AP/NY Times: Lisa Murkowski, write-in candidate, has won for Senate in Alaska

(excerpt from) AP/NY Times
Alaska: It’s Official. Murkowski Won.

by The Associated Press / December 30, 2010

Senator Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of the state’s Senate race Thursday, after a period of legal fights and limbo that lasted longer than the write-in campaign she waged…

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Lisa Murkowski wins Senate race with write-in votes

US News & World Reports blogger says that Murkowski’s win shows voters are ready for a “third way”

11 thoughts on “AP/NY Times: Lisa Murkowski, write-in candidate, has won for Senate in Alaska

  1. Carey Campbell

    A write in campaign in 2010.

    As sports writer Lisa Hilliard, wrote long ago and far away, “Who would have thunk it?”

    It’s time for Lisa Murkowski to join the Green Party.

  2. Ross Levin

    Carey – what at all about Murkowski would make her a good Green? She’s not democratic (small d), she’s not environmental, she’s not anti-nuclear, she’s authoritarian, and she’s pro-war.

  3. Carey Campbell

    Your link to the US News and World Report nails it to the bone.

    American voters are ready for a “third way”.

    American voters are ready for the Green Party as the third Major party in America.

    The question is this.

    Can a few Green Party long time leaders grab this opportunity to open the doors, and “carpe diem”, grab the day.

    Lord knows, I sure hope so.

    And in 2 days we’ll be out freezing gathering signatures trying to make it possible in 2011.

    A joyous two or three months daily in the cold in long underwear, and three layers of cloths. Asking the neighbors to sign our Independent Green petitions.

    Send us candidates now. 😉

    Ho! Ho! Ho!

    I know Christmas has come and gone, but we’re still playin’ hillbilly Christmas CD’s in the Campbell Independent Green Party homestead.

  4. Carey Campbell

    Howdy Ross,

    You are in part correct.

    What our experience in Virginia has shown is this.

    You reach out to people and find common ground.

    You work together. Learn from each other. And in due course people recognize the strength, and truth of your arguments.

    The inverse is also true. Greens learn, grow, and benefit from other perspectives. It was Petra Kelly’s original Green Party concept. “The Alternative Party: die Alternativen”

    Let me give you a very real example. As regular readers know, I and my family just returned to Freiburg, Germany. Stayed with the same wonderful, loving German family I lived with 30 years ago.

    I studied there 30 years ago at the University, while on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, thanks to the good sense of my supervisors Denny Mckell, Bob Woodby, and my commander Col. David Krause. They understood I could do a much better job as TV reporter and anchor speaking fluent German. With a degree in German history.

    The Green Party is in spectacular position now.

    With 8 or 9 state elections in 2011 (out of 16 German states) the Green Party is on the verge of becoming Germany’s leading political party.

    It’s 8 or 9 elections because one of the states may have an election in either 2011 or 2012. Depends on state legislature.

    In 1979 I thought the Green Party would soon take leadership. It took a bit longer.

    The key is inclusion. Empower. Invite. Excite.

    The write in candidate for U. S. Senate from Alaska is my age.

    As a State Party Chairman for almost a decade, collecting thousands of signatures every year, talking with tens of thousand of voters yearly, I’ve learned a thing or two.

    (I know. apologies. bad typing in previous post. meant clothes. My English teachers would be disappointed.)

    I’ve also often met, and worked with former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel.

    He makes me believe Alaska folk are ready to take positive action.

    Another key thing to consider.

    Lisa has experienced what it’s like outside the bubble of the two larger parties.

    Finally, having known Petra Kelly, I am certain her vision was always to empower women in politics.

    Without making this comment too long, those are just a few reasons to suggest that Greens reach out to the honorable U.S. Senator elect from the great state of Alaska.

  5. Ross Levin

    Your vision of the Green Party isn’t one of a green party, but of just a general alternative party – and honestly I don’t agree that being on the ballot is winning. It is great to have alternatives and it is necessary for democracy, but if you want to build an alternative, then winning is also necessary.

