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Third Parties: Progressive Party

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Rocky Anderson is running for President in Oregon on the Progressive Party ticket. He’s the co-founder of the new Justice Party, which has much in common with other left-leaning parties, like the Progressive Party and the Pacific Green Party.

He’s had a long career in politics, having served as mayor of Salt Lake City. He’s been endorsed by citizen activists and former candidate Ralph Nader — and he has an interesting past relationship with the current presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.

Top Progressive Party of Oregon issues include:

  • Campaign finance reform
  • Fair Taxation
  • Investment in sustainable energy
  • A single-payer health care system

Would you consider registering as a member of the Progressive Party of of Oregon or voting for a candidate on the Progressive Party ticket? Which of their issues resonate with you? Which don’t? What is the appropriate role for minor parties in our system of government?


Editor’s note: In the last two weeks we’ve also spoken to members and presidential candidates of the other minor parties with ballot access in Oregon. In addition to the Progressive Party, those are: the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Partythe Working Families Party, the Independent Party, and the Pacific Green Party.

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OPB | Broadcast: Aug. 24, 2012