21 May 2016 Nominating Convention

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Agenda latest update 19 May 2016

Date: 21 May 2016
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Location: Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd at Monroe, Corvallis OR 97330

Registered Green Party members are invited attend this convention to vote on selecting candidates to appear on the November ballot, to endorse ballot initiatives, and various other matters. Read more to get full agenda details.  Changes in this update include adding Joe Rowe as Green Party candidate for House District 44, and deleting fossil fuel initiative as it is dead.

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474 Signatures Gathered for Benton RCV Initiative

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Thanks to the efforts of Alan Zundel and others volunteers have been circulating the Ranked Choice Voting Initiative in Benton County for signatures.  Our goal is to reach 3,500 signatures by July.  We need volunteers to gather signatures in Benton County - click here to volunteer or donate!

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THIRD PARTIES SLAM ELECTIONS DIVISION

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Four of Oregon's political parties have sent a joint letter to the Oregon Secretary of State attacking the Elections Division for bias and lack of transparency in sending a notice to non-affiliated voters about party registration.

“This is another example of how the system is stacked against third parties, whether intentional or not,” said Dr. Alan Zundel of the Pacific Green Party. “The notice prominently displayed how to register with a major party while registering with a minor party was left to a small, general aside at the bottom of the page.”

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Ranked Choice Voting Initiative approved for signature gathering!

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Breaking NEWS

Pacific Greens of our Linn/Benton Chapter along with allies have qualified a Ranked Choice Voting initiative for signature gathering in  Benton County.  We are gearing up to gather the signatures required to place the initiative on the November 2016 ballot and need funding now to print petitions and volunteers to circulate petitions.

Visit Better Ballot Benson to donate or volunteer. 

 
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Green Party candidate forcibly ejected from debate

Crowd Chants ‘Let Her Speak’

"Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, was physically ejected from a Monday Goucher College senatorial debate featuring Republican and Democratic candidates after she took the stage in defiance of a last-minute rule change that reportedly caused her to be disinvited from the event."  Read about her despicable treatment in this article on Truth In Media.

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A Fallen Hero—Stu Sugarman

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The Pacific Green Party is saddened to announce the passing of our long-time member, and a giant of the environmental movement, Stu Sugarman. Stu was first and foremost an activist. He was also a lawyer with a giant heart, a quick wit and a sly and self-deprecating sense of humor.

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Ranked Choice Voting Initiative Launched!

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BREAKING NEWS

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon and the Linn/Benton Chapter are launching an initiative campaign in Benton County, Oregon, to elect the County Commissioners and Sheriff by Ranked Choice Voting. A Political Action Committee has been formed, an initiative petition filed, and a website is up (Better Ballot Benton).  The chief petitioners are Dan Rayfield, State Representative for House District 16, and Blair Bobier. Read more about the initiative here.

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Where To Bring Ranked Choice Voting in Oregon

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... the roilings of the two dominant political parties by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have more in common than “voter anger.” Both stem from serious defects in our plurality voting system: vote splitting and spoilers ...

Learn how these defects can be fixed by Instant Runoff Voting in Oregon by reading this blog post at the Social and Ecological Justice Review authored by Alan Zundel, candidate for Pacific Green nomination to run for Oregon Secretary of State.

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Important Message for Bernie Supporters

Bernie_Pledge_2016.png   If you are a Pacific Green Party member who has changed your voter registration to Democrat in order to vote for Bernie Sanders in the May 2016 primary, please protect grassroots democracy in Oregon and make a pledge to re-register with the Pacific Green Party after the primary.  The number of voters we have registered in our party is vital to our ability to place Green Party candidates on your ballot.
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Plan B for Bernie Supporters - Jill Stein and the Green Party

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"Many of (Bernie's) supporters are also our supporters. If you go to our Facebook page you'll see that there's joint support all over the place.

So for many people we're plan B. For others who feel that the Democratic party is not going to let Sanders survive and is incapable of solving this problem, we're plan A."  Read the full article on Richochet.

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