Steve Larrick for U.S. Senate


Green Party Candidate is Preparing TV Campaign
October 2, 2008, 11:14 am
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By Kendra Potter. From KNOP News.

The candidate for Nebraska’s Green party says they are the new red white and blue. Steve Larrick is preparing his television campaign, as he runs for U-S Senate.

Larrick is claiming to be the winner of the U.S. Senate debates as he is running against Mike Johanns, Scott Klebb, and Kelly Rosberg.

He says that America needs a change, and he wants to be a part of that change. His platform is for the economy to “go green”, and for Washington to work on important issues such as – a wind revolution, bringing the troops home from Iraq now and Healthcare for everyone.

Larrick says, “We are very much interested in Green jobs, renewable energy where we can tap the energy from the wind, the sun, and other renewable sources, and then get away from this parade of wars.”

Larrck also says it was smart for Congress to fail the $700-billion dollar bailout plan. He says that kind of economic relief is not what the American people need.

Larrick says, “I would have much more public oversight, then the existing plan, and I think with public oversight, we also have more control over where the money goes, and I think if we focus the money where it’s needed most by the people, I think that we will have the most results. If it’s just plopped into failed economic problems, we will bail out the people who caused the problems, but we won’t see actual results.”

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Best Candidate
September 9, 2008, 3:34 pm
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Hello friends,
I am contacting you to ask for your vote for the best candidate for U.S. Senate.
You might as well vote for the best candidate and not mess with “strategic” voting on this one. Can anyone imagine that Republican Mike Johanns, who has not been caught stealing or having affairs with men in bathrooms, or anything that would ruin him, will not win in Nebraska?
How should one determine who is the best candidate? Would it surprise anyone that the corporate media isn’t giving us the information we need?
That’s why I did my own homework and am sharing with you, starting with the answers all the candidates gave to the League of Women Voters in the primary.
I think that when you take a look at the whole picture, you will conclude that Steve Larrick is the best candidate. The Green Party agreed with me that this document is compelling, and, as cited above, put it on their site.
If you want more information on Steve, go here
If you agree with me on this, how about forwarding this to others.
Solidarity!
Frances


Voices of Children Questionnaire
August 27, 2008, 7:38 pm
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1.    8.6 million children have no health insurance in the U.S.  How do you propose to ensure that children have access to comprehensive health care?

To provide health insurance for children and families in America, I propose to redirect our massive and growing buildup of war spending in recent years.  Our combined U.S. military budget is now over a trillion dollars a year if you include regular Pentagon programs, the war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, more than 600 military bases and detention centers around the world, the costs of a growing disabled veteran population, Homeland Security, the surveillance of Americans and people around the world, and other military-related expenditures.  It is time to redirect our nation’s resources toward peace and the health of people and the environment.  I support universal health care in America like the rest of the industrialized world has had for years.  We can have universal health care if we make it a priority and vote accordingly.

2.    More than 3 million children nationwide were reported abused and neglected in 2006. What are your plans to keep all children safe from violence in their homes, schools, and communities?

Our society needs to redirect its energies away from violent interventions all around the world and focus on the health and welfare of people and the environment.  This will go a long way toward reducing the violence in our homes, schools and communities.  We need to strengthen the popular Community Development Block Grant program to empower local citizens to build healthier, more peaceful and caring communities.  With more healthy and caring communities, we will see a decline in violence, substance abuse, and despair that give rise to child abuse and neglect.  In this context, we can develop Green Jobs programs that educate and employ people of all ages in conserving energy with insulating homes to reduce high energy costs, growing fruits and vegetables locally to improve nutrition, and bringing people of all ages together to solve local challenges.

3.    Millions of children are left alone every day after school.  What is your position on how to keep children safe and supervised in the late afternoon and early evening hours?

Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in schools and local recreation centers can provide great after-school and early evening enrichment programs.  These CLCs engage local artists, musicians, writers, chess masters, and others in the community to provide educational and mentoring activities and opportunities.  Children can pick the kind of activities that they enjoy the most and things that they most want to learn about. Engagement of parents in the CLCs contributes to the health of families as well as the communities.  In recent years, CLCs and many other beneficial programs have been cut to pay for more war spending.  We need to reverse this trend.

4.    Millions of children lack access to early learning opportunities.  What is your position on early learning and care, including preparing children for kindergarten?

Head Start programs have proven to be successful in providing pre-school learning and care opportunities. Current funding for Head Start programs is woefully inadequate and needs to be increased.  We need to redirect public resources from the bloated and growing military budget in order to afford the kind of pre-school programs our children need.

5.    13.6 million of America’s children live in poverty. What would you do to help families with children become economically self-sufficient and able to provide for their family’s needs?

To help families with children become economically self-sufficient, we need to move beyond the paltry minimum wage to a living wage and universal health care.  We can also reduce the income tax burden on working people by reducing the income tax while creating a carbon tax on pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels.  In this way, we reduce the tax on what we want to happen (jobs) while increasing the tax on what we don’t want (pollution and global warming gases). This will reduce debilitating poverty and at the same time, encourage our economy to become more efficient with resources to enhance our quality of life without further polluting our environment.  In this way, we can greatly reduce poverty and, at the same time, reduce the global warming gases that threaten future generations with catastrophic climate change.

6.    Millions of children have a parent in prison. How would you address the needs of these children?

Children with parents in prison need vibrant Community Learning Centers for after-school growth opportunities.   I would also work to reduce the high rates of incarceration in the United States with community-based correction systems.  Currently, the U.S. has up to seven times as many people in prisons, on a per-capita basis, as other industrialized countries.  To help our prison population return to their families as contributing members of society, we need to support drug and alcohol rehabilitation, mental health counseling, and job training as opposed to long prison sentences without proper opportunities for rehabilitation.  In the community, we need better transitional programs for ex-offenders.  We also need to strengthen the popular Community Development Block Grant program to better empower local residents in community-based organizations to address the challenges faced by local neighborhoods in building a stronger sense of community.



LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF GREATER OMAHA – VOTERS’ GUIDE
August 27, 2008, 7:35 pm
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1. What long-term energy policy would you pursue?

My Green Energy Policy focuses on energy conservation and generating clean, renewable energy from the wind, the sun and other natural processes. Our educational system should teach students the scientific skills needed to create energy that meets current needs without polluting the environment or creating catastrophic climate change.

2. What type of expanded drilling in the U.S., such as offshore or ANWAR, would you support? Explain.

Oil companies already have many places to drill for oil in America. Our nation’s energy resources should, instead, be directed toward creating and storing clean, renewable energy. Drilling in protected and wilderness areas damages the environment and leads to further burning of fossil fuels, causing more catastrophic climate changing gases.

3. What would you do to make health care affordable for all Americans?

I would support policies that move the United States toward a universal single-payer health care system better than those which have successfully served all citizens in Canada and European countries for years. In support of affordable health care, government should negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to ensure lower costs for medications.

4. Do you think the Medicare and Medicaid programs should be retained? If so, how would you make them sustainable?

Yes, I would retain and expand Medicare and Medicaid until we build a universal single-payer health care system in America. Canada and Europe already provide health care for ALL their people at 60% of the per-capita cost of our health care system that leaves over 45 million Americans unserved.

5. What measures would you take to improve the economic outlook for middle class Americans?

My HELP program includes: (1) HEALTH CARE for all through single-payer health care; (2) ENERGY CONSERVATION for all through green building and zoning codes and high efficiency vehicle standards; LAND CONSERVATION practices in support of farmers and rural communities; and (4) PEACE through an end to the Iraq War.

6. What changes should be made in U.S. immigration law and procedures to eliminate the severe backlog of individuals trying to complete legal immigration to the U.S.?

