On March 2nd, during its state convention in Boalsburg, the Green Party of Pennsylvania nominated three candidates for public office as well as took care of intra-party business.
Heading the ticket, social entrepreneur Paul Glover won the gubernatorial nomination. Additionally, former 82nd Airborne paratrooper and neuroscientist Tom Prigg was nominated to run in the 12th district for U.S.… Read more ...
A press release from the Green Party of Pennsylvania, which supports banning hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) for natural gas and organized statewide protests against the practice on Earth Day:
Last week, Pittsburgh City Council voted to ban hydrofracturing, or
“fracking” within city limits. Fracking is a controversial method of
natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale formation that uses large
volumes of water and severely pollutes it in the process. … Read more ...
Since DEP Secretary John Hanger announced his decision to construct a
pipeline from Lake Montrose to Dimock to provide safe drinking water to the
residents who are unable to use their wells, there has been a backlash.
Cabot has denied all responsibility. … Read more ...
As protests are held nationwide against FBI and PA department of Homeland Security domestic spying, the Green Party issued the following press release:
Group calls for termination of Homeland Security Chief over ITRR contract
Feels violated as one of the activist groups spied on
The Green Party of Pennsylvania shares the outrage of fellow citizens and taxpayers at the actions of the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response of Philadelphia, in its blatant abuse of the privilege of its homeland security contract with the Dept.… Read more ...
Today, Jay Sweeney officially announced his candidacy for state legislature in Pennsylvania’s 111th district as a Green. He has run a few times before, garnering as much as 17.5 percent of the vote, and he was elected as the Auditor of Falls Township in 2009. From the Wyoming County Press Examiner:
Green Party candidate Jay Sweeney announced Tuesday that he is once again running for state representative in the 111th District…
The 111th District covers parts of Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
The Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for an end to
drilling for natural gas and other fossil fuels
After a blowback spewed gas and toxic water in Clearfield, PA, plus serious
incidents including deaths of oil and gas employees in West Virginia and
Texas, nearly 2 months of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and years of
mountain top removal, the Green Party of Pennsylvania says “enough already.”
Still in its infancy, drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale has resulted
in the poisoning of private drinking water sources in Dimock, the
destruction of Dunkard Creek, the pollution of the Monongahela River and the
transformation of billions of gallons of Pennsylvania’s fresh water
resources into untreatable toxic waste.… Read more ...
Yesterday, local Green Parties and Greens across Pennsylvania participated in protests against natural gas drilling in the state. There was a protest at each regional Department of Environmental Protection, including one in the state capital, Harrisburg. A press release announcing the protests can be found here.
I (Ross Levin) attended the rally in Norristown, which is the county seat of Montgomery County. … Read more ...
The Pennsylvania Green Party held a state nominating convention February 20-21 near Pittsburgh, and nominated a candidate for U.S. Senate, one for U.S. House, and four state house candidates. The party will attempt to place all its nominees on the 2010 ballot.
The U.S. Senate candidate, Mel Packer, needs 19,056 valid signatures, due August 2.
On September 17, a bill was introduced to the Pennsylvania State Senate by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) called the Voters’ Choice Act.Â If passed, it would make the requirements for ballot access for independents and minor party candidates in the general election the same as those for major party candidates in their primaries.Â It would require minor parties to nominate candidates according to their own rules and at their own expense, because of their lack of primaries.Â The bill would also make the threshhold for a minor party “any political body which claims at least 0.05 percent of the total number of registered voters in the Commonwealth.”Â Currently, only the Republicans and Democrats are officially recognized parties in Pennsylvania.… Read more ...