Author Archives: Dave Schwab

A Progressive’s Case for a Green Party Strategy

Author’s note: the following article represents my opinions and not those of Independent Political Report. I publish this article here in the belief that IPR readers would be interested in reading one American’s reasons for taking the less-traveled road of independent politics.

As a progressive, politically active American, I frequently take part in discussions about how to realize progressive ideals in American politics.… Read more ...

NY Libertarian, Green Gubernatorial Candidates Call on Paladino and Cuomo to Agree to Open Debates

Polls Show Majority of Voters Want a Third Party Alternative

The Green and Libertarian Parties candidates for Governor joined together today in calling for any debates to be open to all ballot qualified candidates. To exclude them would be a subversion of the basic principles of democracy that the major parties pay lip service to.… Read more ...

MA Greens launch “Clean Money Tidal Wave for Jill Stein”

The Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party’s Jill Stein for Governor campaign is racing to raise $125,000 by Friday 9/24 in order to qualify for 1-1 public matching funds. Jill Stein supporters have created a viral facebook event called “Clean Money Tidal Wave for Jill Stein” and are asking Greens and progressives across the country to donate and invite their friends.… Read more ...

News from Ed Bortz, Pittsburgh Green for US House

Pennsylvania Green Party candidate for US House in PA’s 14th District Ed Bortz has been very active recently. On September 13th, Bortz spoke out against hydrofracking at a Pittsburgh City Council meeting, which earned him a mention in at least one news outlet.

Bortz has received the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh for his strong advocacy of the rights of people in the GLBT community.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader to appear in Buffalo 8/3 with Howie Hawkins, NY Green for Governor

Ralph Nader will appear in Buffalo on Tuesday 3 August at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center along with New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. A local Buffalo paper interviewed Nader about Howie Hawkins and issues facing New York in anticipation of the event. Details from the Ralph Nader with special guest Howie Hawkins event on facebook:

Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate
Howie Hawkins, Green Party of New York State, candidate for Governor
Mike Kuzma, candidate for New York State Senate, 58th District

To discuss, “Ways to Mobilize the People for Long Overdue Changes, No More of Our Money for War and Wall Street”

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Hawkins calls on Cuomo to come clean, drop Independence Party line

From New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins:

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, called today upon his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, to reject the Independence Party line following several new scandals involving payments by billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg and a loan to the wife of the state party chairperson by a NYC candidate.… Read more ...

Blanche Lincoln, John Boozman will face Green John Gray in Arkansas US Senate race

Democrat Blanche Lincoln and Republican John Boozman, winners of their parties’ primaries for this year’s US Senate race in Arkansas, will face Green Party candidate John Gray, retired engineer and current Mayor of Greenland, AR. Lincoln, a leading beneficiary of retail giant Wal-Mart who was supported in a close primary race by President Barack Obama, has drawn the ire of progressives for her opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act and her efforts to weaken health care reform.… Read more ...

Videos: Howie Hawkins, Green Party NY Gov candidate, on the issues

Craig Seeman has created a series of short youtube videos featuring New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. From Craig:

Howie Hawkins speaks on various issues for his Green Party NY Gubernatorial campaign.

Each video is around 3 minutes. Great for viraling to your friends, activist groups, issue and political blogs, response to local online news articles, etc.
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Green Change: “8 Young Greens to Watch”

GreenChange.org has put out a piece on “8 Young Greens to Watch”, featuring 8 young Green candidates that Green Change considers deserving of national attention:

Introducing 8 Young Greens to Watch: 8 young candidates who are running hard to bring our values into the halls of power. With your help, 2010 can be a breakthrough year for the Green movement from Maine to California.

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Jill Stein: Investigate the big fish first

Jill Stein, the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party candidate for governor, released the following statement on May 5:

BOSTON (May 5, 2010) – Today Green-Rainbow gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein rejected the suggestion of Republican Charlie Baker who was quoted yesterday as saying that state assistance in housing and legal defense could be withdrawn from state residents on the basis of “lifestyle” investigations into whether they were sufficiently poor to need help.… Read more ...

Howie Hawkins announces Green bid for NY Governor

Howie Hawkins of Syracuse announced his campaign for Governor of New York as a Green Party candidate in an Albany press conference on May 4th. The Green Party of New York will officially nominate candidates for statewide office at its May 15th nominating convention in Albany. If the Green Party candidate for governor earns at least 50,000 votes this year, the party will regain ballot status for the next four years, making it significantly easier to run candidates at all levels.… Read more ...

Rich Whitney responds to Scott Lee Cohen’s announcement for IL governor race

From Rich Whitney for Governor:

Cohen lacks comprehensive vision and plan; good intentions are not enough

Carbondale, IL- Green Party candidate for Governor, Rich Whitney, issued the following statement regarding Scott Lee Cohen’s announcement that he will run as an independent for Governor:

Even assuming that he gets on the ballot, I am not overly concerned by Scott Lee Cohen’s presence in the race.… Read more ...