Lawmaker's party switch gives Greens a seat in the Maine House

A Maine House of Representatives Democrat who quit the party earlier this year has announced that he has enrolled in the Maine Green Independent Party. That makes Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville the second Green Independent to serve in the Legislature's history. The only other was former Rep. John Eder of Portland, who was elected in 2002 and served two terms before losing a re-election bid in 2006. Continue reading

Johnson, Stein Lose Debate Lawsuit, but the Fight Is Far From Over

The US Court of Appeals tossed an anti-trust lawsuit Tuesday brought by Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, their respective parties, and affiliated groups against the Commission on Presidential Debates. The court's opinion mostly echoed a lower court'd decision that there was no merit to the plaintiffs' claim that a) the CPD violated anti-trust laws under the Sherman Act, and b) plaintiffs didn't provide enough evidence that the debate commission was intentionally shutting out minor party and independent candidates. Continue reading

Did Philly Democrats Commit Voter Fraud in the 197th District?

U.S. Representative Bob Brady, who has been the head of Philadelphia's Democratic Party for three decades, has been besieged this summer with allegations that he bribed a political opponent in 2012 to drop a would-be primary challenge against him. But a swirl of corruption accusations around Brady is nothing new. In fact, an ongoing federal lawsuit pits Brady's party apparatus against plaintiffs asserting that there was election fraud in a special election to fill a seat in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives. Continue reading

Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Lose Anti-Trust Debates Lawsuit

On August 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the lawsuit filed by Gary Johnson and Jill Stein against the Commission on Presidential Debates. Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates, 16-7107. The 11-page decision is written by Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who has been hostile to minor parties and independents throughout her whole career, which began on the California Supreme Court and then extended to the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. She wrote that the plaintiffs lack standing Judge Cornelia Pillard, an Obama appointee, wrote separately to say that the plaintiffs do have standing, but that they still cannot win the case for other procedural reasons. Continue reading

Green Party candidates face off in primary, want to shake up Tucson City Council

Two members of the Green Party are facing off in the Aug. 29 primary for a chance to make the Tucson City Council a little more liberal. Consultant Mike Cease and small-business owner Michael Oatman are vying for the party's nomination in the Ward 6 race and both have the same mission — to shake up the status quo at the city of Tucson. Continue reading

Rizzo statue continues to stir emotions

The Friday arrest of a Germantown man for defacing the bronze statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo in front of the Municipal Services Building marked the end of a tumultuous week for the controversial statue. Police arrested Wali Rahmen, a 40-year-old African-American for scrawling "Black power" on the bronze statue, charging him with criminal mischief, institutional vandalism, and desecrating objects. All of the charges are misdemeanors. Continue reading

Judge approves Jill Stein's plea deal for pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge on Wednesday accepted a plea agreement that spares former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein any jail time for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline nearly a year ago. Judge Gail Hagerty accepted a plea deal in which Stein pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge. Continue reading

Ogden native plans Green Party bid for U.S. Rep. Bishop's House seat

SOUTH JORDAN — Saying more attention needs to be paid to working-class people, an Ogden native plans to make a Green Party bid for the U.S. House seat now held by Rep. Rob Bishop. Bishop, says Adam Davis, a tech consultant for software companies who's now living in South Jordan, is more attuned to business owners and the wealthy. Davis, by contrast, said one of his focuses would be assuring "better protections" for working people. Continue reading

Getting On A Ballot May Soon Be Easier For Third Parties In NC

A bill to make it easier for third-party candidates to participate in elections in North Carolina is poised to pass possibly as soon as next week when lawmakers have scheduled a special session. That has representatives of organizations like North Carolina's Constitution Party excited. Continue reading

Green Party of Michigan to create groups in Bay City, Saginaw

BAY CITY, MI -- The Green Party of Michigan is forming groups in Bay City and Saginaw. The organization is scheduled to host two meetings Sunday, June 11, according to party officials. The first meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m. at Brewtopia in Bay City. A second meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at Red Eye Coffeehouse, 205 N. Hamilton St., in Saginaw. Continue reading