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Olympia J. Snowe
An election quiz-a-thon that's not aimed at political junkies
An election quiz-a-thon that's not aimed at political junkies

During my seven years as a reporter in the nation's capital, I came to love and hate election campaigns in equal measure. I love the policy debates they tee up for voters, but I hate how those issues get lost in the cacophony of personal attacks and deliberate deceptions. Such ads win out in part because candidates and the two major political parties don't want to sink down into the weeds of governing, where nothing is simple and every choice comes with trade-offs. For instance, do you want sturdier bridges? Then where will the money come from? Is the tax code too complex? Then which deductions, credits, exemptions and preferences do we abandon in order to simplify it? But...

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