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With Election Day coming up Tuesday, I’ve been looking up candidates that will show up on my ballot. I found a very helpful website that tells you what will be on your ballot down to the local stuff, and so I’ve been researching.

My county’s U.S. Representative is up for re-election. His name is Tom Graves. He’s a Republican.

His website discusses a 5 Way Conservative Test that presumably Graves uses to determine which bills he approves. One of the five ways reads:

Does the proposal increase personal freedoms? Does it impede on the freedoms of others? Does it limit others personal rights or property rights? Does it interfere with justice? Does it allow individuals to decide how to make personal choices for themselves and their lives without harming others? Does government coerce their choices with this bill?

This sounds wonderful. Perfect. I could not have said it better myself.

But Graves is a Republican, and because of that, I know that he applies those questions differently than I do. Read the rest of this entry »