by the Oregonian Editorial board
pubished July 3rd, 2015
Oregon's Democratic and Republican parties got a jump on Independence Day festivities last week by firing a bottle rocket at the Independent Party, which this year qualified for major party status. Brandishing the results of a poll conducted months earlier, leaders of the state's two dominant parties suggested that their upstart competitor has succeeded in large part because of trickery. Such is the power of fear that it can unite groups whose members have been kicking each others' shins in Salem for the past several months.