Posts Tagged: election

Voters’ voices: Dinner-table debates that don’t tear a family apart

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Here is Liza Long on a hike with her son Kirk and her boyfriend Ed.

Liza Long recognizes her family doesn’t fit this year’s political stereotypes. She’s a female, Catholic Romney supporter, while her son is a Mormon Obama supporter in Idaho. Her family’s divided loyalties haven’t divided the family, though. Political conversations at the dinner table are stimulating and respectful — and sometimes even funny.

Voters’ voices: When one issue matters most

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Members of the 82nd Airborne Division pass in review during a Division Review Ceremony at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, on May 22, 2008. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

In an election year focused on economic issues more than foreign policy, Kristen McMillen is the exception. She’s engaged to an Army infantryman — and has found herself truly caring about an election’s outcome for the first time in her voting life.

Voters’ voices: Keeping a divided congregation together

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Bonnie Wilcox, senior pastor of Gustavus Adolphus Luteran Church in St. Paul, MN, is trying to keep her congregation united in this election season even though her congregants fall on many sides of the political spectrum.

Rev. Bonnie Wilcox, like so many clergy around the country, knows her congregation is politically divided. She walks a delicate line between offering pastoral guidance about “moral issues” and keeping her own political views to herself — even on social media, where she is both minister and “friend.”

Video: Love across the divide

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Maren and Scott Christenson

Maren and Scott Christenson discussed tax policy on their first date. They didn’t agree. They still don’t — on that issue and so many others. How do they make it work?

The presidential debate: A Budget Heroes primer

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More than half of tonight’s 90-minute debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will focus on the economy and so-called pocketbook issues like unemployment and taxes. But nearly every issue, be it Medicare or military spending, has implications for the nation’s finances. So it might be wise for the candidates to consider how… Read more »