Monday, January 31, 2011
Don't let the Lynchburg-DC stop running
31 jan 11 @ 10:24 am est
year, with your help we successfully passed a study through the Virginia General Assembly to review the creation of an Intercity
Passenger Rail Operating & Capital Fund (IPROCF). The study was released in November, and Governor McDonnell included
the creation of the IPROCF in his transportation package now before the Virginia State Senate.
Please sign the following letter to Virginia's
State Senators asking them to support the creation of the IPROCF included in Senate Bill 1446.
If you care about the future of passenger rail in Virginia.
If you believe passenger services such as the Lynchburg-DC train and
its future extension to Roanoke should have a stable and dedicated source of funding, please... Act Now!
By sending the letter, you'll be joining rail advocates statewide
who want to save existing and future intercity passenger rail in Virginia.
Thank you for your help. Please
to all your train-loving friends.
Meredith Richards, PRC Chairman
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Greens ready to govern
30 jan 11 @ 10:42 pm est
Greens in Baden Wuerttenburg state at 27 per cent
30 jan 11 @ 10:36 pm est
State elections: Green Party strong in Rhineland Pfalz
30 jan 11 @ 10:34 pm est
Green Party climbs in Hamburg polls
30 jan 11 @ 10:29 pm est
Friday, January 28, 2011
Renate Kuenast Green Party growing popularity
28 jan 11 @ 11:11 pm est
Friday, January 28, 2011
Green Party climbs in opinion polls
28 jan 11 @ 10:51 pm est
WLBT reports Green Party push for new metering law
28 jan 11 @ 2:21 pm est
WLBT TV reports the Mississippi Green Party pushing for a new metering law to increase solar power use.
Party businessman Luke Lunkemo,
"It's a really simple idea. Net metering. It means that for one dollar of electricity that you produce from your
solar panels we value is the same as one dollar of electricity coming through the powerline. And this idea is catching on
around the country." Luke Lunkemo, Green Party businessman is owner of Rainbow Coop in Jackson.
Local latino Green Party candidates raises $50,000
28 jan 11 @ 2:12 pm est
Alberto Bocanegra, Jr., Chair of the Cook County Green Party, has raised over $50,000 in his campaign for the 12th Ward Alderman in Chicago.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Green Party accepts TV debate series
27 jan 11 @ 11:33 am est
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Green Party businessman running for mayor
26 jan 11 @ 5:02 pm est
businessman Harry Davis is planning to run for mayor of Rochester.
Davis, 59, a news conference about his candidacy at 4:45 p.m. today, at School 6, 595
Upper Fallhelds Blvd.
owns Ergoback.com, an Internet company that sells ergonomically designed products.
Davis said he interviewed with Green party leaders last week and
hopes to get their endorsement.
He also has plans to collect the 1,500 signatures needed to get on the ballot as an independent candidate.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Green Party Governor candidate Winfried Kretschmann "We want to change the political tone."
25 jan 11 @ 9:30 pm est
Monday, January 24, 2011
Irish Green Party success on Budget
24 jan 11 @ 10:13 pm est
Harry Davis Green Party candidate for mayor Rochester
24 jan 11 @ 9:54 pm est
Anja Hajduk, Green Party Hamburg.
24 jan 11 @ 9:20 pm est
Green Party candidate Keith Olbermann...
Keith Olbermann as a Green Party candidate in 2011 makes more sense that MSNBC firing the star of their number one rated show.
What have they against capitalism?
24 jan 11 @ 9:06 pm est
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Richmond Green Party Mayor Gayle McLaughlin state of city address
23 jan 11 @ 9:43 pm est
Richmond Green Party Mayor Gayle McLaughlin's state of the city address touts sustainability
After 4 years leading Government Irish Green Party calls for elections
23 jan 11 @ 11:50 am est
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Va city starts planning for new rail station to prepare for high-speed
22 jan 11 @ 11:50 am est
Posted from a Virginian-Pilot article.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Newport News officials say they're hoping to build a new Amtrak station to handle
what is expected to be soaring ridership.
Community planning manager Michael King tells the Virginian-Pilot that
high-speed rail's impending arrival demands new facilities.
Current plans call for a station that would serve buses
and shuttles near Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport and a train station in downtown.
current train station is a crowded 1982 building.
