnel records from the summer of 2006. Nearly 31,000 emails were deleted concerning 2004, but investigators were able to recover them. There is a clear pattern of conspiracy waged against Nader in the recovered information.

The Green struggle for ballot access in Pennsylvania has been arduous. In 2006 the Pennsylvania Green Party nominated its first candidate ever for the office of U.S. Senate. Pennsylvania has always had extremely unfair restrictions regarding third party and independent ballot qualification, but 2006 was uniquely difficult. For a Democrat or Republican to qualify for the PA ballot, he or she needs to collect and submit the signatures of at least 2,000 voters. In comparison, the minimum number of signatures needed by third parties was 67,072óthe highest standard ever. The Greens were the only third party to qualify in 2006 through the filing of nearly 100,000 signatures. This is the most signatures ever collected by a candidate of any party.

The PA Democrats filed a challenge to the submitted signatures. They alleged that signatures were ìinvalidî and demanded review. The court ultimately ordered both sides to be present in Harrisburg from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday with nine ìvolunteersî from each side. The purpose was to rid the review of any blatantly invalid signatures.

This stretched out for eight miserable weeks with the Democratsí lawyers thinking of every possible way to defeat signatures. PA Greens were able refute them and validate most of the signatures. Twice the Democrats tried in a sweep to wipe out nearly 40,000 signatures by challenging the circulator or the notary. Lawyers for the Romanelli campaign, locating the notaries and circulators, defeated those claims. This discredited the charge of ìwidespread fraudî made by the Democrats.

But when the Democrats, undaunted, asked to amend the challenge to discredit the same signatures on different technicalities, the judges (Democrats) allowed it. Though this was unprecedented, the Green campaign complied.

By October 2006 the court had sided with the Democrats and removed my name from the ballot. Further, the court decided that since ìso many government resourcesî were involved in the review, I had showed ìbad faithî in defending the challenge and should pay costs to the Democratsí lawyers.

The judge later approved a bill submitted by the lawyers for the Democrats, assessed at over $80,000.00 in costs on the Green U.S. Senate campaign and directly on me as an individual. I appealed the decision, since the PA election code only calls for legal fees or costs to be assessed when fraud, forgery or some other crime has been committed. Although this was not the case with the Green Party filing, the costs were still imposed. Through the many appeals, attorney Larry Otter fought hard and kept defending the Greens. By January 2007, the court decided Otter should also be assessed costs.

For the Green Party, it has been two years of fighting in PA. But the injustice is coming to light. By July of 2008, I continued to press forward despite the appeal hanging on the thinnest of threads after languishing before the PA Supreme Court for months without a decision. In July, the PA Greens legal team filed a motion to re-open or remand the case for new testimony based on new evidence. I also want the Democrats to pay legal fees. Nader and his team filed a similar action with the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, asking for the $80,000.00 judgment against him to be vacated.

This is not over yet. I vow to continue to fight until we prevail over these political bullies.

Dona Spring, 1953ñ2008

October 11, 2008 in 2008 Fall, Obituaries

The Party loses one of its finest members

Contributions by John Selawsky, Green Party of California

Activists across the country mourn the loss of Dona Spring, the longest serving Green Party office holder in California. She held a seat on the Berkeley City Council for 16 years. Despite her long-term struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis, she was determined to be a voice for the unrepresented and was a formidable force for change in the political arena. Spring died on July 13th at the age of 55.

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Spring was first elected to Berkeley City Council in 1992 representing District 4. This was the second longest continuous term for a Green in the entire country. In 2006 she was re-elected by a resounding margin. From the local to the international level, she addressed issues with equal dedication and intelligence. In addition to advocating for tenants, youth, the disabled, and victims of war, she even came out to rally with protesters at the University of California to protect trees despite her worsening health.

ìShe (was) definitely a role model,î said Pam Webster, Berkeley rent board commissioner and Green, noting Spring helped blaze a trail for Greens in politics.

ìThe Green Party of California mourns the passing and celebrates the life of one of our finest leaders, Dona Spring. She was a smart and capable politician who remained the conscience of the Berkeley City Council. Her first campaign was galvanizing. She never failed us,î said Hank Chapot, a member of the East Bay Greens.

A documentary film on Spring is available called ìCourage in life and Politics: The Dona Spring Story.î

John Selawsky shares his thoughts on Dona Spring:

We will remember Dona Spring for many things: zipping through her District 4 to attend a neighborhood meeting or to City Hall in her motorized wheelchair, her advocacy for people with disabilities, and a new Berkeley animal shelter. She was a champion for animal rights, environmental issues, including strong and early support for the Berkeley Farmersí Markets, and tirelessly advocating for the need for the funding and political will for a new warm-water therapeutic pool. She was accessible, available, intelligent, and responsive. She was a rare public official in so many ways.

Dona Spring authored a resolution in Berkeley strongly condemning U.S. military action in Afghanistan, and gained national attention and vociferous criticism for this resolution. Due to her efforts and outspokenness she received death threats for that proposal, as well as for others she carried and sponsored.

