Friday, November 30, 2012
Ales Byalyatski awarded with Petra Kelly Prize
30 nov 12 @ 9:54 pm est
Ales Byalyatski awarded
Byalyatski's wife Natallya Pinchuk received the award on
behalf of the political prisoner.
A prize-giving ceremony was held in Berlin on November
22, Radio Racja reports.
Ales Byalyarski was awarded for his efforts in
protecting human rights in authoritarian Belarus.
“I am here because Ales is unable
to come while he is in prison. The prize is a high appreciation of his work,” Natallya Pinchuk said.
Ales Byalyatski earlier refused to accept the monetary part of the prize – €
10,000 – and asked to spend the money on human rights activity in Belarus.
Pinchuk, Ales Byalyatski's aide Valyantin Stefanovich and head of the Belarusian Helsinki CommitteeAleh
Hulak arrived in Berlin. They had meetings with German government commissioner for human rights, a German-Belarusian
parliamentary group and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Petra Kelly Prize was founded in 1998
to award people or groups of people for their outstanding achievements in respecting human rights, fostering non-violent conflict
resolution and protecting the environment. The was award founded in memory of Petra Kelly (1947-1992), a prominent political
activist who took part in formation of the German Green Party. Prize winners in the recent years were Russian lawyer and human
rights defender Yuri Schmidt, Chinese lawyer Zhang Sizhi, Kenyan human rights and environmental activist Wangari Maathai, who later
won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Independent Green Party State Meeting
30 nov 12 @ 7:38 pm est
Green Party of Virginia State Meeting
Join us Saturday!
Date: November 30, 2012
From: Joe Oddo, Chairman
Re: Next IGVA State Meeting Saturday,December 1,
2012 @ 1:30 pm
Thank you again for all your hard work during the 2012 election cycle. With 2013 campaigning
already underway, we will be holding a meeting to update our team about our current Independent Green candidates and
to discuss strategy for the start of the January field operation.
Independent Green Executive Committee
member Carey Campbell will report on is meeting this week with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Carey Campbell is national chairman
of the Committee to Draft Michael Bloomberg 2016.
As all Indy Greens know, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the Independent Green Party on ballot nominee in 2008 for President.
Indy Greens collected about 70,000 petition signatures that year.
are holding a this state meeting Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Express on Route One in Alexandria
(6055 Richmond Highway). All are invited.
For directions or to forward
your agenda items and proxys, please contact Chairman Oddo by replying to this e-address: usrepublic at aol.com. Remember this election season features a statewide election in Virginia in 2013 along with numerous local and municipal
offices and all 100 members of the House of Delegates.
Of course we are always
in recruiting mode. Please shake your networks to see if you have anyone even remotely contemplating a run for public office
- anywhere in the state. Record the name and contact information for anyone with
any remote interest and forward that info to me for follow-up.
we meet, pass on any suggestions or people you think we should reach out to as candidates for 2013.
Once again, we thank each and every one of you for your outstanding efforts this year, and encourage you to keep up
the good work.
Best to all,
Independent Greens of
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Honoring the memory of Green Party founder Petra Kelly on her birthday
29 nov 12 @ 10:49 pm est
Honoring the memory of Green Party founder Petra Kelly on her birthday
November 29, 2012 would have been Green Party founder Petra Kelly's 65th birthday.
We honor Petra Kelly. We remember this brave, beauty, a woman of courage and intelligence. Petra Kelly
remains a inspiration for all of us, who continue her important work.
Petra Kelly a passionate
advocate of nonviolence. Petra Kelly, American University grad. Green Party founder, and legislator. By launching
a Green Party that now has a leading role in many governments worldwide, Petra Kelly truly changed the world with her unique
gifts. We celebrate the life, the goodness, the kindness, and achievements of one of the great advocates of nonviolence,
Petra Karin Kelly.
More on Petra Kelly at this link http://www.petrakellystiftung.de/
Green Party-eco engine for economy - Green profits in renewable energy
29 nov 12 @ 8:15 pm est
New Green web site success of renewable energy
Arguments for a renewable energy future
Germany has drawn a lot of attention
for the Energiewende - the aim to switch to a renewable energy economy, phase out nuclear power and leave
fossil fuels behind. But what exactly is the German energy transition: How does it works and what challenges lay ahead?
The Heinrich Boell Stiftung has commissioned a new website www.energytransition.de to address these issues. It is intended to provide facts and explain the politics and policies to an international audience.
Thewebsite highlights the effects of the Energiewende on the German economy, environment and society and addresses
the most important questions.
Check out the key findings below:
1. The German energy transition is an ambitious, but feasible
A lot of people outside Germany,
including environmentalists, are skeptical. But even the skeptics like Germany’s goal of demonstrating that a thriving
industrial economy can switch from nuclear and fossil energy to renewables and efficiency. The German can-do attitude
is based on the experience over the last two decades, when renewables matured much more quickly, become more reliable and
much cheaper than expected.
The share of renewable electricity in
rose from 6% to 25% in only
On sunny and windy days, solar panels and wind turbines now supply up to half the country’s electricity demand,
which no one expected just a few years ago. Recent estimates suggest that Germany will once again surpass its renewable energy
target and have more than 40% of its power from renewables by 2020. Furthermore, many German research institutes and the government
and its agencies have run the numbers and developed sound scenarios for a renewable economy.
2. The German energy transition is driven by citizens and communities.
Germans want clean energy, and a lot of them want to produce it themselves.
The Renewable Energy Act guarantees priority grid access to all electricity generated from renewables and is designed to produce
reasonable profits. By 2011, more than half of investments in renewables had been made by small investors. Large corporations,
on the other hand, have invested relatively little so far. The switch to renewables has greatly strengthened small and midsize
businesses, and it has empowered local communities and their citizens to generate their own renewable energy. Across Germany,
a rural energy revolution is underway. Communities are benefiting from new jobs and increasing tax revenues, which has become
even more important after the debt crisis in the euro zone.
The energy transition is Germany’s largest post-war infrastructure project. It strengthens its economy and creates new
The economic benefits of the transition already
today outweigh the additional cost over “business as usual”. The switch to a highly efficient renewable energy
economy will require large-scale investments of up to 200 billion euros. Renewables only seem to cost more than conventional
energy, but they are getting cheaper, while conventional energy is getting more expensive; furthermore, fossil fuel remains
highly subsidized, and the price of fossil fuel does not include environmental impacts. By replacing energy imports with renewables,
Germany’s trade balance will improve and its energy security will strengthen. Already, more than 380,000 Germans work
in the renewables sector – far more than in the conventional energy sector. While some of these are manufacturing
jobs, many others are in installing and maintenance. These jobs for technicians, installers, and architects have been created
locally and can’t be outsourced. They already have helped Germany to come through the economic and financial crisis
much better than other countries.
4. With the energy
transition, Germany aims to not only keep its industrial base, but make it fit for a greener future.
German climate and energy policies are designed to maintain a strong manufacturing base at
home. On the one hand, industry is encouraged to improve its energy efficiency. On the other, industry benefits from exemptions
to regulations (some of them probably too generous) to ease the burden on industry. Contrary to one common misconception,
renewables have turned Germany into an attractive location for energy intensive industries. In 2012, wind and solar energy
have driven down prices on the wholesale power market by more than 10%. Cheaper electricity means lower business expenses.
Industries from steel to glass and cement benefit from these low energy prices. But the benefits of the energy transition
extend beyond today. The demand for solar panels, wind turbines, biomass and hydro power plants, battery and storage systems,
smart grid equipment, and efficiency technologies will continue to rise. Germany wants to gain a first-mover advantage and
develop these high-value engineering technologies “Made in Germany”. The focus on renewables and energy conservation
is part of that forward-looking approach to business investments. When the world switches to renewables, German firms will
be well positioned to deliver high quality technology, skills, and services for these markets.
5. Regulation and open markets provide investment certainty and allow small business
to compete with large corporations.
policy is a mix of market-based instruments and regulation. Under the Renewable Energy Act, renewable electricity has guaranteed
grid access to provide investment certainty and allow family businesses and small firms to compete with large corporations.
The policy enables producers of green electricity to sell their power to the grid at a set rate. The rates are “degressive,”
meaning they decline over time to drive down future prices. Unlike coal and nuclear power, the costs for renewables are not
hidden and passed on to future generations, but transparent and immediate. The government sees its role as setting targets
and policies; the market decides how much is invested in renewables and how the price of electricity develops. Consumers are
free to choose their power provider so they can buy cheaper electricity or switch to a provider with a 100% renewable portfolio.
6. Germany demonstrates that fighting climate change
and phasing out nuclear power can be two sides of the same coin.
A lot of countries are struggling to fulfill their climate commitments. Germany is on track to meet its climate targets.
Even after eight nuclear power plants were taken offline in the spring of 2011, Germany reduced its greenhouse gas emissions
by 2% from the previous year. Though eased by a warm winter, this outcome is remarkable given the GDP growth and continued
net electricity exports to neighbors. Power supply was stable at a record level. The decommissioned nuclear capacity was replaced
with more renewables, conventional back-up power plants, and greater efficiency. Renewables reduce Germany’s GHG emissions
by around 130 million tons annually. Overall, Germany will overshoot its Kyoto target of a 21% reduction for 2012. By the
end of 2011, Germany had reduced its GHG emissions by 27% and is now moving towards reaching its 2020 target of 40% reductions
(relative to 1990).
