Howie Hawkins on Government Reform

Green Party Challenger for President


Universal voter registration; statehood for DC

Source: Green Party Platform adopted by 2020 presidential hopeful , Jul 12, 2020

Open debates to third parties on sufficient ballots

Source: Green Party Platform adopted by 2020 presidential hopeful , Jul 12, 2020

Impeach Trump Now

Democratic leaders say impeaching Trump would be divisive. But Trump divides the country every day with his racist tropes and incitements to violence. Trump has a 40-year rap sheet of corporate and personal crimes, followed by crimes and abuses of power since the day he became president. The Republicans would have impeached Obama instantly for any of Trump's transgressions. What are the Democrats waiting for? We don't have to wait to 2020 to get rid of Trump. Impeach Trump now!
Source: Declaration of Candidacy for the Green Party Nomination , May 28, 2019

Voter suppression policies need to be reversed

We do not have real political democracy, let alone economic democracy. To have a democratic society, we need to restructure government and elections. Voter suppression policies need to be reversed, starting with restoring the pre-clearance provisions of the Civil Rights Act. We would put in place automatic voter registration, same-day registration, extended voting days, Election Day as a National Holiday, and other reforms, including mandatory voting (vote or pay a moderate fine) as practiced in Australia, Belgium, and much of Latin America, with a None of the Above option that would trigger a new election if it wins.

Ordinary people have little power over the government decisions that affect their lives. In addition to improving the elections to representative offices, we will campaign for a participatory direct democracy at the base of society. We will campaign for a grassroots democracy based on community assemblies open to all citizens like New England Town Meetings.

Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowieHawkins.us , May 19, 2019

Broadcast debates for all ballot-qualified candidates

Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness , Nov 1, 2006

Supports publicly financed campaigns

Q: What does Hawkins think of campaign finance reform?

A: Supports campaign finance reforms and Publicly Financed Campaigns to allow regular working people to get into office, not corporate-financed candidates.

Source: Email interview on 2006 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 1, 2006

Abolish the Electoral College; support IRV

Abolish the Electoral College-Direct election of the President by majority vote through Instant Run-Off Voting. Proportional Representation in Congress-Representation for each party in proportion to the vote it receives.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, hawkinsforsenate.org, “Issues” , Jun 30, 2006

Senators for 20% can block bills favored by 80%

The most persuasive argument in favor of ditching the Senate is in Thomas Geoghegan's book, The Secret Lives of Citizens., Geoghegan calculates that 41 senators representing about 10% of the population can block a bill favored by 60 senators representing about 90% of the population. Howie Hawkins, a Green Party USA candidate for Congress in New York, figured 20% of the population can block legislation favored by 80% of the population-but the point remains the same.
Source: Slate.com e-zine on 2020 presidential hopefuls , Nov 2, 2000

Other candidates on Government Reform: Howie Hawkins on other issues:
2020 Presidential Candidates:
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
CEO Don Blankenship (Constitution-WV)
CEO Rocky De La Fuente (R-CA)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian-IL)
Gloria La Riva (Socialist-CA)
Kanye West (Birthday-CA)

2020 GOP and Independent primary candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (Libertarian-RI)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Zoltan Istvan (Libertarian-CA)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Ian Schlackman (Green-MD)
CEO Howard Schultz (Independent-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (Green-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (Libertarian-NY,R-MA)

2020 Democratic Veepstakes Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D-GA)
Rep.Val Demings (D-FL)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Gov.Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D-NM)
Sen.Catherine Masto (D-NV)
Gov.Gina Raimondo (D-RI)
Amb.Susan Rice (D-ME)
Sen.Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Gov.Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)
A.G.Sally Yates (D-GA)
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Social Security
Tax Reform

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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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