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Third Parties: Pacific Green Party

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Before we begin our coverage of the national conventions for the Democratic and Republican parties, we thought we’d take a moment to look at what other political parties are out there. In the American system of government, it’s a winner-take-all system of elections, so Congress and state legislatures are primarily made up of members of the two major parties, with a nearly invisible role for other parties.

In this first conversation with members of minor parties, we’ll find out about the Pacific Green Party, which recently almost lost its ballot status. And we’ll meet the party’s presidential candidate, Jill Stein

The party’s history is steeped in the environment, but other big issues for the Pacific Green Party in Oregon include:

  • Changes to the election process
  • Health Care
  • Climate Change
  • Anti-War

Would you consider registering as a member of the Pacific Green Party or voting for a Pacific Green candidate? 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 next two weeks we’ll also be speaking to members and presidential candidates of the other minor parties with ballot access in Oregon. In addition to the Pacific Green Party, those are: the Independent Party, the Working Families Party, the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party and the Progressive Party.

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