7. The German energy transition
is broader than often discussed. It not only includes renewable electricity, but also changes to energy use in the transportation
and housing sectors.
Germany’s energy transition
is not only about switching from nuclear and coal to renewables in the electricity sector. Electricity only makes up roughly
20 percent of German energy demand, with roughly 40 percent devoted to heat and 40 percent to transportation. Most public
attention has focused on the power sector, with the nuclear phase-out and the switch to wind power and solar power making
headlines. But in fact, Germany is a leader in “passive houses,” which make heating systems in homes largely redundant.
Unfortunately, however, renovation rates are too low for the tremendous efficiency gains from passive house construction to
be fully effective. In addition, Germany has not expanded its district heating networks, which allow waste heat from power
generators to be used productively, as fast as its neighbors in Austria and Denmark. But perhaps the greatest challenges lie
in the transportation sector, where a number of options are being looked into worldwide – from electric mobility to
hybrid vehicles. Germany is not a leader in such technologies. But the greatest efficiency gains will come about when we switch
from individual mobility to public transport – and from large cars to small vehicles, such as electric bicycles, when
we have to resort to individual transportation.
8. The German
energy transition is here to stay.
It is very unlikely
that Germany will reverse its course. The transition away from nuclear power has been long in the making. Of course the Big
Four utilities (E.ON, RWE, Vattenfall, EnBW) once fought hard to defend their incumbent interests by delaying the
switch to renewables, but Eon and RWE have publicly announced their plans to stop building nuclear plants internationally,
and EnBW is now owned by the State of Baden-Württemberg, which has a Green governor who is unlikely to instruct the company
to support nuclear more. Industrial giant Siemens has also stepped away from nuclear in its global portfolio and now wants
to focus on wind power and hydropower. The public strongly supports extending renewables, even in light of rising retail power
rates. Germans expect their political leaders to take on the challenge of the energy transition. There are disagreements across
the political spectrum about which strategies are the best, but in general all German political parties today support the
energy transition because the German public overwhelmingly does.
The energy transition is affordable for Germany, and it will likely be even more affordable for other countries.
Germany has benefited economically from its international leadership
role in going renewable – similar to Denmark and other pioneers moving to renewables. Germany has created the world’s
largest domestic solar PV market. German commitment and Chinese mass scale production has helped to drive down the cost of
n Germany, installed system prices for
solar PV plummeted by 66% from 2006 to mid-2012.
It will be much cheaper for other countries to invest in renewables
now that the costs are lower. On top of that, many countries have much better solar resources than Germany; some of them with
the capability of producing up to twice as much power from the same solar panel, because of more sunshine.
out the full website here: www.energytransition.de
Where is Nevada Green Party?
28 nov 12 @ 11:24 pm est
Missing from the ballot in this heavily contested swing state: the Green Party. Why?
easy being Green. Especially in the Silver State.
If you are one of those diehard progressives who find President Obama’s policies just too conservative, too accommodating
of corporations, too pro-war and too silent on issues of economic and social justice, and above all too willing to ignore
the issue of global warming, you probably already know that the Green Party offered safe haven.
Nationally, the Green Party slate of Jill Stein, the presidential nominee
and a physician, and Cheri Honkala, the vice-presidential nominee and a social- and economic-justice advocate, received almost
500,000 votes in 49 states (if you include write-in states) and the District of Columbia. None of those votes came in Nevada,
however, where it’s not possible to even write in a presidential candidate who is not on the ticket.
To place its candidate on a general election ballot for president,
a “minor party” has to have won at least 1 percent of the total votes cast for a congressional seat for any of
its candidates, have a petition signed by a number of registered voters equal to 1 percent of the total number of congressional
votes, or have registered at least 1 percent of the state’s registered voters. In the last congressional election, the
Green Party candidate for governor got just over 4,400 votes, considerably less than the 1 percent of the total votes cast
for congressional office that would be needed to automatically qualify for the ballot in 2012.
Other third-party candidates, from the conservative Independent American
and Libertarian parties, made it to the Nevada ballot this year. But not only did the Green Party of Nevada not get on the
ballot in 2012, it appears to be almost completely moribund.
Instead of new local content, the website for the state party has video clips posted from the national
organization. The most recent local content is several photos from a pro-union demonstration in front of the Nevada Legislature.
In February 2011.
A couple of years ago,
the party had a stronger presence, even fielding a candidate for governor, David Curtis of Las Vegas. (The architect has since
relocated to San Francisco.) Stacey Shinn, a Reno-based activist and a former member of the Nevada Green Party’s executive
committee, confirmed that the party was not active, as did a spokeswoman for the national party.
“We weren’t too organized there,” said Starlene
Rankin, Green Party spokeswoman. She did not respond to further questions about the Green Party’s lack of investment
Brandon Parcells, a Las Vegas
construction inspector, has inherited responsibility for keeping up the Clark County Green Party’s Facebook page. He
says that at one point, the party had some 3,000 registered voters in Nevada, but the numbers are dwindling as the secretary
of state updates and “scrubs” voter lists.
He says the national organization doesn’t have the resources to support Nevada, while the number of people attending
local meetings has declined. Parcells believes, though, that the Green Party will come back as people look for a progressive
alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties, which he believes are dominated by corporate money.
“The corporations corrupt and taint the parties overall,”
he says. “We need to do more than the status quo.”
The Green Party has other prominent local supporters. Steve Rypka, a Las Vegas consultant on environmentally
sustainable living and website development, said he would have liked to have voted for Stein/Honkala. Like a lot of Green
Party backers, he fundamentally distrusts both major parties.
“Politics is something that I feel is broken in this country because there’s so much money
in the system,” says Rypka, who also writes a column for the Review-Journal on sustainable living. “Corporations
have really taken over.”
Of all the
candidates, the Green Party ticket reflected his thinking. “The candidates who were running on the Green Party ticket
were the ones that most resonated with my personal thinking. I was very disappointed that I couldn’t even write in a
candidate for the Green Party in Nevada.”
In many parts of the
country, Green Party supporters say they did not affect the national election in 2012 because either President Obama had so
much support, the defection of potential Democratic votes did not make a difference in states like California, Washington
or Maryland, or the Republicans had such a commanding lead that the loss of those electoral votes was already guaranteed in
states such as Alabama, Mississippi or Texas.
Some Green Party members say they are happy with the Obama win, but others say it does not matter, or even that a Romney
win would have helped to build a progressive reaction that might ultimately save the country. Some Green Party supporters
believe “it will have to get worse before it gets better,” Rypka says.
Rypka doesn’t agree with that assessment of the Green Party’s role. He
believes the major parties are too compromised by corporate cash to address the critical, even existential, crisis of global
warming and rapid environmental change caused by carbon pollution. “What are we doing? Nothing. [Obama] has failed miserably.”
Another would-be Green Party voter, Karen Kostoff
of Henderson, says she wishes there were progressive alternatives on the Nevada ballot. Kostoff used to work in Southern Nevada
real estate, but now works full-time taking care of her ailing mother. For Kostoff, health care is the priority. She believes
in the Green Party’s platform of universal, single-payer health-care coverage — a considerably more “socialist”
perspective than the Obamacare derided by conservatives as inspired by Karl Marx.
Like Rypka, Kostoff voted for Obama, because she felt the Republican nominees threatened
Social Security and Medicare.
was sorry they [the Green Party] weren’t on the ballot, and I wasn’t sorry,” she explains. “I was
sorry that I couldn’t vote my real self, my real thoughts and real feelings. I wasn’t sorry because you do have
that feeling that voting for the Green Party is throwing your vote away.
“I voted for Obama. I didn’t have to hold my nose. I felt that was the best
choice I had to choose from,” Kostoff says. “But I feel that our country needs something other than the two parties
that we have. I would have been happy to vote for someone who I would be more in sync with. I wish that we would have a choice
and they would have a chance.”
“I believe that short of taking up arms and becoming a revolutionary, and resorting to tactics I don’t embrace,
that means we have to have full-on support for a third party like the Green Party,” Rypka says. “I don’t
know if a third party can influence a party like the Democrats. We have to go further. We don’t need a third party that
just stings and moves the party. … We need a real alternative. I think it’s got to be severe and it’s got
to be quick if we are going to have a chance.”
Monday, November 26, 2012
Green Party woman elected President of Swiss federal legislature
26 nov 12 @ 10:30 pm est
Maya Graf, Green Party elected President of Swiss legislature
With 173 of 183 valid votes, the Green Party leader from Basel, Switzerland Maya
Graf is the new "Nationalratspräsidentin" swiss national legislature president. gewählt worden. Maya Graf
is the first Switzerland Green Party per elected president.
The 50 year old organic farmer, and trained social worker is
originally from Sissach, Switzerland. Maya Graf becomes the second Green Party leader elected president of national
legislatures this month. Green Party Governor Winfred Kretschmann was elected President of Germany's upper legislative
house, the "Bundesrat", two weeks ago.
Maya Graf thanked fellow members of the legislature, who gave
her an almost unanimous vote.
«Your trust fills me with gratitude, and motivates me.», Graf said after the
vote, and in her acceptance speech. She spoke in all three of Switzerland's official languages: German, French, and
Green Party Euro MP Keith Taylor writes to government over live animal exports at Ramsgate port
26 nov 12 @ 9:13 pm est
Green Party Euro MP Keith Taylor
writes to government over live animal exports at Ramsgate port
GREEN party Euro MP Keith Taylor
has written to the animal welfare minister calling for an urgent meeting after another shipment of live animals was exported
from Ramsgate port last week.
