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Maine legislators join Green Party

Maine legislators join Green Party

By Deyva Arthur, Green Party of New York State The Party’s commitment to clean money politics and real democracy has been a significant cause of two Maine State Representatives while in office to defect to Green. Henry John Bear and Ralph Chapman both joined the Maine Green Independent Party this fall, making them the highest-ranking elected Green officeholders in the country. “I have joined the Maine Green Independent Party in order to highlight the democ­racy-diminishing effects of corporate funding influence…

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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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Green Ballot Status Update

Green Ballot Status Update

Maine Greens fight to retain ballot status by Nancy Allen, co-chair, Maine Green Party The Maine Green Party (MEGP) was founded in 1984. In 1992, their first Congressional candidate, Jonathan Carter, received 10% in a district covering half the state. In 1994, Carter received 6.5% for Governor, topping the 5% in a statewide race the Greens needed to achieve ballot status. At that time, the MEGP assumed that according to their reading of the law, this would qualify them for…

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