While high speed rail is about 15 years away, the city says it
could build the so-called multi-modal station for buses and shuttles within five years. It already has $2 million to start
designing and engineering what would be a $24 million building.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,
Mayor Bloomberg launches Green Urban Tech center
22 jan 11 @ 11:07 am est
Independent Green Party's Bloomberg in Esquire
22 jan 11 @ 9:52 am est
Mike Bloomberg, "represents the great American dream..the ultimate independent, calm modern, rooted in metrics and
cleansed of ideology..come to drain the swamps with his amazing modern business management techniques.."
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Green Party Bavaria Blause
20 jan 11 @ 10:51 pm est
Irish Green Party - "Yes! We will get the Budget passed!"
20 jan 11 @ 9:40 pm est
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Green Party in Bavaria becomes 2nd most popular...
19 jan 11 @ 9:51 pm est
Monday, January 17, 2011
Green Party's Pat LaMarche launches Southern (dis)Comfort tour
17 jan 11 @ 3:52 pm est
Independent Green backed Rail to Norfolk progress
17 jan 11 @ 9:56 am est
Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal's Philip Newswanger has latest progress report of Independent Green
Party of Virginia's long backed Rail to Norfolk. The Norfolk train is scheduled to roll next year. It will take
Indy Green political will on the ballot to get it done.
Newswanger's story here:
Saturday, January 15, 2011
New Indy Green Party Women candidates Kolazas, Casquino, Ayoub
Three women of the Independent Green Party of Virginia launched their petition drives today, collecting signatures to get
on the ballot for local office in Fairfax county. All are wives, mothers, and successful businesswomen. Milagritos
Casquino, has a juris doctorate, and is exploring a run for Sheriff. Mrs. Casquino owns and operates a successful travel agency.
Angie Kolazas operates a welll respected construction firm with her husband. Mrs. Kolazas,collecting signatures
for an Indy Green candidacy for School Board at large, is the mother of a 4 year old boy, and 6 year old girl.
Kristina Ayoub owns and operates a restaurant in Reston with her husband. They have a toddler. Ayoub, the Indy
Green Party mother, is collecting signatures for Soil and Water Conservation District Director.
15 jan 11 @ 6:25 pm est
Another Green Party Candidate for State Senate
15 jan 11 @ 6:10 pm est
If you live in Connecticut's state Senate District 27, you might get a visitor this weekend asking for your help. Stamford
resident Rolf Maurer wants to fill the seat vacated by Andrew McDonald, and he plans to canvass the community this weekend. Not only will he distribute leaflets, he'll also
seek signatures for a petition. As a third-party candidate, Maurer needs to collect 251 signatures to get on the ballot for
the special election set for Feb. 22.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
How about this for our new logo?
13 jan 11 @ 8:14 pm est
Created by Shaun Broy. Drop us a line to say what you think. E-mail: VoteJoinRun@aol.com
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Japan offers to fund part of US high-speed rail project
12 jan 11 @ 11:45 am est
An encouraging report in the Independent Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Japan has offered to fund part of a project to build an ultra-fast train line between Washington and New York, which
would revolutionize travel on the US east coast, a Japanese official said Friday.
In talks with US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara proposed that the Japan Bank for International Cooperation would
fund a portion of the first phase of a project to bring Maglev trains to the US, said Satoru Satoh, the Japanese embassy press
The proposed first phase of the project would see a Maglev train, which can travel at speeds of up to 341 miles
per hour (550 kilometers per hour), link Washington with Baltimore some 60 miles (100 kilometers) to the north and currently
an hour's train ride away.
The Maglev line would eventually be extended to New York, more than 200 miles from Washington,
putting the Big Apple and Baltimore closer to the capital in terms of travel time than many suburbs in Virginia and Maryland.
York would be an hour away from Washington once the Maglev is up and running instead of the current four hours.
rest of article here.
AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
a visit to Japan last year, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took a test ride on the ultra-fast magnetic levitation
train, which hovers 10 centimeters (four inches) above the tracks and in 2003 reached a world record speed of 581 kilometers
per hour (361 miles per hour) on a Japanese test track.
Monday, January 10, 2011
"Find money now for state's trains" says Virginian-Pilot. We agree!
