|GreenParty call for gay guidelines to be sent to schools
PinkNews.co.uk, UK –
Brighton & Hove GreenParty today called on their council to send copies of the government’s new guidance on Sex & Relationships Education to all local schools …
Greens Call for Council to Promote New Sex Ed GuidanceUK Gay News (press release)
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The BBC goes very straight:
The Green Party hopes to have more than 100 councillors after the local elections in England on 4 May. The party is calling for good local services within walking distance and protection for local businesses. The Greens already have 70 council seats including six in Oxford, where they hold the balance of power. The party’s Caroline Lucas told the BBC they did not expect to win overall control in any council but were hopeful of boosting numbers of councillors….
The politics wonks’ site, ePolitix.com, is into the numbers:
Launching its poll push on Tuesday, the party said it was fielding a total of 1,294 candidates. There will be a particular focus on London, where 567 of the candidates are standing. Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham and Merton are among the London boroughs where the party is hoping to make gains…
The Guardian, meanwhile, takes the anti-Conservative, national politics line:
The Greens are grateful to David Cameron for pushing environmental issues up the political agenda, the MEP Caroline Lucas said yesterday as the party began its local election campaign. But Ms Lucas, who represents south-east England in the European parliament, added that the Tories had no policies to back up their claims to care for the environment. She believed their leader’s promise to lead a green revolution was a case of “the emperor’s new clothes”, which was bound to backfire. At the Greens’ press conference in London, Ms Lucas said every time Mr Cameron was asked “to deliver on a specific policy proposal, you see him ducking and diving, slipping and sliding”. She added: “When people see the lack of substance behind his rhetoric, that can only do us good.”…
I went out for a short canvassing session on the council estate on which I live last night (when the rain stopped). And I was surprised anew at the highly positive response I got. The Labour Party really is in the stink with its traditional supporters. ***
I was also pleased to see this morning that Jean Lambert, the other English Green MEP, has taken up the case of the murdered Thai human rights lawyer Somchai Neelaphaijit.
MEPs Jean Lambert, from Britain, and Frithjof Schmidt, from Germany, also asked the Council if it had communicated to the Thai government its concern over security threats to Somchai’s wife, Angkhana. Angkhana has been threatened on several occasions and warned not to pursue her husband’s disappearance, most recently last month. The issue of allegations of torture by members of the Thai security forces and its effect on Thai-EU relations was also raised by the MEPs. posted by Natalie Bennett at 9:32 AM
|A look ahead at the elections, 50 days before polling day
Radio Prague, Czech Republic –
… villages to drum up support. The biggest surprise in this year’s elections looks like being the GreenParty. Long outcasts in the …
Royalists, Balbinovci and Ostrava radio station among 26 parties …Radio Prague
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|Greens reject call for Ireland to consider nuclear power
Ireland Online, Ireland –
GreenParty has rejected suggestions that Ireland should consider nuclear power to meet its future energy needs. The suggestion …
[From Chicago Tribune]
By Joseph Ruzich
Green Party candidate Rita Bogolub ran for Berwyn Township committeeman in the March election. She received one vote, and won.
Tim Curtin, also running under the Green Party, received four votes for Oak Park Township committeeman. He also won.
Although Bogolub and Curtin were happy for their victories, both said voting confusion and procedures on March 21 did not do their party any favors.
The Green Party, under which Ralph Nader ran in his quest for the presidency in 2000, is known for its grass-roots base, strong environmental stance and belief in decentralizing money and power. Both Bogolub and Curtin said they were surprised that Green Party paper ballots were not available in Cook County on Election Day.
Bogolub, Curtin and Arthur S. Kazar, who ran for Proviso Township committeeman, were the only Green Party candidates to appear on the March ballot in Cook County. All ran unopposed, but Kazar lost because he couldn’t garner a single vote.
Voters were only able to select Green Party candidates by using the touch-screen method. Cook County provided a limited number of electronic touch-screen machines, primarily for disabled voters, but the machines could be used by other voters.
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[From Ballot Access News]
The federal court decision upholding Pennsylvania’s ballot access petition requirements for qualified minor parties is flawed. The judge didn’t even mention the only on-point precedent in favor of the plaintiffs. That precedent is from Maryland’s highest state court, and is called Maryland Green Party v Bd. of Elections. It was issued in 2003. Although the Maryland case is not binding on a federal court in Pennsylvania, it is influential. The fact that the Pennsylvania judge didn’t even mention it shows that he did not read the briefs thoroughly.
The Pennsylvania judge also failed to mention the most useful US Supreme Court ballot access precedent, Illinois State Board of Elections v Socialist Workers Party. In that decision, issued in 1979, the Supreme Court said lower court judges are supposed to use common sense when they evaluate petition requirements. In the Illinois case, the Court thought it was foolish of Illinois to require a petition signed by 5% of the last vote cast, for Cook County office, when that resulted in a signature requirement of over 40,000 signatures. That was because Illinois only required 25,000 signatures for statewide office.
The facts in the Pennsylvania current case are not the same, but the logic is the same. Pennsylvania already has a fairly stringent definition of “party,” and in the last 80 years, there has never been a time when there were more than 5 qualified parties in Pennsylvania (the state’s definition of “party” has been unchanged since 1893).
The Pennsylvania judge used “ballot clutter” to uphold the requirement that even the qualified minor parties must submit tens of thousands of signatures for their nominees. Yet the evidence in front of him told him that there are only 5 qualified parties (Democratic, Republican, Constitution, Green and Libertarian). Five parties does not make a “cluttered” ballot. A US Supreme Court concurring opinion in 1968 said that having 8 parties on the ballot does not harm the voter and does not result in ballot clutter. The Pennsylvania judge didn’t mention that case, either (Williams v Rhodes).
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