As Arizona voters abandon the failed Republican party in droves, the latest registration figures show independent registration is way up and Democrats are adding to their ranks more than twice as fast as the hobbled GOP is.
But this week there's a new official party in the Cactus State and their platform and ideals are the most progressive of all: the Green Party of Arizona.
As Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune notes,
The Greens achieved official status by filing at least 20,449 voters signatures, as well as affidavits from 10 voters asking that they be recognized as Greens, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The Greens did better than required. They submitted 22,570 signatures on April 8.
As an official party, they’ll have their own primary elections on Sept. 2, and their candidates will be listed on the general election ballots on Nov. 4.
According to the Arizona Green Party’s Web site, it will adhere to the four pillars of Green parties everywhere – grassroots democracy, social justice, non-violence and ecological wisdom.
The Green Party's ten key values are ones most thinking Americans share.
There are local Arizona Green Party groups active in both Maricopa County and in our own city of Mesa.
Maybe we can even get a Green Party candidate in Arizona's Sixth Congressional District. To qualify for the ballot in the Green Party primary on September 2, you need to gather only 121 signatures.
We need all the alternatives to Jeff Flake that we can get.
(All of the artworks above were created by the extremely talented New York artist/designer Bryan Farevaag. You can see more of his work here.)