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Green Party Ballot Access Drive For Texas In 2010—Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up

At the end of this post is the weekly round-up of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. (Each week I run the TPA round-up and include  facts about Texas politics or Texas history. Running the round-up this week with information about the Green Party in no way implies that my TPA fellow bloggers support or do not support Green Party ballot access or any Green Party candidates in Texas for 2010.)

With the round-up this week is information about efforts by the Green Party of Texas to get ballot access in Texas for the 2010 election. If successful, these efforts may lead to automatic ballot access for Texas Greens in 2012.

Greens are running a candidate for State Comptroller named Ed Lindsay. There is no Democrat in this race. If Mr. Lindsay can get on the ballot and then win 5% on Election Day, the Green Party would qualify for automatic Texas statewide ballot access in 2012. With no Democrat on the ballot, the 5% goal is very possible.

There are Greens running for other positions for the Texas Statewide ballot and in other races in Texas. A petition effort is underway to help get these folks on the ballot. This petition effort is detailed at the link to the Green Party of Texas.

The statewide races in Texas are important in 2010. Bill White for Governor and Linda Chavez-Thompson for Lieutenant Governor are the Democratic nominees who I strongly support. Given the difference between these two candidates and their Republican opponents, it is essential that they be elected for the economic and educational well-being of all Texans. Another big issue is how Texas will implement federal health care reforms. Will Texans get access to health insurance and have a chance to get well when they get sick, or will our state government fight health care reform all the way and allow people to die from lack of care in order to satisfy the Republican political base?

These things said, Texans deserve options at the ballot box. In addition to giving Texans a true choice in the race for State Comptroller, Greens are offering a candidate , Paul Cardwell, for the District 9 State Board of Education race where there is also no Democrat on the ballot.

Libertarians are on the ballot all over Texas. Libertarian ballot access gives Republicans an option when they do not like their own nominees, and it gives voice to constituencies in Texas that may not always find something to support with the two major parties. While Libertarians are a dismal selfish lot, they have the right to ballot access and to try to convince voters to accept their barbaric law-of-the-jungle views.

Greens should have the chance to advocate for economic, social, and environmental justice and fair play. Here are the ten core values of the Green Party.

The Green petition can be signed by any person who did not vote in either the Democratic or Republican primaries last month. I voted in the Democratic primary and am not eligible to sign the Green petition. You must also be a registered voter to sign the petition. Here is a list of county Green Party contacts in Texas if you want to volunteer to circulate the petition.

The Greens are making the petition available online for you to print up and circulate. You can print it and have family members and friends sign. Here is an explanation of this process. Even the smallest number of signatures makes a difference.

Please consider the helping the Green Party get on the ballot in Texas in 2010. Green party ballot access will strengthen democracy in Texas by giving voters more options.

Here is the weekly TPA round-up—

At Texas Voxour thoughts remain with the victims of the West Virginia mining disaster, the worst mining accident in 25 years.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants to know why Republicans like Victoria’s DA Steve TylerNueces County’s DA Anna Jimenez and (who could forget) Alberto Gonzales abuse their offices?

The Texas Cloverleaf thinks Rick Perry is eyeing 2012 before 2010 is even over with.
WhosPlayin is watching the situation in Flower Mound, where a group of citizens successfully petitioned to have an oil and gas drilling moratorium put on the ballot only to get some mostly frivolous ethics charges filed against them by a former Town Councilman.

Continuing his examination of partisan voting trends, Off the Kufflooks at how voting changed in judicial races between 2002 and 2006.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson has an update as the runoff to determine the challenger to Rep. Diana Maldonado approaches: HD-52 GOP Runoff – issues take a back seat.

Bay Area Houston compares Sarah Palin’s intelligence on safe sex and nuclear disarmament.

They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere! Emissions, which are really toxins, are throughout the entire Barnett Shale areaBluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.

McBlogger loves it when Bill Hammond of the Texas Association of Business let’s Teh Stupid flow freely.

FOX News’ 24-hour “War of the Worlds”-styled fearmongering caught the attention of PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

This week on Left of College Station Teddy reports on how thecampaign in the Republican primary for Texas Congressional District 17 has turned negative. Also, Teddy takes a first look at the College Station City Council Place 2 candidates and at the Bryan City Council Single Member District 3 candidates. Left of College Station also covers the week in headlines.

Libby Shaw asks a simple question over at TexasKaos — So, How will Rick Perry deliver access to affordable health care to Texas? . She points out that “According to new federal regulations, Rick Perry and the health insurance companies in Texas have 90 days to deliver a plan that will cover uninsured Texans”.

Neil at Texas Liberal posted about an ’80’s icon: Disco Inferno!Learn The Interesting History Of Disco Music Despite the bad historical reviews disco receives, a new book says that the music was an important social indicator in a time of societal gains for women and gays.

April 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Why are Libertarians a “dismal selfish lot”?

    I think Americans want a third choice, and since I voted in none of the primaries (for the first time in my life), I will gladly sign the Green petition.

    Comment by Brandon De Hoyos | April 18, 2010

  2. Libertarians are not a “dismal selfish lot” and we do not support the law of the jungle. Libertarians earned their ballot position through their own hard work and despite being on the ballot, have led the charge to reform ballot access to make it easier for all alternate parties to get on the ballot even though it may work against our own interest. Why? Because it is the right thing to do!

    Libertarians do not cater solely to disaffected Republicans. We also give disaffected Democrats a voice by offering candidates that fight for civil liberties and against government corruption, centralized power, and unnecessary and unjustifiable foreign wars.

    Here in Travis County Libertarians and Greens have worked together on many issues and have discovered an amazing fact. While the press contends that Libertarians are close to Republicans and that Greens are close to Democrats, it turns out they are wrong. The truth is that Libertarians and Greens are the two parties that are most closely aligned on the issues. If you care to check, you may discover that many Libertarians are former Greens and vice versa.

    If the Greens do get on the ballot and run candidates in races where no good Libertarian candidate is running, then he or she is likely get my vote unless they demonstrate, like this article does, that they hold Libertarians like myself in contempt simply because they have not bothered to look beyond the labels that others have attached to us and discovered what we are really all about.

    Comment by Rock Howard | April 19, 2010

  3. I feel that a view that holds that a government of the people is a bad thing, is a dismal view. I want to live in a community where people look out for each other. Government that builds roads, provides schools and offers other services is a big part of my idea of community. I don’t want to live in an everybody for themselves jungle–I want fellow citizens.

    I’ve no doubt that some of the personality types that go for Greens also see appeal with Libertarians. But part of that is that both parties are on the outs with the two major parties. Green goals of fair wages, health care for all, and clear air and water will require the actions of government. Any Greens who feel a sympathy for Libertarians would change that view if the two parties ever came into more direct competition.

    Thanks for both comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 20, 2010


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