Is Oregon Politics Ready for the Pirate Party?

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A new group is trying to break into Oregon politics, but it has no connection to the more familiar Republican or Democratic parties.

The party is known as the Pirate Party. Members say they are a new kind of pirate, but not the kind from the movies or the kind that hijack ships off the coast of Africa. They say these new pirates are purely political. The group started four years ago.

"I suppose we're advocates for innovation in the information age. We believe in government transparency and net neutrality," party member Jorden Leonard explained.

"They're net heads. They have an overriding abidance about the Internet and the web and they want to see it open and free and without constraints," Portland State University's Dr. Ron Tammen said.

Members of the Pirate Party are described as bright, modern, and articulate. Their main political focus is patent, trademark, and copyright reform, and they are targeting the younger generation with their focus on technology.

The party is not recognized in any state. It needs almost 21,000 signatures to be recognized as an official political party.

For now, it has started on Facebook and is hoping to grow from there.

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