[Political]
INCREDIBLE:Third Party, Independent Representation Up 40% Since 2014
by John E. Palmer
Posted January 8, 2018

3rd parties are making limited headwayVoter distaste for both the Democratic Party and GOP seems to be at an all-time high. But candidate success outside the major parties remains elusive in Washington.

All 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives are Democrats or Republicans. Across the Capitol, there are two of 100 senators with “(I)” after their names — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Angus King of Maine.

But wait, there is another pool to look at. State legislatures are the farm teams to the Washington’s big leagues. Does the two-party duopoly hold consistently there, too?

The short answer is a definitive YES, but there are some states — particularly in New England — that are leading growth in independent and third party representation. More…