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harris ROBERT


The Oregon Secretary of States office released the November voter registration totals today. While total registrations shrank by 0.12%, The Independent Party grew by over a half a percent in a single month and now has 108,446 members. Democratic Party membership shrank twice as fast as overall voter reduction at 0.25% and and the Republican Party shrank at the same rate as registered voters – 0.12%

But the big news is that the Independent Party of Oregon is 292 members away from becoming Oregon’s first new major party in …..a lot of years. The IPO gained 534 new members in November and appears to be poised to hit the major party standard (5% of all registered voters as of the most recent general election) possibly as soon as December, 2014.

Phil Keisling has been heard to have said that the IPO reaching major party status would be a game changer. Especially if, as has been discussed, it elects to open it’s May 2016 primary to NAV voters.

IPO leaders have been in discussions with officials at the Oregon Secretary of State office to coordinate the implementation of major party status and do discuss how non affiliated voters could participate in the IPO May Primary election.

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Gas prices continue their drop (Boise Statesman)
2 year old shoots mom at Hayden Wal-Mart (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Lewiston Tribune, Pocatello Journal)
Top stories in Idaho for 2014 (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register)
DOE, waste contractors working on contract language (IF Post Register)
Clearwater Paper selling specialty factories (Lewiston Tribune)
Top 2014 stories for Whitman County (Moscow News)
State corrections considers, drops firing squad plan (TF Times News)

Gas prices dropping (Eugene Register Guard)
Hatchery salmon spilled in truck accident (Eugene Register Guard)
New Oregon law on concealed guns (KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
What happens when Pacific Pipeline meets Rogue River? (Medford Tribune)
Whooping cough cases seen in Umatilla Co (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Employers will have to provide health insurance (Portland Oregonian)

Experienced Kitsap Co officials departing (Bremerton Sun)
Pilchuk River chews away at bank, highway (Everett Herald)
Oso homes getting free smoke alarms (Everett Herald)
Pot stores doing big business at Cowlitz (Longview News)
2 year old shoots mother in Idaho Wal-Mart (Spokane Spokesman, Longview News)
Critics sue state on new gun check law (Olympian)
Top stories in area for 2014 (Seattle Times, Olympian)
Looking at housing and millennials in 2015 (Seattle Times)
Monarch butterfly numbers may be rising (Spokane Spokesman)
Clark Co sheriff retiring (Vancouver Columbian)