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Ranked choice voting approved by Santa Fe voters

Ranked choice voting approved by Santa Fe voters

By Rick Lass, Green Party of New Mexico The Green Party of Santa Fe scored a major win on March 4 with the adoption of seven charter amendments, including both public financing of elections and ranked choice voting. This victory adds to the local Green Partyís string of policy reforms going back a dozen years, including creation of a local transit system, repeal of the gross receipts taxes on food and medical services and adoption of the nationís highest minimum…

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National and states prioritize ballot access

National and states prioritize ballot access

Presidential campaign ignites many state ballot drives By Brian Bittner, member of the GPUS Ballot Access Committee Ballot accessóthe ability to organize a political party, claim to represent a membership, run candidates for office, and have votes for those candidates countedóis like running water or electric lights. We depend on it for much of what we do without even thinking about it. Only in its absence do we stop to think about where it comes from and how we can…

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Ballot Access Requirements

Ballot Access Requirements

Minimum Number of Signatures Necessary to List a Green Party Candidate for President in November State Deadline Alabama 5,000 September 8 Alaska 3,128 August 6 Conn. 7,500 August 6 Idaho 5,984 August 25 Iowa 1,500 August 15 Kansas 5,000 August 4 Kentucky 5,000 September 2 Minnesota 2,000 September 9 Missouri 10,000 July 28 Montana 5,000 July 30 New Hampshire 3,000 August 6 New Jersey 800 July 28 New York 15,000 August 19 North Dakota 4,000 September 5 Ohio 5,000 August…

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How I won the mayor’s office

How I won the mayor’s office

By David Doonan, Mayor of the Village of Greenwich, New York Being a public elected official was never a recurring dream that haunted my sleep. While interested in politics and current affairs, in recent years the interest was more an intellectual exercise than an active pursuit. That began to change after listening to a talk in Glens Falls, New York by Ralph Nader in May 2007. I sat in the audience as. Nader spoke at length about the need for…

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Peace slate offers Oregonians a chance

Peace slate offers Oregonians a chance

by Joanne Cvar, Pacific Green Party of Oregon and Green Party Peace Network The Pacific Green Party of Oregon (PGP) is currently fielding a ìpeace slate,î with candidates for nomination in four of the five congressional districts in Oregon. All are committed to ending the war in Iraq, and all have pledged never to vote for funding the continued occupation through supplemental funding bills or for an increase in the basic military budget. ìImagine, for a moment, real leaders for…

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Ingrid Betancourt Dedication

Ingrid Betancourt Dedication

One of the more spellbinding moments of the Global Greens Congress was the Friday morning special plenary session dedicated to former Colombian Green Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who has been held captive since February 23rd, 2001 when she was kidnapped in the Colom bian jungle by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Betancourt was a plenary speaker at the First Global Greens Congress in 2001 and a tape of her speech was replayed to this yearís Congress attendees. Then…

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Global Greens meet in S„o Paulo

Global Greens meet in S„o Paulo

Second Congress focuses on climate change By Mike Feinstein, Advisor, International†Committee†of the Green Party of the United States For the second time ever, Green Parties from around the world gathered together for a decision-making Congress. The first Global Greens Congress took place in April 2001 in Canberra, Australia. This time, with 625 delegates and observers participating from 88 countries, the Second Congress took place May 1-4 in S„o Paulo, Brazil. In 2001, one of the key objectives of the Congress…

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U.S. Greens participate

U.S. Greens participate

Sixteen Greens from the United States were in. The Green Party of the United States was formally represented at the Congress by three delegates: Mike Feinstein (California), Marnie Glickman (Oregon) and Julia Willebrand (New York); and three alternates: Justine McCabe (Connecticut), John Rensenbrink (Maine) and Bahram Zandi (Maryland). Fein stein and Willebrand also participated for the last two years in the Global Greens Congress Steering Group, which planned the Congress. Bruce Gagnon (Maine) of the Global Network Against Weapons gave…

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Reports

Reports

Platform Committee Alert to all GreensóPlease review the platform draft at www.gp.org/platform.shtml Every four years Green Party members are asked to review and update the Green Platform. Greens are invited to submit amendments to the Platform Committee (Platcom) whose job it is to integrate the amendments into the 2004 Platform and produce the draft of the 2008 Green Platform. Amendments have been received from October 2006 to April 1, 2008. During that time, editors were asked to take on the…

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ìChangeî In 2008?

ìChangeî In 2008?

By David Cyr, state committee member of the Green Party of New York State In ìThe†Change†You Deserveî†Republicans have selected a slyly subliminal slogan for 2008. Only the too few whoíve long been clear-eyed and paying attention will realize that whether a smirking Republicanís or a smiley Democratís face is put upon it, the next†corporate state†administration will have, as all those before it, inherently sociopathic corporations determine all the†what, when, where and how of the ìchangeîÖ and†who will ìdeserveî it. The…

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