Questions for the 2020 Candidates: Ward 3 Council Craig Cayetano

TAPinto Hawthorne sent a questionnaire to the candidates to help residents get an idea of where they stand on some issues as election day draws near.  The Third Ward council seat was won by the late Garrett Sinning (R) in the 2019 election.  When Sinning passed in November, Anne Marie Sasso and Michael Sciarra sought to fill the seat as interim-councilmember, with Sciarra ultimately carrying the council's vote.  As interim-councilman, he would serve until a special election was held in November.  There are three candidates seeking the votes of Ward Three residents. Continue reading

During open debate, third party candidates say it's really the major parties who are the spoilers

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation (FEEF) hosted its second independent open presidential debate of the year on October 8, an event slated as a rebuke to the presidential debate commission's debates, which have long lacked inclusion and substance. "With the Commission on Presidential Debates reeling in from its poor stewardship of the debate process, today's cross-partisan debate is an opportunity for the nation to advance a much more meaningful political discourse, one that represents our deep yearnings for a more perfect union," said FEEF Co-Founder Christina Tobin during her opening introduction. Continue reading

Beyond the great divide

Lara Lamb stands on the porch of her home on Main Street in Freemansburg borough Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Donna Fisher | lehighvalleylive.com contributor Lara Lamb doesn’t worry about fitting into anyone’s idea of what she’s supposed to do. The 34-year-old Freemansburg resident works as a car mechanic by day and does musical theater by night. And when it comes to the election, she isn’t going to let anyone tell her that she should hold her nose and vote for a big-party candidate just because she lives in one of the most important swing counties in the country. Lamb is an unaffiliated voter and will be writing in Howie Hawkins, the Green Party presidential candidate. Continue reading

Green Party, Libertarian candidates in Illinois US Senate race discuss the issues

CHICAGO (WLS) -- In the race for U.S. Senate in Illinois, two of the candidates have wildly different views on economic stimulus during the COVID-19 pandemic. David Black is the Illinois Green Party nominee. He is a retired attorney whose platform focuses on universal health care, a $20 minimum wage, clean energy and cuts to military spending. Continue reading

Demonstrators pull body bags, carry tombstones in 2nd night of protests over Derek Chauvin's release

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hundreds gathered in both St. Paul and Minneapolis Thursday to express outrage over the release of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. A common sentiment among the two groups of protesters was that Chauvin getting out on bond shows the injustice of the court system. In St. Paul, marchers dragged body bags and carried gravestone-shaped signs marking the dead. Continue reading

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for president

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) -- On March 4, 1853, the last U.S. president who was not either a Democrat or Republic, Whig Millard Fillmore, left office after losing his party's nomination to be reelected to fellow Whig, Winfield Scott. Democrat Franklin Pierce went on to defeat Scott. Both Fillmore and Pierce are widely regarded by historians as two of the worst U.S. presidents ever. Fast forward to 2020, where Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is trying to end that 167 year drought. Continue reading

Syracuse's Howie Hawkins on his 30-state presidential bid: I'm not a spoiler

Howie Hawkins says he hears almost every day from well-known environmental advocates who plead with him not to spoil the 2020 presidential election. "I'm getting a lot of celebrity calls trying to persuade me to stand down in the swing states," said Hawkins, the Syracuse activist who has never been elected to public office in 24 previous attempts. Continue reading

Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins calls Cleveland debate a 'fraud,' opposes abolishing the police

Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins, left, speaks with cleveland.com reporter Robin Goist in Cleveland on the night of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. (Eric Heisig, cleveland.com) CLEVELAND — Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins was in Cleveland for Tuesday's presidential debate – not to participate, but to criticize the event as a "fraud" and draw attention to his stances on police reform and other issues. Speaking with cleveland.com outside the Cleveland Museum of Art, Hawkins noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized major-party presidential debates since 1988, was organized by Republicans and Democrats. Continue reading

Syracuse’s Howie Hawkins, shut out of presidential debate, to protest in Cleveland

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for president, will be in Cleveland tonight for the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. But don’t look for him on stage next to President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Instead, Hawkins, 67, of Syracuse, plans to stand outside Case Western Reserve University to protest his exclusion from the debate along with other third-party candidates. Continue reading

Journal Times editorial: Elections Commission, state high court failed Wisconsin voters

Over the years we have watched the rise in rabid partisan politics in Wisconsin, but they rose to new levels – or rather descended to new depths—in the past two weeks when Green Party candidates for president, Howie Hawkins, and vice president, Angela Walker, were denied spots on the Nov. 3 ballot by the Wisconsin Elections Commission and their appeal was brusquely dismissed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The ballot denial was ostensibly over a discrepancy in Ms. Walker's address on her nomination petitions. The former Milwaukee bus driver who now resides in Florence, S.C., had moved during the time signatures were being collected this summer and, while her filing with the state had her current address, some of the nearly 4,000 signatures on her petitions listed her previous address. Continue reading