Mr Taylor, who represents the south east, is urging the government
to ensure the welfare of animals is properly protected during live transport and for action to address alleged breaches
of animal welfare legislation.
He joins a growing political movement calling for action to end live animal
exports on the ship Joline which was forced to return to Ramsgate port in high winds after reaching mid-Channel last Wednesday.
Mr Taylor,a member
of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Animal Welfare, said: "In October 45 sheep sadly had to be destroyed at the
port after being injured. Now we hear that just this week an ex-river boat carrying two lorries of animals has chosen to set
sail across the English Channel in gale force 8 winds. Last year I received written confirmation from Defra that the Joline
is unsuitable to travel in winds stronger than gale force 6. Yet, one year later this is being ignored. The time for more
reassuring noises from DEFRA has passed. Now we need to see some effective action, which is why I have requested an urgent
meeting with the minister.
Understanding how Virginia spends money: A primer
26 nov 12 @ 9:09 pm est
how Virginia spends money: A primer
Today's article from one of the best writers, and reporters in the
business, Bob Lewis of Associated Press, in the Pilot Newspaper.
http://hamptonroads.com/2012/11/understanding-how-virginia-spends-money-primerBy Bob Lewis
© November 25, 2012
going to hear a lot over the next three or four months about how Virginia, through people you elected, takes and spends your
tax money. It's a complicated perennial process already well under way, dominated by professionals and insiders who communicate
in a sort of trade jargon that, to the ordinary Virginia taxpayer, might as well be Mandarin or Urdu.
It can be boring, it
can be dense and time-consuming, and it will never make the best-seller list. But it bears watching — perhaps even your
input — because there are some very real consequences for Virginians on every rung of the economic ladder.
in official-sounding legislative committee meetings that you're entitled to attend will be proposals that could influence
how much you pay for college, what Medicaid benefits you get, how much you pay for gas, and whether you pay tolls on your
way to and from work.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
What's next is not for insiders. If you make your living
in or around Capitol Square legislating, lobbying or working for those who do, skip to the crossword puzzles, sports, Facebook
or whatever else strikes your fancy.
If you're like most people, so busy with everyday living that tax policy and
its effect on your home only crosses your mind every mid-April, read on.
You pay taxes to three levels of government: your local government,
largely in the form of property taxes on real estate or personal automobiles you own; the federal government, chiefly income
taxes due every April 15; and to the commonwealth of Virginia.
Read the rest at the Virginia
Green Party leader Liška re-elected
26 nov 12 @ 9:03 pm est
re-elected leader of Green Party
Ceska Trebova, East Bohemia, Nov 24 (CTK) - Ondrej Liska was re-elected chairman of the Czech extra-parliamentary
Green Party (SZ) at its congress yesterday, beating three counter-candidates, including former party head Martin Bursik.
Liska said after the election
he would like Bursik to continue working for the party as a member of its presidium.
Bursik said he will seek the post.
Liska was supported by 106 out of some 200 delegates,
Eva Kubatova, from the party's main office, said. Bursik was supported by 790 delegates.
Bursik in his capacity of party chairman brought the Greens
to the Chamber of Deputies and government in 2006, but he resigned in reaction to the party's failure in the European election
over as party chairman from Bursik and he defended the post in 2010.
In his candidature speech Liska said the Green Party reached greater unity
in the past two years, moved towards financial self-dependence and gained nine regional mandates and two Senate seats in the
said the party's biggest task is to gain more members and to be more visible in the public space.
Bursik said in his candidature speech that the party's main problem
in winning over new supporters is its invisibility on the national level, that is its inability to sharply clash with the
government on themes that are the pillars of its environment policy and in the sphere of human rights.
Green Party near upset victory
26 nov 12 @ 8:58 pm est
Party Opposition Seeks Upset in Calgary Conservative Stronghold
Canada’s ruling Conservative Party faces a possible upset in Calgary, the political home of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in one of three special elections being held today to fill vacancies in the House of Commons.
Voting takes place in the electoral district of Calgary Centre -- where downtown condos sit in the shadows of office
towers housing oil and gas companies -- with opinion polls showing Harper’s Conservative Party candidate, Joan Crockatt, holding a narrow lead over
Liberal and Green Party contenders.
The Conservatives under Harper won their first majority mandate last year
after running minority governments since 2006, winning every district in Calgary and all but one in the province of Alberta.
A Liberal win in Calgary would be that party’s first since 1968, according to records kept by the House of Commons.
A poll of
376 people by Forum Research conducted Nov. 12 showed 32 percent support for Crockett, compared with 30 percent for Harvey Locke of the Liberals and 23 percent for the Green Party’s Chris Turner.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Terry Modglin, Independent Green Party(IG) 2013 campaign for House of Delegates 49th District
25 nov 12 @ 5:37 pm est
Terry Modglin, Independent Green Party(IG)
2013 campaign for House of
Delegates 49th District
Carey Campbell, CareyChetCampbell at gmail.com
Joseph P. Oddo, usrepublic at aol.com 703-338-0200
Gail for Rail Parker, ggailparker at cox.net 703-960-5602
“We need more Independent Green Party candidates, less apathy.”
Terry Modglin explained his early announcement to get on ballot in 2013 for House of Delegates.
Modglin hopes to inspire others to join the Independent Green Party, and run as Indy Greens for House of Delegates in
2013 across Virginia.
“The Independent Green Party
of Virginia needs a full slate of 100 candidates for House of Delegates. So with Terry Modglin, we invite everyone to
join us and be an Indy Green candidate” Joseph P. Oddo, state chairman of the Independent Green Party of Virginia.
“Terry Modglin is a U.S. Army veteran, paratrooper. Terry Modglin is a Georgetown University
graduate,with a Masters degree in Public Administration, and concentration in Urban Politics. We are delighted to have Terry
Modglin leading the Independent Green Party on the ballot.” Gail for Rail Parker, state vice-chair, Independent
Green Party of Virginia.
Terry Modglin is running on the Green
New Deal. Build rail now! Grow green business. Create green jobs in Virginia with rail jobs, solar jobs,
wind jobs, geothermal jobs, weatherization jobs.
Green Party leader Ron Fisher,U.S.Navy academy graduate, and retired U.S. Navy Captain, is excited about a Terry Modglin
Independent Green Party campaign. Captain Fisher ran for the same House of Delegates seat in 2007 as the Independent Green
Party candidate. “Terry Modglin has a record as a patriot dedicated to civic service. Terry Modglin would do a great
job for all of us in the House of Delegates.”
Modglin is supported and encouraged by Janet Murphy, Independent Green Party 8th congressional district Chair.
“Terry Modglin advocates for the Green New Deal Rail jobs we need. Indy Greens are excited about Terry Modglin's campaign”
Terry Modglin bio
Terry ModglinYoutube video (to be added Saturday)
1) More candidates, less apathy
2) More Trains, Less Traffic
3) Fiscally conservative, socially responsible
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Being an Independent Green means offering positive solutions
24 nov 12 @ 11:33 am est
Independent Green Because...
this from the gifted, and thoughtful writer
B. Sidney Smith of Appomattox, Virginia
Every Green I know professes certain
positive propositions about how the country should be run, and is working to bring it about.
For most of us it boils down to a quite manageable set of political beliefs. Here are several of mine. Please
feel free to copy them, share them, post them. Anywhere you like.
find at this web link
Friday, November 23, 2012
Green Party candidate Chris Turner says Calgary Centre residents are ready for change
23 nov 12 @ 7:42 pm est
Green Party candidate Chris Turner says voters ready for Greens change
Residents in Calgary Centre are done
with traditional representation on Parliament Hill and they are seeking for a fresh voice that will bring change, says the
Green Party candidate.
Chris Turner, a magazine journalist,
book author and environmentalist, said he’s stealing support both from longtime Liberals and Conservatives in the hotly
contested Monday byelection.
are ready for a new voice and they want to hear more than one tone representing them in Ottawa,” Turner told the Sun’s
editorial board Friday.
said as an MP he would represent the causes of the city and the responsible development of Canada’s energy resources.
He said he will bring an honest conversation
with Canadians about how to develop the oilsands and other fossil fuel resources in a responsible way under a clear federal
regulatory environment where everyone knows what the rules are.
Right now, what Canadians get from the Liberals and Conservatives is simply cheerleading on
the issue, he said.
both sides of the aisle there’s nothing but back and forth of really immature conversation that does disservice to the
“I think it needs more than just cheerleading and I think if you want to send that
message loud and clear to Ottawa, the Green guy is ready.”
Click below to vote for
Greens Chris Turner in online poll
Independent Green Party leaders to attend Solar Conference
23 nov 12 @ 7:32 pm est
Independent Green Party leaders
Solar Energy Focus 2012
November 27-28 · Washington, DC
THE EAST COAST'S PREMIER SOLAR CONFERENCE
Join Independent Green Party leaders
and a host of influential thought leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers for the 6th annual Solar Energy Focus conference
November 27-28 at the Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, DC. This year's post-election conference promises to be the
larges U.S. Solar conference to date, and features a packed schedule filled with notable speakers, discussion sessions and
opportunities for high-level networking with hundreds of key professionals and decision makers in the renewable energy sector.
