Klobuchar should, for the public trust, amend the For the People Act

For integrity’s sake, HR1/S1 needs to be clean of political conflicts of interest. But in its campaign finance section, it is not. At no time since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act have voting rights in the United States been under greater threat. In the 10 years preceding the November 2020 elections, 25 states passed lawsrestricting the ability to vote. Since November 2020, Republican state lawmakers have introduced more than 250 additional bills in 43 states to restrict voting, most surgically designed to suppress the vote of millions of Americans — especially Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian and the young. Continue reading

HR 1 exacts partisan political advantage in exchange for desperately needed voting rights

U.S. democracy is in existential crisis. The country already suffers from unrepresentative winner-take-all, single-seat-district legislative elections, a two-party duopoly, partisan gerrymandering, the corrupting influence of big money in politics, and an Electoral College and US Senate that give vastly outsized influence to some voters over others. In the case of the Electoral College, it can also prevent the presidential candidate receiving the most votes from being elected. Continue reading

More on H.R.1/S.1: the good, the bad, and the ugly op-eds

The “For the People Act” (H.R.1/S.1) passed the House on March 3 and is now under consideration by the Senate. The bill was also adopted by the House in 2019 but had no chance of passage in the Senate with the Republicans in control. But now that this voting and elections reform bill has become a real possibility with Democratic control, it is receiving closer scrutiny from movement progressives, if not yet congressional progressives. Continue reading

HR 1 is the 'For the Partisans Act'

How Democrats' huge election reform package could stifle dissent Congressional Democrats this month passed HR 1, dubbed the “For the People Act,” which they say is nothing short of a rescue plan for American democracy. It contains a long list of new regulations that seek to bolster participation in elections. It’s one of those bills with a universally agreeable name. How could anyone be against The People? Continue reading

NY Greens call on Governor Cuomo to resign amid allegations

"These on their own would be two very serious things for a governor, but together we think this should really be the last scandal, and the legislature needs to move to impeach" Over the past several weeks, seven people have come forward with allegations against New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, claiming they had been either sexually assaulted, or sexually harassed by the Governor. Subsequent calls for the Governor to resign after these allegations have come from several prominent political figures, including New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, US Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, and US Senator from New York, Kristen Gillibrand. The Green Party of New York, and leader, Peter LaVenia, were some of the first political figures to publicly call for Cuomo's resignation. Continue reading

HR 1 doesn't go far enough

It still wouldn't make it easy being Green Last week the House voted 220-210 to pass HR 1, the Democratic majority's sweeping electoral reform bill intended to strengthen voting rights, enhance campaign finance reform, and address government ethics and corruption in politics. But the legislation also contains a poison pill designed to reduce political competition and voter choice, entrenching the polarizing duopoly electoral system that made Donald Trump's presidency possible. Continue reading

"Palestinian Situation" is Biden Administration speak for apartheid

Progressives furious at Secretary of State Blinken for 'Palestinian situation' tweet Antony Blinken expressed US support for Israel after International Criminal Court said it is investigating alleged war crimes Progressives are upset with Secretary of State Antony Blinken over a tweet in which Blinken proclaimed a continued "strong commitment to Israel" in light of the International Criminal Court's announcement of an investigation into events that transpired between the Jewish state and Palestinians. Continue reading

Green Party calls out HR 1 poison pills

The federal HR 1 - For the People Act - is designed to protect and expand voting rights against Republican efforts to curtail at the state level. But the Green Party says that the public campaign finance proposals, rather than reigning in special interest money, will block third parties from participating. Michael O'Neil, Communications Manager for the Green Party of the US discuss this with Mark Dunlea for Hudson Mohawk Radio Network. Continue reading

Green Party accuses Pelosi, Democrats of trying to 'crush alternative parties'

The Green Party is accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of attempting to “crush alternative” political parties through campaign finance reform. The party, which has long been blamed by Democrats for Hillary Clinton’s loss to former President Donald Trump in 2016, announced its opposition to H.R. 1 — Mrs. Pelosi’s signature electoral reform legislation. Continue reading

NJ Green Party seeks candidates to run in 2021

One of the largest third parties in New Jersey needs candidates for town council, boards of education, mayor, county commissioner and more NEW JERSEY — Your energy and time are valuable, and you shouldn't squander it to power a political party that "disrespects" you. That's the pitch from the Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) as it seeks candidates for office in 2021. The GPNJ says it's seeking Garden State residents who want to run for offices across the state. That includes candidates for town councils, boards of education, mayor, county commissioners and state senators/assembly members. Continue reading