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Greens nominate Lendall for governor

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The Green Party of Arkansas at its convention today nominated Jim Lendall as its candidate for governor.

He is still fighting to get on the ballot by challenging the rule that forces third-party candidates to gather over twice the number of petition signatures as independents.

Lendall's speech at the convention outlined his platform and campaign themes. The full text is after the jump, and here are some key excerpts:

What we have now in Arkansas is a ONE-Party system – the right-wing and the barely left-wing of the Republican Party  -  We need a TWO-party system where voters have real choices. ...

The Democratic Party Platform sounds good on paper, but obviously the party's candidates can't read.   Mr. Beebe, for instance, is ambivalent about women's rights, the environment, labor laws, tax reform, and many other planks of the platform.  Or, he panders to the bigots, as in the case of foster care.  He has rejected the support of gay people in his own party. ...

Discrimination is re-emerging as a dangerous political tool.  Religion, race, nationality, and sex have become fair targets for political exploitation.  It is ironic and tragic that the people who claimed that marriage and family were important to the stability of the community were stampeded to the polls to deny marriage for other American citizens. ...

I invite the Stonewall and Log Cabin members of their respective parties to join the Green Party instead ... as members, as voters, as candidates, and as friends. The Green Party plank against discrimination is not just symbolic.   We do not pander to bigots.

JIM LENDALL's GREEN PARTY CONVENTION SPEECH

What we have now in Arkansas is a ONE-Party system – the right-wing and the barely left-wing of the Republican Party  -  We need a TWO-party system where voters have real choices.

Voters want and are entitled to choices at every level of government.   They are tired of TweedleDee/TweedleDum elections, where the party labels are different but the candidates' stands are identical.

The Democratic Party Platform sounds good on paper, but obviously the party's candidates can't read.   Mr. Beebe, for instance, is ambivalent about women's rights, the environment, labor laws, tax reform, and many other planks of the platform.  Or, he panders to the bigots, as in the case of foster care.  He has rejected the support of gay people in his own party.

I realize that my chance of finishing better than second in this Governor's race is remote. I am hoping that we gather enough votes so that the Green Party can field candidates at every level in this state for the next election,  without having to go through the expensive and unnecessarily burdensome petition effort.

I could waste your afternoon and give you the details of my stands on the many issues we face in Arkansas.   You can look at my Legislative record  ....  and you can go to my web site jimlendall2006.com and get the details.

I will give you a quick laundry list of the issues though:

Environment -  Polluting businesses in Arkansas have wasted their money paying for in-house defense attorneys.  The people of Arkansas have been paying for a corporate attorney for them- the AG.  Our aquifers are being pumped dry.  The longer we allow pollution and contaminated sites poison our air, land and water, the more expensive it will be to remedy the situation. Let's clean up these NOW.  We do not clean the air and water by redefining what pollution is.

We need to have WELFARE REFORM  -  CORPORATE WELFARE REFORM.   No more free rides on the backs of working people.  No more stealing money from the schools for profit.  No more forcing everybody else to pay for corporate tax evasion.

Education – We need quality education for ALL children, rural and urban, rich and poor, citizen and non-citizen  ...  without watering down the standards and expectations for any.  Build Safe classrooms before stadiums.  We don't need to bribe teachers to teach with so-called merit pay.

Health care – health care for ALL residents of the state –  more school nurses, expanding insurance coverage,  quality services for all with disabilities, access to all forms of treatment, including medical marijuana.  I will continue to actively support reproductive choice.

Criminal Justice – Establish drug courts, re-examine the laws for more reasonable penalties, eliminating discriminatory practices, end the death penalty.

Fair Taxes – eliminate sales tax on foods, redesign the tax system – see my web site.

Labor – While the Democratic party has turned its back on labor, except during election years,  I have not!  Collective bargaining for public employees,  Expand the Whistleblower Law,  Protect the rights of public employees when their jobs are being privatized, make the Labor Department protect workers, not companies.

And finally,

Equal Rights - Discrimination is re-emerging as a dangerous political tool.  Religion, race, nationality, and sex have become fair targets for political exploitation.  It is ironic and tragic that the people who claimed that marriage and family were important to the stability of the community were stampeded to the polls to deny marriage for other American citizens.
 
• For a country of immigrants, it is sad that we rush to deny new arrivals their rights.  We continue to repeat the anti-immigration backlashes that have marred our country's history.  I oppose efforts to deny public services to immigrants and their families.
•  Quality foster care and adoption for the children of this state,  no discrimination on the basis of marital status, race, or sexual orientation!
• Pass the Equal Rights Amendment!
• Stop racial profiling!

I invite the Stonewall and Log Cabin members of their respective parties to join the Green Party instead ... as members, as voters, as candidates, and as friends. The Green Party plank against discrimination is not just symbolic.   We do not pander to bigots.

I understand if some folks cannot join with us for other social, political, or economic concerns, but if you can agree with the principles of the Green Party .... Please join our family, you are welcome here.

The Green Party is a choice for a change!!

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