Tag Archives: Green Independent Party

Maine Greens Call for Impeachment of Gov. LePage

maine-300x298From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

The Maine Green Independent Party has called for the impeachment of Republican Gov. Paul LePage, with the MGIP state committee voting unanimously to urge the state House of Representatives to do so.

MGIP co-chair Gilbert Harris said, “Since taking office in 2011, Le Page’s tenure has been marked by slurs and morally questionable statements about individuals in office and about whole groups of people and he has taken actions that are unconstitutional, arguably criminal, and reflect badly on the people of Maine, the state as a whole, and the governor’s office itself.”

The MGIP cites LePage’s alleged intimidation of the board of directors of a school for at-risk youth into voiding the employment contract of a leading Maine Democratic legislator, as well as his withholding of land conservation funds approved at referendum, his alleged use of political pressure to achieve the resignations of the president of the World Acadian Congress and the president of the Maine Community College System, and a history of what the MGIP called “racist, sexist, and homophobic comments.”

Harris said, “The State of Maine has been subject to his governance-by-bullying for far too long.… Read more ...

Maine Green Independent Party Supports Penobscot Nation Sovereignty

 

From the Green Party website:

 

The Maine Green Independent Party supports the Penobscot Nation’s effort to protect the Penobscot River waterways as their recognized territory, and condemns the ruling handed down by U.S. District Court Judge George Singal on Dec. 17. After hearing arguments in the Penobscot Nation v.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party is Cautiously Optimistic About Having Qualified for Party Status in Maine

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Maine requires a group that wishes to be a ballot-qualified party to have at least 5,000 registered members by December 1 of the odd year before an election year. The only group that tried to use this procedure for 2016 is the Libertarian Party, which has been registering members all during 2015.… Read more ...

Portland Press Herald Carries Lengthy Story on Green Party

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Portland Press Herald has this comprehensive story about the Green Party in Portland, Maine. Oddly, however, it doesn’t mention that in November 2016, Maine voters will be voting on an initiative to use instant runoff voting for all state and federal office (except President).… Read more ...

Results for Green Party Candidates in Key Races

Howie Hawkins

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

•Raymond Blackwell, Syracuse, New York school board 7% (fifth place — top four elected)
•Frank Cetera, Syracuse, New York city council 21% (three-way race)
•Kenneth Collins, New Jersey Assembly, District 24 4% (five-way race)
•Kristin Combs, Philadelphia city council 1% (12th place — top seven elected)
•Trahern Crews, St.… Read more ...

Tom MacMillan Debates Rivals for Portland, Maine Mayor

Tom McMillan

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

The Portland Press Herald reports Maine Green Independent Party candidate Tom MacMillan and his two rivals for Portland mayor debated Tuesday evening.

MacMillan said his two rivals, both Democrats, are alike “on many issues, both opposing ballot Question 1 to raise the minimum wage and Question 2 to provide protections for scenic views.… Read more ...

Portland, Maine Greens Get Matching Donation Pledge of $6,000

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

The Maine Green Independent Party announced that the Portland Greens have “received a sizable matching donation of up to $6,000 to help with their Get Out The Vote (GOTV) operations this election season!” Any donations up to $6,000 will be matched.

The Portland Greens are running two city council candidates and three school board candidates, in addition to mayoral candidate Tom MacMillan.… Read more ...

Richard Winger: Maine Libertarian Party Registration Drive Seems Likely to Succeed

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Maine requires a group that wishes to become a qualified party to obtain 5,000 registered members. This requirement was created in 2013, and replaced the old, very difficult 5% petition that had been in the law starting in 1976. The Maine Libertarian Party has been carrying on a voter registration drive for the last six months, and now has over 5,000 registrations, although they have not all yet been submitted to election officials.… Read more ...

Maine Green Party Opens its Primaries to Independent Voters

mainegreensFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Maine Green Party (whose name is the Green Independent Party) has voted to allow independent voters to vote in its primaries, and they need not join the Green Party. See this story. The two major parties in Maine also let independent voters vote in their primaries, but only if they join those parties at the polls on primary election day.… Read more ...

Green Independent Party: Which Marijuana Legalization Effort Should We Back in 2016?

mainegreensEmail blast from the Green Independent Party (Maine Green Party US affiliate):

There are going to be two different questions on the ballot regarding the legalization of Marijuana.

The Maine Green Independent Party’s steering committee was deliberating whether or not we should put our efforts behind one of them as an organization or not.… Read more ...

Seth Berner on the Minimum Wage

Seth Berner

From Seth Berner at the Maine Green Independent Party website:

Many of you are aware that the Portland, ME Finance Committee (FC) approved increasing the minimum wage in Portland from $7.50 to $9.75 by 2020. This is a “scaled down” version of the proposal that had been before the committee, to increase the minimum to $10.68 by 2017.… Read more ...

Upcoming Maine Green Independent Party Events

mainegreensFrom a Green Independent Party email blast:

Maine Greens just like you have been busy around the state organizing events.

To get the events your local chapter is organizing listed at MaineGreens.org/Events just email us and let us know about what you’re doing!

If you don’t have a local chapter yet, sign up here, and check out these resources on how to start a group.… Read more ...