Help me choose a candidate
Question: I feel like I have a pretty good idea of where I stand politically, but sometimes I am not sure. With the election coming up, could you do us all a favor and make up a question-and-answer test that would tell us whether we are Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, Progressive and all the other categories? Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Libertarian etc. Then tell us which candidate best fits our ideals? -- Judy Layton, Spokane
Answer: I question the value of such labels, because the views of individuals almost never seem to fit neatly into one category. However, we are in the process of putting together a "blind" question-and-answer quiz of the seven remaining Democratic presidential candidates. Here's how it will work: you see seven statements on each of 10 key questions -- with no names attached. Pick any or all with which you agree. At the end, each candidate will receive a letter grade -- A, B, C, D or F -- based on how often they agreed with your views.
This is the same kind of quiz we used last fall in the Spokane mayor's and council president races. We plan to put together similar quizzes this fall to compare candidates in races from the local to national level. We hope you find it an interesting and worthwhile experience. -- Ken Sands, managing editor of online and new media