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Why do pollsters ignore NY Gov candidates Larry Sharpe and Howie Hawkins?

News Growl, June 22, 2018

A News Growl Special Report uncovers evidence of bias against third party candidates among some of America's most respected polling organizations.

by Steve Goodale

On November 6th New Yorkers will choose their governor using ballots with at least four options on them. Two of those options, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Larry Sharpe, are running unusually strong third party campaigns and have been doing so for months.

Yet reputable polling firms like Siena, Marist, and Quinnipiac routinely restrict the choices of their respondents to just the two major parties – ignoring the disconnect between the question they ask in the polls and the questions voters will ultimately answer in the voting booth.

We wanted to know why, so News Growl contacted all three organizations. Two of them replied, but not with the answers we were expecting.

Hawkins and Lee
Howie Hawkins with runningmate Jia Lee
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In The News: Hawkins Supports Green Party Candidate Mark Dunlea Run for State Comptroller

Fox 40 WICZ-TV, Binghamton, June 20, 2018


BINGHAMTON, NY - The Green Party candidates for Governor and State Comptroller made a stop in Binghamton Wednesday morning, calling for action on a number of issues.

Candidate for Governor, Howie Hawkins, endorsed Mark Dunlea for State Comptroller, discussing what he calls corruption in the Cuomo administration.

Dunlea centered the press conference around climate change, a major focus of his campaign.

“I think it’s the single greatest threat to humanity at this point, and we’re losing the struggle against climate change. I also want more progressive taxation in New York State, I believe the Comptroller should be standing up. The Governor and the state lawmakers violate the rules every year on how much money goes to our schools, that should be stopped.”

Dunlea said the refusal of the current Comptroller, Thomas De Napoli, to divest the state pension funds from fossil fuels is another main focus of his candidacy.

The Green Party candidate previously served as Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State.

“I think he has more financial background than De Napoli did when he went in. I think he’s a much better candidate. He’s much more qualified than anybody running.” - Howie Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for Governor

Dunlea will challenge Democrat incumbent De Napoli in the primary.


Hawkins on NY Marijuana Legalization: Decades Late, But Opportunity to Leap Ahead

For immediate release, June 18, 2018

Howie Hawkins, who has advocated for the legalization of marijuana in New York for decades, welcomed today’s announcement by the NYS Health Commissioner that a soon-to-be released report will, at long last, support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

But Hawkins cautioned that the devil is always in the details.

“Even though New York decriminalized small amounts of marijuana 40 years ago, local police (especially in New York City) have used the discriminatory enforcement of the law to target people of color,” noted Hawkins.

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Jia Lee Announces Candidacy for Green Party Lt. Governor Nomination

For immediate release: April 25, 2018

NEW YORK, 4/25/2018--Jia Lee, a New York City special education teacher of seventeen years, announced today that she will seek the Green Party nomination for Lt. Governor. She will make education the focal point of her campaign.
Lee, a public school parent, was the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) candidate for president of the United Federation of Teachers union in 2016. She has served as her school’s union chapter leader for over eight years. She has been active in NYC Opt Out and Change the Stakes, a grassroots coalition of parents, teachers and community members who are concerned with the destructive use of high-stakes standardized testing. In 2016, she testified before the U.S. H.E.L.P. Senate Committee on the re-authorization of E.S.E.A. (the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) on Testing and Accountability. 
“As many of us have come to realize, teaching is a political activity now, more than ever. Public schools, our profession and our students are under attack by the state. As a public school special education teacher, the curriculum I am told to teach my fourth and fifth grade students, flies in direct contradiction with the realities we are living,” said Lee.

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