Seating at the conference is limited, register today to ensure your attendance at one of 2012's most important solar industry
Conference Topics Include
· 2012 Elections: The Impact on
the Solar Industry
· Where are the opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic?
· Military Procurement: Insights
& Opportunities for Your Business
· Solar Industry Trends: An Overview of Solar in 2013
· Solar Leasing & Financing
· Technology Trends: Developments & Market Impact
· Today's Entrepreneurs, Tomorrow's Energy Leaders
· Navigating a New Industry: Mergers &
· Solar Heating & Cooling: Innovations in Financing & Policy
A Roadmap to Tax Equity
· Creative Financing Solutions for SRECs
· Solar for All
2012 CONFERENCE ITINERARY
November 27, 2012
VIP Cocktail Reception – Sponsored by Standard Solar
VIP Dinner (Separate Ticket Purchase Required)
8:00 PM - Midnight
Drinks & Networking Event
Society (14th & U Street)
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
German Green Party on rise with Merkel coalition talk: poll
22 nov 12 @ 4:02 pm est
German Green Party on rise with Merkel coalition talk: poll
BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for Germany's opposition Greens is
at its highest level this year after their new leaders made a pitch for conservative
voters ahead of next year's federal elections, anopinion poll showed
The Forsa poll, which coincides with increased
media speculation about a possible future coalition between the Greens and Chancellor Angela
Merkel's conservatives, put the Greens at 16 percent, up three percentage points from the previous survey.
than one in three Germans would welcome such a coalition, said the poll, published in weekly Stern magazine.
Women and younger voters were particularly positive about such a coalition.
At a three-day party congress last weekend, Greens including Katrin
Goering-Eckhart, a newly elected party leader and prominent Lutheran, made clear their ambition to lure voters away
from Merkel in the countdown to next September's election.
conservatives were down three percentage points at 36 percent in the Forsa poll, though they remain Germany's most popular
party, ahead of their main rival, the Social Democrats (SPD). They were unchanged
from the previous week at 26 percent.
Green Party calls for more collaborative care clinics
22 nov 12 @ 3:57 pm est
Green Party calls for more collaborative care clinics
health care reform plan
Click link below for video
New Brunswick's Green
Party says the provincial government should move faster to create collaborative care clinics across the province.
The party released its
proposals for reforming health care on Thursday, the same day the Alward government was unveiling the province's first collaborative
care clinic in Miramichi.
Wolstenholme, the Green Party's health critic, says the government needs to move faster to roll out that model province-wide.
recommending that the minister of health establish a timeline and an implementation strategy to ensure that most New Brunswickers
have access to collaborative teams of health care professionals within five years, and that this is available to all of us
within 10 years," he said.
Scottish Green Party grows alliances
22 nov 12 @ 3:52 pm est
Green Party, Margo MacDonald
grow alliance with ex-Scotish National Party members
A new alliance has been formed at Holyrood between the Greens
and a trio of pro-nationalist independent MSPs.
• MSPs from Green Party and Independents, including former SNP members Jean Urquhart
and John Finnie, form working group
• Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone and Margo MacDonald also part of new alliance
and Alison Johnstone of the Scottish Green Party have reached an agreement with Independent MSPs Margo MacDonald, Jean Urquhart
and John Finnie to establish a working group under the Parliament’s Standing Orders.
Ms Urquart and Mr Finnie quit the SNP
last month after the party voted to change policy and scrap its opposition to the nuclear-armed NATO defence partnership.
The new alliance
will give the MSPs involved representation on the influential Parliamentary Bureau which decides Holyrood business, in turn
providing them with further opportunities to contribute to debates in the Chamber.
A joint statement issued by the Independent/Green Group agreed this statement said the alliance was formed to “enhance our ability
to represent our constituents.”
It added: “Although every member of our grouping is pro-independence and believes
strongly in a more equal, sustainable Scotland....
“We all look forward to pushing
for an independent, fair and peaceful Scotland both inside and outside of Parliament, and to working with MSPs across the
Chamber to achieve these goals.”
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
21 nov 12 @ 9:29 am est
Independent Green Party
House of Delegates
Independent Greens look forward to Terry Modglin run for House of
Terry Modglin’s Background and Experience
Terry Modglin has lived in Northern Virginia for 40 years – almost
all of his adult life. The oldest of eight children, he was born and brought up in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended
his parish parochial school and worked to pay his tuition to McBride High School, at that time among the most prestigious
Catholic boys’ high schools in that city.
A scholarship to
Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service brought him to the Nation’s Capital. He financed his degree
by combining the scholarship with loans and part-time jobs. After graduating from Georgetown, he served for four years in
the U.S. Army, chiefly as an officer in the 173d Airborne Brigade (including 20 months in Vietnam) and the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded
two Bronze Stars for service.
He accepted a position with then-U.S.
Representative Leonor Sullivan of Missouri and headed the staff of the Panama Canal Subcommittee for five years, including
protecting U.S. interests in the turnover of the Canal to the Panamanian government. During that same period, he used
his veteran’s education benefit to earn a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Politics.
This work, coupled with his travels to Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and Europe, has given him insights into the
cultures and countries that the United States must deal with in today’s world.
Modglin went on to pioneer programs for public safety and crime prevention with the National Crime Prevention
Council as Director of Municipal and Youth Programs. He created and took to a national level the Teens, Crime and the
Community program (including text, activities, teacher’s guide, and training), which enabled thousands of young people
to make themselves safer and reduce crime in their schools and neighborhoods children. He co-founded the National Youth Crime
Prevention Conference, which for more than 20 years brought hundreds of young people together from around the nation to learn
and share prevention and safety strategies.
He helped cities design crime
prevention and reduction strategies in a collaborative process that involved all facets of the cities and chronicled the process
and results as well. The initial effort involved seven of the largest cities in Texas; numerous other cities expressed
Modglin next became executive director of Youth Crime Watch
of America, which helps young people learn how to prevent and address crime in their schools. In that position, he strengthened
the instructional materials, training regimen, and national access to the program and developed a kit of localizable materials
for teachers and law enforcement officers to use in working with youth. He now is the principal officer for Impact International,
a policy and communications consulting firm.
Modglin is the father
of two and the grandfather of five. In addition to his keen interest in public policy issues, he is president of the
founding chapter of the 173d Airborne Brigade Association, has completed 25 consecutive Marine Corps Marathons, and has spent
25 consecutive years coaching 11-12 (now 6th and 7thgrade)
boys’ basketball in the Falls Church City Recreation league. He is founding president of the 173d Airborne Brigade
Memorial Foundation and a member of the Executive Board of the Border Patrol Foundation.
His career as an Army officer, a Capitol Hill staffer in international affairs, a developer of and advocate
for programs to engage and benefit children and youth, a pioneer in broadly based urban crime prevention planning, civic volunteer,
and policy developer and advocate have prepared him to meet the challenges facing Virginia, and our nation today.
Monday, November 19, 2012
RALPH NADER:Preserve benefits, cut gouging, inequities
19 nov 12 @ 6:55 pm est
RALPH NADER:Preserve benefits, cut gouging, inequities
Congress is still talking about a “Grand Bargain” that “balances” far more spending cuts than
tax increases. That is another way of saying that you – the consumer of Medicare and Medicaid services, the recipient
of Social Security, and the average taxpayer will take the brunt of the spending cuts, while the wealthy get their income
taxes restored, not raised, to their pre-Bush modest levels. Don’t buy it!
There are two ways to cut Medicare and Medicaid. The right wingers want
to cut benefits. Consumers want to cut vendor fraud, the overcharging and the immense over-diagnosis, over-treatment and erroneous
or unnecessary procedures and prescriptions documented so often by, among others, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy
and Clinical Practice (http://tdi.dartmouth.edu/), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Don’t think this
is small stuff. As the Green Party has long pointed out, the waste and fraud amount to hundreds of billions of dollars
a year! Americans pay the highest prices for drugs in the world even though most of them were developed in the U.S. significantly
based on government research, development and with tax credit subsidies for Big Pharma.
Even Mr. Obama’s
2013 budget recognizes savings from excessive drug industry pricing. The nation’s leading expert, Harvard’s
Malcolm Sparrow, has estimated that computerized billing fraud and abuse is anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of the nation’s
health bill. This adds up to $270 billion to $650 billion a year. A big slice of that fraud is taken out of Medicare and Medicaid.A single-payer, full Medicare for all system – formerly supported by President Obama, Hillary Clinton and many
members of Congress, before Mr. Obama took it off the table in 2009 – would cut present administrative costs in half.
Canada’s system, which allows patients to freely choose their doctor and hospital, covers everyone for half of the $9000
per capita that Americans will pay this year. Our system leaves 50 million people uncovered of whom 45,000 will die this year
alone due to lack of coverage, according to a peer-reviewed study by Harvard Medical School researchers.Longer
range savings come from reducing medical malpractice, hospital-induced infections and plain errors that annually cost 200,000
lives, and more injuries and sicknesses.Some hospitals are proving these savings can come quickly with
common sense solutions: better sanitation, checklists and stronger internal peer reviews.
are proving these savings can come quickly with common sense solutions: better sanitation, checklists and stronger internal
The trilogy of health care fraud, waste and abuse requires public discussion, along with the vastly
greater returns from better funded policing of the healthcare system. Yet pundits and columnists ignore reaping savings from
the bloated healthcare industry and assume the cuts must overwhelmingly come out of people’s hides – namely benefits.
