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Appealing to the women of Virginia

Several weeks ago Producer Mona Iskander traveled to Virginia, a vital swing state in the 2012birth control election, to examine how the state’s Republican-controlled general assembly’s efforts to curb access to abortion providers could affect the presidential contest.

She talked with Katherine Waddell, a former Republican about how policies on choice had influenced her party affiliation: “I believe in a limited government. And I think that when you start getting involved in what’s happening in people’s personal lives, then that’s no longer limited government. That’s big government invasion and I’m very opposed to that. I used to go to meetings and I would say, ‘I am passionately Republican and I’m passionately pro-choice.’ Now, it’s very difficult for me to say, ‘I’m passionately Republican.’”
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Craig Newmark on voting rights

Just this morning, Craig Newmark came out swinging on his latest cause: drawing attention to the wave of new “voting rights” laws that could impact millions of voters come November.

Supporters argue these new laws are needed to crack down on voter fraud – where a vote is illegally cast by someone pretending to be who they’re not.  While cases of this kind of fraud have been very rare, states across the country have been passing laws to address it. These new laws tighten the types of I.D. a voter can use on election day, limit the use of early-voting, and beef-up the restrictions and penalties on voter-registration groups.

(Need to Know has examined the impact of these laws in a report from Ohio about its strict new voter-id legislation, and in an essay by civil-rights and voting-rights pioneer Bernard Lafayette.)
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