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Monday, February 11, 2013

Formal invitation for Bill Bolling to run as an Independent Green
11 feb 13 @ 12:41 pm est          Comments

Friday, February 8, 2013

Independent Green Party leaders urge Bill Bolling to run for Governor as Indy Green

Independent Greens urge Bill Bolling, Virginia's Lt. Gov. to run for Governor as an Independent Green

Independent Green Party leader Dennis McKell says Virginia's Lt. Governor should run for Governor as Indy Green.

Bill Bolling is in his final four year term as the commonwealth's second highest elected officialBefore being twice elected as Lt. Gov. Bolling served as a state senator, and local county board of supervisors Chairman.   Bolling brings a proven record of success to statewide Virginia politics.  

The same is true of the Independent Green Party. According to ballot access news, the Indy Greens are the most successful on ballot third party in one hundred years in Virgina.  Indy Greens advocate for more green candidates, less apathy.  More Trains, Less Traffic. Statewide high speed rail. Fiscally conservative, and socially responsible government.   Indy Green leader Dennis McKell, like many Independent Green Party members, is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran.  McKell served America over 46 years in countries around the globe. 

"The Indy Green Party's success as a group of conservative greens has been spectacular.  The Indy Greens are a perfect alliance for Bill Bolling."    Independent Greens like McKell advocate for growing the economy, creating jobs with green jobs.

"Green energy makes green money."


Bill Bolling is the perfect candidate to carry that pro-green business, and pro jobs message, says Independent Green Party leader Denny Mckell.   

8 feb 13 @ 7:05 pm est          Comments

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

Resolution bans all municipal agencies from buying or leasing drones

February 5, 2013

Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution.

The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones."


Councilmember Dede Smith, who voted in favor of the bill, says that drones are "pretty clearly a threat to our constitutional right to privacy."

"If we don't get out ahead of it to establish some guidelines for how drones are used, they will be used in a very invasive way and we'll be left to try and pick up the pieces," she says.


Councilmember Dave Norris says the city has a "long tradition of promoting civil liberties."

"It's just part of our culture here," he says.

Charlottesville is located 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and has a population of about 43,000. The city is home to the University of Virginia.


The move earned praise from the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Amie Stepanovich, a lawyer with the group, says that the "Charlottesville resolution demonstrates that people care about protecting their civil liberties and Fourth Amendment rights and are willing to devote the time necessary to closely examine this issue."

"Lawmakers should be looking at [drone privacy] issues now in order to ensure that there are safeguards in place to protect individual privacy from these invasive technologies," she says.


Smith admits that the final legislation won't do anything to prevent federal- or state-operated drones from operating over Charlottesville's skies, but that the symbolic move could push other cities to follow suit.

"With a lot of these resolutions, although they don't have a lot of teeth to them, they can inspire other governments to pass similar measures," she says. "You can get a critical mass and then it does have influence. One doesn't do much, but a thousand of them might. We want this on [federal and state lawmakers'] radars."


Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at




6 feb 13 @ 11:55 am est          Comments

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