As economist Dean Baker has written (http://www.cepr.net/index.php/issues/social-security-and-retirement), we don’t need to cut Social Security benefits (already solid for the next 25 years) whether in money or later age
Congress could - a Green Party Congress would
- also simply raise the social security tax on incomes above $115,000, increase the minimum wage, inflation adjusted, to that
of 1968! And adopt other long-overdue improvements such as disability enforcement efficiencies. The initiatives will move
the trust fund to sustainability for the next 75 years. The deep bias of public dialogue here,
whether in such reborn deficit-reduction commissions as Simpson-Bowles or in the general media is revealed in the use of the
word “entitlements.”It is only used to apply to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, which
involve recycling peoples’ tax dollars.It is not used to describe the massive corporate entitlements
shoveled out daily to business welfarists in the form of subsidies, bailouts, giveaways, tax loopholes, debt revocations,
loan guarantees, discounted insurance and other aid to dependent corporations.Why? Power produces privileges.When 30 large companies, such as Verizon and General Electric, make a total of $160 billion in U.S. profits from 2008-2010
according to the Citizens for Tax Justice (http://www.ctj.org/corporatetaxdodgers/CorporateTaxDodgersPR.pdf)
and pay NO federal income taxes there is a substantial loss of revenue to the U.S. Treasury. Two thirds of corporations pay
no income tax on their profits under the Swiss cheese tax code.Moreover, the corporate welfare they receive
in various modes, including free research, development, and inflated government contracts (a disguised subsidy) is hardly
a recycling of their taxes.Just taxing corporations at the rate paid in the prosperous nineteen sixties
would bring in hundreds of billions of dollars yearly. Another great revenue producer is a tiny Wall St. speculation sales
tax, a far tinier rate than what you pay in sales taxes.What about taxing capital gains and dividends
the same as ordinary income? That was the case under Ronald Reagan.
Then there is the bloated military budget,
so full of redundancies, waste, boondoggle weapons programs such as the F-22, endless weapons cost over-runs, contracting
fraud and boomeranging Empire expenditures as to boggle the minds. Even retired high military officers condemn giving the
Pentagon such blank checks.
has been in the armed services has seen the runaway expenditures, especially those that hugely outsourced contracts inflict
on American taxpayers.
It is hard to remember when the last thorough Congressional investigation of the Pentagon
budget occurred. Why, Congress can’t even get the Department of Defense to provide accountings so as to be auditable
by the Congressional Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Defense budget is half of the entire U.S. government’s
operating expenditures and it is not even auditable!
So enough already of the twisted, evasive talk of the Grand
Bargain on your backs. The Grand Bargain should be both Parties paying close attention to corporate welfare, corporate tax
escapes, and corporate crime, fraud and abuse before unraveling the most meager social safety net in the western world.
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Put Greens Gail for Rail Parker and Doctor Jill Stein in a post partisan cabinett
19 nov 12 @ 10:31 am est
Greens should be in next cabinet
Gail for Rail Parker
for Transportation Secretary
Doctor Jill Stein for EPA administrator.
The newly elected President has a great opportunity to move beyond his party for cabinet appointments.
This new cabinet should include members of America's third largest political party, the Greens!
At their weekend Independent Green Party of Virginia state meeting leaders agreed. Put Gail for Rail Parker
in new cabinet.
Gail for Rail Parker, U.S. Air Force officer (retired), business woman, mother,
grandmother, local, state, and national leader for "More Trains, Less Traffic" would make a winning choice for Transportation
Gail for Rail Parker seeks office to promote building High Speed Rail nationwide,
and statewide and to help voters/taxpayers have an affordable, safe and pleasant commute to work each day.
We need high-speed rail connecting all of
the United States. We need light-rail feeder systems in population centers that feed
into high-speed rail corridors nationwide. We need dedicated passenger rail tracks.
We need New Track, More Trains that run More Often.
As our cities are projected to grow by millions in the next twenty years and rail can create the jobs we need, Gail for Rail Parker is just the advocate we need as
Grow economy with eco rail jobs. Rail jobs. Solar Jobs.
Wind Jobs. Geothermal Jobs. Weatherization jobs. Gail for Rail Parker has been a leading Virginia voice for these positive
solutions for years.
We need dedicated passenger rail tracks and rail bridges, rail tunnels to ensure dependable, safe access to our communites, schools,
businesses and those jobs.
We need rail because it saves American
lives. 32,000 Americans die every year on our highways. 330,000 are injured every
year on roads. Gail for Rail Parker has advocated for these life saving pro-rail policies at every level. Gail for Rail
serves as a leader at her Condo association. Gail for Rail served on the Board of the Fairfax Federation of Civic Associations.
Gail for Rail Parker would make an outstanding Transportation secretary because she has served at every level, running for
local, state, and federal office.
We need "More Trains, Less Traffic" to cut dependence on foreign oil. We cannot allow our mobility to be held hostage to dependency on oil and events in foreign countries. It is a matter of National Security. We need to build rail on a massive scale. We can cut our dependency in half by building High Speed Rail nationwide.
Building rail is the single
most important action we can take to have cleaner air and cleaner water. Currently
we are spending $166B each year to secure access to Middle Eastern oil. For $100B
we could build a nationwide state-of-the-art Rail system that would cut dependency
on foreign oil in half!
We need a new Independent Green Transportation Secretary
Gail for Rail Parker.
Doctor Jill Stein for EPA administrator.
Doctor Jill Stein, long time Green Party
leader, and the Greens 2012 candidate for President is well qualified to serve as Administrator at the Environmental Protection
A post partisan cabinet only works, and is credible with Independent Green Party
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Green Party Conservative Values highlighted at national convention
18 nov 12 @ 12:08 pm est
German Greens conservative values appeal to mainstream in bid for power
HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Green
Party - the world's most successful pro-environment party - has turned very serious about gaining power by winning conservative
voters from Chancellor Angela Merkel - and perhaps by joining her.
The muesli, woolly sweaters, thick beards and endless
debates about abstract issues that were once part of any Greens congress are largely gone. In their place is a more mature
party of smartly dressed professionals with one clear aim: leading the government after federal elections next year.
unusually harmonious three-day party congress in Hanover that ended on Sunday, Greens leaders were applauded for hailing their
party's "conservative values" and unabashedly trying to appeal to centre-right voters, using language that a decade
ago would have had them booed off the stage.
Pollsters put support for the Greens at 13 percent, enough if the electoral arithmetic
goes their way to make them kingmakers after Germans vote in September, 2013.
The party would prefer a coalition with the Social
Democrats, renewing a government which ruled Germany from 1998 to 2005. But Greens are quietly thinking the unthinkable and
opening up to a possible alliance with Merkel's conservatives, long their political arch enemy.
Greens express distaste for an
alliance with Merkel and her Christian Democrats (CDU), but interest in her supporters. "We don't want the CDU, we want
only your voters," Katrin Goering-Eckart, a newly-elected party leader, told the Congress.
Goering-Eckart, a Lutheran church
leader, expresses the Greens' pride in their weightiness, openly admitting their hope that the makeover will attract conservative
"If you want to run the country, if you want policies that add up, then you've got to be serious about it,"
she told Reuters. "It's not something you can do with smoke and mirrors."
The problem for the Greens is that their preferred
partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), are languishing at 30 percent support in opinion polls. This may not be enough for the
two parties to win a parliamentary majority and oust Merkel, whose conservatives are polling about 39 percent.
Greens have always advocated
for nonviolence, at this convention delegates in Hanover made clear that they are no longer dead set against a coalition with
Merkel, even though many prefaced their remarks with "We'd rather have an SPD-Greens government, but..."
The Greens - once famous
for their unpredictable and self-destructive congress battles that could stretch beyond midnight - have already proved they
can attract conservatives.
Last year they stunned Merkel by winning control of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, traditionally
a conservative bastion, with the SPD as junior partners.
Under Winfried Kretschmann, Germany's first Green state premier, they
have won a reputation as a "safe pair of hands" and extended their power when a Green became mayor of the state
capital, Stuttgart, which is home to some of Germany's biggest companies including carmaker Daimler-Benz.
At a state level, they have
already worked with conservatives. They ruled Hamburg with the CDU for three years until 2011 in a coalition that earned them
national respectability as a fiscally responsible party. Greens also led a governing coalition with conservatives in
the state of Saarland. At the local level, and in cities across Germany the Green Party has led governing coalitions with
conservatives for many years.
A MORE POWERFUL FORCE
In their early years, the Greens had an aversion to power after they were founded
in 1980. The Green Party was first elected to the federal legislature in 1983. In 1985 the Green Party entered its first
state governing coalition in Hessen. Only in the mid 1990s did they begin to shed their "anti-party party" ways
and actively seek to be part of a federal government. As junior partners to the SPD under Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the
Green Party helped shape policies on social and energy issues that profoundly changed Germany.
The Greens are now a much more
powerful force than in 1998 when they won 6.7 percent of the vote. They got a record 10.7 percent in the 2009 election and
could break that next year.
Goering-Eckart, 46, is the main reason that speculation is rampant about an alliance with conservatives
- who are "black" in Germany's political colour coding. A fresh-faced centrist, she was the unexpected winner of
a primary battle to become the party's lead candidate, alongside veteran Juergen Trittin.
