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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Great News Coverage

Following Thursday night's success, WaPo has a great article in today's Post.

Also, the Baltimore Sun had an article mostly about Matt Clark (although it did briefly mention Myles Hoenig as well).

Here are some excerpts:

From Washington Post:

To Maria Allwine, Maryland's Green Party candidate for the Senate, the 1 percent she drew in a recent League of Women Voters poll meant about 28,000 votes, or more than four times the number registered with the party.

"I would be very happy if I ended up with 1 percent," she said.

That Allwine even knows her poll numbers is a boost for the party, which is fielding its largest slate of candidates in Maryland, thanks to a 2003 court ruling that eased access to the ballot. In years past, the league hasn't always bothered to include the Greens in its polls.

This year, 15 Green Party candidates -- seven for Congress, eight for Baltimore City Council -- are carrying the party's banner of environmentalism, social justice and nonviolence.

The Greens offer a different perspective from Republicans and Democrats on a variety of issues. Their national platform calls for the legalization of gay marriage, monetary compensation for the descendants of slaves, stronger prosecution of polluters, and permanent border passes for Canadian and Mexican citizens whose identities can be verified.


The Greens are the largest minor party in Maryland and growing: Registration has gone from 3,700 in July 2002 to about 6,500 this year. The Greens won a significant victory last year when the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that because the party is recognized by the state, its candidates no longer have to collect signatures to get on the ballot.


At a fundraiser Thursday evening aboard the USS Constellation in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, about 200 party members drank microbrewed beer and munched vegetarian finger food. They cheered for their candidates, even as many of them acknowledged that they have no chance of winning their races.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Clark, who's vying for the seat with Democrat James B. Kraft and Republican Roberto L. Marsili in the Nov. 2 election, faces daunting prospects. The roughly 1,300 people in town who have chosen the environmentally oriented Green Party live among more than 228,000 Democrats, 26,000 Republicans and 23,000 unaffiliated voters.

Though door-to-door campaigning is time-consuming, and as the beginning of Clark's evening demonstrates, often tedious, political veterans, academics and voters agree that it's the best way to reach people.


And as daylight fades, Clark hits pay dirt in Jim Reeb, a 42-year-old teacher with Living Classrooms, a nonprofit group that provides education and job training for at-risk children. Reeb says his "big issue," like Clark's, is a moratorium on waterfront development. And yes, he would gladly display a Clark sign in his front window. Actually, gimme two," Reeb says. "No, gimme three."


On Baltimore Street, it's dark now and Clark's working by the glow of street lamps.

A man comes to the door of one home as a woman peers out from an upstairs window. "I'm Matt Clark, I'm running for council. Just want to introduce myself."The man, in stocking feet and shorts, props his screen door open so it doesn't slam on Clark and listens intently as the candidate tries to explain the Green Party philosophy. The man, Kirk Robinson, 40, a railroad carman who just moved to the city from Baltimore County, promises to check out Clark's Web site.

As Clark continues down the street, Robinson says he's impressed with the candidate's initiative. "For people not all that active in politics," he says, "I think it's a great way to meet people and get his name out."


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