THE TEXAS GREEN PARTY IS ON THE BALLOT IN 2010. With 5% of the vote in any one race, we will retain ballot access in 2012.

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TEXAS GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE (October 19)
www.ballot-access.org/2010/10/20/link-to-texas-gubernatorial-debate/

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GREETING GREEN VOLUNTEERS!

Join us as we move forward to continue the struggle for a truly participatory democracy where freedom, happiness, and liberty have meaning to all. Our candidates and party continue to get media coverage as with others across the country. Now is the time to establish a firmer base going into 2012!

We are getting our database into a user-friendly interface and could use help in reaching out to the hundreds who have signed up and offered to volunteer in the last three years, especially those fundraising vols!

We also have a Declare Independence from Corporate Rule Tour across most of Texas starting on Friday in Houston and ending the next Friday in Austin. If you can help promote the event via fliers, social networking, the website, phone calls to members in various areas who are interested in this topic, etc. Please let me know immediately!

Want to do something else? Great! Let me know andVwe'll get on it!

Contact kat@txgreens.org or call 210-471-1791.

As usual, if you can't take the time, please drop a dime in the GPTX coffers.

In solidarity,

kat swift

your now volunteer state coordinator

Green Party of Texas
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Travis County Green Party responds to biased Dallas Morning News article on DA investigation of Petition Drive

Dallas Morning News: July 17, 2010:

Travis County DA investigates GOP-backed Green Party petition drive

www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/DN-gree...

Why isn't the media (i.e. the Dallas Morning News) covering this story instead?

Why isn't the D.A. investigating this instead?

By Katie Walsh
June 2010, page 5

By Katie Walsh
August 2010, page 6

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Green Party of Texas Responds To Texas Democratic Party Request For Dismissal

July 9 Press Release

Green Party of Texas Responds To Texas Democratic Party Request For Dismissal

Today attorneys for the Green Party of Texas (GPTX) entered a response to a motion filed yesterday before the Texas Supreme Court by the Texas Democratic Party (TDP). In the motion, TDP concedes that the injunction ordered by a Travis County District Court, which was intended to keep Green Party candidates off the ballot in the 2010 General Election ballot, is now moot.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE THE VOICES OF 92,000 TEXANS

Democratic Party Attempts To Silence The Voices Of 92,000 Texans

Facts relating to the legal wrangling over the Texas Green Party's ballot access effort in chronological order:

During the specified period of March 10 through May 23, signatures were collected by petitioners; some petition signature gatherers were paid by Free & Equal, a petition-gathering company, and funded by a non-profit, 501(c)(4) corporation. The Green Party of Texas received no money from a corporate source. Without exception, no petition signers were paid for signing the petition.

On May 24, petitions bearing over 90,000 signatures were turned in to the Texas Secretary of State's office to supplement lists of precinct convention attendees. At that time, the Green Party was not aware that donations for signature collection were given through an incorporated entity.

On June 9, the Secretary of State certified that the Green Party had satisfied requirements to be on the ballot by virtue of turning in lists of precinct convention attendees and supplemental petition signatures.

On June 10, the Texas Democratic Party obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) to keep the Green Party State Chair from certifying statewide nominees with the Secretary of State. (The TRO was voluntarily signed by the Green Party without benefit of legal counsel.)

On June 12, as specified by state law, elections for nominees of the Green Party were held at the state convention. Four statewide nominees were elected:

Deb Shafto - Governor
Herb Gonzales, Jr - Lt Governor
Art Browning - Railroad Commissioner
Ed Lindsay - Comptroller of Public Accounts

On June 22, Judge John Dietz donated $7500 to the Travis County Democratic Party.

On June 24, Judge John Dietz ruled in favor of the Texas Democratic Party and upheld the injunction against certifying nominees at a hearing in Travis County 353rd District Courts.

On June 28, the Texas Green Party and statewide nominees filed a petition for writ of mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court in order to uphold the rights of duly elected nominees to appear on the ballot.

On July 2, the Supreme Court of Texas stayed the injunction of Judge Dietz. With the injunction removed, the Green Party certified its four statewide nominees with the Texas Secretary of State

On July 7, TDP filed a motion with the Texas Supreme Court conceding that their request for an injunction against the Green Party is moot.

GPTX attorneys responded on July 8. In addition to agreeing that the injunction against ballot access for the Green Party is a moot point, GPTX requested that TDP claims for declaratory and injunctive relief be dismissed with prejudice.(Legal definition of "with prejudice": "When a case is dismissed for good reason and the plaintiff is barred from bringing an action on the same claim." From the online legal lexicon, lectlaw.com)

On July 9 GPTX filed a brief, as requested by the Supreme Court in its July 2 ruling, outlining the facts, applicable law, and legislative history relevant to the case. The Green Party expects that a Supreme Court ruling will clarify the difference between normal operating activities of a new political party and campaign expenses of candidates and officeholders.