    Even the German Greens are more left of center than anything else, even though they did start off with conservatives (and let me remind you, as I’m sure you know, that the party has had intense infighting, with conservatives and radicals each leaving en masse at times).

    So, no, I don’t think you’re entirely wrong. A large tent is a great thing, to a certain extent. And empowering, including, and all that is excellent. And we need all kinds of alternatives.

    However, I think your vision – or at least how you communicate it – of those alternatives all filtering through the Green Party for some reason glosses over anything that isn’t purely positive about what would result, and that’s a whole lot.

  6. Carey Campbell

    Thanks for the discussion Ross.

    I honor and appreciate your work.

    Yes. You are right. I may well be overly positive about what my Green Party can achieve and accept.

    Yet, please consider this.

    I have seen 30 years of amazing success by the Green Party.

    Not just in Germany, Europe, South America, Japan, India, Iran, and “Winnie” wangari maathai kenyan nobel prize winner, and thanks to Petra Kelly, Winnie founded the green movement in Kenya (a foreigner like me in who studied in Germany)…and awarded the Nobel for her work.

    So, as the years go on, I grow only more hopeful and optimistic for our Green Party.

    As Gail for Rail Parker reminds me daily as we work together. There really isn’t any other choice than renewable energy.

    That is what the Green Party as said for 30 years.

    And then there is Petra Kelly, and the Green Party’s founding fundamental. The fiscally conservative issue the new Alaska Senator should embrace.

    What Peter Ackerman calls , ” A Force More Powerful” —Nonviolence

    Here’s the award winning video that tried almost a decade ago to provide a fiscally conservative and green alternative to the previous president.

    http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org/

  7. Carey Campbell

    Ross,

    Winning is participating.

    Being elected is defined often as winning, that’s true.

    Yet, it is imprecise.

    We have seen for years, just being on the ballot impacts the debate during the campaign, and policy discussion, and how the money is spent in the next session of the local city council, county board of supervisors, state legislature, and federal congress and U.S. Senate.

    Gail for Rail Parker was on the ballot in both 2006 and 2008 as an Independent Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.

    This is no small task. A brutal 5 months of signature gathering for 20,000 plus signatures. In Virginia we’ve done these statewide signature gatherings since Perot in 1992.

    Just before this year’s election in 2010 we saw the result.

    Both U.S. Senators from Virginia supported $45 million dollars more in spending for rail in October 2010.

    Both U. S. Senators know Gail for Rail by name. They know Gail for Rail of the Independent Green Party of Virginia received 26,000 votes in 2006. The difference in that election was 9,000 votes.

    Advocacy works in our Republic. The biggest bang for time invested in the current system, for the Green Party, is on the ballot as candidates.

    …and on the ballot means there is always the chance lightning will strike, and the Green candidate will be elected.

    The chance presents itself only on the ballot.

    Participating is winning.

    More importantly, as patriotic Green Party Americans that love this country, it’s institutions, and our fellow human beings, it’s our duty.

  8. Robert Milnes

    This is more of the same.
    A reactionary using write-in or Independent or third party to win. It was a contest between 2 reactionaries-well actually a reactionary gop & counterrevolutionary-tea party miller.
    SO WHAT?
    We need progressives to abandon the democrat reactionaries & libertarioans to abandon the republican reactionaries & join forces.

  9. Deran

    It is unclear in what way the Independent greens of Virginia have anything to do with the US GP past or present; except that they tries to take over the actual state chapter of the US Green Party. It seems disingenuous for Mr Campbell to make out like his organization is involved with the actual US Green Party. I hate to say it, but very Flulaniesque. Other than a lack of law suits from the IGVP.

  10. Timothy Yung

    Both Carey Campbell and Ross Levin make good points. There should be an independent party that just exists to put candidates who otherwise would not make it on the ballot. It should open to communists, conservatives, liberals, greens, anarchists, and libertarians. The party website would make it clear that it exists solely as a vehicle for individual candidates.

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