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The soon-to-retire superintendent of the Boise School District, Stan Olson, is reportedly planning a run for superintendent of public instruction, which presumably would pit him against incumbent Republican Tom Luna.

The Idaho Statesman story on this notes that “He said he hasn’t made a decision about whether he would run as a Democrat or challenge incumbent Tom Luna in the Republican primary.”

Count that as: Almost certainly running as a Democrat. After a statement like that, the Republicans are unlikely to give him a double-digit percentage of the vote; while the uncertain party loyalty would fit into the Democratic ticket this year quite well.

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Where are people headed politically in Oregon? This chart may offer some clues.

In the last three years, growth in registration in Oregon among Democrats skyrocketed in 2008, then took a dive this year. That’s still better than the Republicans, who are still far behind and still losing registrants.

So who’s gaining? The people who sent us the chart – the Oregon Independent Party, which now has 51,000 adherents and is beginning to look as if it really can attain major-party status (if it wants that, which it may not). Both currently-major parties would do well to pay some attention.

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