John Andrews has confirmed that he is the second co-sponsor of this proposal. He actually co-sponsored the original version of this proposal authored by Mike Heichman and had asked that his co-sponsorship be transferred to this proposal prior to it being posted, and before the proposal deadline.
Continuingly being responsive to State Com members’ comments, I have revised part 2 under the heading ‘Advantages of Proposal’ to say:
2. A successful result could result in a) our presidential candidate getting far more votes than in 2012 and reinvigorating the GRP b) the GPUS being eligible for millions of dollars in federal funds (if our presidential candidate receives 5% of the presidential vote) and c) us moving closer to electing our first GRP member to the State House.
I am willing to shepherd this proposal, but I think it might be better if a non-candidate act as shepherd, if someone would like to volunteer. Otherwise, I will fulfill the role.
I think that John’s presentation will take care of our legal obligations in regard to the 2016 election. Three candidates, Kent Mesplay and Daryl Cherney (both out of state) and Jill Stein have formed exploratory committees and on the web are acting as if they are full fledged Green Party presidential candidates.
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I suggest to end Working Committe Reports at 4:20 p.m.
IMHO from 4:20 to 4:35 there should also be a report from the Lenox Town Committee and brief 1 minute reports (In writing if they cannot attend)from our dozen or so elected candidates holding office.
Chapter reports would begin at 4:35.
Ian, I dont think that the current balance or past donor contributions to the Participation Fund is relevant to being for or against this proposal. The point of the proposal is to ensure that GRP chapters, committees and conventions make it a regualar practice to consider accomodations and then plan to implement what can reasonably be accomodated, including the raising of more funds. As far as your comment in #4, it all depends how you define what is a “benefit.” Our chapters, committees and conventions must discuss how much does inclusion matter? Agreed that we need accurate estimates and reports of our costs.
I just saw your updated agenda which you posted between 8:30 and 9 p.m. tonight, and want to thank you for your hard work on this. Merelice and I have now consulted about this. (FYI Ian is away at a special family get-together this weekend.)
We think that there may have been a significant misunderstanding in regard to the intentions of the statewide candidates’ request for the StateCom meeting. I had thought that both Frank (in his posting on the agenda page) and Merelice (in her email, after her failed attempt at posting) made it clear that the statewide candidates are requesting an hour of time before statecom as a whole — rather than as a breakout session — as the way we think the campaign can best grow and prosper.
In this proposed hour, we plan to discuss with the statecom how GRP members can help the campaign grow in various areas from fundraising to social media to message clarification. We also hope to inspire our state committee by letting them know how we are working together as a team, and how we see our team consisting of not only our supporters, but also the voters.
While we welcome time for signature gathering—perhaps later in the day?— we hope that the campaign discussion (which will include signature-gathering strategies) will get more of a priority.
We are sorry for our part in any misunderstanding. The candidates hope that this matter can be resolved when the agenda is finalized at the beginning of the meeting.
For complete transparency purposes, I am copying this email to the StateCom list and will make best attempts to post to the State Com Agenda page.
Danny (on behalf of the Statewide Candidate Team)
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