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Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts: Support Homeowners

December 29th, 2015 – from GP.org:

Recently, my family went to watch The Big Short which is a movie about the mortgage industry. The movie showed the banking industry selling collections of mortgages without knowing what they were worth. When the banking industry got in trouble, they asked the government for money. The politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, bailed out the banks– the richest industry in the world– to the tune of billions of dollars. Continue reading

Green Party: Massachusetts Rejects Petitions Because of the Color of the Paper

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(The following was originally published on the Green Party website.)

State election officials have rejected all 3000 voter signatures collected by Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jason Lowenthal who is running for Congress against Democratic incumbent Michael Capuano in the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts. This clears the way for Capuano to run unopposed for a seventh term.

Lowenthal had assumed that the 3000 voter signatures he had collected would be more than enough to put his name on the November ballot since only 2000 certified signatures were required. But when he tried to turn in his signatures, town clerks, after consultation with state officials, told him that the signatures were invalid since they were on white forms intended for use by the two recognized major parties – Democrats and Republicans. If he had only used the tan forms intended for use by smaller parties, they said, all the signatures would have been acceptable.

Lowenthal has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin seeking an order to place his name on the ballot. In the brief to Suffolk Superior Court, Lowenthal claims that election officials misled him regarding the forms to be used, and that rejection of the signatures constitutes a violation of the intent of state election law.

According to Lowenthal’s lawsuit, the white signature collection forms were given to him by state officials who said they were the proper ones for him to use. When he pointed out that the forms had fine print that mentioned deadlines for Democratic and Republican primaries, election officials replied that the white forms were required for federal races. In actuality, there are separate tan-colored signature forms are intended for both federal and state level races when the candidate is not a member of the two state-recognized political parties.

According to Lowenthal’s lawsuit, the rejection of the signatures constitutes a violation of the rights of the 3000 signers who have the right under state law to place candidates on the ballot by signing nomination papers. Lowenthal is invoking the legal principle that executive agencies are not allowed to impose regulations that frustrate the intent of laws passed by the legislature.

John Andrews, co-chair of the Green-Rainbow Party commented that “the Lowenthal case is an example of the type of thing that discourages newcomers from challenging entrenched political forces. In Massachusetts, our entire Congressional delegation is Democratic and incumbents often run unopposed. In the state legislature, over 60 percent of incumbents run unopposed year after year. The difficulty of just getting your name on the ballot discourages challengers. And when all the work a candidate does to demonstrate voter support is tossed aside by a technicality, it contributes to the sense that the seats of big party office holders are being protected from competition.”

Danny Factor, Green-Rainbow candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth added that “the number of unopposed races in Massachusetts is disgraceful. We go to great lengths to protect the right to vote. But when you go into the voting booth and find only one name on the ballot, the value of your vote has been stolen. The lack of competition contributes to a sense of entitlement on the part of office holders. We must reform ballot access laws so that at least 95% of the races in Massachusetts are contested. This will give voters the power they should have to hold incumbents accountable.”

Green Party: Pipeline Protest Reaches the Massachusetts State House

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(The following was originally published on the Green Party website.)

About 500 opponents of the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline assembled for a protest on Boston Common across from the Statehouse in Boston on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The rally was the culmination of a series of marches organized in communities along the pipeline route. After the rally the march organizers, including NoFrackedGasinMass and the Massachusetts Pipeline Action Network (MassPLAN), led constituents into the State House to lobby legislators and the governor.

About 15 members of the Green-Rainbow Party attended the rally and Danny Factor, GRP candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth, was in attendance. Factor handed out a flyer thanking the protesters. The flyer was signed by the three statewide candidates of the Green-Rainbow Party. The GRP is the only political party that has taken a position in opposition to the pipeline. Grassroots pressure has resulted in several state legislators in pipeline communities taking positions against the pipeline. Governor Deval Patrick has been advancing the pipeline through a largely secret collaboration with pipeline companies and electricity bureaucrats.

Patrick Must Halt New Pipeline Tax Says Green-Rainbow Party

(The following press release was originally published on the Green Party website.)

BOSTON, MA – Governor Patrick must withdraw his administration’s support for a new electricity rate tariff that could saddle Massachusetts citizens with billions of dollars in electricity bill increases according to three candidates for statewide office. The increases would primarily go to build a fracked gas pipeline for Houston-based Kinder Morgan corporation.

“The Governor has put us on the road to a 4 billion dollar tax increase using a process that neatly evades the need for approval by the Massachusetts Legislature,” said Danny Factor, Green-Rainbow candidate for Secretary of State.

“Hitting people with rate increases through use of the largely hidden electricity rate bureaucracy is taxation without representation,” he added.

The three candidates are asking Governor Patrick to withdraw the Administration’s support for the tariff. The Administration (through the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities) signed a January 21, 2014 letter asking ISO New England to prepare for implementing the tariff. The candidates claim that the letter was premature and launches a process that exposes electricity consumers to unnecessary rate increases.

According to State Auditor candidate M K Merelice “When ordinary people ask for more funding for public transportation or schools, we’re told that money just isn’t available and our requests are bottled up by legislative hearings. It doesn’t seem right that when some CEO from Houston comes in with a multi-billion dollar scheme, their request is put on a fast track that bypasses the Legislature. ”

State Treasurer candidate Ian Jackson added that “the working people of Massachusetts could get a staggering tax bill for a for a pipeline that won’t even be necessary if we just keep pursuing our plans for renewable energy. We need to halt the work on the new electricity tax and lay out a plan to make the pipeline obsolete with clean, sustainable energy.”

Referring to the Conservation Law Foundation Freedom of Information Act request that unveiled the extent to which the Administration has been working in conjunction with the pipeline interests, Factor said “This kind of secrecy and evasion seems to be part of a strategy to deliver a major windfall to the energy companies before the citizens of Massachusetts realize what’s happening. We call upon the Governor to rescind the support of Massachusetts for the new tariff and to have a full, open study of how we can avoid this enormous expense.”

Earlier this year the Green-Rainbow Party joined a 5-state coalition of state Green parties known as the Green Alliance to Stop the Pipelines or GASP. GASP contends that the environmental damages of green house gas emissions requires us to stop spending money on fossil fuel infrastructure and to invest instead in clean, sustainable energy sources.

Contact for more information:
John Andrews, Tel. 781-382-5658, jandrews166@gmail.com