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Business Meeting, March 29th, 2006


Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
6:30 p.m.
Uptown Bill's Small Mall

1) Review of Iowa Green Party state meeting
Members felt the May 6th Iowa Green Party meeting went well, and enjoyed meeting up with other Iowa Greens. All were very pleased with the outcome. We came out of the
meeting with a candidate for governor, a new co-chair (so both co-chair seats are now filled), new treasurer and new media coordinator. Noted to keep in mind for next time is the need to make sure there is a final wrap-up, so people
leave with a clear idea of what actions will be coming up, and have a chance to touch base before leaving.

New Iowa Green Party officers are:
Daryl Northrop, co-chair (Des Moines/Polk County)
Wendy Barth, co-chair (Cedar Rapids/Linn County)
Holly Hart, secretary (Iowa City/Johnson County)
Ray Meyer, treasurer (Chariton, "Greater Iowa Green Party")

Delegates to the Green Party National Committee:
Larry Orr (Van Buren County/"Greater Iowa Green Party")
Daryl Northrop (Des Moines, Polk County)
Florence Boos, alternate (Iowa City/Johnson County)
Jim Paprocki, alternate (Waterloo, Black Hawk County)

Media Coordinator: Rick Johnson (Burlington/"Greater Iowa Green Party")

Wendy Barth is our gubernatorial candidate. A potential candidate for lieutenant governor is considering whether or not to run, and should decide soon.

2) News on Green-Libertarian litigation to establish the right to register party members in the state of Iowa.

The case is to go to court in November. About a month ago, we received the good news that the Secretary of State is interested in settling out of court. Plaintiff Daryl Northrop and liaison Holly Hart received a surprising notice Monday night, June 5th, that a meeting with the Secretary of State's representatives was to take place the next day. Even more surprising, the Secretary of State representatives had come up with a proposal very similar to the one the Green/Libertarians liaisons had worked out with ACLU lawyer Randall Wilson. This now has to pass two hurdles: the Voter Registration Commission, and then the Legislative Rules Review Committee.
Potential obstacles may be partisan wrangling if either the Democrats or Republicans in the state legislature feel this may be to their disadvantage; and a concern about extra administrative work. We now await further notice, hopefully later this summer.

3) Gubernatorial campaign
Members decided to serve as the Johnson County campaign committee, and will reserve a location for a candidate training on June 18th. After discussion, members decided The Cottage was the best location available for that day and time.

Signatures to place our gubernatorial candidate on the ballot: A member will get a tabling permit for afternoons and evenings on the pedestrian mall. We plan to start gathering petition signatures as soon as we know who the lieutenant governor candidate is. Members also discussed planning a fundraiser later this summer, and starting to contact and recruit precinct and area captains.

We decided at the state meeting, with unanimous and enthusiastic consensus, was that, if Ed Fallon lost the Demcoratic primary, Iowa Green Party co-chairs would ask him to run as a Green. If he declined, Wendy Barth, our current co-chair, would be our choice for gubernatorial candidate. Although we haven't heard definite news, the Barth campaign is obviously beginning the planning stages. Some Fallon supporters will be working to try to influence the Democratic/Culver campaign. Others have already expressed interest in a Green campaign, and we look forward to working with all who are interested.

4) Upcoming Events
Peacefest2006 - We will keep apprised of plans currently in the works for repeat of PeaceFest 2005.

PrideFest - Parade and Picnic are June 17th. Unfortunately, it's too late to get a table, and we may not be able to start petitioning yet.

"An Inconvenient Truth" [enviromental film]- the Climate Crisis Coalition offers a flyer and sign-up sheet for groups interested in leafletting outside showings of the film.
We will be on the lookout for when this will be showing in Iowa City.

NEXT MEETING: The Campaign Committee will meet Wednesday, June 21st, 7:00 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, Room E. All interested in the gubernatorial campaign are welcome to attend.

Holly Hart
Secretary, Johnson County Green Party