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The Green Party Slate 2018 laying the Foundation.

In reporting on the Green Party of Florida (GPFL) election results for the August 28, 2018 primary, we reported that Elijah Manley got 43,000 votes (18.49%) for Broward County at-large School District 8 and Robin Harris netted 4,720 votes (24.8%) for Orange County Commission District 6.  We remarked:

“To put it simply, this year’s numbers show that where Greens run and run hard, they now represent an identifiable voting bloc that duopoly candidates can only ignore at their peril.  They call that power.”

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It was once called Armistice Day

It was the day the killing stopped, 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, 1918. The killing had included 10 million soldiers and some 7 million civilians.

I first ran this piece on November 11, 2015.  I will keep running it until there is no need to run it ever again.

At the front, there was no celebration …

From the account of Colonel Thomas Gowenlock, an American intelligence officer on the front line that November morning:

“All over the world on November 11, 1918, people were celebrating, dancing in the streets, drinking champagne, hailing the armistice that meant the end of the war.  But at the front there was no celebration.  Many soldiers believed the Armistice only a temporary measure and that the war would soon go on.  As night came, the quietness, unearthly in its penetration, began to eat into their souls.

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Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday!

A note from the candidate:

Tuesday is the day we can make a difference.  But frankly, it is clear that we already have.

My opponent is getting nervous.  First of all, he has been adopting my positions.  In our first side-by-side radio interviews on WJNO, Joel Malkin interviewed me first, and latched onto my founding Black Lives Matter in Palm Beach County.  Joel then asked Silvers about that and pointed out that Silvers was touting his endorsements from the FOP (Fraternal order of Police) and the BPA (Benevolent Police Association).  Suddenly, Silvers is all like “Cops?  I…  pfft…  no, man, I don’t get down with cops.  I mean, sure, they endorsed me, but I don’t know them.”

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Meet Francisco Pierre-Louis — Hillsborough Soil & Water Bd.

“I’m going to shake this county up,” says 23-year-old Francisco Pierre-Louis, the Green Party’s candidate for Hillsborough Soil and Water District Group 3 Supervisor.

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The Battle of Stonybrook 2018

RIVIERA BEACH, FL, October 24, 2018 — The Palm Beach Post reports:

“Two people are facing charges of inciting a riot at the Stonybrook Apartments in Riviera Beach on Oct. 18 as law enforcement was attempting to make arrests, according to a police report.  The situation became so dangerous for Riviera Beach police officers and Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies that they were forced to ‘grab all arrestees and get out of there as quickly as possible for safety reasons,’ according to a PBSO report.  Robert Graham, 26, of West Palm Beach and Collisha Ward, 35, of Riviera Beach are each facing a charge of either inciting or encouraging a riot.” …

Just another day in the life in the virtual prison known as Stonybrook Apartments in Palm Beach County’s Riviera Beach.

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When I was 15 my mother told me about her abortion. Here’s why, and why it matters this election.

Now that I am the male co-chair of the Green Party of Florida, and running for the District 87 seat of the Florida House of Representatives, people ask me, “Why are you doing all this?  What moves you to stick your neck out in these perilous, polarized times?”

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What is required is a whole new system!

The Archangel Michael.

or the Sad State of the Unheeded Planner.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, October 16, 2018 — It is as though the Archangel St. Michael looms over the Florida Panhandle, gazing upon mile after mile of devastation, while the lead article by columnist John Romano in the Saturday Tampa Bay Times plaintively asks:

“Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?”

He then goes forth to blame the people of Florida:

“When it comes to storms, we’ve got the best experience misery can buy.  We’ve been hit by major hurricanes in the Southeast (Andrew) and the Southwest (Charley).  We’ve had hurricanes slowly creep south to north (Irma) and east to west (Jeanne).  We’ve taken repeated hits (Opal, Dennis and Michael) in the panhandle every 10 years or so.

“So let me ask you this:  Why are we so slow to learn?  …  The problem is our leaders get lax.  We allow them to be forgetful.”

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GPFL Recommends: 2018 Florida Constitutional Amendments

… to the Constitution of the State of Florida …

Our tax dollars at work.

… which is the document that establishes and describes the powers, duties, structure and function of the government of the State of Florida, and establishes the basic law of the state.

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GPFL Co-Chair Kpadenou Responds to Tampa Bay Times: Clearly a political hit piece!

PALM BEACH, FL, October 3, 2018 — Today the Tampa Bay Times ran a baffling column entitled “Daniel Ruth:  For pot-using commission candidate, campaign funds are going up in smoke.”

“Thanks to recently defrocked [sic] public servant Kim O’Connor, this may be the first (and last) time you will ever read anything about the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District.

“And see? You are probably wondering, ‘I didn’t know we had a Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation District.’  But we do! It’s good to know.”

O’Connor is the Green Party candidate for Hillsborough County Commissioner District 7.

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In Defense of Passionate Intensity.

Or why we need to pay attention to what is happening with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court.

We all know the lines from the Second Coming by WB Yeats:

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;”

Indeed the centre is falling apart.  I recall Rose and I watching from our 15th floor Jersey condo as the flames destroyed the Twin Towers on 911.  I was on the phone to my brother in Ohio, telling him that one tower had just gone down, while Rose was frantically trying to get my attention and pointing out the window.  I looked.  There were NO towers.  Only an unending plume of smoke that hovered for days.

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