My own experience and relationship with Dona goes back over 15 years. We met first as Green Party activists; she was already serving on the Berkeley City Council. She appointed me to Berkeleyís Community Environmental Advisory Commission in 1995, on which I served five years with two terms as commission chair. I note this as an example of Donaís unerring ability to place people in positions where they could succeed and grow.

Dona never backed down from a debate, never apologized for taking the side of the disabled, or homeless, or poor. She lived with the understanding that we, and the society we build, are all ultimately judged on how we treat and empower those who have had little or no opportunity in their lives, or have had hardship and setback. We all need to remember that message in the work we continue to do.

For more information go to: www.donaspring.com

Peter Miguel Camejo 1939ñ2008

October 11, 2008 in 2008 Fall, Obituaries

Peter Camejo, three-time gubernatorial candidate for the Green Party of California and vice-presidential running mate with Ralph Nader’s independent campaign in 2004, passed away on September 13, 2008 after a two year battle with lymphoma. Camejo was 68.

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A profile of Peter Camejoís career in activism and Green politics will appear in the the next issue of Green Pages

National convention chooses presidential slate and gains national media coverage

October 11, 2008 in 2008 Fall

By Claudia Ellquist, Arizona Green Party; Hillary Aisenstein, Pennslyvania Green Party; and Ann Link, Green Party of New York State

This summer, more than 600 Greens represented 38 states at the Green Partyís National Nominating Convention in Chicago.†After traveling by public transportation, bikes, and carpools,†delegations†made the most of†this political†weekend, attending workshops, sharing ideas and experiences, meeting candidates, and casting their stateís†votes especially for the presidential nominee.†Unlike the predictable, tax-payer subsidized spectacles produced for the Republicans and Democrats, Greens paid for their own convention and got their moneyís worth.

This yearís convention also produced the best media coverage the Green Party has ever had. Some of the national stations and programs were ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, NPR, and Democracy Now. Pacifica aired the convention live including interviews with convention organizers and C-Span featured speeches by Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente. The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune and Atlanta-Journal Constitution all had articles about the event and Chicago Public Radio also aired many segments about the convention.

The†Green Party†presidential nomination, on Saturday,†July 12, confirmed†former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney†and Hip Hop activist†Rosa Clemente as the Green Partyís presidential and vice-presidential candidates, in one round of voting. McKinney and Clemente gave rousing speeches outlining their plans†for a dynamic campaign and a new course for the United States.

McKinneyís candidacy marked the 160th anniversary of the Equal Rights Party nomination of the first female American presidential candidate, Victoria Woodhull.† She is†the 45th female to seek the presidency of the United States, and the McKinney/ Clemente ticket is historic in naming two women to lead the nation.

McKinney said, ìWe make history today only because we must. In 2008, after two stolen presidential elections, eight years of George W. Bush, and at least two years of Democratic Party complicity, the racket is about war crimes, torture, crimes against the peace; the racket is about crimes against the Constitution, crimes against the American people, and crimes against the global community. Ö The Green Party is no longer ëthe alternative party,í†we are now the Imperative Party.î (Excerpts from McKinneyís speech are on page 8) For more about their campaign, go to www.runcynthiarun.org.

Additionally, there were several press conferences featuring the candidates for nomination, congressional candidates, and state and local candidates from around the country. The one drawing the most media attention featured Rich Whitney, who got over ten percent of the vote in his 2006 race for governor of Illinois. Whitney also hosted the presidential candidate forum the eve of the convention.

Earlier that day, Pennsylvaniaís Cecilia Wheeler distinguished†herself as the spokesperson of the newly forming Latino caucus,†arguing forcefully to vote down the proposed 2008 platform over wording related to Guest Worker†programs.†In a show of solidarity,†delegates preferred to stand with the existing platform from the previous convention.

Various committees gave reports to the National Committee on the Green Partyís many accomplishments. Three†new members of the national Steering Committee were elected: Sanda Everette of†California, Craig Thorsen of California, and Jill Bussiere of†Wisconsin.

Video from the forum and the convention has been posted on numerous websites including youtube. Link to www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxbDwXeOeA4.

Green Party goes to court to protect voting rights

October 11, 2008 in 2008 Fall

From the Green Party of the United States media office

The Green Party has taken the lead by filing a civil action to protect voting rights of presidential electors. ìWeíve witnessed in election after election how some states have used the winner-take-all formula to prevent the votes of political, ethnic, and other minorities from being counted,î said Jody Grage national treasurer for the Green Party.

The civil action was initiated by Greens under the conviction that the outcome of the 2008 presidential election may be affected by the antidemocratic apportionment of Electoral College votes, with the popular vote misrepresented by the winner-take-all system of assigning votes to electors.