10 jan 11 @ 3:34 pm est
© January 10, 2011
Virginia will have the opportunity to improve the availability, speed and quality
of rail service in coming years. But if state leaders can't identify stable funding for capital improvements and operations,
they will not only miss out on that opportunity, they will lose much of the rail service they already have.
the somber conclusion of a new study conducted by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation at the request
of Senate Transportation Chairwoman Yvonne Miller.
Rail Director Thelma Drake and her staff provide a comprehensive
look at the progress the state has accomplished in recent years to make rail service more accessible to millions of Virginians.
But the report also underscores the reality that those gains have been made incrementally, without long-term plans for how
to pay for those new commitments.
In a nutshell, the commonwealth needs $629 million over the next decade to address the following operating and
-- By 2013, Virginia must begin funding four existing Amtrak trains that connect Newport News
and Richmond to Washington, D.C. Without state support, those services will be lost.
-- The state has initiated
demonstration projects with additional trains to D.C. originating from Richmond and Lynchburg, and six more trains are planned
between Norfolk and Richmond starting in 2013. A permanent source of operating revenue has yet to be designated, and the state
has temporarily diverted some capital funds for that purpose.
-- Future federal grants to develop high-speed rail
service require a 20 percent state match. States with earmarked operating funds will get priority. Virginia hopes to secure
funding for high-speed trains between Petersburg and D.C. as well as between Norfolk and Richmond.
The report outlines
multiple options for raising money for rail service, but they fall into two categories: raise taxes and fees or take money
from other programs. Among the ways to generate new revenues: a 3 percent hike in the rental car tax, bringing the levy to
13 percent; a one-time infusion from sale of state liquor stores; and a fee for personalized license plates.
new taxes and fees aren't possible, the report suggests extracting money from local governments or from revenue sources now
earmarked for highways. Given the state of Virginia's roads, diverting money isn't an option. Cities and counties are already
struggling with their own budget shortfalls. Dwindling collections of taxes on fuel and auto sales have gutted road construction
Surveys and well-attended hearings on rail expansions are proof that there is tremendous public support
for trains as an alternative to cars and planes. What must follow is a public commitment to pay for them. If state leaders
fail to follow through, they won't just be giving up, they'll be going backward.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Green Party's Joschka Fischer for United States of Europe
– Returning to Europe lately after a six-day trip to the United States, I wondered for the first time while reading
the press on the recent Irish crisis whether the euro – and thus the European Union – might possibly fail. This
could happen because, in the long run, the EU won’t be able to withstand its conflicts of interest and the resulting
process of “renationalization” in all member states without suffering grave damage.
7 jan 11 @ 11:40 pm est
Friday, January 7, 2011
Green Party Victory
7 jan 11 @ 2:23 am est
Eight state elections (out of 16 total German states) are scheduled in 2011.
Polls show the Green Party
on the verge of it's greatest victories. Greens could elect a Governor in Baden Wuerttenburg in March. At the
same time in Rheinland Pfalz Greens (at 16 per cent) appear ready to join a coalition government .
across Germany, Europe, and Virginia appear on the 2011 horizon.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
If China can build high-speed rail, surely the US can. Now's the time!
6 jan 11 @ 10:38 pm est
After reading the Reuters report of the 800-plus high-speed rail line opening nearly one year ahead of schedule
from Shanghai to Beijing, I could had to speculate how we could generate the political will for a similar accomplishment.
At one point in the US, we would be the leaders in such technological feats. Now we continue to burn fossil fuel and prop
up big oil lobby with promises to deliver new auto and asphalt subsidies.
This is an issue that even small government folks
in the US should be able to support. They knew in their heart that the massive subsidy of oil, whether apparent and on the
books, or off the books the way our war-making costs are figured, is totally out of hand. Congressman Ron Paul even declared
that some domestic infrastructure investment was better than wasting our tax dollars on overseas nation-building. (Notice
these roads, bridges, and airfields all support big oil).
It is time that Americans get serious about connecting
our most urban areas with high-speed rail. Not a simple fix using Amtrak either. I'm talking on the scale of the $140 billion
for a cross country system that would spur offshoots and create a ton of jobs. Let's go even further and buy American steel,
and built the rail cars here in the US.
Miami to St. Louis (1,000 miles)
New York to St.
Louis (1,000 miles)
St. Louis to Los Angeles (1,800 miles)
These rough estimates would start a major push
for the advance rail technology that has to be built in the 21st Century.
