Worried about social media and elections? What about our public media?

The recent controversy over Facebook’s decision not to fact-check political ads by politicians — combined with Twitter’s decision not to run any — has shown how intertwined our political culture is with what are de-facto privately-owned, public information utilities. Whether and how to regulate social media giants - including whether to break them up and more - is a critical debate. But lost in this is that social media should be complementing what we do in the public domain, not replacing it nor filling its void. Continue reading

Green candidate: Don't let NY Democrats get away with killing 3rd parties

To the Editor: The "Democrats' Secret Plan to Kill Third Parties in New York," as the headline on an Oct. 29 New York Times report put it, is no longer secret. On Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, the Public Campaign Financing Commission voted to raise the vote threshold to secure a party ballot line from 50,000 to the higher of 130,000 or 2% every two years in gubernatorial and presidential years, instead of every four years in gubernatorial elections. They also tripled the petition signatures required to put an independent candidate for statewide office to 45,000. Continue reading

Monroe County Green Party elects officers, begins establishing new party in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, In. – A new branch of the Green Party in Monroe County could present candidates for local ballots as soon as the 2020 election. Potential new members have already had two meetings at the Monroe County Public Library to talk about the process of forming the party, which includes electing officers, creating bylaws and deciding what issues are currently most important to tackle. "I'm shocked we've got the kind of response we've seen," Randy Paul, who is leading the Green Party creation effort, said at the October meeting. Continue reading

‘Anti-port’ environmentalist Michael Cundick is running for Salt Lake County mayor

Salt Lake City – An air quality and local agriculture activist who’s been fighting the development of the inland port announced his decision this month to throw his hat into the ring for Salt Lake County mayor in 2020. Michael Cundick, 33, is the first candidate to formally declare in the upcoming race, in which he plans to run on the Green Party ticket on a platform that promotes environmentalism as the solution to a broad range of issues facing the county. Continue reading

Jill Stein slams Clinton for Gabbard attack: 'You can't just slander people'

Jill Stein interviewed by Michael Smerconish on CNN Saturday morning regarding Hillary Clinton's recent smear attack.

Jill Stein challenges Hillary Clinton to debate after 'Russian Asset' smear

"It's past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016." Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday made the baseless claim that Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2016 nominee for president, was a Russian agent—an allegation that was met with derision from Stein and an invitation to debate.  Continue reading

Green Party torches Hillary Clinton for claiming Jill Stein is ‘totally’ a Russian asset

“Brazen Orwellian doublespeak” — that’s what the Green Party is saying in response to Hillary Clinton’s accusation that their 2016 candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, is “totally” a “Russian asset.” “Clinton has spent her entire career as an asset of Wall Street, the police state and war — the real dangers to everyday people in the United States and around the world,” Green Party communications manager Michael O’Neil said in a statement to Rolling Stone on Friday.  Continue reading

Jill Stein joins the war against Philly’s new $29 million voting machines

The onetime Green Party presidential candidate wants to block the touchscreen models before the 2020 election PHILADELPHIA – Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is jumping back into Pennsylvania’s election issues. Last time around, it was to launch a crowdfunded multi-million-dollar lawsuit to demand a recount in the commonwealth as well as two other states after the 2016 election. Continue reading

Space Coast students 'strike' for action on climate change; how it affects Florida

COCOA BEACH, Fl — Worse wildfires. Fewer but stronger hyper-hurricanes that ride in slower on higher seas, causing more severe flooding. Coral that dissolves and shellfish that can’t form shells in oceans of increasing acidity. And more toxic algae. Those dire predictions are why young people worldwide have been skipping class, and demanding governments take action. But are their worries well-founded, and what's the climate future hold for Florida? Some students feel the Sunshine State is already feeling the heat. Continue reading

City Council Candidates Focus On Rebuilding Trust At Council Debate

MUNCIE, In – A dozen Muncie City Council candidates took the stage at Muncie Central High School Thursday night. As IPR's Christine Hatfield reports, transparency and trust were among the major themes of the night's debate. Two of Muncie's six districts were unrepresented at the debate, because Districts Five and Six are unopposed races. The rest of the candidates had plenty to say on topics ranging from their ideas for regenerating Muncie's economy to the role the council plays in providing oversight for the city. Continue reading