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commented on Work Management Plan Proposal, Candidate Development and Legal Committee 2016-09-06 00:32:54 -0400 · Flag
My only comment is that while everything in the proposal sounds reasonable to me, it is hard for me to find anything in this proposal that is not already within the discretion of a working committee like CDLC to decide itself, given the deference that the GRP gives working committees to self-govern. I would think that this deference includes the ability of a working committee to set deadlines and other rules to manage its workload. I am not opposed to voting on this (it would be a “yes” for me) if others think it needs to be voted on, but I also do not oppose State Com deciding not to vote on this and stating that these are the types of rules that all working committees are allowed to make themselves. I would feel differently if I thought some of the rules ran aground of candidates’ due process rights or in some other way violated basic principles of fairness. our bylaws, or our 10 Key Values.

commented on Taking positions on 2016 Ballot Questions 2016-07-16 23:50:13 -0400 · Flag
Nancy, perhaps you are not on the State Com, and State Com discuss email lists? (The purpose of the email lists was discussed at our last (April 2nd) meeting; you can review that in the minutes) If you are not on the State Com email lists, I believe that Daphne Stevens (daphnetstevens4@gmail.com) is the State Com Listserves administrator, so Daphne should hopefully be able to add you. Our one person Tech Committee of David Gerry (gerrydk@gmail.com) may also be able to help. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

commented on Supporting 2016 Presidential and State Legislative Candidates 2016-07-08 23:59:46 -0400 · Flag
Two further revisions to the proposal:

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.

commented on Spring 2015 agenda 2015-04-08 11:27:45 -0400 · Flag
Thank you, Maureen for all your work. I understand if you have another morning obligation, but I would hate to see things like sense of direction and Boston traffic interfere with you being able to spend the whole morning with us. Have you looked into carpooling with others? Anything that the facilitators can do to help? We’d really like everyone who doesnt have another morning obligation to be on time at 9 a.m. Let us know if we can help. We do very much appreciate that people are coming from far away and need to start out very early.

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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commented on Winter 2015 agenda 2015-01-03 12:54:38 -0500 · Flag
9:40 a.m.— Change to “Sundays in April”.

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.

commented on Rapid Response Protocol 2014-12-21 00:22:14 -0500 · Flag
I am happy to co-sponsor this proposal.

commented on Title: Let's Ensure that All GRP Activities are Inclusive and Accesible To People With Disabilities 2015-01-09 16:48:28 -0500 · Flag
Maureen, I sit on my town Commission on Disabilities. We survey the public and I can can guarantee you that at least in our town,many ADA accomodations such as accesible trails, and the many other accomodations which are provided are heavily used. Others are not as heavily used but still make a world of difference in making people feel included in our town. Of course, this proposal would not effect things like public trails; it just seeks to ensure that all GRP bodies are strongly considering disability access issues in the normal course of planning GRP events and activities to ensure that everyone feels included.

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.

commented on summer 2014 agenda 2014-07-11 22:41:14 -0400 · Flag
Hi Joyce,

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.

Thanks again,

Danny (on behalf of the Statewide Candidate Team)

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