Goering-Eckart beat off two other more
established women and will be the face of the party in next year's campaign. Analysts believe she can help to poach some votes
"Goering-Eckart is in the centre and will attract some conservative voters," said Thomas Jaeger, political
scientist at Cologne University. "But the question is will the party follow her into the centre or will she move left?
I think the Greens are going to have a hard time winning over lots of CDU voters."
The Greens soared to highs of 24 percent
in opinion polls amid fears of nuclear power.
Many delegates at the congress spent much time speaking against "black-green"
as a coalition option, even though few wanted to rule it out - a subtle but significant shift from four years ago when black-green
was anathema. One Greens leader said the party should keep all options open.
"If every party rules out any coalition except
their preferred alliance there won't be a government and that's not good for Germany," Tuebingen mayor Boris Palmer told
"We prefer the SPD
but shouldn't rule anything. It's wrong to rule anything out before the election. 'Black-green' is not likely but shouldn't
be ruled out. If the CDU makes an offer for a coalition with more green policies in it than without us, we should take it.
Otherwise, we're better off in the opposition."
Saturday, November 17, 2012
German Green Party national convention in Hannover
17 nov 12 @ 11:07 am est
Green Party conservative Katrin Goering Eckardt and
Party centrist Juergen Trittin lead Greens into 2013 elections
Hanover hosts growing Green Party Congress
celebrated their newly elected top candidates, kicking off their campaign for January state elections in Niedersachsen and
September 2013 federal parliamentary elections.
Watch the Green Party convention on live Stream here
Juergen Trittin and Katrin Goering-Eckardt
were cheered and applauded at the party congress in Hanover. The Greens fight to form the next governing coalition. Goering-Eckardt
especially appeals to conservatives. Goering-Eckard grew up in the former east of Germany and is a leader of the Lutheran church. The similarities had
sparked debates about a possible conservative-green coalition especially as the CDU is in dire need of a partner.
The Greens - current polls show - are in position win another
state election in January. That would put the Green Party in governing coalitions in six of sixteen German states. The
Green Party makes up one third of the representatives in Germany's upper house of the federal legislature, the "Bundesrat".
The President of the Bundesrat - just elected two weeks ago is the Green Party GovernorWinfried Kretschmann.
Troublesome for Merkel might also be the economic
development in Germany. Fears of a recession are growing in Europe’s largest economy, too. Juergen Trittin already has
is eyes on the post of finance minister. And he strongly opposes Merkel’s austerity policy.
Main topic of the party conference though was social policy,
for many delegates currently the most pressing issue in the country.
The Greens could become the kingmakers in the election and their twin candidates, elected by direct
vote of the party members, have broadened their appeal, analysts are convinced. But the road ahead is long and they’d
need perseverance to oust the highly popular Chancellor, who clearly leads all opinion polls.
The Greens have started their election campaign and with
Juergen Trittin and Katrin Goering-Eckard they do have two candidates who appeal to conservative and centrist voters, too.
Polls indicate that the Greens are clearly a strong political force here in Germany.
More video here
Friday, November 16, 2012
Independent Green Party State Meeting in Charlottesville
16 nov 12 @ 10:18 pm est
Independent Green Party of Virginia optimistic for 2013
Indy Green State Meeting
Success in 2013 - Virginia's conservative Greens see Victory
Independent Green Party of Virginia state chairman, Joseph P. Oddo leads an optimistic, energized
group of Greens toward House of Delegates races in 2013.
As the Independent Green
Party approaches their 12th year as a recognized state party in Virginia, they are an excited and optimistic group. Proud
of their hard work, and success in 2012, these conservative Greens are disciplined, and focused on the positive solutions,
and work ahead in 2013.
"Virginia is a conservative state. We are a conservative Independent
Green Party. We offer positive green solutions.We see a green Virginia economy to grow green profit. The Green New Deal is
real. Creating green jobs. Solar Jobs. Wind jobs. Geothermal jobs. Rail jobs. And most important, saving American lives. "
Carey Campbell, former state chairman, and Indy Green executive committe member.
Green Party leader has solar panels on the roof of his house in North Springfield that create about ten times more energy
than the house consumes. That is a Green New Deal every home owner could love. Every time they get a check from the power
company paying the home owner they sing the praises of green energy.
Green Party Candidates, Less Apathy" has been the Greens slogan, and mission statement all these years. Now more
As Independent Green Party co-founder, and Chairman Joseph P. Oddo anchored the state
meeting in Charlottesville, Indy Greens were also in other candidate recruiting meetings across Virginia. That means announcements
of Indy Greens for House of Delegates are expected within days.
Indy Greens are especially excited
about the possibility of a candidacy for House of Delegates in the 49th District.
Green Party 8th Congressional District Chair, Janet Murphy, that includes the 49th House of Delegates district, "We
would love to have 100 Independent Green Party candidates on the ballot for House of Delegates in 2013. Clearly one
of our strongest candidates, if we can convince him to run, will be in the 49th district."
Modglin is the candidate 8th District Chair Janet Murphy is excited to see as an Independent Green Party 2013 House
of Delegates candidate. Terry Modglin brings a vast array of talents and skills to the Independent Green
Party of Virginia. Terry Modglin's 49th District has 14 precincts in Arlington County. 3 precincts
are in Fairfax County. Retired Navy Captain Ron Fisher last ran for the Independent Green Party in the 49th House of
Delegates district. Georgetown University graduate, Terry Modglin, is sure to win new recruits to the Independent Green Party
of Virgina, and The Green New Deal of green jobs! jobs! jobs!
Other important news
from today's Independent Green Party State meeting, Doctor Ken Hildebrandt, 2012 Independent Green Party candidate for U.S.
House of Representatives in the 5th congressional district reviewed his constructive and successful campaign. Hildebrant
is a charismatic grassroots, green populist. The trained medical doctor has extraordinary social skills. Ken Hildebrandt
is a fun guy to be around. Ken Hildebrant's positive solutions, and positive energy is infectious. A very good
thing for a doctor.
Dr. Hildebrandt felt he offered voters positive green solutions, advocating
for bringing jobs to Danville, South Boston, Halifax County, and across his district. Dr. Ken Hildbrandt, who campaigned
in an energetic, populist effort, enjoyed the campain.
Independent Green Party of Virginia candidates,
and party members left today's IG state meeting dedicated to doing their civic duty for their communities, for Virginia, and
the Unitied States of America in 2013.
Please join the Independent Green Party of Virginia
in this noble Green effort in 2013. Be an Independent Green Party candidate in 2013.
one IG party member put it, paraphrasing the great Red Skelton, "May God Bless".
Chairman’s Report on the second State Meeting of the Independent Greens of Virginia this month.
16 nov 12 @ 9:07 pm est
by Joseph Oddo, IGVA Chairman
Thanks for all the input from our members able
to meet on November 16, 2012.
We heard best practices from the past year and ideas on moving forward for 2013 & 14 from Gail
Parker, Ron Fisher, John Kelly, Harlan Wahlert, Shaun Broy, Brandon Trent, Ken Hildebrandt, Carey Campbell, and Janet Murphy.
have been made to our chairman’s list for 2013. More will be added in the next few weeks.
Several prospective candidates
will be introduced in January, with some starting their petition drives to make the ballot for local or House of Delegates
on January 2, 2013.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Green Party supports Social Security & Medicare
15 nov 12 @ 8:23 pm est
Green Party - Keep Your Hands off Social Security - Medicare for All!
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Party to President:
Hands off Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
Green Party positive solutions for the deficit:
Reduce the bloated military budget, end the wars,
eliminate tax cuts for the rich
See Independent Green Party leaders at today's rally for Social Security and Medicare on
Independent Greens youtube channel
Independent Green Party leaders call
for true conservative green cuts to federal spending. Save wasted U.S. Taxpayer Dollars $$$. Bring our brave American
troops home from Afghanistan now!
WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders called on the President keep "Hands off" SocialSecurity, Medicare, Medicaid,
food stamps, or other safety-net programs. Social Security is not part of the federal deficit, and debt problem. Social
Security takes in more money than it spends. It is the unpaid wars on chinese credit card, and tax cuts to the richest
of the rich that have created the federal debt, and annual deficits.
The President has signaled that he is ready to cut Social Security,
Medicare, and Medicaid and by $650 billion and raise the eligibility age for Medicare and Social Security'.
"Americans need more protection
during a recession instead of less protection. Democrats in the 1930s understood this and passed the Social Security Act in
1937 during the Depression," said Starlene Rankin, co-chair of the Green Party.
"Instead of carving up these programs, the President
should reduce or eliminate the things that caused the deficit -- the tax cuts for the wealthy, the bloated military budget,
and borrowing to pay for the wars of the last decade. He should let the tax cuts expire, bring the troops home from the wars,
and cut military spending. The President is already willing to end Bush's tax cuts for the rich. He should announce that Wall
Street caused the economic crisis, therefore Wall Street should suffer 'austerity' instead of working and poor Americans,"
said Ms. Rankin.
said that cuts to these programs would force Americans to invest more of their retirement money in the high-risk Wall Street
casino. Raising the eligibility age would mean "work till you die" for many Americans, especially low-income working
people, the poor, Blacks, and others with statistically lower life expectancies.
The FY 2012 military budget is likely to top $700 billion (the
highest level since World War II), with $118 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and $19 billion for defense-related
atomic energy programs (http://www.csbaonline.org/publications/2011/07/analysis-of-the-fy2012-defense-budget/). Greens have called for Congress to cancel further war spending and have urged a halt to nuclear energy, as well as deep
cuts for military contracts. Veterans' benefits and services should be maintained.
