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  •  Does the Green Party not run in local elections (7+ / 0-)

    where you are?  Green candidates run in local elections all the time in Tucson.

    Kind of off topic, but just wondering.

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    by sneakers563 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 08:17:12 AM PST

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    •  To my knowledge, (2+ / 0-)
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      the Green Party fields candidates in local elections. They also--to whatever degree they allow themselves to be co-opted by interests seeking to "spoil" elections for progressives--do not advocate that model, and, indeed, champion electoral reforms such as ranked-choice voting to make elections more difficult to abuse.  

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 09:25:22 AM PST

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      •  On 3rd Party Presidential Campaigns (3+ / 0-)
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        In many, many states, parties can only maintain their ballot status if they run in top-of-the-ticket elections like Governor and President.

        Whatever else the GP has and hasn't done, it's not responsible for our bipartisanly crazy ballot access laws!

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        by GreenSooner on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 09:36:50 AM PST

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        •  Take it to Dem primaries. (0+ / 0-)

          Like the Tea Party has done to the GOP. Only for good, not evil.

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          by HeyMikey on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 01:32:18 PM PST

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      •  Ranked choice voting--KEY to Third Party building. (10+ / 0-)

        It means people can vote for a third party candidate without risking throwing the election to the dogs -- or the Republicans -- or whatever "worst choice" is currently keeping people in line.

        Occupy should make this one of their demands.  If it got established in several states, and people could see how it works, I think the idea would spread quickly. It would dramatically change the electoral politics of the United State, much for the better, making the system more responsive to changing needs of the people.  

        Third parties could grow organically, getting established on state and local levels, getting some representation in Congress, and as they were ready taking more and more power nationally.

        We need this.

    •  they often seem to ignore local and state (2+ / 0-)

      races for federal ones.

      the emphasis, I think, and have always thought, is wrong.

      the far right got where it was going by starting at the level of the School Board.

      Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 12:06:59 PM PST

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      •  Well, there's always the Green Party in my state (2+ / 0-)
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        Y'know, the one the GOP bought and paid for to get it on the ballot.

        Hint: I'm in Texas.

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        by tom 47 on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 12:22:45 PM PST

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        •  Texas Greens (0+ / 0-)

          Why am I not surprised. I knew there was something off about them when I went to their web site.

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          by JayRaye on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 02:51:41 PM PST

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