Template:Green politics sidebar The Mountain Party is a political party in the state of West Virginia that on July 8, 2007 at its state convention, voted to become the West Virginia affiliate of the Green Party. At the 2007 Green Party National Meeting the party was admitted to the Green Party as a state affiliate. It is a progressive and environmentalist party. The party platform calls for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. It also calls for timber regulation that reduces flooding, erosion and eliminates clear-cutting and destruction of old-growth forests. Other platform planks include an end to corporate welfare, and the establishment of small community schools, universal health care and campaign finance reform.
The party platformEdit
As of April 27 2002, the party's platform focused on:
- Protection of our air, water and land: sustainable energy, sustainable agriculture, pro-environmental economic development; a halt to mountaintop removal coal mining in order to preserve precious forestland and streams; timber regulation that reduces flooding, erosion and eliminates clear-cutting and destruction of old-growth forests; full enforcement of current environmental protection laws; and phasing out the most ecologically harmful sources of energy
- Election law reform: Promote political justice, Enhance voter access, Full Public Financing of elections, Same day registration, Independent, non-partisan election commission, Free airtime and access to debates * Accurate and verifiable voter rolls, Instant runoff voting and other progressive voting systems
- Corporate accountability: Require corporations to pay their fair share of taxes and be responsible corporate neighbors; Hold the executives of a corporation directly liable for the harm resulting from their decisions; Challenge corporate personhood; Enforce laws governing corporate crime and violence
- Economic fairness: Promote economic justice and community-based business organizations and activities; promote a living wage for all West Virginia workers; and promote freedom to form unions and have collective bargaining
- Education: Small community-based public schools and enforce time limits on busing; realign state budgetary priorities to ensure that all citizens attain an educational level that would allow democracy to flourish; provide civic education that encourages active participation in the democratic process beyond voting
- Universal Health Care: Promote patients' rights; enact universal healthcare as a right, to include medical, dental and prescription benefits; promote healthy lifestyles in order to decrease medical expenditures for preventable disease; curtail corporate-induced disease
- True democratic principles in government: promote political justice; dismantle the political machines and replace them with politics as if people mattered; no privatization of government; proportional representation in the state legislature; transparency and sunshine laws for all government functions.
- Tax Reform: Elimination of the sales tax on food and clothing; tax relief for small businesses; elimination of corporate welfare; make the tax code progressive; fair assessments of mineral holdings and properties
- Gambling: Hold citizen referendums on any gambling initiatives in the state
- Fair Trade, Not Free Trade: oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas treaty (FTAA), the World Trade Organization treaty (WTO), the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and any future global trade treaties that threaten to override state and US sovereign laws with the use of secret tribunals
Under West Virginia ballot access laws, a party gains automatic ballot access for the subsequent election cycle by gaining one-percent of the votes for Governor. The party, having obtained access by petition in 2000, achieved that one-percent in that election and again in 2004, meaning it will have access through 2008.
The Mountain Party was born as a direct result of the Denise Giardina for Governor campaign in the year 2000 general election.
2004 gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson unsuccessfully sued to be included in debates between the major candidates. As of November 2006, 795 West Virginians had registered as Mountain Party voters and were eligible to vote in party primaries.
While the Mountain Party has never elected anyone to any statewide office, it has obtained good results in local elections. In 2004 Richwood elected party member and local poet Bob Henry Baber as its mayor, although this was in a non-partisan election.
United States Senate candidate Jesse Johnson received 1.9% of the vote.
- Jesse Johnson (Charleston) received 18,430 of 744,433 votes or 2.48%.
- 12th Senate District
- John M. Williams (Weston) received 2048 of 43,858 votes or 4.67%.
- 15th Senate District
- Kit Patten (Great Cacapon) received 1173 of 26,264 votes or 4.47%.
- 55th Delegate District
- Vince George (Shepherdstown), in a two-candidate race against John Overington, a Republican, received 1396 of 3589 votes or 38%.
- 36th Delegate District
- Bob Henry Baber (Richwood) received 376 of 3868 votes or 9.72%.
- Ralph Nader received 10,680 votes or 1.63% of presidential votes cast in the state.
- Denise Giardina received 10,416 votes or 1.62% of gubernatorial votes cast.
- Mountain Party
- West Virginia State Election Commission
- West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey article on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
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