Loathe and despise the Republican and Democratic parties but want a certain candidate to win one of their nominations? Or like your party but sometimes want to vote in a different primary? Want to vote in all elections including primaries without having to be labeled on record as a certain party? Then you need open primaries. America needs open primaries. This episode we talk with Jeremy Gruber, J.D. from the movement Open Primaries. We discuss why open primaries are beneficial to all, why closed primaries stink, and what needs to happen.
Many progressive ideas that make certain political candidates labeled as radical or out of the mainstream, pass with flying colors all over America when presented as ballot initiatives. Listen to why that may be and how to continue making progress happen.
Most states that are "solid red" or "solid blue" really have a 60/40 ratio give or take, not including those who don't bother voting because they don't think it will matter anyway since their state always goes a certain way. Even if it wasn't enough to swing a state, just imagine how much of a difference it can make in these tight presidential races if a few thousand more voters in each state came out and gave the candidate they lean more towards the extra votes needed to surpass the opponent in the nationwide popular vote. That is how declaring the winner based on the popular vote can benefit any party or candidate. Knowing every single vote in every single state counts just as much as any, would motivate candidates to campaign in every state and discourage a sitting President and other federal elected officials of any political party from neglecting most states and Americans while only focusing more on the few who determine the outcome in the current winner take all electoral vote system. This episode we talk with Rebekah Warren of National Popular Vote. Rebekah is on the front lines of National Popular Vote. She currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives and is an author of the National Popular Vote Bill there. She also advocates for the National Popular Vote in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and several other states. You can learn more at nationalpopularvote.com
Marcia Squier is the Green Party candidate running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan. A Gen Xer who sees it is time for younger generations to step up and move the country forward instead of backward, she joined the Green Party after experiencing how not so democratic the Democratic Party is especially when it came to Super Delegates and how they ignored the will of the people in her state in 2016. She has witnessed first hand how bought the two major parties are and what they're really about. She offers voters a chance to reject corrupt candidates and incumbents while having a better and brighter option to vote for.
George Gluck has been active with the Green Party for well over a decade and has ran for office before. He spent forty years working in Information Technology for the government and private sector, including being an expert in improving effectiveness and operating efficiency of government agencies such as Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), the Medicare financial system, and the General Services Administration information systems through business process re-engineering. Unlike many naysayers who don't have the experience he does, George has a realistic sense from experience on the government's potential and ability to benefit constituents within the platform he runs on. Being highly educated in science and mathematics, he also plays the violin and substitute teaches Physics. His work experience, activism experience, and well-roundness offer a lot for the constituents of Maryland's 6th district and the rest of the American people. Learn more at https://sites.google.com/view/georgegluck/home
Tom Wilda is running to represent Illinois' 5th district in the U.S. House. The 5th congressional district includes parts of Cook and DuPage counties, along with all or parts of Chicago, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Hinsdale, La Grange Park, Norridge, Northlake, River Grove, Schiller Park, and Oakbrook Terrace. Tom has been part of the Illinois Green Party for years and has years of experience teaching, community organizing, and social work. You can learn more about Tom and his campaign at tomforthefifth.com.
David Black is highly educated in the field of political science, has years of experience practicing law for workers, serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity, and has volunteered his time assisting asylum seekers. David is a long time Green Party activist serving as Party Secretary and as the candidate for Illinois Attorney General in 1996 and 2000. He is now the 2020 candidate in Illinois for the U.S. Senate. You can learn more about his campaign and platform at davidblackforsenate.org.
Joseph Naham is running to represent New York's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Joe is a life long Nassau County Resident, National Delegate (Alt) of the Green Party of the United States, Committee member for the Green Party of New York State, Chairperson of The Green Party of Nassau County, and Co Chair of the Environmental Committee of the Beach to Bay Civic Association (Umbrella Civics association). As a lifelong Green, he's organized Anti War rallies at Nassau Community College when he was 20, volunteered at Camp Anchor which is a facility that cares for children who have handicaps, managed four farmers markets in Nassau and Suffolk County for nearly a decade, volunteered to build community gardens, and worked on farms. He's also a member of the SPAT program (A Cornell Cooperative Extension facility dedicated to shellfish restoration) and as Chairperson of The GPNC he has organized monthly meetings with topical events and presentations. He's also met and worked with local governmental officers as GP Chair, and B2B Co Chair with the intention of environmental and social justice action.
Cassandra is the Green Party candidate running to represent Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District. She's a lifelong social justice activist, an executive officer in the Windham/ Willimantic NAACP, founder of Willimantic Rainbow Connection, an LGBTQ+ group, currently serves on Windham’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and brings 15 years of public school experience to her political run. The three cornerstones of her campaign and platform are People, Peace, and Planet. Her campaign site is cass4congress.rocks and she can be heard right here, right now! Check it out!
Justin Paglino is an MD, PhD who recently transitioned from science and virology to dedicate more time to political activism. He also teaches and plays the piano and keyboards in a few local bands. Justin is fighting for Medicare for All, Ranked Choice Voting, clean energy, foreign policy that seeks peace because war is a horror that must only be a last resort, equal liberties and equal treatment under the law, diligent public health, fair economy, and quality education. You can find more at his website justin4all.org where there are blog posts and visuals relating to his platform and matters taking place within his congressional district. You can also check out more at Twitter: https://twitter.com/justin4all2; Facebook: https://facebook.com/justin4all; and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinpaglino
Steve is running for Congress in NY's 19th Congressional District as the Green Party candidate. Steve Greenfield is a veteran volunteer firefighter, a two-term School Board member, an experienced advocate of legislation through many years of service in the Ulster County Volunteer Firefighters Association, the New York State School Boards Association, and as Chair of the New Paltz Central School District Legislative Action Committee, as well as an Eagle Scout, and an independent contractor going back to his first job as a morning bicycle delivery boy for the Daily News when he was 15. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia -- a knowledge base much more urgently needed in Congress today than that of a corporate lawyer, as both major parties have once again nominated in NY-19. Greenfield's motto is simple: cut the crap and solve the problem.
Madelyn Hoffman is running for the U.S. Senate representing New Jersey. She's spent decades showing leadership and hard work with environmental and peace causes along with involvement with the Green Party. Listen to her on what she'll fight for that her opponents won't.
Daniel T. Kim is running for Freeholder in Bergen County, NJ. He is on the ballot with the slogan "NOT ME. US" Daniel Kim has been a resident of Bergen County (Palisades Park, Ridgewood, and Paramus) since 1998. He is a graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and Mathematics/Economics and currently working as an technology consultant for a global professional services firm. As the chair of Our Revolution of Bergen County, he has been at the forefront of local social and political activism. His Christian faith drives his passion to fight for the most vulnerable and give voice to the voiceless. He views that the greed ingrained in our culture has led to our systematic problems, preventing us from tackling the most pressing issues in our generation, such as money in politics, wealth inequality, healthcare, sustainable net-zero energy, and responsible growth of technology (e.g. automation). With this mindset, he seeks to bring a data-driven, 21st-century applicable, and people-first policy approach.
Al Granell is a former Councilman in North Arlington, NJ, 2016 Bernie Sanders Delegate, and on the ballot as a Delegate for Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic Primary. We'll dive into what it means to be a Delegate and why voting in the primary still matters.