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Mountain Party: Calls For West Virginia Green New Deal, Opposes Boondoggle Appalachian Storage Hub

The Mountain Party proposes a Green New Deal for West Virginia, to create high paying, secure jobs to build the future economic infrastructure based in clean, renewable energy. Our goal is a 100% clean energy system by 2030, in addition to reconstructing all economic sectors for ecological sustainability, from agriculture and manufacturing to housing and transportation.

The Green New Deal for West Virginia must include an Economic Bill of Rights, a concept introduced by President Roosevelt in 1944 to develop programs to secure basic economic human rights for all. Additionally, it must include a Green Economy Reconstruction Program, to reinvigorate rural communities, create living wage jobs, and protect the environment.

Once feedback from the public is gathered, the Mountain Party will devise specific policies to address

Our detailed Economic Bill of Rights will include the following:

  • Job Guarantee
  • Basic Income Guarantee
  • Housing and Transportation For All
  • Medicare For All / National Health Service 
  • Lifelong Free Public Education
  • A Secure Retirement

Our Green Economy Reconstruction Program will include the following:

  • Interstate Renewable Electricity System
    • West Virginia’s Geothermal potential alone could power the Eastern Seaboard
  • Public Power Utilities
  • Public-ownership of fossil fuels (to be phased out)
  • Investment in Public Transit
  • Energy Efficient Buildings with Rooftop Solar
  • Publicly Owned High-Speed Internet System
  • Infrastructure Reconstruction
  • Green Manufacturing
  • Agriculture and Rural Reconstruction
  • Civilian Conservation Corps
  • Zero-Waste Recycling

In order to achieve these goals, we can no longer continue to build new fossil fuel infrastructure. 

Therefore, the West Virginia Mountain Party opposes the creation of the Appalachian Storage Hub petrochemical complex, a short-sighted, boondoggle that will only further exacerbate climate change and increase the likelihood of an environmental disaster.

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Resolutions

Resolution: Opposition to Gov. Justice’s Response To COVID-19

May 17, 2020 – State Executive Committee

A Resolution in Opposition to Gov. Justice’s Response To COVID-19

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization since March 11, 2020;

WHEREAS, the State of West Virginia has a disproportionately higher proportion of at risk individuals among its population, primarily the elderly and immune-compromised, compared to the other States of our Union;

WHEREAS, a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a lack of testing, and a lack of contact tracing have all led to an increase in the number of cases; and

WHEREAS, essential workers have not been justly compensated for work environment hazards, and many non-essential workers have become unemployed and are faced with an insecure financial future;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party stands in full support with a worker’s right to a reasonably safe workplace and be compensated with appropriate hazard pay should they face the risk of potential workplace exposure; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party advocates for the general welfare of the people by means of adequate financial assistance to the unemployed and working-class families, during this time of crisis and insecurity;

BE IT RESOLVED that the West Virginia Mountain Party opposes Governor Jim Justice’s plan to reopen the economy of West Virginia, until such time that competent medical authorities deem the threat has passed.

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RESULTS – 2020 Presidential Primary

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Howie Hawkins has won West Virginia’s Mountain (Green) presidential primary, securing all five Presidential Nominating Convention Delegates. In addition, Hawkins won the majority of the vote in all three congressional districts.

No other candidates secured enough votes to win a delegate. The Mountain Party uses simple proportional representation to allocate delegates, without the use of fractional delegates nor defaulting to uncommitted delegates. West Virginia’s Delegates are bound to the Mountain Party’s binding primary vote.

The following table is the official primary results:

CandidatesVote PercentDelegate Count
Howie Hawkins78.3%5 Delegates
David Rolde8.7%0 Delegates
Jesse Ventura (write-in)8.7%0 Delegates
Dario Hunter4.3%0 Delegates

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Mountain Party Donates to Paden City, Calls for Radical Action

The Mountain Party, West Virginia’s Green Party affiliate, in the Northern Region donated $550 to the people of Paden City for the purchasing of water and medical tests for the town’s residents who are currently experiencing a water crisis.

According to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, “Late last month, the city-run water authority sent a notice to residents warning PCE, [a chemical commonly used in dry cleaning], was present in the water at nearly three times the federal limit. The notice stated the water was safe to drink in the short term, but could lead to long term health problems including an increased risk of cancer. City officials are working on a fix, but some residents are asking both how long they’ve been exposed to the chemical and if that exposure may have impacted their health.” 

The issue of water contamination is unfortunately not new to West Virginia, and this most recent example in Paden City only proves to further demonstrate the immoralities of capitalism. Under the current system, basic human rights such as clean water and health services are not guaranteed and are instead held hostage by capitalists and governments for the sake of profit. The Mountain Party of West Virginia, therefore, calls for the socialization of the all critical infrastructure, including water and healthcare services. This means direct, democratic community control over all assets which are essential for the functioning of society and the livelihood of all citizens. The Mountain Party, furthermore, calls for the implementation of a process for recall elections, so that in the event that the elected officials of any polity fail to carry out their duties, they may be recalled by the citizens for a new election. For the citizens of Paden City, this would grant them the power to petition for the recall of any elected official which they feel has failed them during this current crisis. 

