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The Washington Post Sunday - - Outlook -

the one story that ev­ery­one was talk­ing about. That story not only had po­lit­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions but also was a nat­u­ral op­por­tu­nity to look at se­ri­ous ill­ness and its im­pact on fam­i­lies.

The Post has many great re­porters on the Na­tional, Style and Metro desks who can lis­ten and get to know vot­ers’ hearts and minds at the grass-roots level. As a for­mer po­lit­i­cal re­porter and junkie, here are some thoughts on ar­eas I want to read about:

Fe­male vot­ers. Ev­ery­one wants them. Post polling di­rec­tor Jon Co­hen could poll now on who they are — from ho­tel cham­ber­maids to stay-at-home, church­go­ing moms to high-pow­ered busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives, of all ages and races and po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sions. Who votes and who doesn’t? On what is­sues? Why do they fa­vor one party over an­other, or no party at all? An­other way to do this is to sep­a­rate men and women and look at how dif­fer­ently they think as po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists and vot­ers.

New im­mi­grant vot­ers. Are new cit­i­zens likely to lean Demo­cratic, as Repub­li­cans fear? Can you dis­cern party dif­fer­ences on the ba­sis of where new cit­i­zens come from? Are Latin Amer­i­cans more lib­eral? African-born cit­i­zens more con­ser­va­tive? They cer­tainly can be on is­sues such as re­li­gion, abor­tion and gay rights. The Post writes fre­quently about how re­li­gion in­flu­ences pol­i­tics. Where will Mus­lim vot­ers go?

Mi­nori­ties. In this area, it would be

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