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Thomas Bates

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Why Photo ID Laws Are Not the Answer

(268) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 2:30 PM

We hear it all the time: How can you be against making voters show a photo ID when they vote? You need an ID to do almost anything in today's society -- buying beer, driving a car, getting on an airplane, going to an R-rated movie -- so why shouldn't...

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Victory in New Hampshire

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 10:03 AM

Great news out of New Hampshire: a victory for the good guys in the war on voting.

Some New Hampshire Republicans have been pushing legislation that would prohibit many college students from voting by requiring them to have previously established residency in their college town before ever going to school...

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Sticks and Stones and Voting Rights

(56) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 9:45 AM

The headline in the student newspaper at the University of Montana, the Montana Kaimin, highlighted troubling attitudes about -- and disregard for -- the voting rights of young people: UNEDUCATED AND UNMOTIVATED: LEGISLATORS ATTACK INTEGRITY OF STUDENT VOTERS. Apparently, Montana legislators dish out their insults like Montanans drink their whiskey:...

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The Young Voter Know-It-all at Family Dinner

(41) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 5:21 PM

Family dinners, a tradition that both my wife and I grew up with, are an important part of our growing household. First there were two of us. Now our four-month-old son joins us at the dinner table -- either on a lap or on top of the table in his...

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A Home for Edwards Supporters

(6) Comments | Posted February 6, 2008 | 8:35 PM

It didn't take long for the speculation to begin about where supporters of John Edwards will end up on Super Tuesday and beyond: with Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Based on where Edwards began and ended his bid for the presidency -- the Ninth Ward of New Orleans - and...

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