Richard Carroll, the Green Party’s only state legislator in the nation, will be switching his affiliation to the Democratic party. He is in Arkansas, where Democrats currently control 71 out of 100 seats in the state House. As a Green, Carroll passed a bill that lengthened independent candidates’ time to petition and established a program for deaf pages in the state House, among other things. Carroll only joined the Greens in order to get on the ballot in 2008, and today he said, “I pretty well voted Democrat anyway, and I wasn’t basically a Green member prior to running for the seat. I felt like I needed to get with my core beliefs.” The Democrats planned to run someone against Carroll in 2010 if he did not change his party affiliation.