World Report: Germany’s Green Party Experiences Surge of Support Ahead of Key Vote

WASHINGTON POST:  Germany’s Green Party has seen a strong upswing in polling support over the past few months.  That strength is now being translated to big showings in regional elections.

“What is pretty clear heading into this election year is that the main opposition on the federal level will be between the Christian Democrats and the Greens,” said Peter Matuschek, a political analyst with pollster Forsa.

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Green Party Calls on Congress to Pass a $4 Trillion Green Economic Stimulus Package

The Green Party of the United States is calling for President Biden and Congress to provide $2.7 trillion annually for a Green New Deal economic stimulus to “reboot the economy and transition the country to a 100% renewable energy system with zero emissions by 2030.”

The Greens are also calling for Biden to formally declare a climate emergency and to invest an additional $1.4 trillion annually to implement an Economic Bill of Rights.… Read more ...

Mike Feinstein Offers His Take On HR 1

Mike Feinstein, former mayor of Santa Monica and co-founder of the Green Party of California, offers his take on anti-third party provisions of HR 1. He notes that the voting rights provisions are great as a stand-alone bill. But, there’s plenty of sausage making behind that.

Many of us already know about the rise in requirements for presidential campaign funding for third party primary candidates.… Read more ...

Former Florida State Senator Arrested in Scheme to Fund Bogus ‘No Party’ Candidate

Former Florida GOP state senator Frank Artiles has been arrested for his role in a scheme to fund a bogus NPA candidate that helped siphon votes away from the Democrat in a state senate race last year.

The contest featured incumbent Democrat Jose Rodriguez falling to his GOP challenger Ileana Garcia by a razor-thin 32 vote margin.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Amash Keynotes LPNH Convention, Indiana Greens Back Better Ballot

An Idaho state representative who helped steer the state into ditching the lucrative Powerball lottery because of (unfounded) fears that it would lead to gun restrictions recently took a shot at the Libertarian Party’s platform as part of an attempt to proclaim his conservative bona fides

In a recent newsletter, Rep.… Read more ...

Alliance Party March 2021 Newsletter

The Alliance Party sent out the following newsletter yesterday updating email subscribers on the latest party news for this month:

State of the Party

The Alliance Party has been proud this February to celebrate Black History Month, and doing so without losing sight of the fact that the necessity of celebrating the achievements of an entire race of people in one month every year diminishes the significance of their contributions and allows the greater truth to remain unseen.… Read more ...

Former GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough, Now An Independent: ‘The Republican Party Cannot Be Saved’

Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher this week and confirmed that he is done with the Republican Party.

Maher opened the interview by confirming that Scarborough considers himself an independent, and that it is his view that the Republican Party is now beyond saving.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Burt’s Tattoo, King’s Committees

Newly elected Libertarian state representative Marshall Burt is being accused of having a tattoo that signals support for “far-right” militias

“I got the tattoo because the American Revolution symbolism appealed to me, and to me it represents my solid commitment to the Second and Tenth Amendment,” Burt responded to critics.… Read more ...

Former LP Presidential Hopeful John McAfee Indicted on Cryptocurrency Fraud Charges

Federal prosecutors have indicted former antivirus entrepreneur John McAfee and his associate for orchestrating what they call a fraudulent scheme designed to rake in millions of dollars from cryptocurrency investors.

McAfee and his “cryptocurrency team” advisor Jimmy Watson are accused of having operated an “age-old pump-and-dump scheme” using McAfee’s Twitter account to promote “various cryptocurrencies through false and misleading statements to conceal their true, self-interested motives.”… Read more ...

Former Green Party Member, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Helps Kill Minimum Wage Amendment

Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who was a member of the Green Party before 2004, was one of seven Senate Democrats (and one Independent) who voted with all 50 Republicans today to kill debate on consideration of an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.  The motion was to amend the Coronavirus Relief package, which is currently before the Senate. … Read more ...

Open Thread for March 2021

This is the Open Thread for March of 2021.

Please leave your tips, announcements, or other things below.

Alt-History: Imagine if the election of 1936 had gone differently…

Cool Car: Tesla certainly makes some really cool cars, even if their market cap feels like it lives in nosebleed territory…

Blown Away: For the first time ever, we can hear what a breeze on Mars sounds like…

He Did It: Nine years ago professional bowler Pete Weber celebrated winning the U.S.Read more ...

Former President Trump Declares He Will Not Start a New Third Party

Despite reports he was considering creating a third political party (the Patriot Party), former President Donald Trump declared today during his CPAC speech in Orlando that he will remain a Republican and continue to be a leader for the party.  He hinted he may run again for president in 2024.  Trump won CPAC’s 2024 presidential preference straw poll with 55 percent support and received an approval rating of 97 percent among attendees, up from 95 percent last year.… Read more ...