Crises such as this will continue to occur so long as we do not hold out elected officials to account and so long as clean water and healthcare services are not guaranteed as human rights. A radical transformation of our political and economic systems is required in order for all citizens of Paden City and West Virginia more broadly to truly live wildly, wonderfully, and freely.

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Statement of Solidarity With Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals

The Mountain Party supports the human rights and dignity of transgender and nonbinary individuals. West Virginia has the highest rate of transgender youth in the country; therefore, it would be amiss of us to not address transphobia within another accredited State Green Party.

The recent conduct of the Georgia Green Party is unacceptable and we sincerely hope that the party will rescind its recent platform amendments (which contradict the national platform) and work with the Lavender Caucus on justice and reconciliation.

The rights of the LGBTQ community are non-negotiable. We thank every State Green Party, every candidate, and every party member standing in solidarity with the Lavender Greens.

The Mountain Party State Executive Committee, by unanimous decision, signed onto the following petition by the Lavender Caucus and encourage the Green National Committee to take an active role in righting the situation in Georgia.

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Update: SB 733 Passes the Senate, Moves onto the House

As was previously stated, our party drafted Senate Bill 733 to allow a party’s candidate for president to maintain a party’s ballot access if they receive 1% of the vote statewide. Currently, qualification only occurs with candidates for Governor.

SB 733 overwhelmingly passed the Senate, with 24 out of 34 Senators voting in favor.

Our bill has quad-partisan support. Senators Ihlenfeld (D) and Trump (R) introduced the legislation, in addition with support from the Libertarian Party.

Our bill assists in offering uniformity to our nation’s ballot access standards. Bordering States of Maryland and Ohio allow candidates for President, in addition to Governor, to qualify for ballot access. Kentucky and Virginia allow other statewide offices to qualify, however objectively speaking, it is a lower standard than the office of President.

Our bill offers members of political parties a choice in which top-ticket elections they want their respective party to contest. Currently, minor parties are forced to run a candidate for Governor.

Our bill:
➢ adds “President or” before “Governor” in §3-1-8. It is a two-word change.
➢ does not affect minor parties’ ability to acquire ballot access via petitioning.
➢ does not affect major parties whose gubernatorial candidate obtained ≥10%.
➢ does not directly affect state or local government finances.


Tell Your Delegate to Support Common Sense Ballot Access Reform!

Speaker of the House: Roger Hanshaw
Speaker Pro Tempore: Daryl Cowles
Majority Leader: Amy Summers
Assistant Majority Leader: Kayla Kessinger
Majority Whip: Paul Espinosa
Assistant Majority Whips: Martin Atkinson IIIScott CadleCaleb HannaJohn HardyDean JeffriesJohn MandtMatthew Rohrbach
Minority Leader: Tim Miley
Minority Whip: Mike Caputo
Assistant Minority Whips: Sean HornbuckleDavid PethtelIsaac SponaugleRandy SwartzmillerLisa Zukoff

Complete Roster of all Delegates

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Support Common Sense Ballot Access – SB 733 (2020)

The Mountain Party drafted Senate Bill 733 to allow a party’s candidate for president to maintain a party’s ballot access if they receive 1% of the vote statewide. Currently, qualification only occurs with candidates for Governor.

Our bill has quad-partisan support. Senators Ihlenfeld (D) and Trump (R) are sponsoring the legislation, in addition with support from the Libertarian Party.

Our bill assists in offering uniformity to our nation’s ballot access standards. Bordering States of Maryland and Ohio allow candidates for President, in addition to Governor, to qualify for ballot access. Kentucky and Virginia allow other statewide offices to qualify, however objectively speaking, it is a lower standard than the office of President.

Our bill offers members of political parties a choice in which top-ticket elections they want their respective party to contest. Currently, minor parties are forced to run a candidate for Governor.

Our bill:
➢ adds “President or” before “Governor” in §3-1-8. It is a two-word change.
➢ does not affect minor parties’ ability to acquire ballot access via petitioning.
➢ does not affect major parties whose gubernatorial candidate obtained ≥10%.
➢ does not directly affect state or local government finances.


Tell the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support Common Sense Ballot Access Reform!

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Senator Trump – Chair (Lead Bill Sponsor)
Senator Weld – Vice-Chair
Senator Azinger
Senator Baldwin
Senator Beach
Senator Clements
Senator Cline
Senator Hardesty
Senator Jeffries
Senator Lindsay
Senator Maynard
Senator Pitsenbarger
Senator Romano
Senator Rucker
Senator Smith
Senator Takubo
Senator Woelfel

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2020 Presidential Nominating Procedure

The State Executive Committee of the Mountain Party, the Green Party of West Virginia, is announcing the candidate qualifications and procedure for its party facilitated primary.