ìWeíre in danger of seeing the 2008 election stolen again, as in 2000 and 2004,î said Clyde Shabazz, Green candidate for the U.S. House in Michigan. ìIn Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, we witnessed the obstruction and manipulation of votes by election officials and possible tampering with computer voting machines. But equally insidious is the mal-apportionment of Electoral College votes, which disenfranchises whole sections of the voting public.î

Asa Gordon, chair of the DC Statehood Green Partyís Electoral College Task Force and executive director of the Douglass Institute of Government, filed the civil action with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1:08-cv-01294) on January 28, 2008. The action seeks relief against the defendant, Vice President Cheney, who will preside over the tabulation of ìunbound electoral statesî on January 6, 2009, challenging the recognition of Electoral College votes that are apportioned by states on a winner-take-all basis.

ìAmericans donít vote for president.† Instead, we vote for an electoral college which was created in the late 1700s to expressly increase the power of the slave statesó and which it is still doing,î said Mark Dunlea, an election law attorney with the Green Party of New York State.

The civil action seeks enforcement of the ëMal-Apportionment Penaltyí provided in Section 2 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which mandates a reduction of a stateís presidential electors and congressional representatives if ìthe right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States Ö is denied Ö or in any way abridged.î The civil action alternatively seeks the issuance of a court order providing proportional apportionment of presidential electors.

ìIf two thirds of the voters in a state vote for a candidate from Party A and one third vote for a candidate from Party B, and the stateís winner-take-all rule gives all of the stateís electors to Party A, then one third of the voters have been disenfranchised in violation of Amendment 14, Section 2 of the US Constitution,î said Grage.

Gordon said, ìby refusing to challenge Electoral College mal-apportionment in 2000 and 2004, which blocked Democratic electors from voting in those elections, the Democratic Partyís leaders abandoned tens of thousands of their own voters, just as they failed to challenge the election irregularities in Florida and Ohio in 2000 and 2004. Will they fail to challenge mal-apportionment again in 2008, and hand the Republicans another victory? Ö The winner-take-all provisions in the general election present the distinct possibility that Mr. Obama in 2008 will win the popular vote by a considerably larger margin than did Gore in 2000, but will repeat the Democratic loss in the Electoral College.î

Green Party leaders noted that after John Kerry quickly conceded the 2004 election, Democratic leaders failed to respond to thousands of complaints about voting irregularities in Ohio and other states.† Green presidential nominee David Cobb and Libertarian nominee Michael Badnarik launched the Ohio and New Mexico recount efforts and collected the initial evidence that Republican officials had blocked the votes of many African American and young voters. Greens raised most of the money for the recounts.† Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) later held hearings and published evidence of the election theft.

The civil action is part of the Green Partyís ëDemocratize the Electoral Collegeí program, which debunks accusations that the McKinney campaign could ëspoilí the Democratic candidates bid for president. ìDemocratic leaders should have to explain why they choose to ignore 13 additional electors from southern states theyíd gain through the Green Partyís presidential electors project. Why is the Green Party fighting to give voice to Democratic voters that the Democratic Party will not fight for?† Let me be clearóweíre not doing this to assist Barack Obama, but to foster real democracy and voter participation, and to offer Cynthia McKinney as the truly democratic choice for all the people,î said Gordon.

The Green Partyís national platform endorses a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and providing for the direct election of the president by instant runoff voting. Since the debacle of the 2000 presidential election, the Green Party in partnership with the Douglass Institute of Government has led the way in educating Americans about their constitutional ìright to voteî under the provisions of 14th Amendment, Section 2.

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Asa Gordon of the DC Statehood Green Party takes the lead in civil action protecting voter's rights.

Instant Runoff Voting advances in Colorado

October 11, 2008 in 2008 Fall

By the Green Party of Colorado

Hailing the passage of a new state law encouraging local governments to use Instant Runoff Voting,†Colorado Green Party members have†called on†cities and counties†around the state to implement ranked voting methods in upcoming elections.

In May, Governor Bill Ritter signed into law HB08-1378. It was championed by state Representative John Kefalas (D-Fort Collins) and former Green. The Voter Choice Act permits†cities and counties†to use ranked voting methods, and requires the Secretary of State to create rules for conducting such local†elections.

ìIf politics is the art of the next step, than Rep. Kefalasí election reform measure is a Picasso,î said Art Goodtimes, San Miguel County Commissioner and Green Party member.†ìInstant Runoff Voting will save taxpayer money, guarantee majority wins, and allow citizens to vote for multiple candidates of their choosingóthat means more candidates, more choice, more democracy. Itís darn exciting.î

ìIt is long past time to extend this form of voting to all elections held in Colorado,î said Bob Kinsey, Green Party candidate for Coloradoís U.S. Senate seat.†ìVoters deserve a broader range of choices than what the so-called two-party system provides.†Money, name recognition and image will become less significant.†Voters will feel more empowered and become†more active in the process.î

Dr. Ron Forthofer, former Green Party candidate for governor is also a member of the 2007 Voter Choice Task Force. The task force was instrumental is laying the foundation for the new law. Forthofer said the momentum for voting reform is growing.

Ranked voting methods have been used in dozens of American cities over the years. In Colorado, Basalt and Aspen have already adopted ranked voting, while cities like Grand Junction and Boulder have used these methods in the past. Minneapolis (MN), Oakland (CA) and Burlington (VT) are among cities that recently switched to ranked voting methods.