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| Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

“For too long, America has basically used the honor system in the voter-registration and election process. That approach is increasingly being revealed as indefensible in a vibrant democracy, where we should make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

— Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, writing in The Wall Street Journal.

“By rights, the Second Amendment should serve as a totem of African-Americans' full citizenship and enfranchisement. For centuries, firearms have been indispensable to black liberation: as crucial a defense against tyranny for Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. as for Sam Adams and George Washington. Today, however, many black Americans have a decidedly mixed relationship with the right to bear arms.”

— Charles C.W. Cooke, staff writer for National Review, writing in The New York Times.

“Must be the dawn of a new age. Cities are planning their nightlife hospitality. And why not? They want to plan everything else.”

— Jake Haulk, president of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy.

“(I)f the current tax code were replaced with a simple flat-rate income or consumption tax, most of the abuse problems would go away — and much liberty would be restored.”

— Richard Rahn, chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, writing in The Washington Times about how to stop taxpayer abuse at the hands of the Internal Revenue Service.

“Mr. Obama's investment tax hike was designed to soak the rich. But it is the middle class who have taken a bath. Republicans should be telling American wage earners that the best way to increase their take-home pay is to repeal (his) tax hikes and chop the corporate tax rate to the international average, so more and better jobs are created on these shores, not abroad.”

— Jon Kyl, former Republican U.S. senator of Arizona, and Stephen Moore, chief economist at The Heritage Foundation, writing in The Wall Street Journal.

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