Qualification:
Candidates meeting all of the criteria established by the Green Party’s Presidential Campaign Support Committee will have their names printed on the ballot. Unrecognized candidates have one month to meet the criteria. The ballot access deadline is March 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Candidates without ballot access will automatically be recognized as write-in candidates.

Procedure:
The Presidential Preference Poll, not facilitated by the West Virginia Secretary of States’s elections division, will be conducted by mail-in and verifiable digital means. No later than March 10 will ballots be mailed to active registered voters designated as “Mountain” or “Green” affiliation. Independent voters, not voting in another primary, may vote in this election, per our bylaws. Voting will be completed on May 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time. Unofficial results will be announced within 24 hours, with delegate projection. Verified results will be made available and certified at the state convention. 

Proportional Representation will be used to allocate the 5 Presidential Nominating Convention delegates to the candidates. For simplicity and fairness, a candidate’s total vote percentage will be multiplied by 5 and rounded to the nearest whole number. If there are more than two candidates receiving votes, mathematically no candidates can be guaranteed a delegate with a static threshold, such as greater than 10% = 1. Delegate allocation will prioritize candidates with higher vote counts.

For Example: Candidate X receives 79.0%, candidate Y receives 10.6%, and candidate Z receives 10.4%. Candidate Y will be awarded a delegate over candidate Z, as Y has the higher vote percent and there is only one delegate remaining:

CandidateVote PercentDelegates Awarded
X79.0%.790 x 5 = 3.95 or 4
Y10.6%.106 x 5 = 0.53 or 1
Z10.4%.104 x 5 = 0.52 or 0

Timeline:

  • February 3 – Notify Presidential Candidates
  • March 3 @ 11:59 pm – Ballot Access Deadline (70 Days Before May 12)
  • March 4 – Verifiable Digital Voting Begins
  • March 10 – Ballots are Mailed
  • April 28 – Fortnight Warning To Return Mailed Ballots
  • May 12 @ 7:30 pm – Voting Ends
  • May 13 – Unofficial Results Announced
  • June TBA – Allocation of Delegates Formally Made At State Convention
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2020 Call For Candidates

The Mountain Party is looking for qualified candidates to run for elected office. We are seeking candidates with a bold Green vision and the desire to run a successful campaign. We want candidates who are ready to engage voters and build our party. Furthermore, we want candidates who share the values and platform of the Mountain Party.

We are encouraging West Virginians everywhere to step up and run for office. Seats around the state are up for election, including for board of education and conservation district supervisor. Local level races are winnable, with a foundation of local Mountain officeholders to achieve even bigger wins in the future.

Candidates who start early on their campaigns have a better chance of success and that’s why it’s important that you get started right away. Filing deadlines are fast approaching; we highly recommend candidates file by January 25th.

Across the state, Mountain Party candidates will challenge establishment incumbents in upcoming elections. We need leaders with experience in public speaking, administration and planning. It is critical to have a comprehensive understanding of financial reports and budgets.

We are especially interested in candidates who are members of under-represented groups, as there is strength in diversity. It takes everyone of us to advocate for better public policy and a brighter future.

Mountain Party officeholders are currently working diligently to represent the voters who elected them. Our elected conservation district supervisors are actively working to protect our environment, in opposition to toxic fracking and pipelines. They are standing with the people in opposition to the expansion of corporate power and control. They are reaching out to voters of diverse backgrounds and are bringing together coalitions of individuals and organizations in their communities in order to improve and strengthen their local governments.

The Mountain Party has a powerful vision for a better West Virginia, but we cannot realize that vision without you.

We urge you to join us in this important effort and become a Mountain Party candidate for office today. We need your skills, energy and passion for making the world a cleaner, kinder and more sustainable place for all of us to live.

For the Common Good.

All candidates are expected to understand the terms of official recognition.

Interested potential candidates should contact the Mountain Party Chair:

Denise Binion
dbinion@gmail.com
304-669-0247

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New Year, New Party

With a new year, comes new commitment to build and improve the Mountain Party of West Virginia. In previous years, we have faced many difficult challenges. Last year, new leadership began to make necessary reforms. Some of the actions included:

  • Adopting a candidate pledge
  • Building a new website and communications infrastructure
  • Drafting revised ballot access legislation
  • Updating branding and social media

This is just the beginning. We aim to improve accountability within the party and heighten candidate standards. We will explore different approaches to organizing, for more effective outreach. Additionally, we will review our electoral strategy for the new decade.

Despite the hurdles we face, we have a solid foundation of support. Party registration is on the rise, and we have two officeholders. Our incumbent conservation district supervisors are seeking re-election.  We are also seeking qualified candidates for other state and local offices. 

We are asking voters to consider joining the party that puts the people of West Virginia first, ahead of corporations and special interests. We want a sustainable and fair economy that leaves nobody out. We can build a West Virginia where everyone has clean air and water, has a roof over their head, and has access to good public services. We can do this by investing in the Green economy of the future and by ending corporate welfare. A mountain government would tax the millionaire class, so that no child within our state’s borders will ever have to experience poverty again. This is the vision we hold, but only with your help can we make this reality. 

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