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Margaret Flowers to hold Maryland Green primary get out the vote event Friday

Green Party Watch, April 28th, 2016:

Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers will meet voters at the Green Party of the United States national headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to urge party members to vote in the Maryland Green Party’s primary. Maryland Greens can vote by mail through Saturday, April 30, or in person in Baltimore on Sunday, May 1. (Ballots will be available at the Flowers event.)

Though Flowers and most of the Green candidates for U.S. House are unopposed in their primary races, voters will also have the option to select “None of the Above” or to say that the party should run no candidate. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon,Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace. There is also a competitive Green primary for Baltimore mayor between Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray.

Flowers and Harris appeared on the Real News Network as part of their coverage of the Maryland Democratic and Republican primaries Tuesday evening.

Talk of Jill Stein as possible alternative to Sanders gets louder

Green Party Watch, April 28th, 2016:

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With Hillary Clinton’s emergence as the likely Democratic presidential nominee, online chatter about Green Party candidate Jill Stein as a November alternative for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders is getting louder.

Myles Hoenig, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in Maryland’s Seventh District, told PressTV that Stein “is a true revolutionary politician in the United States, not Sanders or [Republican Donald] Trump.” Hoenig said, “Where will Sanders’ supporters go if they won’t go to Clinton? These voters are progressive and untrusting of our political establishment. The Green Party addresses all their needs and goes much further than even Sanders on positions.”

Bill Boyarsky writes at Truthdig that Sanders’ supporters “would be welcomed by Dr. Jill Stein. The physician-activist is favored to win the Green Party presidential nomination this year after heading the party’s ticket in 2012.” Stein told Boyarsky, “The whole reason for having an independent third party that cannot be silenced is there are 25 percent of Bernie’s voters who are not going into that dark night to vote for the No. 1 cheerleader for Wal-Mart, for Wall Street, for an endless war. They are looking for another place to hang their hat.”

Inquisitr reports on Stein’s outreach to Sanders, writing that Sanders has “refused the Green Party’s courting in the past, and he says he won’t play the part of the spoiler. Still, supporters of the idea point out that the Green Party National Convention takes place in August, following the Democratic National Convention in July. On social media, many have said that superdelegates should consider that hundreds of thousands of Sanders’ supporters might demand that he accept Stein’s offer” to join a Green ticket.

Sputnik News reports that according to journalist Sam Sacks, “If Sanders lost the Democratic nomination, millions of his voters could opt out from supporting Clinton, possibly seeking another candidate.” Dave Lindorff of Op-Ed News also writes about a possible Sanders spot on the Green ticket.

Sanders has said he will support the Democratic nominee.

Brown University columnist urges vote for Jill Stein

Green Party Watch, April 27th, 2016:

steinColumnist Glenn Yu writes in The Brown Daily Herald of Brown University, “When the general election comes, [Sen. Bernie] Sanders will be gone, and again we will be forced to choose between two evils. We will have to cast ballots not for the candidate who represents our values, but for the candidate who demonstrates the most sanity. For this reason that I urge you to vote for Jill Stein, the Green party candidate, in the general election. Her campaign platform calls for many of the same things that Sanders calls for in his own campaign.”

Yu says that Stein “differs from Sanders mainly in that she is not working to win the presidency necessarily but to meaningfully check the power of the two existing parties. She is working toward revolution and a system that values viewpoints and ideas over party affiliations and corporate donors.” He also argues that because of the Electoral College system, “for most of you, your vote probably doesn’t count anyways if you vote for an establishment candidate.”

Senate candidate Flowers: Maryland Green primaries do not end today

Green Party Watch, April 26th, 2016:

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Maryland Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers is reminding party members in the state that the Green primary is not over, despite the Democratic and Republican primaries in the state being held today.

Though the Green Party has ballot access in Maryland, the state sponsors only Democratic and Republican primaries. The Green Party is having a by-mail primary through April 30, with in-person voting in Baltimore on May 1. Flowers is hosting a meet and greet at the national Green Party headquarters in Takoma Park on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 to facilitate last-minute balloting.

Though Flowers, and U.S. House candidates Nnabu Eze (Third District), Kamesha Clark (Fourth District), George Gluck (Sixth District), and Myles Hoenig (Seventh District) face no opposition, Greens may also vote “None of the Above” or “No Candidate”. There is a competitive primary in the Eighth District between Elizabeth Croydon, Charles Galloway, and Nancy Wallace.

Flowers is urging Greens to respond to coverage of today’s Maryland primaries by posting comments to “let the media and readers know that there are more than two parties in this state and the election won’t be over until November 8th,” and to post reminders “that Dr. Margaret Flowers is running a serious campaign and is ready to serve as the next U.S. Senator from Maryland. … We can’t rely on the media to cover our message, so we need you to be the media!”

