2015 Platform & Agenda

The Independent Party of Oregon favors reducing special interest influence over our government processes; increasing transparency in government, particularly with how our tax dollars are spent and how the public's business is conducted in Salem; protecting Oregon consumers, particularly with respect to banks, insurance companies and private utilities; providing incentives for small businesses to thrive and for larger businesses to expand in Oregon in a way that returns more benefits to the public than it costs.

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Bend Bulletin Editorial

Independent Party takes the right step

Bend Bulletin     April 16, 2015

Oregon’s newest major political party, the Independent Party, will open its primary election to all unaffiliated voters in the state next spring. That’s good news on several levels.

Unaffiliated voters generally have been barred from voting in party primaries unless they’re willing to join a party to do so. Both Democrats and Republicans have made exceptions over the years, but closed primaries have been a reality more often than not.

Bend Bulletin: IPO Opens Primary to Non-Affiliated Voters

Bend Bulletin       April 15, 2015
Taylor W. Anderson

SALEM — The Independent Party of Oregon this week announced it would allow the state’s more than 530,000 unaffiliated voters to vote in its first state-funded primary next year.

The move means the bloc of voters not belonging to any party, which will grow to more than 800,000 when the state’s new automatic voter registration law adds 300,000 voters, might inflate participation in the May 2016 election. That election will be a primary, whose participation rates often are low.

Read the full article at the Bend Bulletin.

IPO Adopts Rule to Open its Primary Election to Non-affiliated Voters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Independent Party of Oregon has decided to open its 2016 primary election to non-affiliated voters.

More than 100,000 Oregonians belong to the political party that recently won major party status, like the Democrats and Republicans.

But you won't have to be a member to vote in its state-funded primary election in May 2016. Party officials told the Secretary of State's office last week that Oregon's 450,000 nonaffiliated voters will have a say in which Independent Party candidates advance to the November general election.

IPO Press Release on Real Ethics Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Independent Party responds to Democratic, Republican ethics proposals

"The main sources of corruption in Oregon are too much money, too little transparency and not enough competition," said IPO Secretary, Sal Peralta.  "The House Republican proposal, released today, is a step in the right direction, but this legislature needs to do a great deal more if it's serious about restoring public confidence in government."

New voters and a new major party will disrupt D-R duopoly

by Tim Nesbitt
published by the Oregonian, February 26, 2015

In these partisan times, it is unusual for a political party to promote a change in election law that will make life harder for its candidates. And it is even more unusual for the opposing party to fight such a change. But that's what we're seeing now that Oregon has become a state with three major parties. A bill that looked predictably partisan in the Democratic-Republican duopoly will have unexpected effects in a state with three parties on its next primary election ballot.