Federal Judge Rules Against Presidential Debate Commission

A federal judge has ruled against the Commission on Presidential Debates and the FEC for enforcing rules that served to prevent a third voice in the presidential debates.

Note: this article is reposted from The Independent Voter Network (IVN). For the original article, see: https://ivn.us/2017/02/01/breaking-federal-judge-rules-presidential-debate-commission/

In a surprising decision, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. ruled against the Federal Election Commission in the case of Level the Playing Field et al v. Federal Election Commission holding that the rules governing participation in the presidential debates were decided unfairly and arbitrarily.

Level the Playing Field (LPF), the organization that brought the suit, challenged the 501(c)(3) nonprofit status of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) arguing it used unfair criteria to determine the participants of the 2016 presidential debates.

During oral arguments Lead Attorney for LPF, Alexandra Shapiro, argued the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) should lose its nonprofit status due to the unfair criteria used to determine eligibility in the presidential debates. The CPD, which is regulated by the Federal Election Commission, excluded non-major party candidates from participating in the debates in light of its 15 percent rule. According to the CPD, in order to participate in the presidential debates, a candidate must have “a level of support of at least 15 percent of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations…”

Judge Chutkan’s ruling in favor of LPF grants their motion for summary judgement and orders the FEC to reconsider the allegations against the CPD within 30 days.

The order states: “The FEC is ORDERED to reconsider the evidence and allegations and issue a new decision consistent with this Opinion within 30 days, failing which the complainant[s] may bring, in the name of such complainant[s], a civil action to remedy the violation involved in the original complaint.… The FEC is FURTHER ORDERED to reconsider the Petition for Rulemaking and issue a new decision consistent with this Opinion within sixty days.”

Read the full story, including the opinion from the District Judge here: https://ivn.us/2017/02/01/breaking-federal-judge-rules-presidential-debate-commission/

 

GPWA Spring Membership Gathering – Saturday April 8th

Saturday April 8th, 2017 in Seattle!

The Green Party of Washington State will hold our Spring Membership Gathering on Saturday April 8th from 12 noon – 5 PM. We will be meeting at Razzi’s Pizzeria on Greenwood Ave North in Seattle. Everyone is welcome!

Our agenda:

12 noon – Welcome and Introductions

12:30 – 2:30 pm – Green Party Campaign School Discussion and Workshops – Phone Banking, Signature Gathering, Volunteer Coordination, Database Management; Focus on issues for using skills – Seattle Wealth Tax and Police Accountability campaigns

2:30 – 2:40 pm – Region 10 – Progressive Independent Party Regional Outreach presentation

2:40 – 3:00 pm – Candidate presentations

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Elevator Speech Contest – with Prizes!!!
Why Join the Green Party? – in a 30-second elevator speech
Come with your contest entry written up and be ready to deliver it! Gathering attendees will vote, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded!

3:30 – 4:00 pm – What works! – Each Green Party local is asked to give a five-minute presentation on something being done in your local that is working well and could serve as a model for other locals. Bring a descriptive handout if possible!

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Nomination of candidates: GPWA Coordinating Council – Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, At-Large Members (5), and GPWA Delegates (2) and Alternates (2) to GPUS with voting by email/postal mail ballots sent within a week after the Gathering

4:30 – 5:00 pm – Proposed amendments to the GPWA Affiliation Agreement – discussion and voting by GPWA members at the Gathering

Home stays will be available for those attending from out of town. Please let us know by April 4th.

All new Green Party of Washington members who join by March 8th will be eligible to vote.

To check your membership status, see http://www.gp-wa.org/membership_status. If your membership has lapsed, renew before or at the Gathering to vote! Click here to join or renew.

RSVP on Facebook:
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