• Legal action against "top two" primary in California

    Facebook event with information about this Wednesdays legal action in Pasadena, CA

    https://www.facebook.com/events/605383972821447/

    The following text is sampled from the above event description:

    "What's at stake is political voice and voter choice in California elections. This court challenge is to the heart of the undemocratic Top Two system imposted on our state in 2010. If the challenge prevails, its unclear whether the Top Two system will survive, and we may be able to overturn it and pursue truly democratic reforms like proportional representation. Please come to Pasadena on February 13th and attend this hearing. Its critical that the courtroom is full of people to let the judges know we care about democracy in California.

    In Chamness v. Bowen, a number of candidates and voters have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit) to decide whether the Top Two Primary's implementing law is unconstitutional. In short, does the State have the power to force candidates to lie on the ballot, or to disenfranchise people who vote for write-in candidates? The Ninth Circuit appeals court will devote a full 40 minutes of oral argument for this case - a large amount of time it reserves for only a small fraction of cases. This shows how important they are taking this and why your attendance is critical.

    The Top Two Primary's implementing law (Senate Bill 6) has violated the rights of Californians in two troubling ways. First, it violated the rights of minor-party candidates, by forcing them to falsely state on the ballot that they have. Second, Senate Bill 6 disenfranchised all voters who cast write-in votes in the general election. 

    The hearing will be held at 9 am, Feb. 13, 2013, in Courtroom 3 of the Richard H. Chambers Courthouse, 125 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, California. The case of Chamness vs. Bowen is scheduled to be heard at 11:30 am. However its possible the other cases may be completed more quickly and our case heard earlier. So its critical to be there early to make sure you are there in time. The courtroom opens at 9am and the hearing is open to all members of the public. Parking is available in the lot opposite the courthouse. Please attend to stand for democracy in California!" - M. Feinstein

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  • David Curtis makes the case for voting Green

  • Welcome to the platform development page.

    Fair Elections

    Enact public campaign financing.

    Real-time online reporting of campaign donations.

    Open primary.

    Participation in a general election should be based on a reasonable performance threshold in the primary.

    Proportional representation within multi-seat districts.

    Districts should be an automated process based on circle or square boundaries.

    Debates must be public and include all balloted candidates.

    Support Instant Runoff Voting and Shared Voting.

    Smaller districts to improve representation.

    Remove obstacles to candidate and voter participation.

    Simplify voter registration to include only mission critical information.

    Help State and Local Activity

           Support credit unions.

    Focus on where the office interacts with improving the economy and protecting the environment.

    Improve functional online access to public data. Government online checkbook to increase transparency.

    Establish policy that bans GMOs or requires producers to label GMOs. Encourage transitions to organic methods.

    Recognize local legalization of cannabis. 

    Protect Our Environment

    Close all nuclear power facilities. Several decades have passed without an industry solution to radioactive spent fuel, a prudent action would be to suspend the production of fuel rods immediately.

    We face serious threats to life (quality) given the ongoing conditions at Fukushima and multiple other sites. 

    Work with local governments to ban fracking, suspend fracking permits until consensus can be reached on an appropriate courses of action.

    System Reforms

    Reduce state sponsored surveillance and data mining.

    The minimum wage should be re-calibrated for today's cost of living.

    Supports single payer healthcare option.

    Work with the Governors to end the death penalty, end prolonged solitary confinement and release those held for nonviolent substance use where appropriate.

    Support divestment from fossil fuels.

     

     

     

     

  • David Curtis files candidate intent for the Secretary of State race 2014

    David Curtis, a licensed residential designer based in San Rafael, CA filed intent to be a candidate for the office of Secretary of State, California in the 2014 primary. David is a member of the Green National Committee and is the secretary of the Marin County Green Party. He was the Green Party candidate for Governor of Nevada in 2010.

 
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