The full facts of the, as yet unserved, lawsuit Texas Democratic Party et al. vs Texas Green Party et al. are scheduled to be litigated in a January 17, 2011, trial.

Libertarian Party of Texas Stands in Solidarity with Green Party on Ballot Access

from the press release

Republicans and Democrats Fight Over Ballot Access for Green Party

As Texans celebrate Independence Day, the Libertarian Party calls for voters to declare independence from corrupt political parties that try to use courts, tricks, and legislation to subvert the will of the voters.

"Recent events have further confirmed the corrupt practices of the Republican and Democratic parties in manipulating elections to their benefit" says Libertarian Party of Texas state chair Pat Dixon. "They prefer lawsuits, manipulations, and prohibitions. We prefer empowering voters to make choices in an open competition."

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Texas Democratic Party Vs. Texas Green Party court case documents

Courtesy of Jon Roland, Libertarian candidate for Texas Attorney General.

http://jonroland.org/tgp/tdp_v_tgp.htm

Greens Stand Firm Against Democrats' Challenge to Democracy

The Green Party of Texas called on the Texas Democratic Party to give Texans democratic options in the November elections. Over 90,000 signatures of registered voters were turned in to the Secretary of State in May. These petitioners indicated that they wished to see Green Party candidates on the November ballot. The day after the Secretary of State's office certified the petitions, the Texas Democratic Party filed a temporary restraining order against the Green Party, attempting to prohibit Green Party candidates from appearing on 2010 ballots.

Based on the unfounded allegations presented in the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Democratic Party accused the Green Party of accepting illegal campaign contributions. The Democratic Party claimed that its candidates would be "harmed" by the presence of Green Party candidates on the ballot.

In response to this action, Green Party of Texas co-chair Christine Morshedi stated, "Although we feel the ballot access laws in Texas are unnecessarily restrictive, it is the system that we are working under. We have complied fully with the spirit and the letter of the law. I regret that the Democratic Party has seen fit to launch a lawsuit based on unfounded allegations. We are determined to do all we can to bring an alternative message to the Texas public."

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Free & Equal issues statement in response to recent Texas media reports

Free and Equal Elections is proud to stand next to the Green Party of Texas today to release this joint statement concerning Texas media reports involving Boyd Ritchie’s anti-democratic attack on the Green Party’s recent petition drive in Texas.

The statement from Free and Equal Founder and Chair Christina Tobin follows:

“Boyd Ritchie’s anti-democratic and anti-choice actions are shameful for a party leader. Free and Equal is a non-partisan organization that helps all parties, and Ritchie appears to have gone hysterical because a Green got on the Texas ballot this week. Ballot access and campaign finance are two completely different things. Ritchie is acting like a hot-headed party boss, not a party leader who deserves respect.”

“In Ritchie’s attempt to inflict harm on the Green Party, he will also harm voters by reducing their choices on Election Day. It’s a shame he would go to such lengths to keep a candidate from running, just because they aren’t a member of his party.”

“Ritchie wants to keep competition off the ballots and to thwart the Green Party’s participation in the electoral process. He is also trying to slam the door on voters’ choices when voters demand them via their participation in petitioning. These anti-democratic tactics by Ritchie are meant to cost the Green Party money, time, resources and donations in an effort to gain some media attention for himself.”

“Hampering political participation for the Green Party is wrong, and Free and Equal will do everything in its power to help the Green Party of Texas.”

www.freeandequal.org/2010/06/free-and-equal-issues-statement-in-response...

GREEN PARTY OF TEXAS WINS BALLOT ACCESS

PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:
kat swift, Statewide Coordinator,
cell 210-471-1791, kat@txgreens.org
Christine Morshedi, State Co-Chair,
cell 832-584-6043, cochair@txgreens.org

GREEN PARTY BALLOT ACCESS PETITION QUALIFIES IN TEXAS

Austin, TX, June 9, 2010 - Yesterday, the Secretary of State approved the Green Party as a qualified political party in the state of Texas.

Texans are eager to have more choices and more voices on the ballot this November as evidenced by the approximately 93,000 signatures the Green Party gathered in 75 days and turned in on May 24, 2010 - more than double the amount required for ballot access.

Based on feedback received from petitioners, about one in three persons asked was eligible and willing to sign, and on average one of the remaining two was ineligible. Primary voters regularly voiced their anger about being ineligible to sign because they had exercised their right to vote in the March Primaries.

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