Greens send Earth Day message to Sanders backers

Green Party Watch, April 23rd, 2016:

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On Earth Day, the Green Party of the United States sent a “message to Bernie Sanders’ supporters: Green are preparing to welcome all those who want to maintain the political revolution that Mr. Sanders’ campaign represents if Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination,” the party said in a release.

GPUS co-chair Audrey Clement said, “As Naomi Klein and others have noted, Hillary Clinton’s pro-corporate worldview and deep ties to Wall Street and Big Oil suggest that a Clinton Administration won’t be capable of taking necessary action against climate change — the global crisis of the 21st century.”

Presidential candidate Jill Stein “is offering is something called the Green New Deal, a program that would not only bring the United States towards 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030 but would ‘create 20 million jobs by investing in renewables such as wind, solar, tidal and geothermal, as well as public transit, sustainable agriculture, conservation and energy efficiency,’” according to Red Dirt Report. That would “make ‘wars for oil obsolete,’” Stein said in an Earth Day news release.

The Greens said they “are especially encouraging ‘Bernie Or Bust’ voters to vote Green, instead of writing in Mr. Sanders’ name or refusing to vote in the general election.” Stein discussed the possibility of teaming up with Sanders on the Acronym podcast this week.

Green Party of New York: “Open” primaries are not the answer

Green Party Watch, April 21st, 2016:

gpnys_logoOn Monday, the day before competitive Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in New York, the Green Party of New York said, “We are not surprised by reports of would-be voters in tomorrow’s presidential primary discovering that they do not, in fact, belong to the party to which they registered. Many of our members experienced similar frustrations when attempting to register Green. But the solution to this and other threats to democracy in New York is not so-called ‘open’ primaries, as proposed in a newly-announced lawsuit, but comprehensive voting reforms to support multiparty democracy and a board of elections that operates free from partisan control.”

The GPNY said, “‘Open’ primaries funnel unaffiliated voters into the corrupt, undemocratic duopoly parties instead of building the grassroots parties we so desperately need,” and “only serve the short-term interests of unaffiliated voters at the expense of party members who spend time and energy building a fighting organization with a coherent platform and agenda.”

Press release from the Green Party of New York, from its website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Michael O’Neil | Green Party of NY Staff | 917-825-3562 | michael@gpny.org
Gloria Mattera | Green Party of NY Co-Chair | 917-886-4538 | chair@gpny.org

New York (April 18, 2016)–The Green Party of New York (GPNY) has issued the below statement in response to frustrated voters calling for “open” primaries in the state of New York, and the recent lawsuit filed to that effect. GPNY will not participate in the April 19th Primary Election for president, and instead New York Greens will vote for the Green Party’s 2016 presidential nominee at a June 11 state nominating convention in Troy, NY (with a mail-in ballot available for Greens who cannot attend). The Green Party of the United States national convention will take place in Houston, TX from August 4-7. The winner of the GPUS nomination will appear on the November 8 General Election ballot for all New York voters.

STATEMENT FROM GPNY:

We are not surprised by reports of would-be voters in tomorrow’s presidential primary discovering that they do not, in fact, belong to the party to which they registered. Many of our members experienced similar frustrations when attempting to register Green.

But the solution to this and other threats to democracy in New York is not so-called “open” primaries, as proposed in a newly-announced lawsuit , but comprehensive voting reforms to support multiparty democracy and a board of elections that operates free from partisan control.

“Open” primaries funnel unaffiliated voters into the corrupt, undemocratic duopoly parties instead of building the grassroots parties we so desperately need. And in a “fusion” voting state like New York, with the odious “Opportunity to Ballot” provision that can force parties to cross-endorse non-members, “open” primaries could obliterate the progress of third parties by flooding them with non-members intent on backing duopoly candidates.

“Open” primaries only serve the short-term interests of unaffiliated voters at the expense of party members who spend time and energy building a fighting organization with a coherent platform and agenda. Should someone who is not a member of a union be allowed to vote for who will be the president of that union? Of course not: a fundamental element of the right to freely assemble is the ability to set reasonable criteria to establish who is a member and who is not.

GPNY welcomes allies from all parties and perspectives in the fight for truly democratic reforms such as:

  • End partisan control of the Board of Elections and institute rigorous transparency to banish the patronage, unprofessionalism and incompetence resulting from the current system
  • Same-day voter registration for general elections and eventually move to a more European-style system where citizens of age are automatically registered to vote by default, instead of “opt-in” registration.
  • Move the deadline for party affiliation changes to at least 90 days before the first primary election of the year
  • Eliminate gerrymandering, which allows single-party domination of districts and makes general elections seem perfunctory, by instituting an independent redistricting commission
  • Proportional representation to end the disenfranchisement of voters who support third parties and independent candidates in general elections
  • Eliminate the “Opportunity to Ballot” rule and reform “fusion” voting so that candidates are not incentivised to put their name on as many ballot lines as possible in every election

You want reform? So do we. We must work together to institute real reforms that allow grassroots, democratically-run parties to grow without interference.