I support international laws that limit violent overt and covert interventions by military and corporate elites which perpetuate poverty throughout the developing world. This will reduce the backlog of individuals trying to complete legal immigration to the U.S. by encouraging more successful development of local economies throughout the world.

7. How much access do you think federal officials should have to personal records and communications such as email, phone, library and internet usage?

I oppose the Bush Administration attacks on our Constitutional Rights in recent years. I believe we should return to the protection of our personal records and communications such as email, phone, library and internet usage. Further, the United States should end the practice of torturing prisoners and unleashing pre-emptive wars.



NET’s Campaign Connection 2008
August 22, 2008, 1:18 pm
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Check out NET’s online voters’ guide. Compare Steve Larrick with the other candidates. It’s no surprise that Larrick is the voice of truth and of the people.



Green Rural Development Policy
July 10, 2008, 12:45 pm
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Steve Larrick – Nebraska Green Party Candidate for U.S. Senate 2008

 

Education:     – 1970 Graduate of Omaha Westside High School (Top 10% of Class)

– 1974 Graduate of Grinnell College (BA Degree in Economics)

– 1989 Graduate of University of Alberta (MSc in Rural Sociology)                       

 

Experience:    – More than 25 years of experience in housing and community   

                          development in Nebraska including:

     * Five years with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development   

     * 13 years with the UNL College of Architecture

     * Additional years with the USDA Farmers Home Administration, the  

        Lincoln Action Program and Greater Omaha Community Action. 

– Consultant to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

  (FAO) at the World Food Day Secretariat (1989-1990) on sustainable

  development for a global campaign “Food and the Environment.”

 

Personal:        Steve Larrick has been elected twice to the board of the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District.  He has been happily married to Janine Copple for 20 years and they live in Lincoln with their son, Antony Larrick.

 

Green Rural Development Policy:   We need Green policies that support the social, economic and environmental healthy of family farms, rural communities, rural environments, and the global community.  This means investing in a renewable energy infrastructure for a future of wind, solar, geothermal, algae-based bio-fuels, and other clean, renewable energy resources.  We need good science to assure that our farmers can create food in more economically and environmentally sustainable ways.

We need to guide public education in the United States toward science-based renewable energy futures that provide good jobs for young people and a strong economic future for rural Nebraska.  Developing Green energy technologies will better assure that our young people can return to rural Nebraska rather than being forced into more and more wars over oil in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Nigeria, and elsewhere.

            Over the past eight years, our political system has been built around creating higher profits for private oil companies.  As a result, we are seeing the highest oil company profits in the history of the world and consumers in America and the world are suffering.  For their part, the oil companies continue to buy up and stifle the development of renewable alternatives to oil.  It is time for the American people to redirect our economy toward a future that is better for the environment and better for the people.

            A good example of what we need all across America can be found in the SUSTAINABLE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR GREENSBURG, KANSAS.  After a devastating tornado in 2007, the people of Greensburg came together to envision the best possibilities for social, economic, and environmental health for their community.  The result is a community-based vision for a sustainable future for Greensburg.  If elected, I will support the development of sustainable community development policies that empower farmers and rural communities everywhere to develop similar sustainable comprehensive community plans for the future.



Tracking Obama
July 3, 2008, 8:06 pm
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Steve — Now that the campaign is settling into a standard “run toward the center” event, we need to highlight that every chance we get. You as a senate candidate can do this by tracking how Kleeb will be going even further to the right. The Greens need to be the outpost for seriously reducing the US military (Obama now wants to increase it — move to the center), for confronting corporate collusion in every element of govt (Obama voted to let the phone mega-corps off the hook for domestic spying), and for health care (Obama wants to keep it as private insurance and not single payer). I still have a conviction that it is important that Obama win the Presidency, but we on the Greenleft stand as the beacon for where we must go, especially as regards climate change and global warming. Keep that ideological tension clear. We don’t need to run to no stinking center

Doug Paterson