"For decades, Republicans aka "The Oil Party" have
wanted to privatize Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as part of their intention to redistribute the nation's wealth
from working people to the One Percent, but they knew they couldn't accomplish this on their own. Unless Americans can persuade
him otherwise, our reelected President is about to fulfill their agenda. The most vulnerable Americans -- the poor, Blacks
and other people of color, old people, those with medical problems -- will be made to suffer so that the White House and Congress
can placate the rich," said Darryl! Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.
"We encourage all Americans to speak out in defense
of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The worst thing that can happen is for people who voted for the incumbent President
o succumb to a post-election 'Just let him take care it' mentality or to mainstream media platitudes declaring that 'bipartisan
compromise is always for the best'. Such thinking killed the antiwar movement after his first election in 2008. It is proof
that we desperately need to get some Green Party candidates elected to Congress," added Mr. Moch.
The President has endorsed recommendations
by his Bowles-Simpson Fiscal Responsibility Commission to reduce Social Security. During his October 3 debate, he signaled
his agreement with the other larger party contender when he said "I suspect that on Social Security, we've got a somewhat
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein strongly opposed the cuts and offered the Green New Deal as a plan to stimulate
the economy and generate jobs for 25 million Americans (http://www.jillstein.org/green_new_deal).
Greens agree with Dean Baker and other economists that
a projected Social Security shortfall in 20 or 30 years can be averted by a very modest raise on the payments cap for the
wealthy. The Green Party supports expanding Medicare to cover all Americans, which would cut health care spending by hundreds
of billions of dollars and rein in skyrocketing health-care costs.
"Green Party warns of a bipartisan attack on the social safety net for
working and poor Americans, urges a halt to looming cuts based on sequestration and Social Security 'reform'"
Green Party press release, October
'Grand Bargain' Threatens Medicare"
Healthcare-NOW!, November 12, 2012
"Green Party advances
in state and local races on Election Day 2012"
Green Party press release, November 8, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Wall Street Journal report on Green Party conservative leading into 2013 elections
12 nov 12 @ 7:03 pm est
Green Party changes German Political Math
BERLIN—Germany's Green Party is shifting further toward the political center ahead of next year's general election,
a move that could lead to a Green conservative coaltion after 2013.
The possibility of a coalition between the Chancellor's
Christian Democrats and the Greens, though still a long-shot, emerged unexpectedly over the weekend after the Greens put a
conservative on their ticket for next year's election.
In a first time for any current political party the Greens directly
elected/nominated theit top two candidates for 2013 with over 60 per cent of Green Party members voting directly by mail ballot.
Katrin Göring-Eckardt, a 46-year-old from eastern Germany and a leader in the Lutheran Church, was the surprise
winner of an internal vote, defeating prominent leftist rivals, including Green party leader Claudia Roth. Ms. Göring-Eckardt's
co-leader will be Jürgen Trittin, a former environment minister, and moderate.
Ms. Merkel needs a viable alternative
partner as an option to form a coalition after next year's general electio. Even if the Free Democrats stage a comeback, analysts
say it is unlikely that the current coalition with the Christian Democrats' Bavarian sister party and the Free Democrats would
have enough support to keep power.
Ms. Göring-Eckardt's youth and her senior position in Germany's protestant church
give her broad appeal, especially to swing voters, and make her acceptable for many Christian Democrats. She is seen as less
ideologically-entrenched than many Greens and her candidacy is a sign that the Greens are opting for power over ideological
The Greens have been moving into the political center for some time, but the trend has accelerated over the past two
years and handed the party significant victories. In 2011, the Greens won their first state election, defeating Ms. Merkel's
Christian Democrats in the conservative stronghold of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the home of Mercedes-Benz. The party had ruled the
state for 58 years.
Winfried Kretschmann, a silver-haired Green politician with a thick southern German accent, became
the first Green governor and rules with the larger left-leaning Social Democrats as his junior coalition partner.
Last month, the
Greens scored another major victory when Fritz Kuhn, a centrist Green politician and veteran of the party's internal ideological
battles, was elected as Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, a city of nearly 600,000 residents. There are a number of Green mayors, but
Stuttgart marks the first time the Greens have won a mayoral race in a German state capital.
The nomination of Ms.
Göring-Eckardt stunned the Social Democrats, which is increasingly concerned about the rise of the Greens as a new centrist
force. The Social Democrats are counting on replacing Ms. Merkel's government with a coalition of Social Democrats and Greens,
like the so-called red-green coalition that ruled Germany from 1998 until 2005, when the Social Democrats were forced to serve
as junior partner in a grand coalition led by Ms. Merkel's conservatives.
But the same polls that show how difficult
it will be for Ms. Merkel to continue to rule with the Free Democrats also show that there may not be enough votes for a new
red-green coalition. That is why the Greens are leaving their options open. The party's leaders say their preference remains
a coalition with the Social Democrats, but they will have to consider their options on election day.
clarity and not some double game," complained Sigmar Gabriel, Social Democrat chairman, in an interview with the liberal
daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2013, the party wants a government with the Social Democrats and the Greens and not a coalition
with the Christian Democrats and their Bavarian partners, Mr. Gabriel said. "Now, it's up to the Greens."
Goring-Eckardt insists her selection doesn't mean her party is backing away from its longstanding objective to unseat Ms.
Merkel and form a coalition with the Social Democrats. Yet she has also underscored her party's independence from the Social
"We are going into this election as Independent Greens," she told German regional daily
Saarbrücker Zeitung, noting that Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democrats candidate for chancellor was not the Green
And even if the math works out on election day, there is no certainty that Ms Merkel would risk forming
a coalition with the Greens. The Christian Democrats and the Greens are still far apart on many issues. In battling the euro
zone debt crisis, the Greens are calling for euro bonds and pooling the debt of euro zone members into a special fund, ideas
that Ms Merkel flatly rejects. The Greens also advocate reintroducing a wealth tax on German millionaires, more ideas that
"just aren't compatible with the" Christian Democrats, said Gero Neugebauer, a political scientist at Berlin's Free
the Christian Democrats and the Greens to govern together in the small German states of Hamburg and Saar have been short lived
for differing reasons, another bad omen for a much more complicated alliance at the federal level. Nonetheless, said Mr. Neugebauer,
if it was her only option to stay in power, Ms. Merkel would almost certainly bend to a coalition with the Greens.
here for more.
Independent Green Party of Virginia State Meeting November 16, 2012
12 nov 12 @ 6:52 pm est
Independent Green Party of Virginia State Meeting November 16, 2012.
largest on ballot third party presence - The Independent Green Party of Virginia - Chairman Joseph P. Oddo calls for second
state meeting since the election.
Already looking ahead agressively to the 2013 state legislature
elections - Chairman Oddo - is calling for 100 Independent Green Party candidates for House of Delegates.
"We need More Candidates, Less Apathy!" said Chairman Oddo.
Be an Independent Green candidate in 2013!
Former Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith returns to Arkansas Legislature as Green Party candidate
12 nov 12 @ 10:51 am est
Former Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith returns to Arkansas Legislature as Green Party candidate
JEANNIE NUSS Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former legislator Fred Smith earned applause from adoring
fans as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Now he applauds for himself after an improbable
return to a state House seat he was forced to give up in 2011.
"I made history. After going
through my storm, I made history," Smith said, clapping into the telephone.
played for the Globetrotters in the late 1990s and early 2000s, last week became the second Green Party candidate to be elected
to the Arkansas Legislature. And he could prove particularly important this coming legislative session as Republicans currently hold 51 of the House's
100 seats, with a recount for one of those seats under way.
Both Republicans and Democrats said
they have already contacted Smith.
"We have obviously reached out to him," said House
Democratic Leader, Rep. Greg Leding of Fayetteville. "I imagine our Republican colleagues have also reached out to him.
I don't know that that necessarily gives any power, but it's certainly a unique position for an incoming member."
House Republican Leader, Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs, said he, too, has reached out to Smith.
"I have called Rep. Smith and congratulated him on his victory," Westerman said in an email
to The Associated Press. "I spoke with him briefly at the Capitol as well.
told him that I hoped we could work together in the upcoming session on important issues," Westerman said.
For now, Smith, a Globetrotter from about 1997-1998 to 2002-2003, has said he's thankful to the Green
Party and to a higher power that he says brought him back to the Legislature.
got to watch how you try to hurt people because you never know who you might have to depend on," Smith said. "And
that's what God is getting ready to try to show this House."
Green Party picks conservative christian woman, Katrin Goering Eckart
12 nov 12 @ 10:23 am est
Claudia Roth, a Green party politician, has announced she will stand for re-election as the party's co-chair. Fellow
Greens urged her to stay on despite losing a vote to become their top candidate in 2013 elections.
Roth announced in press conference
Monday that she would submit her name as a candidate for the post of the party's co-chair, a position she currently holds.
The next party chair is to be elected at a party conference on November 17.
Over the weekend, she lost a primary election within the party to become part of
the Greens' twin-ticket for next year's federal elections.
Roth was classified by the Greens as securing just 26.2 percent of the vote - which for the first time invited
all the party's nearly 60,000 members to participate – putting her in fourth place behind Jürgen Trittin (71.9
percent), Katrin Göring-Eckhardt (47.3 percent) and Renate Künast (38.6 percent).
