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Greens win in Illinois

Greens win in Illinois

Five candidates take office From the Illinois Green Party website: ILGP.org While most of April’s elections were officially nonpartisan, Illinois Green Party members competed in elections across the state, with five candidates winning their races. If these wins hold, the ILGP’s number of officeholders state­wide would grow to ten. The big win belongs to Green Party member Jessica Bradshaw, who appears to have been elected to Carbondale City Council in a hard-fought nonpartisan race. In the 12-candidate race for three…

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Big wins in Madison Wisconsin

Big wins in Madison Wisconsin

By Deyva Arthur, Green Party of New York State   Wisconsin Greens had two election wins this past April both in the city of Madison. Ledell Zellers won a position as Alder for Madison Com­mon Council and Dean Loumos won a seat on the Madison School Board with five candidates running for three available seats. With issues around neighborhood development a priority Zellers has a lot of ex­perience to bring to the council. She has been active in the Madison…

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Reflections on running for office

Reflections on running for office

A great campaign despite accusations of spoiler By Ursula Rozum, Green Party of New York State One night in Syracuse New York during my campaign as a Green Party candidate for Congress, activists of the women’s movement confronted me. A local chapter of the National Organiza­tion for Women invited me to their pot­luck meeting to tell me it was “not the time or place” to challenge the two-party system for fear of re-electing the anti-choice Republican Ann Marie Buerkle to…

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Notable elections

Notable elections

Greens taking office this past election By Dave McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware Fred Smith House District Seat 50, Arkansas legislature Fred Smith is a former basketball player, who was on the Harlem Globetrotters and set the world record for the vertical slamdunk of 11 feet 11 inches in 1997. After retiring from athletics, he moved back to his hometown of Crawfordsville, AR and founded a tutoring program for children. Meanwhile he was elected to the state legislature as a…

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Hawaiian Election Officials Sued by Green Party Over Ballot Shortages

Hawaiian Election Officials Sued by Green Party Over Ballot Shortages

By Dave McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware   A month after the 2012 elections, at­torney Lance Collins, representing the Green Party of Hawaii, filed a lawsuit against the state Office of Elec­tions for failing to follow legally prescribed procedures in an important state legislative election. Several irregularities were alleged in the election in which Green member Keiko Bonk challenged long-time Speaker of the House Calvin Say. Specifically, some precincts ran out of paper ballots early, forcing people to wait in…

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Neo-Redemption Gerrymandering of the Electoral College

Neo-Redemption Gerrymandering of the Electoral College

(Suffer Loss of Representatives to Congress) by Asa Gordon “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined. Our Constitution leaves no room for classification of people in a way that unnecessarily abridges this right.” – US Supreme Court Justice Black –…

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Scores of Greens on the ballot line

Scores of Greens on the ballot line

A highlight of 2012 Green candidates from across the country By David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware This election cycle has brought forward a new group of Green candidates in several states. In total, hundreds of candidates will be running for positions— from seats in the U.S. Congress, to state legislatures, to city, county and township positions, to seats on boards, such as water commissions and school boards. Some of the numbers, as of late August: 10 candidates for U….

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Is the Green Party evolving through its presidential campaign?

Is the Green Party evolving through its presidential campaign?

An editorial by David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware I have been stunned by the strength and successes of the Stein-Honkala ticket! Re­gardless of the electoral outcome, make no mistake about it: this campaign is an improvement over our past presidential campaigns. Here’s a brief review. In 1996 and 2000 Ralph Nader was the party’s standard-bearer. At neither time was Nader chosen through a primary pro­cess. Rather, he was an endorsed candidate. His candidacy showed both the benefits and the…

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The color of Green

The color of Green

An interview with Theresa Anderson, candidate for Oakland City Council Why have you joined the Green Party? I joined the Green Party because I liked their progressive alliance, and the platform they stood for. I like their policies. Dem­ocrats and Republicans have made a mess of what we have today. Something different and refreshing is inviting, and that’s why I joined. What do you think are the most pressing issues of the country? I believe our most pressing issues are…

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Mayor of Fairfax addresses presidential convention

Mayor of Fairfax addresses presidential convention

by David McCorquodale, Green Party of Delaware Pam Hartwell-Herraro, the current mayor of Fairfax, California spoke at the Presi­dential Nominating Convention of the Green Party. Her talk highlighted some of the points covered in the last Green Pages issue (“What happens when Greens run the town”), but also had some news. She started by mentioning that a fourth member of the five-member non-partisan-elected city council had joined the Green Party. Since the mayor is a council member and chosen by…

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