Green Party meeting Monday: Ballot Acceess 2006?

Submitted by PAAMember on January 15, 2006 - 2:02am. ::

Everyone is cordially invited to the monthly meeting of the Harris County
Green Party this Monday, Jan 16, 6:30 pm, upstairs at Central Market, in the
strip mall at the southwest corner of the intersection of Weslayan and
Westheimer in Houston, TX. [I believe I gave the wrong coordinates at the
meeting Thursday, so help get the word out.]

This is an important meeting for the HCGP and for the Green Party of Texas
because we will review the pros and cons of the unusual action of seeking
the always difficult to obtain ballot access of Texas in the
non-presidential year of 2006.

We have 22 candidates poised to run from county to state wide level
throughout the state, and most importantly with respect to attaining ballot
access, we have two candidates for state wide office who are not opposed by
Democrats. The significance of these two candidates unopposed by Democrats
is that history tells us these two candidates have a good chance of getting
over 5% in their state wide races. That means that if we decide to make the
effort to go for the very difficult to obtain ballot access in Texas and we
are successful, we will by very likely getting 5% or more in one or more
state wide races automatically stay on the ballot for the 2008 elections!

So, If you think more than two parties are democratically desirable, please
come to the meeting Monday night and participate in our gut check to see if
Greens in Texas have the means, the opportunity, and the will to go for
ballot access in 2006.

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Submitted by PAAMember on January 15, 2006 - 2:02am.

And, for all the Democrats out there, please remember that to add to the
success of the Green's ballot access and election results keep in mind that
voting a straight Democratic ticket is not always the best option. If you
vote race by race you can actually cast a vote for a Green party member (or
other Progressive candidate) when there is not a Dem in that race. If you
vote a straight ticket and, there is no Dem running, you might have missed
an opportunity to vote for a Progressive candidate.

A Green Democrat (for one more election cycle)

Submitted by PAAMember on January 15, 2006 - 2:02am.

I agree with you on this, Brenda. I already told David Van Os I'm NOT voting
straight ticket this year. I'm damn sure NOT voting for Barbara Radnofsky!
I'll figure out who I want to vote for, and if there's no progressive
candidate for a particular office, then I just won't vote for anyone running
for that position. I held my nose and voted for Kerry/Edwards in the last
election. I won't hold my nose this time when I vote for anyone. I like the
way you signed off 'A Green Democrat'. I'm giving the Democrats this year to
get their shit together. If they don't I'm out of the party, and I'll figure
out where I'm going from there.