In a momentary
lapse in numeracy, the Greens classified the "percentage" results of their vote out of 200, owing to the fact that
party members were invited to cast up to two votes.
"This isn't about me or about my disappointment, but something more important than that," Roth said
on Monday at the party's headquarters in Berlin. "This is about ending the [current Christian Democrat and Free Democrat]
After senior Green
colleagues launched a charm offensive imploring her to continue in her current post, Roth soothed fears that she may opt not
to run in light of the primary loss.
is now up to the delegates [at the convention this weekend] to decide if they continue to trust me with this office,"
Snubbed at grass roots, hugged by top brass
Roth's fellow party co-chair Cem Özdemir, who didn't run the
for the federal election ticket, said he hoped that Roth "would keep hold of the party leadership."
"I would be happy if Claudia Roth were to decide
to run again," Jürgen Trittin said on Germany's ARD television on Sunday. "She has led this party through many,
many difficult decisions, always keeping us together."
Göring-Eckhardt, Trittin's new running mate, similarly said that she hoped Roth would stay on – saying
the veteran party leader had "many talents."
Roth has led the party, albeit with a two-year hiatus, since 2001.
The Green party is currently polling strongly, at around 14 percent according
to recent ARD figures, in Germany – with the group looking like it could be a potential "kingmaker" as a junior
coalition partner following the next election. The gradual implosion of Merkel's junior coalition partners the Free Democrats,
who are currently polling below 5 percent, strengthens the ecologist party's position further.
Arkansas Green Party elects county clerk
12 nov 12 @ 10:13 am est
Thanks to Richard Winger and Ballot Access News for this story.
November 11th, 2012
On November 6, Green Party nominee Kade Holliday, running
for Craighead County Clerk (Arkansas) defeated his only opponent, the Democratic incumbent, Nancy Nelms. Nelms had been in
office since 1999. See this story.
Holliday campaigned very hard, with radio ads, yard signs, and frequent appearances. The vote was: Holliday
18,471; Nelms 11,487.
The Green Party won three partisan elections in Arkansas this month. Besides the legislative race
already mentioned, and the Craighead County Clerk, the party elected Alvin Clay Justice of the Peace, district 6, in Mississippi
County. Both Holliday and Clay were nominated at the party’s convention on May 6, 2012. These victories may make it
more likely that the Green Party can successfully persuade the state legislature to ease the vote test, so the party could
remain ballot-qualified. If the law were changed to provide that a party is any group that polled at least 3% of the vote
at either of the last two statewide elections, it would be on automatically for 2014. In 2010, the party polled 26.91% for
Attorney General, 29.35% for Auditor, and 32.46% for Treasurer. In 2012, there were no statewide races on the ballot except
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Message from Independent Green Party State Chairman Joe Oddo.
11 nov 12 @ 9:01 pm est
Independent Green Party Candidates Provide Strong Presence on Virginia Ballot in 2012
All of our candidates, party officers and volunteers can be extremely proud of the effort that we have engaged in for
the past 11 months – adding to the success as we prepare for our 11th year as an Independent political party.
The Independent Greens of Virginia enjoyed historic success in 2012 by once again placing the most third party
candidates on the ballot in 2012, this time finding the most independents to stand for office in Virginia since 1916.
Election night in Virginia was a great joy for the Independent Green Party. All evening TV screens flashed the
names of multiple Independent Green Party (IG) candidates. It was a visual affirmation for two decades of work by Independents
and Greens to build Virginia's strongest third party on ballot presence in a century.
Gail for Rail
Parker, Janet Murphy, Peter Marchetti, Doctor Ken Hildebrandt, Kevin Chisholm won votes, attention, and respect for "More
Trains, Less Traffic" positive message.
Retired U.S. Air Force officer Gail “For Rail” Parker
was on the ballot for the Independent Green Party for the eight year in a row in 2012. Gail nearly tripled her vote
for congress in Virginia's First congressional district. Gail for Rail was a clear winner in the televised debate sticking
to her eco for the economy message. The Virginia Pilot newspaper led their coverage with Gail for Rail in the headline, and
noted her disciplined message of positive solutions.
"Where rail goes, business grows."
Gail for Rail is known for her disciplined, serious, and focused campaigning, and debating skills. Virginia's
1st congressional district voters rewarded Gail with the most votes of any third party or Independent candidate in Virginia
in 2012. Gail even received more votes than some statewide candidates.
Janet Murphy was on
the ballot as an Independent Green Party candidate for the second year in a row.
In 2011 Janet Murphy ran as an Independent Green for state legislature, House of Delegates.
In 2012 Janet Murphy was the Independent Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th congressional
district. It includes Arlington, Alexandria, and some portions of Fairfax County. Janet Murphy is an IT professional
and realtor. Janet Murphy finished with a fine showing placing third and a four way race.
called for the Green New Deal. "More Trains, Less Traffic. More solar jobs! Wind jobs! Geothermal jobs! Weatherization
jobs! Janet Murphy and the Independent Greens of Virginia call for building high speed rail statewide, and nationwide.
Maglev passenger rail in the interstate corridor. Build the Metrorail Potomac Yard rail stop. Build the Virginia
Rail Express Cameron Station stop. Build a new passenger rail tunnel under the Potomac. Rail to Ft. Belvior. Virginia
Rail Express Electronic signs at major intersections. Both Janet Murphy and Gail for Rail Parker are already looking
ahead to 2013 and recruiting a full slate of Independent Green Party candidates for 100 House of Delegates races.
IT Engineer, husband, father Peter Marchetti continued to lead by doing. A great citizen and patriot, Peter Marchetti
served his community, state, and nation by exercising his right to be on the ballot. This was the second year in a row
Peter Marchetti stood on the as an Independent Green Party of Virginia candidate. In 2011 Peter Marchetti was the Indy
Green candidate for Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Director. This is an important position
that helps keep soil and water clean and safe in our communities.
Peter Marchetti showed his commitment to his
neighbors, and community again in 2012 by accepting the Independent Green Party nomination for U.S. House of Representatives.
The Indy Green candidate collected the over 2,000 signatures necessary to be on the ballot for congress.
Independent Greens honor Peter Marchetti's sterling record of civil commitment and duty. Indy Greens hope
Peter Marchetti will seriously considering continuing to serve, and stand again on the ballot in 2013. Peter Marchetti
would be an outstanding House of Delegates candidate for the Independent Green Party in 2012.
Green Doctor Ken Hildebrandt was a first time candidate this year. Dr. Hildebrandt was on the ballot for U.S. House
of Representatives in Virginia's 5th District. The fifth is geographically Virginia's largest congressional district,
covering a territory larger than the state of New Jersey. From the border of North Carolina, the fifth runs north through
the heart of Virginia mostly along the Route 29 corridor. It covers communities as diverse as Danville, Lynchburg, Charlottesville
Independent Green Party candidate Dr. Ken Hildebrandt ran a strong campaign appearing
on the Shilling show the Friday before the Election. He posted a number of televised interviews and had signs planted in one-half
of the twenty counties in the district.
Dr. Hildebrandt was encouraged by his wife to run in 2012. And
it was Mrs. Hildebrandt who collected many the thousands of signatures to get the Indy Green Doctor – a former Chiropractor
– on the ballot. Ken tied the Independent Green theme of building rail to his initiative to allow hemp to be grow to
provide a number of benefits from biofuel to paper to rope production. He relays a story from decades past of an automobile
being made from hemp and being unable to sustain damage when being assaulted with a sledge hammer. “Which means we can
build a locomotive out of hemp, and make a biofuel out of hemp to run it.”
Ken was especially sensitive
to the plight of formerly productive manufacturing centers in the Southside of the fifth district. Cities like Danville, Martinsville,
and South Boston would benefit from a boost to replace the lost textile and manufacturing jobs. Like other Indy Greens, advocating
for bring rail jobs, solar jobs, wind jobs, geothermal jobs, weatherization jobs and a renewed profitable crop to an area
that was once a manufacturing and agricultural success story will only bring prosperity back to the area.
Independent Greens gathered the signatures to put the pro-rail "More Trains, Less Traffic" engineer Kevin
Chisholm on the ballot in Virginia's 10th District. The 10th is the north western most part of Virginia. It runs
from Patsy Cline's Winchester to the affluent Loudoun County. Kevin Chisholm, husband, and father ran a disciplined and serious
campaign for U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. Two years earlier Kevin Chisholm had been a Green Party candidate
for Arlington Board of Supervisors.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Business Week Magazine on Green Party after election 2012
9 nov 12 @ 4:13 pm est
Green Party looks ahead to 2013
Independent Greens seek 2013 canddidates
Doctor Jill Stein and Green Party pull over 400,000 votes in presidential race.
A CNN poll released Friday indicated the Green Party's Doctor
Stein would win 1 percent of the vote. Doctor Stein's campaign manager said in a statement Tuesday's results were "five times better than
in the previous election cycle. I feel good, and hopeful."
Stein had the strongest showing Tuesday in Alaska, Arkansas,
Idaho, Maine and Oregon and the weakest in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Mississippi, Virginia and Wisconsin, the UPI analysis indicated.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Fred Smith, Green Party, elected to Arkansas State legislature
7 nov 12 @ 11:36 am est
Green Party's Fred Smith elected to Arkansas State House
to Ron Hardy at Green Party Watch for this story.
Green Party Victory Last
night Fred Smith became the fourth Green Party candidate elected to state legislature.
more at this link to Green Party Watch