- Joseph Oddo, IGVA Campaign Coordinator
China to open Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail in June-Xinhua
BEIJING | Tue Jan 4, 2011
Jan 4 (Reuters) - China will open its $33 billion high-speed rail link between Beijing
and Shanghai in June, state media said on Tuesday, cutting the journey between the two cities in half to less than five hours.
The 1,318-kilometre (819-mile) railway, which has cost 220.9 billion yuan ($33.45 billion) to build, began construction
in April 2008 and was originally planned to open in 2012.
The official Xinhua News Agency cited railways minister
Liu Zhijun as saying it would start operations ahead of schedule in June this year. The report did not elaborate.
The new line is expected to provide a serious challenge to airlines including Air China Ltd (601111.SS)(0753.HK), China
Eastern Airlines Copp Ltd (600115.SS)(0670.HK) and China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (600029.SS)(1055.HK). The route, connecting
China's capital with its most important economic hub, is one of the most lucrative for Chinese airlines.
high-speed rail network has been developing rapidly over the past decade, reaching a total of 8,358 kilometres, the world's
It was expected to reach 16,000 kilometres by 2015, Xinhua cited minister Liu as saying.
planned to invest 3 trillion to 4 trillion yuan in its high-speed rail network between 2011 and 2015, state media said last
month. ($1=6.604 Yuan) (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Chris Lewis)
Yupette selects Independent Green Party candidates for year's "best"
6 jan 11 @ 8:09 pm est
Independent Green Party endorsee, Arlington County Green Party candidate Miriam Gennari won "best candidate for office"
for County School Board.
Two time Independent Green Party endorsee for U.S. House (in 2004, and 2006) Jim Hurysz won
Yupette's award for "best community activist...for trying to preserve something resembling a quality of life in Arlington
for everyone over the next several decades."
Applause to our own Miriam Gennari, and Jim Hurysz.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Shaun Broy Independent Greens State Senate gather sigatures close to home.
5 jan 11 @ 7:25 pm est
Candidates considering running for a state house or senate seat in Virginia in 2011 should still be out gathering signatures
and conducting campaign activities now. The incumbents are not permitted to be engaged in fund raising while "in session".
So get out there now like Shaun Broy is in Northwestern Virginia.
Shaun is already conducting door-to-door activities to gather e-mails from voters who want to follow campaign, phone numbers
for those who want to volunteer, and asking for people to host him in a block party type venue to meet their neighbors.
IGVA crew is standing by ready and willing to help. Contact us ASAP!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Independent Greens Joseph Glean going door to door
4 jan 11 @ 8:12 pm est
Independent Green Party of Virginia's Joseph Glean started visiting voters door to door on Sunday January 2, 2011. Mr.
Glean is a husband, father, working man. On a rainy cold Sunday in Woodley precinct, where he lives with his family,
Joe Glean started exploring a possible run for House of Delegates in 2011. He was joined by the Independent Greens
state Vice-Chair, Gail for Rail Parker.
Gail for Rail may be on the ballot for State Senate in 2011.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Green Party Chair in Ireland expects no Referendum
3 jan 11 @ 9:29 pm est
Green party urges Budapest council to step up smog measures
3 jan 11 @ 9:23 pm est
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Green Party Leading Advocate for Rail
2 jan 11 @ 12:03 am est
Excerpts from article pub
lished in Orlando Sentinal...
For years, we have watched other countries pass us by as they build faster trains. Indeed, the
benefits of high-speed rail are tough to ignore. It will seamlessly integrate large metropolitan communities and economies
through a safe, convenient and reliable transportation alternative. It will ease congestion on our roads and at our airports.
It will reduce our reliance on oil as well as our carbon emissions. And it will provide a much-needed boost to America's hard-hit
manufacturing sector during a time of economic struggle.
When we look to America's past, it can be easy to forget that America was never predestined to have
the world's best highways. Progress only became possible because generations before us dreamed big and built big — because
they imagined, invested and sacrificed for the infrastructure on which we rely to this day.
our parents and grandparents, we, too, must exercise the foresight and courage to invest in the most important infrastructure
projects of our time. If we work together, a national high-speed-rail network can and will be our generation's legacy.
- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, December 19, 2010
Link to Article here.