The Role of Political Parties

The Role of Political Parties

This episode explores the roles and activities of political parties in Washington State.

Discussion Topics:

  • What role do political parties play?
  • Why do some people say that Washington has a weak party structure?
  • How do political parties help people know who to vote for in an election?
  • What is the purpose of a state party convention?
  • What is a party platform? 
  • What does a party mean by “big tent”? Why would keeping a big tent together be challenging?
  • Why is it challenging for a 3rd party to win elections?
  • How do people become active in the party?
  • What does a party chairman do?


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