Tag Archives: Ben Chipman

Former Green Ben Chipman Re-Elected to Maine Legislature as Independent

Ben Chipman is a community organizer in Portland, Maine, and a former Green Party state legislator. In 2010 he switched his registration to Independent and ran for re-election as such in 2012. He was in a three-candidate race in the 119th House District in Maine and easily defeated both his Republican and Democratic opponents.… Read more ...

Independent Maine state legislator introduces bill on Earth Day to fund commuter rail from casino revenue

Ben Chipman represents Portland in the Maine legislature’s lower house. He has been a Green Party activist for years and was elected as an independent. On his facebook, he said, “On Earth Day I am proud to release a bill to fund commuter rail service! Whatever your position is on the casino, if it is going to be built I think it is important that the revenue go towards worthy projects that reduce our carbon footprint.”

From the Bangor Daily News:

LD 1344 would amend the casino bill to allocate money currently earmarked for harness racing purses and the Sire Stakes Fund, 2 percent of slot machine revenue, to the State Transit, Aviation and Rail Transportation Fund.

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Independent Maine state legislator Ben Chipman cosponsoring anti-Real ID bill

From the Kennebec Journal:

AUGUSTA — Republicans, Democrats and the only independent in the Maine House are backing a renewed effort to reject a federal identification program that some consider too invasive.

Independent Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland is sponsoring L.D. 1068, which would prohibit the Secretary of State’s Office from using retinal scans, facial recognition or fingerprint technology to issue driver’s licenses…

Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers supports Chipman’s bill, saying the new driver’s licenses that he introduced recently “satisfy federal requirements and are accepted as valid ID in all states…

Chipman’s focus, and the intent of the MCLU, is to ensure that the secretary of state is barred from disseminating Social Security numbers without legislative authorization, and to prohibit the state from using retinal scans, facial recognition or fingerprint technology to issue licenses, Melnick said.

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Top 10 Green Party Stories of 2010

Posted by Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch:

2010 was a roller coaster year for the Green Party. Mid-term elections proved voter dissatisfaction with the Democrats in power, but the media-darling Tea Party Movement drove voters to reactionary candidates, not helping Greens at the polls. International Greens saw successes in the United Kingdom, Australia, and other places, while US Greens were moved by the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza under siege by Israeli forces.… Read more ...

A Conversation With Independent State Representative Ben Chipman

Two nights ago Ross Levin and I interviewed Maine’s newest Independent state legislator, Ben Chipman. This previous article has a bit of background:

Ben Chipman is a Green Party activist in Maine and was elected to the state legislature this year as an independent… Chipman has been a Green Party activist for a long time, including being an aide to Maine’s only former Green state legislator and a member of the Portland Charter Commission.

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Ben Chipman, only independent in Maine legislature, to be on IPR Radio tonight at 8 PM EST

Ben Chipman is a Green Party activist in Maine and was elected to the state legislature this year as an independent.  I, Ross Levin, along with Daniel Surman, will be interviewing him tonight on blogtalk radio.  Chipman has been a Green Party activist for a long time, including being an aide to Maine’s only former Green state legislator and a member of the Portland Charter Commission.… Read more ...

Ben Chipman, elected independent and Green activist, will be on IPR Radio Tues. Dec 14th at 8 PM EST

I, Ross Levin will be interviewing Ben Chipman, who was elected to the Maine state house of representatives in the 2010 election. Chipman has been a Green Party activist for a long time, including being an aide to Maine’s only former Green state legislator and a member of the Portland Charter Commission.… Read more ...

Constitution, Green and Libertarian Party National Offices Release More Names of Party Members Elected to Office Last Week

Ballot Access News:

The Green Party national office has released a list of party members who were elected or re-elected last week. As noted at this site earlier, Ben Chipman was elected to the Maine legislature [p: as an independent], and the party won three important elections in California: in Richmond; Mendocino County; and Hollister.… Read more ...

Green Party Wins on Election Day 2010

Compiled by Brent McMillan and posted at Green Party Watch by Ronald Hardy:

Wins (including ballot access) on Nov. 2, 2010 – Unofficial Results

ARKANSAS
Joy Ballard won her race for Saline County Collector, AR. She finished first of seven candidates for one seat with 19,131 votes, 69.28%. Partisan.

CALIFORNIA
Bruce Delgado won his re-election to Mayor of Marina City, Monterey County, CA.… Read more ...

Green Party: best showings in state legislative races

Dave Schwab at Green Party Watch:

Despite having a number of promising campaigns for state legislature in various states, Greens fell short of victory in every race – a few by painfully close margins. However, one former Green running for state legislature as an independent in Maine did win.

In Maine, Fred Horch of Brunswick finished with 34% in District 66, just 4 points (or 200 votes) behind the victorious Democrat.… Read more ...

On June 9th, 4 out of 5 Green candidates won

Full story at: www.onthewilderside.com

For the past few weeks, the national Green Party web-site featured five Green Party candidates running on June 9th for local office in Maine and Massachusetts. Below are the election results:

Elected were: Anna Trevorrow for Portland Charter Commission in Maine; Ben Chipman for Portland Charter Commission in Maine; and Joyce Palmer-Fortune for Wheatley Select Board in Franklin County, Massachusetts.… Read more ...