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Oregon is Officially a Three Party State!

This state is so delightfully progressive it curls my toes. Much as I liked Kitzhaber, I think I am going to like our new governor Kate Brown more! She was sworn in yesterday. On Monday this week (when she was still Secretary of State) she made the announcement that the Independent Party of Oregon qualifies to be a MAJOR PARTY claiming as members more than 5% of registered voters as of the 2014 gubernatorial election. The total membership of the Independent Party as of 2/2/15 was 108,742, which is three voters over the minimum to become a major party. I suspect that with the publicity incurred by this landmark change, more people will change their voter registration from Dem or Rep to INDY.

SOURCES
http://www.indparty.com/node/25
http://time.com/3709837/oregon-kate-brown-governor/

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anais_pf
Feb. 19th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Or GREEN?

That's very cool, although it seems like Independent and Party do not belong in the same phrase.
liveonearth
Feb. 19th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
True that. And around here just about everybody is "Green" in philosophy and behavior, but the party doesn't seem to claim that many humanoids.
anais_pf
Feb. 19th, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC)
The Green Party is pretty disorganized, though I have some hope it will get its act together eventually. If I want to run for office this year, there are something like five local Green Party members to help me, and NO money in the party coffers. Our county-wide meetings typically attract only seven or eight attendees.
liveonearth
Feb. 19th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Seems like the Greens have been hurting ever since Nader's run cost the Dems an election.... Not that it's the Green's fault. There is also a sort of shrillness that comes out of using fear of environmental decline/catastrophe to motivate. I think the Greens will do better when their emphasis shifts to the positive: Quality of Life Party, or something like that.
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